Health and Fitness, Healthy Diet

How To Get More Fibre Into Your Diet

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Most of us need to eat more fibre and have fewer added sugars in our diet. Eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer.

Government guidelines published in July 2015 say that our dietary fibre intake should increase to 30g a day, as part of a healthy balanced diet. As most adults are only eating an average of about 18g day, we need to find ways of increasing our intake.

Children under the age of 16 don’t need as much fibre in their diet as older teenagers and adults, but they still need more than they get currently:

  • 2-5 year-olds: need about 15g of fibre a day
  • 5-11 year-olds: need about 20g
  • 11-16 year-olds: need about 25g

On average, children and teenagers are only getting around 15g or less of fibre a day. Encouraging them to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and starchy foods (choosing wholegrain versions and potatoes with the skins on where possible) can help to ensure they are eating enough fibre.

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Health and the New Year Resolution!

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Haven’t we always been asked this question which does sound clichéd nowadays?? – “So what’s your new year resolution going to be?” Much as we all try to keep up the promise of whatever we resolve to change in the New Year, it slowly loses steam even before the first month of the New Year ends.

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Start Your New Year Afresh

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‘Tis the season to be jolly (and ready for the new year). It is that time of the year again when family members gather around the table despite their hectic schedules and dig out all the embarrassing childhood memories to laugh at it together.

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GetDoc Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas!

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Festivities are always synonymous with great food, with friends and family around, and lots of celebration and happiness. While it is perfectly ok to indulge in all the amazing food that is part of the celebrations, it is essential to watch that you don’t overeat.

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Holiday Eating – Eat, Drink & Be Healthy!

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Holiday season is all about family, fun and food! New year is coming and it is holiday season for everyone! This festivity can be an opportunity for many to overindulge in less-than-healthful party foods. However, most of you may not realize that overindulging could lead to guilt, shame (in some people) and further overeating, leaving you with some extra kilos, which can in turn can lead to attempts to diet in unhealthful ways.

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The Road To Recovery

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Remember the time when you got injured, twisted your lower back, or sprained your ankle? The process of healing could be slow and painful without proper care and treatment. With so many types of therapists around, do you know which one you should go to? Physiotherapy is one of the most widely known treatments around. But do you know when you should see one?

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Garlic: Hate it or love it

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One of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, garlic has its share of fame and popularity throughout history. Highly prized as a culinary spice, it has recently been placed in the limelight being crowned as a superfood. Notorious for its pungent smell and distinctive flavour, it was used as a vampire repellent as well as a currency and medicine. Other members in the garlic family include leeks, spring onions and chives, all of which also carry a distinct flavour and aroma.

Why do people consider garlic a superfood?

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Kickstart Your Diet: Healthy Food Swaps

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Ready to make a healthy change in your life? Taking the first step is always the hardest, be it trying out a new exercise class or sport, starting a new job or school, or starting a healthy diet.

When it comes to food, there is no shortage of #healthyliving inspiration around us to kickstart our #health. Some might say it’s relatively easy to start. Salad bars and healthy snacks available everywhere and mountains of #fitspo #nutrition topics to keep you reading for days. For some this inspires, but for others this tsunami of information leaves them lost and confused, not knowing where to start.

I find that the biggest challenge to maintaining a healthy body would be continuously making healthier choices over readily available comfort foods. For instance, choosing fish soup over curry rice in a hawker center during lunch time or packing your own lunch box over the cheap $2 chicken rice. Living healthy can be tiring. Especially with all these delicious foods surrounding us! Not everyone is able to have salad for lunch or find the time to pack and prepare home-cooked lunches everyday. Diet changes are never easy to follow and little steps can be all it takes to make big changes to your health. Baby steps like swapping high fat or highly processed foods with healthier alternatives can help ease yourself into it.

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Top 5 Foods To Avoid In Order To Maintain Good Health

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You are working hard to get back a fit body, great health and a good level of fitness. Does this describe you? Now read on… A committed individual would stick to his healthy diet of a good mix of fruits, vegetables, healthy protein, in short,  a well-balanced diet. What happens when this party gets spoiled? By who or what you wonder. Well there are a few foods that somehow sneak their way into your fixed diet routine and spoil the party for you. You may already know it but here is just a quick recap and a reminder for you to not cheat while you are on a steady diet. These foods do nothing but put all your hard work and efforts into the bin.

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Over The Moon For Mooncakes

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It’s that time of the year again where every mall and restaurant has boxes and boxes of mooncakes on display, tempting you with nibbles of their new and exciting concoctions. Mooncakes are no strangers to us here in Asia. Flavours ranging from snow skin yuzu citrus to champagne truffles, even local tastes like salted egg yolk lava mooncakes and teh-tarik yam paste, no trend is left unridden, no palate can be left unsatisfied. I’m sure you’ve heard the rumours and health talk: mooncakes are not good for you. But what makes mooncakes so scary? Does that mean we should abstain? Fret not, GetDoc has a simple guide to help you enjoy these tasty treats that are only around once a year 

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