Healthy eating with Smart Health
It’s all about balance
We’ve all heard of different fads and different diets. But really, a healthy diet is all about balance. There’s no such thing as unhealthy food, as long as you’re eating it in moderation.
The experts at Smart Health talk about the 80/20 rule. Enjoying your favourite treats 20 per cent of the time, as long as you’re making nutritious healthy choices for the remaining 80 per cent of your diet.
But with so much information out there, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why it’s always important to listen to reliable sources like the NHS, or if you’re an AIG customer, your dedicated team of Smart Health nutritionists.
And they’ve been sharing their wisdom in the videos below. Listen to Sophie’s top three tips on improving your health with what you eat, and Sarah with her tricks on how to make baking sweet treats healthy. Give them a watch.
Getting your portion sizes right
When plating up your meals, you want to know how much of each food you should be eating, right? Well, the best place to start is by using your own hand and breaking your meal up into four groups: protein, vegetables, carbs and fat1.
A portion of protein is your palm
A portion of carbs is your cupped hand
A portion of vegetables is your fist
A portion of fat is your thumb
Start with a portion of protein that’s the size of your palm – this could be anything from chicken breast to lentils – there’s plenty of protein-rich sources out there for everyone, and every diet.
Next add your veg. Use a portion of vegetables that’s the size of your fist and try getting at least two of your favourite veggies into your meals.
Now for your carbs. From rice and noodles to bagels and wraps, you should aim to include a cupped handful of complex carbs (such as brown pasta, rice, bread or other wholegrains) in your meals to keep you fuelled.
Finally add your fats, but remember some fats are healthier than others. Try using a thumb amount of olive oil, nuts, avocados or any other unsaturated fats.
1 Tic Trac, Ensure every meal is balanced, Jan 2021
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