7 healthy habits anyone could do (recommended by dietitians)

Finding the truth among the false information and fad diets can be tricky.  I’m all about keeping it simple at What About Health?. I asked seven dietitians to share their top tip for healthy eating, and they delivered!

Do you do any of these tips already? Maybe pick one and start making a small change this week. Remember, all it takes is small sustainable changes – that’s what really leads to lifelong habits (no crash diets here!).

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5 ways my nutrition degree changed the way I eat

I thought I knew all about food. That was before my degree.

A nutrition degree is intense. It’s packed with science, anatomy, stats, nutrition and food.  You don’t need a degree to learn how to eat healthy.

What changed for me? One, learning the foundations of healthy eating from uni. Two, learning from other health professionals who know how to sensibly think about food. I’m not a perfect eater (and won’t be). But I’ve definitely changed a few ways I eat since my nutrition and dietetics degree.

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Essential links for any nutrition student

As a student dietitian, I get my fair share of nutrition questions. I’m still learning and there are many things I don’t know (or don’t feel confident) enough to answer straight away. After all, we’re meant to be the ones to provide evidence-based information.

Giving the wrong information can be dangerous and as students we shouldn’t be adding to the misinformation. Out of a desire for correct knowledge and curiosity (this was one of the reasons I started this blog), I’ll look for the answer to these questions. Over the past few years, I’ve come up with a list of my go-to-resources for information.
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Eat and Enjoy this Christmas

Eat what you want this Christmas. Eat without feeling guilty. Enjoy what you eat.

The traditional message from health professionals are to use portion control and everyone is shocked when a nutrition student would go for extra helpings of cake or ice-cream. And if you’re already trying to lose weight, the Christmas feast can be frightening. Boxing Day can leave you guilty and planning to exercise all those extra kilojoules off, if you can be bothered. Continue reading…

What nutrition advice should you trust?

First, fat is the enemy and low-fat is your friend, then sugar is the enemy and quinoa is your friend, then grains are the enemy and kale smoothies are your friend, then bacon becomes a superfood and then it gives you cancer… There’s the paleo diet, the 5:2 diet, calorie counting, clean eating, raw, vegan… In a world full of contradictory advice from a myriad of “experts”, how are we to know which advice to really follow?

I want to give you some questions to help you evaluate and discern between fact and fad in the crazy world of dietary information. Continue reading…

Easter, Eggs and Expanding Waistlines

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It’s already April and Easter long weekend is tomorrow! There are so many things I love about Easter – the 4 day long weekend, celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection, the hot cross buns, feasts and the family get together  – it’s fantastic!

With long weekends and holidays, there is an abundance of all sorts of food! Anyone who knows me, knows I love food. But while there is amazing food during Easter, there is an overload of chocolate and hot cross buns (which contain a lot of kilojoules). Continue reading…

The Wonders of Water

It’s UN-World Water Day and while this may be insignificant to many of us, it reminds us how amazing water is! We have access to safe, clean drinking water straight from our taps. That’s something we simply cannot take for granted.

But water can often seem boring and make us feel guilty for not drinking enough of it! But it’s vital to stay hydrated.

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Autumn – Eat Seasonally!

Goodbye Summer and hello Autumn!

There is so much I love about summer – stone fruits, the sun and the beach.

But Autumn brings a drop in temperature, the end of daylight savings, the changing colours of leaves and different seasonal fruits & vegetables!

The sayings ‘eat seasonally’ or ‘eat what is in season’ are often tossed around the ‘nutrition world’ to encourage people to consume a variety of a food. But what do they actually mean? Continue reading…

Why we’re asking the question

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After months, if not years, we have been discussing health, nutrition, fitness and life!  We (Tara and Lana) are sisters and we have decided to team up to share our thoughts and experiences with others, and document our journey being healthy students together.

What are we doing?

We hope to share our knowledge of health, nutrition and fitness. We hope that you may learn something new, but also hope to encourage you to live healthy as we attempt to!

Being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, it doesn’t need to involve a bunch of “superfoods” with strange names and sky-high prices, it doesn’t require hours and hours of sweat, blood and tears. Being healthy should be enjoyed by everyone..

What about health?

Strange name, right? It’s a question that we have started asking ourselves as our lives have changed over the past few years.

For the first time in a long time, our weeks look strangely similar again. We both have husbands working full time, we are hitting the books every day, and those households won’t run themselves. Is it possible to juggle all these things and be healthy? You betcha!

Regardless of what season of life we (or you) are in, the question should always be: What about health?

So… what’s the answer?

What do we mean when we use the word health? We both firmly believe that being healthy is not focusing on the number on those scales, or being skinny, or restricting yourself so much that food loses all joy.

Being healthy is about keeping your body nourished well so that you can get the best out of life for as long as you can. This means putting the right fuel into your body, finding ways to keep active and looking after yourself so that you can be in the best position to love and care for others.

We’re both passionate about doing this ourselves, and inspiring others to do the same. With Lana’s nutrition and dietetic knowledge, and Tara’s journalism and blogging experience, we hope that sharing our perspective and journey will help you to see that not only is health important, it’s also fun.

What to expect

We will be dispelling common myths about health, sharing some of the ways that we approach and think about taking care of ourselves and our families, and encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and make small changes for long term benefits.

God gave us bodies that can work in amazing ways when we look after them properly. So now is the time to start asking the question – what about health?

What do you think makes someone healthy?

Photo: Fruit Salad by Didriks