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Nutrition on a plate

Kate Freeman

What if it was possible to combine your love of food with good health and nutrition? What if you could eat tasty, exciting meals and still lose weight or meet your health and fitness goals? Would you want to know how?

I believe it’s possible and I’m on a mission to show people how you can have both a tasty and nutritious meal all at the same time. I call it: Nutrition on a Plate.

The problem…

Healthy food has gotten itself a bad name. I often hear the words ‘boring’, ‘tasteless’, ‘unsatisfying’ or my personal favourite ‘rabbit food’ spoken when used to describe nutritious food. Nutritionists, dietitians and other weight loss programs have a lot to answer for. We’ve endured years of horrible low fat, low sugar, dry, boring, cardboard like tasting food that has left us thinking ‘delicious’ and ‘healthy’ cannot coexist on the same plate.

A client of mine recently shared that months of eating Jenny Craig meals, even though she’d lost weight, had left her miserable from the repetition and lack of flavour. ‘I can’t eat like that for the rest of my life’, she had said. ‘I need to be able to enjoy my food’.

This statement excited me so much. I’m so looking forward to showing her how she can combine her love for food and eat healthy meals that help her lose weight. It really is possible to put nutrition on a plate in a way that’s enjoyable and flavoursome.

The solution…

It’s one thing to know about good nutrition; how much protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals and water you should consume for good health. It’s a whole other thing to actually translate that nutrition information into a meal on your plate that tastes great, is easy, economical and enjoyable for the whole family.

So how do you do it?

Consistently eating well requires four important principles: knowledge, organisation, routine and balance.

You must have sound nutrition advice to follow in order to get the results you are after. Poor nutrition information will leave you in less than optimum health and in some instances can be quite dangerous. Only ever get nutrition information from a Registered Nutritionist or Accredited Practicing Dietitian.

Once you have good knowledge, plus some meal and snack inspiration, organisation makes it a reality. With a meal plan on the pin-board, fresh fruit and vegetables in your fridge and the groceries sorted for the week you are much more likely to put ‘nutrition on a plate’ than if this pre-thought had not occurred.

Healthy food, is generally fresh, unprocessed food that requires preparation and cooking. We live busy lifestyles and unlike Jamie Oliver (who has a dream vegetable garden and his own gardener) we don’t have the luxury of just popping outside to grab a fresh carrot or two. Good organisation is a major key to good nutrition.

Organisation, for it to work, requires routine. In fact, your body loves routine. It loves predictability and thrives when it’s fed and rested in a consistent, predictable manner. Waking at the same time every day and eating a great breakfast is a good start. Irregular meals and random food choices doesn’t usually coincide with nutritious food choices.

Like most things in life, good advice should be balanced advice. I usually don’t like taking extremes, especially in the field of nutrition. Extremes can be dangerous and there are always exceptions to every ‘rule’. When sifting through nutrition advice be careful of the extremes. For example: ‘No carb”, ‘high protein’, ‘fat free’, ‘detox’, ‘lose weight fast’.

My personal philosophy is this: You only live once, so get the best out of your body by feeding it nutritious food. However, you only live once, so don’t forget to enjoy the foods you love.

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Kate Freeman

Kate Freeman is a Registered Nutritionist and the founder and managing director of The Healthy Eating Hub. Kate’s healthy eating philosophy is all about whole, fresh foods, being realistic about life and creating long term healthy eating habits. She doesn’t believe in detoxes, fad diets or quick fixes. Once you’ve finished working with Kate, you’ll be empowered to feed yourself well for the rest of you life! More about the Author

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