Healthy Woman - eating well, eating right

By Cheenu Prashar Vig in Dietetics

Mar 14 , 2015 | 1 min read

Committing to a healthy diet is the best way to care for yourself. Women of all ages should consume a healthy, nutritious diet to give them sufficient energy to perform their various activities, provide a means to support lifelong weight control through their different phases of life – starting from pregnancy to menopause.

TIP 1 - Eat to boost energy and control cravings

Skipping breakfast can leave you hungry and tired during the day. Get your metabolism going by eating a wholesome, healthy breakfast.

TIP 2 - Do not cut out the fat

The good fats contribute to health and vitality, support mood, help maintain a healthy weight and improve the look of skin, nails and hair. Healthy fats are needed to absorb certain vitamins like A, D, E and K which are fat-soluble.

TIP 3 - Add fiber for weight loss

  • Replace White rice, Bread, and Pasta with Brown rice and whole grain products.
  • Make fruits and vegetables as your in-between snacks, wheat bran, fresh or dried fruit to your favourite breakfast cereal.
  • Add bulk to salads by adding nuts, seeds, kidney beans, chickpeas, or black beans

TIP 4 - Bone up on Calcium

It's important for women of all ages to eat foods that contribute to strong bones as women have a higher risk of osteoporosis than men. Milk is the best source of calcium and the best absorbed too. Calcium is also found in green leafy vegetables, whole grain cereals, nuts, some fruits and small fish.

TIP 5 - Antioxidants for healthy ageing

Certain antioxidants have been shown to fight cancer, boost immunity, keep bones strong and help you concentrate better, remember more, and feel calmer. Antioxidants – found in fresh vegetables and fruits (berries, prunes, cherries, plums, water melon), nuts and seeds.