Rate your Nutrition

How do you measure up against the Australian Nutrition Guidelines.

How would you rate your nutrition (your diet)?

Do you think you are eating healthy? What factors do you think are essential when asking yourself this question? It is based on your weight, your budget, how you feel or someone else opinion?

Your diet is everything you eat and drink. It can be hard to assess, as we often choose to remember the healthy part of a meal and downplay the less beneficial role, “it was only a handful of chips vs ate the whole bag waiting for dinner”.

Are we eating healthy?

Good nutrition is when your energy and nutrient intake meet your needs.  While overnutrition is when a person’s energy needs are too great, leading to weight gain. If you also have a poor diet, you can overeat while not getting enough essential nutrients, like vitamins and minerals.

The latest statistics from AIHW show that:

  • 91% of Australian adults didn’t consume the recommended number of serves of vegetables
  •  55% didn’t consume the recommended number of serves of fruit

So, what is a healthy diet?

A nutritious diet protects against obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.   Currently, the Australian Food guidelines state to “Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from these five food groups every day, which includes eating at least five servings of vegetables, two serves of fruit, two serves of dairy and eating wholegrain cereals.

If you want to know more about your current diet here is a good place to start Australian Dietary Guidelines Eat For Health. Here are the basics of what an Average Adult in Australia should be eating.

  • Log your food intake for a week.
  • Find the foods that you like a make them healthier. Eg. home made pizza
  • Change your shopping list – remove unhealthy foods from your shop and pantry
  • Cooking more at home, include vegetables with every meal
  • Take your lunch every day
  • Add a new fruit or vegetable that you haven’t tried yet.
  • Only have soft drink / flavoured milks once per week

If you need additional guidance, many trained professionals can assist you in building your knowledge, such as Exercise Physiologists, Dietitians, And Nutritionists.

No single diet will work for everyone, but trying each day to be healthy is essential. WFR’s health coaching services assist individuals and company’s to achieve their health goals. Our onsite Nutrition Expos are a fun and interactive way to educate your work group. Find out more today!

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