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Diet: Have a Rainbow On Your Plate

Staying younger longer is a wholistic process that has its roots in sound nutrition. Even if you are keeping your weight in check, you still need to ensure that you are eating the right foods to ensure you’re getting adequate nutrients from your diet. A good way to ensure this is to incorporate lots of bright colours on to your plate: greens, yellows, reds and even purple ( brinjal is a great “ super” food, bursting with antioxidants).

Eating foods rich in antioxidants ( almonds, sweet potatoes) and “ fat- burning foods” or complex carbohydrates, including fresh fruits and veggies go a long way in making you look younger and feeling fabulous, since metabolism slows down with ageing, and as a result the body burns fewer calories.

Experts advise steering clear of processed foods, which are foods that have been altered from their natural state, either for convenience or safety reasons. Examples include foods that have been canned, frozen, dehydrated and even refrigerated. These include chips, cookie, breakfast cereals, pastas made with refined white flour and processed meats.

A good way to avoid bingeing is to opt for ‘ natural appetite suppressants’ before a meal.

Tips include drinking two glasses of water at least half an hour before a meal, eating fibre- rich foods ( lentils, wholewheat pasta, lentils), eating fresh salads and soups.

Eating slowly also goes a long way, as does portion control: Understanding portion size and approximate calories per recommended serving.

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