WHAT IS THE BEST “DIET”?
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed with all the dietary advice out there? Are you confused about the best foods that you should be eating?
As much as nutrition information can be beneficial and relevant, it can also be misleading and confusing. With the abundance of this information on social media, it is hard to determine whether this information is based on scientific evidence and whether it is relevant, safe or suitable for you. A nutrition professional such as your GP or your Accredited Dietitian can give you the personal information and dietary advice based on your health needs and goals. They can also support you during your health journey.
Generally, if you eat a variety of whole real foods as much as possible and cut out preservatives, added sugars, artificial sweetners, MSG, you are on the right track.
Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, high protein, high-fat, low-fat, detox diets are just a few of the many diets known to modern day society. Having so many diets around can be confusing about what are the best foods to eat.
Here are some tips that may help you with your food choices:
- Eat whole foods that have minimal processing and are free from additives as much as possible. These foods are also great sources of nutrients important for your health
- Consume whole grains instead of refined grains, and;
- Have adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables and beans, which provide important nutrients such as fibre.
- Use whole foods instead of supplements (vitamins and minerals, or protein supplements) where possible.
- Avoid added fats, flavourings, added sugars and preservatives to name a few
- Read and understand ingredient labels
- Get more involved in the kitchen and prepare meals at home
- Cook more for dinner so you have left overs the next day! It’s like fast food… But without the guilt attached.
- Eat lots of fresh foods
- Avoid processed meats where possible
Our nutritional needs are based on our age, our sex and how active we are, as well as our health status (such as heart, diabetes or food intolerances to name a few). It is also important to take into account our lifestyle, cooking ability, our relationship with food and our food likes and dislikes. Although, nutrition professionals, such as your GP and Accredited Dietitian, are trained at taking all these factors into account when providing advice and meal plans, you know that you are on the right track when you choose whole foods where possible.
Everyone is different, but choosing healthy foods and being active helps you live a life full of energy and happiness.