Healthy living advice is aplenty these days. It seems everyone has an opinion on what we should be putting into our bodies and what’s good for us. You only need to read a magazine or newspaper, watch TV or read posts on social media on the subject. It can be both overwhelming and confusing at times for the everyday person to sift through all the information and make the right healthy choices.
Increasingly we see foods advertising and using labelling to say that they are good for us. But how do you know what are the important labels to look for? There is so much confusion about what we should be eating because it changes so frequently. One day it is quinoa and the next it is chia seeds!
There have always been a lot of food myths floating around. I remember when butter was allegedly no good for you so I replaced it with margarine. Then we were told that red meat had a high fat content so I started eating chicken. There were times where I eliminated a whole food group such as oils and fats or carbohydrates because I read that they were bad for me!
The new thinking nowadays is that eliminating entire food groups and dieting simply don’t work as the majority of us put the weight back on once we have returned to our normal eating regime. The trick is to change our eating habits into long-term healthy eating habits. That means for most of us giving up a lot of foods that are high in sugar and high in saturated fat.
Healthier Food Choices
As we age a lot of us are becoming more aware about our health, but even more importantly our longevity and quality of life. I think we all want to live a long and healthy life and be able to finally go on that caravan trip around Australia or overseas holiday. We also don’t want to clog up our arteries with cholesterol or have a waistline that exceeds the recommended measurement.
One way that we can make healthier food choices is by reading the nutrition information panel on packaged foods in the supermarket or by simply reading the Health Star Rating on the package. It is displayed on the front of the package bold and bright so that it stands out giving the food a rating out of 5 stars. The more stars the healthier the food!
As busy people we don’t have time to read and decipher all the nutritional information on the back of the package every time we shop at the supermarket, so the Health Star Rating provides an easy way to compare similar packaged food and helps us make healthier choices. We all need to be selecting foods that are higher in positive nutrients and lower in risk nutrients that are linked to obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. I’m sure that most of us would be horrified at the amount of sugar, saturated fat and sodium that is added to some packaged foods, so this is a step in the right direction.
By making healthier food choices, eating more fresh food, cutting down on foods that are nutrient poor, controlling food portions and exercising regularly, we will not only feel a lot better, but it will help us to live a long and active life well into our 60s, 70s and beyond.
Article facts source: Health Star Rating Government website
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!