I n your lifetime you are going to eat about 10,000 meals – proper sit-down meals, not just snacks – every decade of your life. Not all of them need to be healthy, however most of them should be. Best you find out what a healthy meal is…

Fresh is better than processed

The world is full of fast food, junk food and processed food. It’s yummy, it’s easy and… It’s not that good for you. But you know that. Once in awhile is OK, but once a day is not. End of sermon.

Vegetable is better than animal

When South Africans celebrate their shared identity, their thoughts turn to the braai grid. But deep in your ancestry you ate plants and you loved them. Your body prefers the clean protein that comes from vegetables, eggs, soy, nuts, seeds and beans. Try them.

Complex carbs are better than simple carbs

Soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate bars – they aren’t good for your body or your brain. Again, make sure you are eating things like whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds. They are good fibre too.

Variety is the spice of life
Remember; you are going to eat thousands of meals in your life. Why stick with a handful of trusted favourites? Experiment a little. Try different things. You never know what you may like. Start now.

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