In Healthy Hints and Hacks

Healthy eating means enjoying a wide variety of nutritious foods.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines (external site) can give you a picture of what you and your family should be eating and drinking every day.

The guidelines recommend that you eat:

  • lots of vegetables of different types and colours (this includes legumes and beans)
  • fruit
  • grain (cereal) foods such as bread, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley (whole grain products are best)
  • lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds
  • milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or dairy alternatives, mostly reduced fat (reduced fat milks are not suitable for children under the age of 2 years).

You should also drink plenty of water every day.

The guidelines also recommend that you take care to:

  • limit foods high in saturated fats such as biscuits, cakes, pies, processed meats, fried foods, crisps and other savoury snacks
  • choose foods that are low in salt and do not add salt to home-cooked meals
  • limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink
  • limit sugary foods and drinks such as lollies, chocolates, soft drinks, cordial, sports drinks and other sweetened beverages.

Diabetes WA runs a number of programs designed to help you make and maintain healthy eating habits.

Speaking with a dietitian can also help get you started on the right path. Find an accredited practising dietitian at the Dietitians Association of Australia.

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