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Benefits of Eating Healthy

Having the right diet can go a long way towards a more fulfilling life. It can play a role in achieving all your goals.

Want to perform better at work? The right diet will give you the energy to excel. Want smooth, beautiful skin? The right diet detoxifies and gives you a youthful, radiant glow. Want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight? The right diet will let you do that with room for your favourite foods.

How to Eat Healthy Meals

If you want to vastly improve your diet, all you have to do is to follow these six simple steps.

1. Review Your Eating Habits

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Before you plan your diet, it is worth checking to see if your current diet provides you with all the nutrients you need. Are you short on certain nutrients? Are you consuming too much of other nutrients? Is your diet providing you with all the vitamins and minerals you need?

We recommend using the My Healthy Plate visual guide as a starting point to consider what you’re lacking, and what you need to cut down on.

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2. Choose Water, Always

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The importance of drinking water cannot be understated. As a beauty essential, it keeps your skin healthy and moisturized.

As a beverage, it has no calories compared to drinks with added sugar such as fruit juice, sodas and colas. Water also does not come with the complications of caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea or energy drinks.

Water also replenishes your fluids and helps you recover from that hangover. Which, by the way, we recommend limiting to one standard drink (220ml of beer, 100 ml of wine or 30 ml of hard liquor) per day.

Watch your water intake. Drink eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and healthy.

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3. Eat a Variety in Moderation for a Balanced Diet

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They say variety is the spice of life. It is also the spice of a healthy diet. You’ll get bored eating the same thing every day, so try fitting different foods for a healthy, balanced diet.

For optimal health, we encourage you to eat a wide variety of foods from all food groups: wholegrains, fruit and vegetables, meat and other protein-rich foods. It’s a healthy eating habit you can cultivate. Remember to take everything in moderation and enjoy the food you love!

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4. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

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Ensure that you have the recommended 2 servings of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables are healthy foods to eat as they are excellent sources of fibre, Vitamins A and C, as well as fluids.

If that’s not enough to convince you, they also contain powerful antioxidants that protect your cells from free radical damage to give your skin that healthy glow.

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5. Eat Wholegrains

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While white rice and white bread are a staple in local cuisine, these refined carbohydrates lose out to their wholegrain counterparts in terms of overall nutritional value. Wholegrain products contain more fibre and Vitamins B and E and are more effective at giving energy.

There’s a variety of wholegrain products out there, so don’t limit yourself to just brown rice and wholemeal bread. Visit the local supermarkets and look for other wholegrain options like wild rice, oats, black glutinous rice, whole-wheat pasta, soba, thosai and chapatti.

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6. Don’t Neglect Your Proteins

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Proteins are broken down into amino acids in your gut before they are absorbed. These amino acids make up different tissues that build, repair and maintain the body. Fish, shellfish, poultry, lean meat, eggs, lentils and beans are great sources of protein your body can use to make tissues such as collagen and elastin.

While all of these sound good, be sure to eat enough but not overeat. Excessive protein intake places stress and strain on your liver and kidneys to break down what you consume.

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