Nutrition

 

Everyone is talking about eating healthy, staying away from junk food and eating well. The media is

full of the latest diet, food plan and what is now good for us and what we should avoid. Sometimes it

can be very confusing.

 

We all need to eat as it provides us with energy, helps us grow, and provides us with the vitamins and

essential nutrients our bodies need to function.

 

For more information on food & nutrition:
QLD Health – Healthier You

 

ALL IN MODERATION

 People talk about eating a balanced diet, which really just means eating everything in moderation. You don’t need to give any of your favorite foods up just limit those things that are not so good for you in large amounts.

Foods can be put into three groups:

 

Eat Most:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes (peas, beans and lentils)
  • Cereal
  • Bread
  • Rice
  • Pastas

 

These foods are high in vitamins, minerals and fibre and are generally low in fat. They should make up the bulk of what you eat every day.

 

Eat Moderately:

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Milk products

 

The best sources of iron and protein come from this group. That means eating a moderate serve of fish, meat and poultry every day. Nuts and seeds are high in fibre and dairy products provide the necessary calcium that your bones need to stay strong. You should always choose reduced or low fat varieties when eating dairy products.

 

Consume Less:

  • Margarines and butter
  • Lard
  • Sugar
  • Oil
  • Dressings
  • Alcohol

 

Use minimal amounts of these foods in your every day eating. This includes cakes, biscuits, potato crisps, hot chips and lollies. These foods are made up of energy dense sugars and fats and should be minimised.