Food is your fuel. The better the quality of your fuel, the better you’ll feel.
Eating well should be easy, but there are so many mixed messages in the media it can make food choices difficult. Our body requires certain nutrients to be healthy and we need to eat the right foods to supply those nutrients. Scientists have made this easy for us by researching what foods provide the nutrients we need, and by categorising foods into groups, with simple recommendations on how much we should eat from each food group every day.
We’ve got a link below to the Ministry of Health guidelines for you to read if you are interested. These are solid guidelines, backed up with solid evidence.
There are many other excellent nutritional resources available if you are looking to overhaul your diet, but a note of caution, please do make sure that any advice you take is backed up by proper research, as from time to time we all hear a buzz about the latest miracle food or diet. The reality is, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Eating for Healthy Teenagers (2 MB PDF)
Eating Well for Healthy Older People (327 KB PDF)
You can get free printed copies of any of these guidelines from the Ministry of Health, plus guidelines for babies and children. There’s a lot of useful information on nutrition on the Ministry website, so if you’d like to dig deeper visit www.healthed.govt.nz