Perhaps you've been meticulous with your money over the years, investing in shares, property or superannuation, with the aim of retiring on a comfortable sum of money. But what about your body? Just how much time and effort have you invested in your eating habits and exercise routine over the past few years? If the answer is ‘little or none’, it’s time to rethink your health investment. Just as delaying your financial investment until late in life will negatively impact on your net wealth, little investment in your lifestyle and eating habits will negatively impact on your health.
The basics of good nutrition
Variety is the key to a healthy, balanced diet, which means lots of interesting food and lots of flavour. Some people refer to ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, but there are no good and bad foods, only good diets and bad diets. Eating a variety of food from the core food groups, in the right balance, is what healthy eating is all about.
Try to eat a selection of foods from the following food groups:
- Vegetables and fruits – including fresh, canned and dried varieties.
- Breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles.
- Reduced fat or low fat dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese and custard.
- Lean meats, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, unsalted nuts and seeds.
- Small amount of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils, margarine spreads, mayonnaise & dressings.
- Occasional treats for your pleasure