A brief look at the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.
In this post we’ll have a brief look at the 5 food groups in the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. The poster is available from www.eatforhealth.gov.au it shows that the biggest part of your daily food intake should ideally come from Vegetables, Legumes/beans and Grains (cereal) foods. The remainder of your food intake should come from lean meats, poultry, fish etc, dairy products and dairy alternatives (mostly reduced fat forms) and from fruit. They are the 5 food groups. You've probably noticed that legumes/beans are included in 2 food groups. They're not only in the group that most people refer to as the protein group, they're also included in the vegetables group. That’s how good a food they really are (real everyday "super food"). They're not only high in fibre, minerals and vitamins, they're also high in protein!
You’ve probably noticed that there isn’t any place for sugary foods or alcohol in the guidelines. This doesn’t mean you can’t have them, but they should be reserved for special treats (sometimes food, not everyday food). A couple of glasses of wine with dinner on a Saturday night for instance or a big slice of chocolate cake for desert on the weekend is ok, but having these on a daily basis will definitely either displace some good nutritious food or just add extra energy to your day, and extra energy/kJ can lead to extra kg’s, or really undermine your hard efforts to lose those extra kilo’s.
I don’t want to over complicate things by overloading you with everything at once, so I'll talk about the individual food groups in separate posts. We will go over vegetables, legumes/beans in the next post and talk about the different types of vegetables and their serving sizes. Nutrition is a pretty big subject, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. I'll aim to give you all information you'll need to build your own healthy eating plan. If you ever have anything you would like a bit more info on, please let me know and I can either answer it individually, or use it as a topic for another post.
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