Healthy Eating Tips With Diet Solutions
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. The food we put into our bodies affects our physical, mental and emotional health. With developments in research, dieticians have been discovering new ways to improve general health and wellbeing.
The locally-based ‘Diet Solutions’ clinic is made up of a team of experienced dietitians with a passion for translating the latest research into practical dietary changes to improve health and wellbeing. They specialise in various conditions, but are most well-known for their expertise in managing gastrointestinal disorders.
Some of the Diet Solutions team members are currently involved directly in researching dietary therapies for IBS and the low FODMAP diet within the Monash University Low FODMAP Diet Research Team.
With progressive research and a profound understanding of diet, we asked Michelle Holt from Diet Solutions for her top summer diet tips to keep us healthy both inside and out:
- Summer brings with it a new range of delicious fruits and vegetables that will be in season. Packed with important nutrients and fibre, fruits and veggies like raspberries, corn and nectarine are ideal choices to bump up the nutritional quality of your diet.
- Freeze leftover vegetables and fruit such as spinach, bananas, mangoes and berries, then on a hot day blend them together with a dash of milk / yoghurt / dairy alternative with some spices and herbs (think mint) for a delicious guilt-free drink.
- Dehydration is more likely to occur in the warmer weather, particularly if you’re exercising. Nothing beats water to keep dehydration at bay, so keeping a water bottle handy is a good reminder to keep drinking fluids throughout the day.
- Mealtimes aren’t just for getting the nutrients you need – they also provide an opportunity for socialising and interaction. The warmer weather makes is easy to eat meals outside – a great excuse to get the family together at meal time.
- Opt for refreshing salads on warm summer evenings. Pack them full of seasonal vegetables and herbs such as fresh corn, tomato, basil, and grated zucchini. Fruit can also work well in salads – try some melon, peach, nectarine or orange segments. Add a tasty dressing and some protein for a wholesome, satisfying meal.
- Nothing goes together better than summer and seafood! Fresh fish is packed with omega 3 fatty acids which play an important role in cardiovascular health. Pair a piece of fish with some lemon, a crispy green salad and you’ve got yourself a nutrient-packed lunch or dinner dish.
- Preparation is key. Having healthy options pre-prepared and accessible when you are out and about, on holiday or at the beach will mean you won’t be caught out if you are on the run.
- It’s important to realise that ‘healthy eating’ is more than just what you put on your plate, but your relationship with food, too. Being able to enjoy treats without feeling guilty can hard but it’s important to have balance for a truly healthy and happy lifestyle. The trick is to stop thinking of foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, just enjoy everything in moderation.
Keen to find out more about diet and nutrition for a better health outlook? Speak to one of Diet Solutions’ consultants across multiple sites throughout Melbourne, including Bundoora and Greensborough, as well as via Skype and telephone.
Visit dietsolutions.net.au or phone 1300 422 498.