Eating healthy on World Diabetes Day

Today is WORLD DIABETES DAY!

World Diabetes Day is celebrated all around the world today to raise awareness about the alarmingly prevalent illness.

According to Diabetes Victoria, there are 280 new cases of diabetes in Australia every day.

Type 2 diabetes is the form of diabetes where a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of one developing the illness.

So I thought for today, I would discuss the Australian Dietary Guidelines as these recommendations truly represent what a healthy and well-balanced Australian diet is all about.

While we all know what it means to live healthy, here is a refresher…

Physical Activity

Guideline number 1 recommends we all achieve and maintain a healthy weight by being physically active and eating nutritious foods based on our energy needs.

Variety of nutritious foods

The Dietary Guidelines recommend we eat a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups every day.

Take a look at the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating below for some examples of foods found within the five food groups:

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Limit “extra” foods

Limiting the intake of foods that contain saturated fat, added sugar, added salt and alcohol is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines.

These include foods such as chips, lollies, soft drinks, sweet biscuits, ice cream, deep fried fast foods and alcohol.

(If you’re a sweet tooth and find this guideline hard to follow, why not check out my QUICK AND HEALTHY DESSERTS for healthy ways to ensure something that tastes naughty).

These guidelines are based on scientific evidence and as of February this year have been recently updated according to the evidence base that is out there today.

For more information head to International Diabetes Federation and Eat For Health.

Stay healthy!

– Jenna

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