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    How can I eat more healthy?

    I want to lose weight and maintain my nutrition levels.
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    Shirley is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 16 years clinical experience in large public hospital and in private practice. She has extensive specialised experience in ... View Profile

    There are many approaches to healthy eating and losing weight. One good way to start is mindful eating. Getting in tune with your body, hunger cue, slowing down the eating process and enjoying the experience. Healthy eating is a way of life and a mindset. Seek support from a dietitian with experience of mindful eating or mindfulness will help your solve the 'how' in the question.

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  • Amanda Benham

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist specialising in plant-based nutrition for optimal human health and sustainable ethical eating. www.humanherbivore.comMy specialty is helping ... View Profile

    I find that for many people it helps to focus on what TO eat, rather than what NOT to eat.  Plant-based diets offer many health benefits, and being rich in fibre they make it easier to maintain a healthy weight. Focus on eating "whole" plant foods, ie whole grains (like brown rice, rolled oats, wholemeal pasta, wholemeal bread etc), legumes (like lentils, chick peas, kidney beans and other beans), green vegetables, other colourful vegetables, fresh fruit and calcium-enriched plant milks (like soy milk, almond milk etc). Avoid or minimise "empty calorie" foods like oils, butter, margarine, soft drinks, lollies and foods based on white flour, as these can displace more nutritious foods from the diet. Even nutritious high fat foods (like nuts, seeds and avocado) can lead to weight gain so eat these in small amounts, if at all.

    If you'd like more information on the plant-based approach to eating, visit my website. www.humanherbivore.com

  • Jane O'Shea

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I am an Accredited Nutritionist and Accredited Practising Dietitian. I am also a licensee for the “Am I Hungry?” Mindful Eating Program, “Am I Hungry” ... View Profile

    If you are not sure what constitutes a healthy diet, then please do seek help from an Accredited Practising Dietitian.  Once you know what to do, then take a step back and look at your lifestyle and consider what is one thing you feel you could easily change to start to improve the quality of your diet.  Once that change is cemented in, then start on making another small change. Small steps, made consistently, soon add up, and before you know it you are well on the way to feeling better because you are eating better!

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