Healthy Eating Habits

Our traditional Kiwi diet which tends to be high in meat and dairy fat – the meat and three veggies meal –

healthy eating habits

…has made us very vulnerable to heart and blood vessel disease, not to mention a whole range of other diseases, such as diabetes.

Research has shown that adopting healthy eating habits we can both reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower an already elevated blood pressure.

The New Zealand Heart Foundation has recommend the following guidelines for maintaining healthy eating habits.

  • make vegetables a major part of at least one meal each day and eat fruit frequently
  • choose whole grain breads instead of white varieties more often
  • eat more cereals (rice, pasta and other grains) and legumes (dried peas and beans). Try flavoring these with small amounts of lean meat, rather than basing the whole meal around meat
  • use only very small amounts of very lean meats and poultry without skin
  • choose low-fat dairy products (milk, yoghurt and cheese)
  • eat fish (not fried) at least twice a week
  • ]make high fat and/or high sugar bakery products, fast foods, desserts, soft drinks and confectionery occasional treats rather than everyday food
  • use small amounts of margarine and vegetable oils (preferably olive and canola) instead of butter
  • grill, boil, steam, bake or microwave rather than fry
  • reduce your salt intake
  • look for the Heart Foundation Tick for healthy food choices
  • drink plenty of water
  • rediscover the joy of cooking wholesome meals at home and teach your kids!

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