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Simple tips for surviving the holiday season

Ruby Cheung, volunteer nutrition column contributor for Balwyn Evergreen
Ruby Cheung, volunteer nutrition column contributor for Balwyn Evergreen.

With Ruby Cheung

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the challenges of staying on track with your eating! We don't want to dampen any festive spirit... so all you need to remember are three little words: balance, variety and moderation. 

Balance - try to include all five food groups each day:

  • Vegetables and legumes/beans

  • Fruit

  • Grains

  • Lean red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds

  • Dairy (preferably reduced fat) or alternatives 

Variety - it's all about “eating the rainbow” so try to include as many different colours in your meals as possible. For example: Red (strawberries/beetroots); Orange (mandarine/carrot); Yellow (lemon/capsicum); Green (kiwifruit/broccoli); Blue (blueberries/cabbage); Purple (grapes/eggplant); White (garlic/mushrooms) 

Moderation - overeating any one type of food can do more harm than good, especially sugary, salty or fatty foods. Eating should be an enjoyable and mindful experience.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday.

Ruby Cheung is studying for a Master of Nutrition and Population Health. She's complementing her studies by volunteering with Balwyn Evergreen. 


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