Lately I’ve been giving thought to the food I’ve been eating as opposed to the food I should be eating. Unexpectedly, my eating habits have changed since being in isolation. Some of those habits have been for the better, but some leave much to be desired. I came across the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, below, which to me, gives a very clear indication of the best foods to eat. I’m fairly sure that most of us know this information anyway. I’ve read so much about nutrition, that I could probably write a book about it myself. But regardless, an occasional refresher is a good idea.
Taking a close look at our eating habits occasionally is also a good idea. Bad habits can slowly creep in and before we know it, they are a habit that’s hard to break. Most readers will be aware that I gave up chocolate last year. I felt I needed to do that as a circuit breaker as the chocolate habit, was becoming a problem. I craved chocolate at first, but not as much as I expected. It seemed to be the right time for me to give it up as I was really ready for it. I have no intention of bringing it back into my diet, as I no longer miss it and chocolate for me is a huge danger food.
When I did a bit of an audit of my eating plan, I found it wasn’t really too bad. I eat healthy grains every day, and lots of green leafy vegies which are usually very fresh as we grow them in our garden. I eat a small amount of meat. Up until recently, I have been pescatarian for about 30 years. A pescetarian is a person who doesn’t eat meat, but does eat fish. A while ago, when I was unwell, (nothing to do with not eating meat) the doctor advised me, that a small amount of meat occasionally would be a good idea, now that I’m much older. So, I’ve added a very small amount of meat to my diet lately.
Other than that small amount of meat, my main source of protein is fish, chickpeas and eggs. Before I was regularly eating a small amount of meat, I had regular blood tests, to keep track of my iron levels. They were never a problem. Many people think that vegetarians have iron deficiency, but that’s not necessarily the case, if a healthy diet is followed.
That’s the good news about my diet. The bad news is that I can easily over indulge on sweet treats if I’m not careful. It seems that I have always had to be very careful of this and still do. When I was younger it didn’t matter, as I was exercising strenuously for hours every day. Most days I would burn up 1000 calories and more during exercise. This easily counteracted any treats that I might eat.
These days, now that my exercise routine, is much less vigorous, and less intense, I need to be very careful not to eat too many calories. I really don’t enjoy counting calories, but tend to go by what my body is feeling like. I’ve found that if I really listen to my body, I tend to make good choices. From now on, I plan to keep the chart below in mind, as I make my food choices.
I found the chart at Eat For Health. Check out their website for further information.
I’d love to hear about your diet challenges. I promise to reply to all comments made. I love it when we have a conversation.
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