The healthy eating plan for adults on the Better Health Channel is a guide to how you can plan your meals to follow Australia’s healthy eating guidelines. It’s not a weight loss diet, but just a straightforward healthy eating guide! It provides ideas on a wide variety of fresh summer foods packed with goodness to help you maintain a healthy mind and body.
Remember that eating is a pleasurable activity and should stay that way! Enjoying a meal with your family and friends or participating in community or cultural celebrations is good for our health and wellbeing.
Who is the plan for?
Can my family eat the foods in the plan?
Different people in the family will have different appetites and needs depending on their age and activity level. So, serve sizes may need to be adjusted accordingly.
How much should I eat?
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Do I need to eat snacks?
How often do I need to eat fruits and vegetables?
What’s a serve?
- A serve of fruit is a medium piece such as an apple or orange or 2 smaller pieces such as apricots or plums. ( 150 grams)
- About 8 strawberries or ¼ medium melon or 1 cup diced or canned fruit are equivalent to one piece of fruit
- A serve of vegetables is a cup of salad vegetables
- or ½ cup cooked vegetables. (75 grams)
For a full list of what’s in season and for lots of great fruit and vegetable recipes, visit the Better Health Channel healthy recipes page and choose the In Season tab under Ingredients. Health Tips for Today - Healthy Eating Plan.
What if I don’t eat meat or dairy products?
Will I lose weight following this plan?
The plan hasn’t been designed as a weight loss plan. If you want to lose weight, remember it’s all a matter of energy balance. If you increase the fuel (kilojoules/calories) your body burns by becoming more physically active and decrease your food intake by eating less, you will lose weight. To increase your chances of losing weight, pay attention to portion sizes, limit any extra foods such as drinks such as crisps, corn chips, confectionary, pastries, pies, biscuits, soft drinks, cordial, energy drinks, sports drinks and alcohol. Also, find ways to add more physical activity into your day.
Do I need to buy special food to follow the plan?
All the food available in the plan should be easily available in your local supermarket or fresh food market. Health Tips for Today - Healthy Eating Plan.
What type of fats and oils should I use?
What should I drink?
We recommend you limit your alcohol if you choose to drink. Alcohol is not suitable for children.
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