Three Rules for Healthy Eating

We all know there are a lot of rules or, as they are more leniently referred to as guidelines, for eating a healthy diet, but what if there were only three you had to stick to; three rules passed (and prosecuted on if not adhered to) for healthy eating?

This was a conversation I had with a group of friends over breakfast yesterday. After some angst and deliberation these were my three:

  • Eat five serves of vegetables a day
  • Cut out all soft drinks and diet soft drinks altogether
  • Cut out all white processed carbohydrates

When I asked Naturopath Lisa Costa-Bir what her three rules would be, she, like I had done the day before struggled with her list. After great debate she came up with her list:

  • Drink enough water each day so your urine is clear and not smelly
  • Eat foods that looks as close to their natural state as possible i.e. wholefoods
  • Eat at least five serves of various seasonal vegetables in season a day

Dr Joanna McMillan had similar issues narrowing down her three but finally came up these:

  • Minimise the amount of processed carbohydrates in your diet
  • Fill half your plate with veggies at lunch and dinner
  • Never drink soft drinks

We each know our own bodies, and what works and what doesn’t, and most importantly what tips are realistic enough to stick too.

Combine some of these tips with a healthy eating plan. You will find these especially useful going into a cold and wet winter when comfort food may be hard to resist.

Judy Davie – The Food Coach

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