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Nourishing your body – Why you need to develop good nutrition

Naseerah Nanabhai | naseerahnanabhai@gmail.com
15 September 2023 |12:15 CAT
2 min read

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The cornerstone of a healthy and fulfilling life is good nutrition. It fuels our bodies, supports overall well-being, and is pivotal in preventing chronic diseases since navigating the abundance of dietary advice can be overwhelming. We have developed simple and sustainable steps to help achieve good nutrition:

Balance and Variety: Aim to create balanced meals that include a variety of nutrient-dense foods. Incorporate a diverse range of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your diet. Each food group provides essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients vital for optimal health.

Portion Control: Pay attention to portion sizes to avoid overeating. Use smaller plates and take the time to savour each bite. Mindful eating allows you to enjoy your meals while being aware of your body’s hunger and fullness cues.

Hydration: Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Water is essential for digestion, nutrient absorption, and maintaining bodily functions. Limit sugary beverages and opt for water, herbal teas, or infused water for added flavour.

Moderation and Mindfulness: While nourishing your body with wholesome foods is essential, indulging in your favourite treats in moderation is also part of a balanced approach. Mindful eating involves being present during meals and listening to your body’s hunger and fullness signals.

Meal Planning and Preparation: Plan your meals ahead of time to ensure a balanced and nutritious diet. Meal prepping can help you avoid impulsive food choices and make healthier weekly decisions.

Read Labels and Avoid Processed Foods: Be cautious of highly processed foods with added sugars, unhealthy fats, and excessive sodium. Opt for whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible, as they retain more nutrients and are better for your overall health.

Seek Professional Guidance: If you’re unsure about your nutritional needs or have specific health goals, consider consulting a registered dietitian or nutritionist. These experts can provide personalized advice and tailored meal plans to support your well-being.

Enjoy Eating: Make mealtimes enjoyable by trying new recipes and flavours. Eating should be a pleasurable experience, and finding joy in your food choices can enhance your commitment to good nutrition.

Remember, developing good nutrition is a gradual process. Be patient with yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. By adopting these practices and making conscious choices, you can nurture your body with the nourishment it deserves and embrace a lifestyle of long-lasting health and vitality.

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