Easy tips for healthy eating made simple

Easy tips for healthy eating made simple

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Registered dietitian Stefanie Senior says losing or maintaining weight can be a challenge and often confusing especially when it comes to determining what exactly we should eat as part of a proper diet.
Hydration: do we need eight cups, two liters or three gallons of fluid per day? While proper fluid intake is based on personal health and activity, Senior does suggest that we drink fluids throughout the day to replenish liquids lost. All fluids, except for alcohol count, however, when on a diet, it is best to reach for low / no calorie options where available. Senior suggests alternating plain water with sparkling water, no calorie beverages and herbal teas.
Fibre: found in bran products, fruits and vegetables, fibre is a key component of a healthy diet. To avoid overwhelming your system, men should aim for 38 grams / per day while women should aim for 25 grams. Fibre should be consumed at equal intervals throughout the day and be sure to drink fluids to help pass through the digestive system. Senior regularly recommends a high fibre diet to her clients as it can help control weight, as well as manage cholesterol and blood pressure.
Carbohydrates: 45 – 65 per cent of one’s diet should come from carbohydrates. Those trying to lose weight should stay in the lower range while very active people or athletes should aim for the higher end. Look for low glycemic index carbohydrates including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Don’t eliminate carbohydrates as they are the body and brain’s preferred source of energy and without them, the body will break down protein, slowing your metabolism.
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