Local Leaders | Nutrition: How a nutritionist answers the question: "Just tell me what to eat."

Sometimes I feel there is more nutrition advice out there than you could poke a Nutribullet at!

These days we have truly complicated, over-thought and twisted nutrition science to the point where I'm no longer surprised when asked, "Just tell me what to eat?".

Now I'm not here to push one diet over another, because ultimately all diets work if you can stick to them. In truth, there is no one perfect way to eat, there are many!

That said, what I do care about most is that we place our focus on eating more real food, and then within that context we can play around with different eating styles based on our culture and personal preference.

When I say 'real food', what I'm referring to are whole foods - foods which are close to their natural state and have been minimally processed.

I'm talking about eating more colourful food, and less from colourful packaging.

Whole foods tend to be more nutrient rich, contain a lower energy density, keep us feeling fuller for longer and our body knows what to do with it. They are not kind of strange 'food-like substance' - that's right, I'm looking squarely at you two-minute noodles.

By all means, it's perfectly fine to consume frozen and tinned produce, but do select those with less processing. Freezer and pantry staples such as tinned tomatoes, legumes, fruit and frozen vegetables are all fine, however the same can't be said for frozen meat pies, and the like.

If there was one line to sum up how we should eat, it would have to be when Michael Pollen said "eat food, not too much, mostly plants".

So, whether your eating style is 'meat and three veg' or you enjoy cooking food from various world cuisines, be sure to always fill your plate with loads of colour and opt for less processed ingredients.

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