Trying to maintain a healthy diet? Here’s 5 simple tips to live by.

 Top 5 tips for maintaining a healthy diet

Written for Brighton Road Food Market by David Bryant, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Personal trainer, Catalyst Nutrition and Dietetics

  1. Fill your shopping trolley with fresh fruit and vegetables - it'll save you money, think about the price per kilo of fresh produce e.g. $2-$10/kg compared to processed/packaged/junk food which can be 10 times the price. Strawberry punnets for example are $2.99 at the moment from Brighton Road.
  1. Divide your plate - When in doubt aim for 1/2 plate vegies, 1/4 plate low gi/unrefined carbohydrates (such as brown rice, potatoes) and 1/4 plate lean protein of choice (100g of fish, chicken).
  1. Prioritise your afternoon tea - Think about the time between lunch and dinner, often 6-8 hours. No wonder you are tired and don't feel like anything but the couch after work. Think fresh fruit/veg with a small amount of an unrefined carbohydrate of choice and protein eg natural yoghurt with tb nuts, sprinkle of oats and piece of fruit.
  1. Fish fuels your brain and assists recovery - Aim to consume 2-3, 150g serves of oily fish/week for heart and brain health, it'll also assist recovery post training due to the anti-inflammatory properties.
  1. Consistency is king - one bad meal won't break you, just like one good meal won't make you. Make good choices as many times as possible across the week (not healthy from Mon-Thurs and then very average over the weekend).

Good luck!!


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