If you have set yourself a goal of losing weight, well done. You will probably know that it can be a challenge, but it can be extremely rewarding in more ways than one.
We understand that with so many mixed messages on dieting and food fads in the media, it can be confusing trying to make sense of it all. How do you make the right decisions when nutrition has been over-complicated?
The answer is to get back to basics.
A healthy diet should include a variety of nutritious foods, and shouldn’t exclude any food groups (unless there is a specific reason to, such as a gluten free diet for someone with coeliac disease). The focus should be on wholefoods i.e. foods that are in their natural form and have not been heavily processed. Water should be the first drink choice. More information on the Healthy Eating Guidelines from the Ministry of Health can be found here: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/eating-and-activity-guidelines
This month we celebrated the first National Dietitians Day, a special day dedicated to dietitians all across New Zealand. It celebrates dietitians as registered health professionals, committed to using their specialised knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to improve the health of New Zealanders. To celebrate National Dietitians Day, we wanted to share some best ever healthy eating advice from our dietitian members – http://dietitians.org.nz/news/item/what-do-dietitians-really-advise/. Trust a dietitian for your expert nutrition advice.
Sarah Mavor and Deirdre Nielsen
Counties Manukau Health Bariatric Dietitians on behalf of Dietitians New Zealand
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