Designed to support members and friends through these stressful COVID-19 times, the afternoon session highlighted simple steps we can all take to ensure we eat nutritionally balanced meals that provide the essential vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy. Through the engaging presentation with Simone, who drew on her 25+ years of experience as a dietician, we all enjoyed an insightful, engaging and helpful introductory session to The Healthiest You series.
Jason Sun of the ACHA put it in simple terms with his opening remarks “without health, you have nothing else” – highlighting the necessary awareness we must all have to maintain our nutritional wellbeing when working under stress. You can read Jason’s recent Health & Medical rRsearch update from our recent event with the Victorian Commissioner to China here.
Simone professionally navigated our guests through the topics of positive nutrition, forming beneficial eating habits and easy pitfalls to avoid and answered a range of questions. Simple, yet highly informative advice that we hope provided everyone with useful takeaways.
You can follow Simone Austin on her website, Facebook, Instagram or visit the Swisse Wellness Hub for further information on maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
Some of Simone’s key takeaways were:
- Nutrition should be enjoyable!
- Most people choose their food based on:
- What is available/convenient.
- What Mum and Dad give you.
- What you like to eat.
- What you are culturally used to eating.
- Nutritional value (maybe).
- Nutrition needs to come higher up the list.
- Gut health is an increasingly important aspect of our overall wellbeing.
- Prebiotics are very important for gut health.
- Foods like onion, garlic, cabbage, legumes etc. all have prebiotics to feed your immune system
- Colon cancer is one of the biggest killers in western society – eating wholegrains can help alleviate this by feeding your gut bacteria.
- Eat a rainbow: vitamins, minerals and polyphenols
- The different colours of natural foods is brought about by different nutritional products – eating a variety of different coloured foods is a good way to get various minerals/vitamins etc.
- Vegetables help build your immune system and keep sickness at bay. (eat in season for a more economical)
- Aim to eat 30+ plant foods per week.
- Write down how many plant-based foods you eat for a week (and tell Simone about it on her Facebook).
- Spices=antioxidants eg. Chili is a good source of vitamin C.
- Always wash root vegetables – to get rid of dirt and bacteria.
- Frozen, tinned, or pickled vegetables are an OK alternative to fresh veg.
- 93% of Australians don’t eat 5 serves of vegetables a day.
- Want to eat to raise your mood? – eating for gut health is one of the best things you can do. Fruits and veg are filled with prebiotic fibre – Apples pears cherries mangos for example.
- Good gut health will lead to better all-round body performance and also better brain performance.
- Nutrition is part of an overall wellbeing along with exercise and mindfulness.
- Try and get up to 2 litres of fluids a day.
- Put your mushrooms on the windowsill for about an hour in the sunshine before cooking and they will produce Vitamin D naturally
- Rather than counting calories, keep your serve protein to the size of your palm, carbs to the size of your fist and vegetables to the size of two fists.
- Remember – Nutrition is never black and white and is different for everyone.
Be sure to register to attend one or both of our upcoming sessions in The Healthiest You series, run once again in partnership with Swisse and the Australia China Health Accelerator.
11 August – Preventative Eye Health with Professor Mingguang He (Melbourne University) and Professor Andrew Wilson (Safer Care Victoria): https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/acbc-vic-preventative-eye-health-the-healthiest-you-series-registration-114374073934 – With the increased screen time we’re all doing, we need to look after our eyes.
8 September – A Holistic Approach to Health – Traditional Chinese Medicine with Professor Kylie O’Brien (Australian Institute of Applied Science): https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/acbc-vic-traditional-chinese-medicine-the-healthiest-you-series-registration-114376005712 – Eastern v Western approach to wellbeing.