1. Eat a variety of foods each day.
This diagram is a great guide to show what you should eat most, and what you should eat least. Although we don’t recommend you become a fanatic (there will always be times when you will want to indulge with a special treat), you must remember the key word: moderation.
2. Prevent and control obesity.
Studies show that being significantly overweight is a health risk.
3. Eat less fat.
It is a known fact that Australians still eat too much fat. Choose lean cuts of meat and always trim off excess fat. Also, use low-fat dairy alternatives.
4. Eat less sugar.
Sugar is fattening and affects your body’s natural sugar metabolism. Watch out for hidden sugar... for example, one 375ml can of softdrink is actually laden with more than six teaspoons of sugar! Honey is a good alternative for you to use where possible
5. Eat less salt.
Recent evidence suggests that too much salt may increase your risk of high blood pressure. Remember, many processed foods are high in salt!
6. Eat more fibre.
Your diet should be changed to include more fruit, vegetables, bread, cereals and legumes.. Fresh is always best, and wholegrains are better than white breads.
7. Limit caffeine and alcohol.
Did you know that these are two of the most commonly used drugs in Australia today? You’ll do better by limiting your intake of coffee and tea to two cups per day for adults. Limit your alcohol intake to no more than two “standard” drinks per day (one standard drink is a pot of full strength beer, a glass of wine or a nip of spirits). Make sure you have at least four “alcohol-free” days each week.
8. Exercise regularly.
The terrific think about exercise is that the more you do - the better you feel! To get you started, try walking briskly three times a week for 30 minutes, and reap the benefits of a healthier life.