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Three rules for healthy eating

By: Judy Davie

We all know there are a lot of rules or, as they are more leniently referred to as guidelines, for eating a healthy diet, but what if there were only three you had to stick to; three rules passed (and prosecuted on if not adhered to) for healthy eating? This was a conversation I had with a group of friends over breakfast yesterday. After some angst and deliberation these were my three.

  • Eat five serves of vegetables a day.
  • Cut out all soft drinks and diet soft drinks altogether.
  • Cut out all white processed carbohydrates.

    When I asked Naturopath Lisa Costa-Bir what her three rules would be, she, like I had done the day before struggled with her list. After great debate she came up with her list.

  • Drink enough water each day so your urine is clear and not smelly.
  • Eat foods that looks as close to their natural state as possible i.e. wholefoods.
  • Eat at least five serves of various seasonal vegetables in season a day.

    Dr Joanna McMillan had similar issues narrowing down her three but finally came up these.

  • Minimise the amount of processed carbohydrates in your diet.
  • Fill half your plate with veggies at lunch and dinner
  • Never drink soft drinks

    Would anyone else like to have a go?

  • Comments

    Apr 7 2011 7:15PM
    Since I don't like soft drinks, that one doesn't need to go on my list!

    1. Drink plenty of water
    2. Limit alcohol and coffee intake
    3. Eat seasonal foods as close to their natural state as possible
    Comment by: Bee
    Apr 25 2011 12:21PM
    Like Bee I also do not drink soft drinks, so here's my list.

    1. Drink at least 1 lt water per day more if I can
    2. Cut out alcohol or have one only small wine spritzer (1/2 white wine, 1/2 soda/mineral water)
    3. Eat more 'raw' foods, vegies nuts etc.
    Comment by: Vilma
    Jul 12 2011 2:52AM
    1. Eat in moderation
    2. Drink lots of water
    3. Enjoy food!!!
    Comment by: Cherrie
    Jul 14 2011 11:45AM
    1. No sugar
    2. Lots of lovely veggies
    3. Lean protein
    Comment by: Imelda
    Jul 21 2011 2:18PM
    *Drink water or herbal teas regularly throughout the day
    *Eat as close to nature as you can with your food groups for the day
    *Don't eat whilst doing other things - take time for your food to digest
    Comment by: Nell
    Nov 10 2011 3:04PM
    I sometimes eat my dinner at night whilst watching TV. I find I eat much slower - feel full "quicker" and therefore don't over-eat. Raw nuts are good, but not roasted regardless of they are unsalted or salted
    Comment by: Rosemary
    Jan 18 2012 12:07PM
    I would just like to say thanks to all of the above, each time I visit this site I learn more and have a better understanding of what strategies to pursue
    Comment by: cherylynn
    May 13 2012 4:21PM
    This is quite an interesting thought. What three ways to keep healthy as to what to injest. Clean rainwater with any organic flavourings if desired. Orgainic foods of any discription as long as they are not contaminated and as mentioned, "in season" or obtained locally. The third is to use you brain to understand what your body is saying to you as you absorb the substances.
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    Comment by: Abraham
    Jun 6 2014 5:07PM
    thanks for you detailed and helpful writeup i will definitely follow your guideline to stay fit and healthy
    Comment by: presta
    Jan 13 2015 2:13PM
    1. Eat real food
    2. Mostly plants
    3. Not much of it
    Comment by: sonya
    Feb 19 2015 8:04AM
    Is coconut oil healthy to cook with?
    Comment by: Kerry
    May 17 2017 2:59AM
    I love cake!!
    Comment by: Samantha

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