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7 nutrition tips we can't stop talking about

Feb 19th 2014 at 10:49 PM

We live in a world where almost everyone's trying to "eat better," and in this information age it can be difficult to distinguish between hard facts and hot air in terms of nutrition and health advice. With the help of dietitian and nutritionist Susan Fyshe, we've pinpointed the top seven tips you'll need to successfully embrace a healthier lifestyle.

1. Bring fruits and vegetables to the forefront
Though it seems like it's been a cornerstone of a healthy diet since the invention of the scale, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is still your safest bet. "They're like nature's medicine, and in terms of weight control, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is your basic approach," says Fyshe. "They give you a lot of nutrition and fill you up for very few calories."

As longstanding accessories for protein and menu-planning afterthoughts, the place of produce at the table is changing – as the most nutritious, ecologically sound food choice, we're now seeing plant-based fare take centre stage.

2. Establish patterns
Some say that the best defence is a good offense, and when it comes down to surviving the seductive world of not-so-nutritious food, nothing beats a premeditated counter-attack. "You have to lay down patterns; without them you find yourself always making spontaneous choices," says Fyshe. "If you don't have a plan, pleasure is always going to make your decisions for you and you'll end up in a lot of trouble."

Keep healthy foods in the house, eat every three or four hours and bring healthy snacks with you everywhere – replacing each bad habit with a good one will safeguard you against even the most unexpected temptations.

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