These days, just about everyone knows the importance of eating healthy and staying active. Not only is it doing your body a favour, but a healthy lifestyle can also do wonders for your energy levels and mood.
Yet in spite of this, obesity is still a major issue for many Australians. A report from Monash University states that over 5 million Australians are obese, and if the current level of weight gain continues, almost 80 per cent of all Australian adults will be obese or overweight by 2025.
Making a change to your dietary habits by cutting out more of the unhealthy fats and processed food, in conjunction with regular exercise, can help maintain a good level of physical health.
If you struggle to achieve a varied diet rich in nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, here are a few tips and tricks that may help.
Go the grass-fed route
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up all of your favourite foods. If you’re a self-confessed carnivore that can’t get by without juicy steaks, tender lamb and other meaty delights, try using grass-fed meat in your cooking instead.
Grass-fed beef and lamb are raised on a diet based of mainly grass and other foraged food, with cattle grazing through open pastures instead of the traditional feedlots.
This means their meat is tender and flavoursome with a superior taste, compared to meat from animals fed with the typical corn and grain-based mix of foods. It also results in meat that has less total fat per serving and is packed with heart-healthy fatty acids.
Juice it up
If you find it difficult to get a sufficient level of fruits and vegetables into your diet, you might want to try juicing.
This involves using fresh fruits and vegetables to produce homemade juice packed with plenty of natural antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. It’s a great way to get more nutrients into your diet than you normally would otherwise, as you can combine many different fruits and vegetables into one drink.