Beauty from Within – Healthy Eating Facts

Healthy Eating Facts

Healthy eating not only serves as the basic foundation for well-being and keeping healthy but also looking good and exuberating beauty from within.  Here are some healthy eating facts to chew on as an introduction to healthy eating dietary guidelines.

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Eating does not merely satisfy our hunger; it is also a viewed as social activity and a very important and pleasant one.  Friendships, family ties and business relationships are often forged over the dining table.  However, with today’s lifestyle, frequent social gatherings and business entertainment, the wide varieties of food available especially at banquets sittings and buffet spreads, and easy access to fast foods, it is all too easy to lose sight of the principles that guide healthy eating.  As the food we eat affects our health, appearance and well-being, it is important to consciously choose a healthy diet.

What is Healthy Eating?

Healthy eating is selecting a balanced diet that is high in dietary fibre and low in fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt.  It also means having different types of food in the right amounts and not overeating any one type of food.

It is never too early or too late to start eating healthily.  So start eating healthily today by following some dietary guidelines to help you and your family plan and choose nutritious meals.

Dietary Guidelines

The aim of dietary guidelines is to guide our food choices to achieve good nutrition and maintain a healthy body weight.

Different foods contain different nutrients, so no single food can supply all the nutrients we need.  Dietary guidelines are built around the recommendations of the Healthy Diet Pyramid help us to choose wisely what and how much to eat each day for good nutrition, good health and good skin.

The Healthy Diet Pyramid Guide

The Healthy Diet Pyramid translates nutrient needs into actual foods.  It categorises commonly eaten foods into 4 food groups – rice and alternatives, fruit and vegetables, as well as meat and alternatives – which form the foundation of a healthy diet.  It serves as a guide that helps you plan a healthy diet that fits your lifestyle.

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Use in  small amounts fats, oils, salt and sugar

 

Eat 2-3 servings of meat and alternatives ]

                                                                           ] Food

2 servings of fruit / vegetables                    ]

                                                                           ] Groups

5-7 servings of rice and alternatives          ]

 

The Healthy Diet Pyramid conveys 3 main messages:

  1. Eat a variety of food.  This means eating different foods from the 4 food groups as well as within each food group.  Each food group offers a variety of choices and each one has a unique nutritional value.  No one food supplies all the nutrients your body requires to stay healthy.
  2. Eat a balanced diet.  This means eating the recommended number of servings of food from the 4 food groups daily.  Include some plant-based foods every day.
  3. Eat in moderation.  It means eating the right amount of food, neither too much nor too little.  Foods high in fat, sugar and salt should only be consumes in small amounts at all times.

Vegetarian Diet  Vegetarian Diet

If you are a vegetarian, the Healthy Diet Pyramid can still be used to plan a vegetarian diet that meets the nutritional needs of healthy adults.  Pulses e.g. beans, peas, lentils, are good sources of protein.  They are also part of the meat and alternatives group on the pyramid.

For a balanced diet, one plant-based protein food should be included in every meal.

Don’t Forget to Drink

Last but not least…

Include 6 to 8 glasses of fluid (1.5 to 2.0 litres) in the diet every day.  This can include water and fluid from soups and porridges.

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article.  If you have any questions or want to leave your own tips, please leave a comment below.

Sue

 

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