A lifestyle is a way of living, reflected in an individual’s behaviour, attitudes, actions and values. Good nutrition needs to be a lifestyle choice, not a temporary diet. A healthy balanced lifestyle includes eating a wide variety of nutritious foods from the 5 food groups and treating yourself occasionally. I’m not a fan of the word ‘diet’ as it has been proven time again that fad diets don’t have a good success rate in the long term and a diet implies there will be an end to the healthy eating, following the typical diet cycle. A lifestyle however, is a chosen way of living everyday with no end date and far better health outcomes. Results might not be seen at as fast a rate as a fad diet, however if the healthy lifestyle mentality is maintained you will see life long health improvements.
It is so important for our health to eat from the 5 food groups, especially our 2 fruit and 5 vegetables serves per day. This can be far simpler and more affordable to implement into your lifestyle than you may think. Take a look at my Delicious Recipes as a simple guide and example of this. I have included the table below from the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au) to show the recommended target intake of each of the 5 food groups for your age and gender. This is a great starting point to a healthier lifestyle.
A ‘serve’ can be confusing so if you are not sure and want to know exactly how much a serve of each of these food groups looks, please follow this link to the Eat for Health webpage. Understanding serving sizes is a great tool in helping you meet your requirements and moving you towards a healthier lifestyle.