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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 achieve a healthy weight? A right diet will let you do that with room for your favourite foods.

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?

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.

Related: How Much to Eat at Each Meal

2. Fluid of Choice: Water, Always

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

As a beverage, it has no calories compared to sugary drinks such as 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 to limit to one standard drink (220ml of beer, 100 ml of wine or 30 ml of hard liquor) per day.

Related: Women and Alcohol — How Well Do They Mix?

3. Moderation, Variety and Balance

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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 in your 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. Remember to take everything in moderation and enjoy the food you love!

Related: Makan Matters - What Makes a Healthy Diet?

4. More Fruits and Vegetables

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Ensure that you fulfil the recommended 2 servings of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source 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.

Related: Harness the Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

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.

Related: Tips for Cooking Wholegrains

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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