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What’s Good For Us?

  • March 21, 2017
  • By 50 Shades
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What’s Good For Us?

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!

What's Good For Us Health Star Rating

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Food Myths

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.

What's Good For Us Health Star Rating

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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!

Health Star Ratings 

What's Good For Us Health Star Rating

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.

What's Good For Us Health Star Rating

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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:

Johanna from Lifestyle Fifty
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age


By 50 Shades, March 21, 2017 <p>Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. 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! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.</p>
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50 Shades

<p>Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. 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! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.</p>

20 Comments
  • Jan Wild
    March 21, 2017

    I so agree that there has been an overwhelming amount of contradictory ‘information’ about dietary choices. It’s good to see some simpler to access information getting out there.

    • Kathy
      March 21, 2017

      I agree Jan. I’m now making my processed food choices comparing the healthy star ratings. It makes it a lot simpler than reading all the nutritional information on the back of the package that is often in tiny print! :)

  • Jo
    March 21, 2017

    You’ve made me go through my cupboards! I shall be a savvy shopper from now on! Great post ☺

    • Kathy
      March 22, 2017

      Yes once you are aware of this great new system of labelling you become preoccupied with searching for foods that are rated. It has helped me become much smarter with my food choices. :)

  • Jo@JoSimplyWill
    March 23, 2017

    It’s great to read a common sense post regarding food Kathy, so thank you for that. I have never seen the Health Star rating on anything before, so must look out for this. Taste will remain an important criteria for me, irrespective of what is regarded as the healthiest option. I bought some wholemeal pasta recently, and it ruined what was to be a beautiful prawn, pesto, and pasta dish. It tasted truly awful and I cooked up the rest of the packet for the chickens, who were very happy indeed!

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2017

      It’s starting to appear on a lot of processed foods Jo. The Health Star Rating symbol is very prominently positioned on the front of the packages. I am finding that most of the foods I’ve tasted with a good Health Star Rating to be very tasty. I dislike foods that are too sweet so I like to choose foods with little sugar added. I’m not a fan of wholemeal pasta either Jo. It doesn’t have the same consistency as the normal pasta. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    March 23, 2017

    I think you know my views on dieting and eating Kathy. The Health Star rating is a good start but I totally agree we need to cut back on processed foods and also be more aware of what processed food actually contains. It is all about making healthier food choices. Thanks for bringing this important subject to everyone’s attention. Have a great day!

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2017

      It is good to be aware of what we are putting into our bodies Sue. I like the idea of eating healthier and avoiding foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt. This new system certainly is a step in the right direction of educating people to make healthier food choices. But like you say, the less processed foods the better! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    March 23, 2017

    You’re very right about the fact that as we start aging we do become a lot more aware about improving and maintaining good health so that we can continue to do the things we enjoy. I mostly eat fresh produce but there’s still some processed foods in my diet (hard to avoid). Must admit to not really taking notice of health star ratings but will from now on! #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2017

      Ok great! It is certainly my objective to make people aware of the Health Star Rating on packaged foods. I find that now I have more time to shop and cook, I’m definitely eating a lot healthier. I like to eat fresh as well. :)

  • Janet
    March 23, 2017

    At aqua aerobics the other day we were talking about how one minute a food is nutritious or good for you, the next it is evil .. eggs were out, they’re now in, but then somebody said they’re out again … I can’t keep track!

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2017

      It is hard to keep track Janet. Like I said in the post I have eliminated certain foods and food groups from my diet over the years because I’d read somewhere they were bad for me. These days I try to ignore all the so called “good advice” out there and stick to a simple diet of fresh food. I like that processed food manufacturers are finally being upfront with their labelling with this Health Star Rating. It certainly helps cut down on some of the confusion. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne
    March 23, 2017

    I’m a big believer in eating fresh food and keeping the processed treats to a minimum. We all know in our hearts what is good for us and having a weak moment occasionally is fine, it’s when we constantly cheat and buy all that over processed stuff that the weight creeps on and we are less healthy.

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2017

      Yes I agree with all of this Leanne. I think a lot of us buy processed foods because we are time poor and look for shortcuts. So I think food labelling that stands out on the front of packaging is a good idea for making healthier food choices.:) #TeamLovinLife

  • jodie
    March 23, 2017

    It’s amazing how we can forget that what we put into our body has incredible effects either good or bad! We try to eat clean most of the time, but the hardest part is when we travel. I was saying that there needs to be a wholesome snack bar on every corner!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kathy
      March 24, 2017

      There certainly should be! It’s easy to throw things into our shopping trollies and not really be aware of what we are buying. I am much more aware now of what I’m eating than I was when I was a busy Mum working full-time. Hopefully it will pay off! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    March 24, 2017

    Love the health star rating idea.
    #teamlovinlife

    • Kathy
      March 24, 2017

      Yes it is definitely about time that we had clearer nutritional information on packaged foods. :)

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    March 24, 2017

    Thanks for the low down, Kathy. Definitely need to look closer at what’s in my pantry.

    SSG xxx

    • Kathy
      March 24, 2017

      You’re welcome. I’m hoping to get the message out there that some packaged foods are nutritionally bad for us and we all need to start looking at the ingredients in our foods. :) #TeamLovinLife

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