Nutrition and Physical Activity are the cornerstone to good health.
This means a healthy lifestyle – being active daily (for at least 30 minutes in as many ways as possible) and incorporating nutritious foods from the four food groups:
- Breads & cereals
- Fruit & vegetables
- Milk and milk products
- Meat & Meat alternatives
Portion sizes are important
Too much high fat, high sugar foods is too much and we all know what that is.
Healthy food can be affordable
- Shopping for specials
- Buying in bulk and splitting the costs
- Buying seasonal fruit and vegetables
- Hunting and gathering
Diets don’t work.
We need three balanced meals of appropriate portions every day. Drastically restricting our food intake and skipping meals slows down our metabolism, and because we cant sustain a ‘diet’ forever, when we give up and go back to eating what we were eating before we are more likely to put on weight. This yo-yo weight status is more harmful to us.
Small Changes add up.
We can still enjoy the kai we like but its about small changes:
- Changing the type of milk & cheese we eat at home to reduce our fat intake
- Using lower fat products in place of cream
- Changing the way we cook our kai i.e. grilling instead of frying
- Increasing our vegetable portions and reducing the amount of meat on our plate
- Changing from full sugar fizzy drink to a ‘diet’ or ‘zero’ variety
Breast is best when it comes to feeding baby.
Exclusively breastfeed infants for six months, and introduce complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for at least one year and beyond
Where to go for individual dietary advice:
- Your GP/Family Doctor
- Your local Primary Health Organisation (PHO), or iwi provider.