BY LAUREN MCGUCKIN
The types and amounts of nutrients we require fluctuate throughout our lifetime, so it is important that our eating habits change too so we can feel fabulous, vibrant and alive at every age! Accredited Practising Dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia Lauren McGuckin shines a light on these important nutrients and explains why they are necessary to ensure you are getting the most out of your diet.
Partying from knock-off time on Friday until the bar closes on Sunday evening, then working through the week only to do it all again next weekend? Good times! However, your twenties really are ‘prime time’ to develop healthy habits that will see you lead a full and healthy life for many years to come.
It’s all about balance. Aim to apply the 80/20 rule: if you participate in regular physical activity, treating yourself to a small serving of something that you absolutely love, which is otherwise not nutritionally necessary, is one of life’s great pleasures. However, ensure that the rest of your day is filled with plenty of fresh vegetables, two servings of fruit, wholegrain breads and cereals, lean meat, dairy and small amounts of healthy fats, such as olive oil.
Aim to fill half of your plate with colourful vegetables. Remember that protein keeps you full, so have a serving with each meal and choose quality over quantity when it comes to grains; high-fibre, whole grains are the best choice. Try to snack on fruit and dairy products between meals too.
Be sure to drink smart as well. The current Australian guidelines for safe consumption of alcohol are no more than two standard drinks on any day and at least two alcohol-free days a week. A standard drink is equivalent to 100ml of wine or a 30ml nip of spirits.
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