An interesting development happened this week in Australian nutrition: Nutrition Australia released their new Healthy Eating Pyramid and it looks like they’ve (almost) copied the dietflex guidelines. Wow! It’s about time they caught up.
“The 2015 Healthy Eating Pyramid depicts the types and proportions of foods the average Australian should consume in one day for good health. It depicts whole foods and minimally-processed foods in the five core food groups, plus healthy fats, as the foundation of a balanced diet that’s based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013).” http://nutritionaustralia.org/national/healthy-eating-pyramid/updating-pyramid
We note that the guidelines are for the “average Australian”. There is not a single diet that fits everyone – all diets and eating patterns need to be adjustable to suit the individual and all need tweaking for anyone with a specific goal in mind. As far as general population-wide advice goes, though, the new Healthy Eating Pyramid looks very good.
|Recommendation||What we love|
|Enjoy herbs and spices||What a great way to flavour foods without adding anything nasty or processed. Herbs are very easy to grow at home, too.|
|Choose water||Water is essential not only for life but also for good health, and the options for cold drinks mostly have a lot of added sugar or sweeteners.|
|Vegetables and legumes||Vegetables have been moved to the bottom of the pyramid, meaning that the recommendation is that these are the foods we eat should eat the most.|
|Fruit||Fruit is also on the bottom of the pyramid, but in a small section to indicate that you don’t need to eat much.|
|Grains||The daily intake recommendation for grains has been reduced, and the focus changed to be more about nutrient-dense, minimally processed grains.|
|Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives||The advice towards low-fat dairy has been removed.|
|Lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes||The recommendation of a variety of meat and non-meat options.|
|Healthy fats||Healthy fats are at the top of the pyramid, which recognises their important addition to our everyday eating patterns.|
|Limit salt||If limiting salt means limiting processed foods, we’re all for it.|
|Limit added sugar||Limiting sugar is emerging as one of the primary changes to make to improve health and weight.|
|Enjoy a variety of food and be active every day!||Great recommendation.|
What to change for weight loss
If you’d like help adapting the guidelines to support your weight loss goals, contact your nearest dietflex coach.
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