When making healthy food choices there’s a lot more to it than just following the colour code on the front of a products box. Although this is a good place to start, having a basic knowledge of what foods you should be eating more of and what foods you should be avoiding is key to eating healthily.
To clue you up on some basic healthy eating tips, I asked Nutritional expert Jackie Barber from Pure Balance Natural Therapy to share 10 nutritional tips to help you when making healthy food choices. Specialising in nutrition and wellness for the past 15 years, Jackie has an extensive knowledge and training in everything from Food Intolerance Testing, Massage, Healing, Naturopathic principles and Mental Health. Oh, and she has a real passion for good, local fresh foods.
Broccoli is an excellent source of folate and vitamin C. It is thought that it also has anti-cancer effects. Choosing the purple sprouting variety is even better than the standard florets.
Sweet potato is a great energy food but is also high in beta carotene which is important for our eyes and our skin. Choose deep orange varieties.
Watercress with its dark green leaves and edible stalks it is packed full of nutrients. High in calcium and vitamin K it is good for our bones. It contains phytonutrients that can help us fight cancer and contains more iron than spinach! I love it because it’s so easy to use.
Lightly steamed vegetables retain most of the vitamins, minerals and fibre. The best way to do this is by using a folding steamer as it fits into any saucepan and are easy to use.
As a nation I think we have got in the habit of eating far too many highly processed foods. So we should aim to eat more wholefoods and fewer foods containing refined sugar and flour.
It’s is important to keep a healthy attitude to fat. Too much saturated fat is not good for us. Produce that has come from grass-fed animals and poultry will have a much lower percentage of saturated fat. New research is showing that some of the fats we have been avoiding such as lard and full-fat dairy may not be as bad as previously thought. However, if we do not have enough fat in our diets we may never be satisfied and eat more as a result. So my advice would be look for quality and watch the quantity.
Everybody has their own unique needs. By this I mean physically and psychologically. I have seen some clients do really well on a calorie counting diet compared to others that stress and become obsessive over it. My advice would be to eat natural foods as much as possible, avoid foods that you know you are intolerant to and have a little of what you fancy.
It’s got to be a quick stir fry. I am very likely to chop up any random vegetables that I have in the fridge, add some fresh grated ginger and chilli and throw in some prawns. Yum!
The healthy option is a handful of nuts, however I have never liked them. I recently found Spelt Oaty biscuits by Rude Health. They’re lovely little biscuits that go great with hummus or even nut butter. Another favourite of mine are organic medjool dates.
Personally, I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole! The reason being, it is a synthetic sugar that has been banned in several places over the years. It is still widely being researched. Even PepsiCo seem to be confused about whether to include it. They now produce a ‘aspartame free’ version and a ‘classic sweetener blend’.
Bananas are a great natural energy boost however I have always found it difficult to eat before a workout. I would rather plan my day so that my workout falls before a meal. Choose what works for the type of training you are doing and always listen to your body.
For me, it’s Microprotein (found in Quorn and other similar products). I just don’t see the point of it and the production of Microprotein seems highly unnatural. The best advice I can give is just eat real food! Know where it comes from and eat it as fresh as possible to ensure the highest nutrient content.
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