Nutrition

We Think We Eat Better than We Really Do!

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Written by Swisse Wellness

According to the recent 2018 Swisse Wellness Survey, 72% of Australians report their diet to be ‘good to excellent,’ yet 95% do not meet recommended guidelines for dairy, 94% do not eat enough veggies and 60% do not eat enough fruit. So what’s going on?

According to the recent 2018 Swisse Wellness Survey, conducted in partnership with Nielsen, 72% of Australians report their diet to be ‘good to excellent,’ yet a whopping 95% do not meet recommended guidelines for dairy, 94% do not eat enough veggies and 60% do not eat enough fruit. So what’s going on?

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend the following daily intake for adults:

  • 5-6 serves vegetables, legumes/beans
  • 2 serves fruit
  • 6 serves grain foods
  • 2-3 serves lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds
  • 2-3 serves milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives

Fuel your fire

Food provides your body and mind with the fuel they need to survive and thrive. In this way, the food choices we make every day play a part in our energy levels, mood and overall health. Different foods offer different fuels (or nutrients). Bringing good habits to the table will not only fill your body and mind but keep your taste buds guessing and make eating fun.

Top tips to keep your nutrition game strong

  • Opt for whole foods most often
  • Eat the rainbow – enjoy a wide variety of vegetables and fruits of all colours
  • Not keen on veggies? To up your intake, sneak them into soups, smoothies, sandwich fillings and stews
  • Experiment with foods from different cultures or try different ways of preparing foods you love
  • And don’t forget to drink plenty of water

Simple swaps for success

It’s a good idea to review your diet from time to time to ensure your body and mind are getting the nourishment they need.

Simple changes can reap long-term rewards without compromising the enjoyment of eating. It’s all about the art of swapping: grill food rather than fry; swap white bread for multigrain; or try sparkling water instead of soda. A few small changes and you will feel the difference!

It's not all about weight

When making changes to your diet, start small and keep it simple. Think about what you would like to change and why. Try to keep goals positive and health-focused - instead of 'I will lose 5lbs' think 'I will reduce my portion sizes and practice mindful eating’. Look to friends and family for support and motivation and treat yourself for small wins along the way!

To participate in the wellness discussion, follow #livelikeyouloveitto see what others have been saying about wellness, or visit swisse.com/livelikeyouloveit and find out more about our 2018 Swisse Wellness Survey and the state of our nation’s health from this years’ findings.