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Get your eating back on track

Thursday, 23rd January, 2014

Far West Local Health District, nutrition assistant, Stacey Evers and dietitian, Heidi Drenkhahn showing that fruit and water is better than left over Christmas lollies. Far West Local Health District, nutrition assistant, Stacey Evers and dietitian, Heidi Drenkhahn showing that fruit and water is better than left over Christmas lollies.

By Emily Roberts

Now that the festive season is over, for many it’s time to make some healthy changes and get back on track.

Far West Local Health District, dietitian, Heidi Drenkhahn said it can be easy to keep up bad habits from the Christmas period.

“It can be easy to continue with a larger appetite and more regular snacking after the Christmas period,” she said.

“Try to scale down the size of your meals and avoid snacking on leftover chocolates, biscuits and lollies.

“Aim to return to your usual eating patterns and drink water regularly to help keep you feeling fuller.”

Ms Drenkhahn said the best low-kilojoule, high volume foods are salads and vegetables. 

“Use these to form the majority of your meals to avoid kilojoule overload whilst keeping your belly happy,” she said.

“Staying well hydrated is very important to avoid uneccessary hunger. Keep a bottle of water with you or have a jug of cold water in the fridge and keep sipping all day.”

Many New Years resolutions are based around weight loss, more exercise and healthier lifestyles, Ms Drenkhahn said.

“Lots of people want to use the new year to make a fresh start in their lives,” she said.

“When making a resolution try to set specific goals, that way you can easily tell if you’ve achieved it or not.

“When setting goals, make sure they are achievable not only in the short term but forever.

“There’s no point overhauling your lifestyle only to find what you’re doing unsustainable and returning to the same unhealthy practices as before.

“Start small, build up slowly and get healthy for the long run not just a few months.” 

Motivation at the start of a new year can be running high, so it is important to use that to stay healthy.

“You need to have a plan for when that motivation may start to wane. What is your reason for getting healthier? Why are you changing you lifestyle? Write down a list of your motivators and stick them up somewhere you’ll see them every day to remind you why your effort is worth it,” Ms Drenkhahn said.

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