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Cut down on portion sizes

Losalini Vuki
Friday, January 12, 2018

HER parents brought her up to believe there was no glass ceiling and that you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you worked hard.

Dee McLean had always just gone for whatever she was interested in and enjoyed. If she got bored with a job, no longer enjoyed it or needed a new stimulation, she would then study or work hard to learn a new skill.

For Mrs McLean, the start of a new year is always a time to reset and make a commitment again to healthy habits especially after the Christmas season.

This year, she looks forward to continuing their family fitness activities such as walking, running, going to the gym and swimming but taking it up a notch or two.

She places a very high importance on healthy shopping and eating and buys about three bags full of fresh fruits and vegetables each week.

"The rest is made up of protein items like lean chicken, lean beef steaks, minced beef, prawns, eggs, nuts and sometimes fish," she said.

"I also buy snack items for the kids although I keep the consumption of these items to a minimum in the house. I shop in quite a few places as it's hard to get everything under one roof in Fiji.

"I have meat delivered every week or two from The Nadi Butcher because I think it's good quality and buy most of my fruit and vegetables from my local Flagstaff market as it's very convenient and the produce is nice and fresh.

I also shop at Cost U Less, Newworld and MaxVal-u for grocery items and other imported vegetables (such broccoli and mushrooms)."

Mrs McLean shops for a family of five including two teenagers so she spends quite a bit each week on food.

"I usually shop on my own but sometimes my husband does the shopping and sometimes the kids come, usually when they want something in particular," said Mrs McLean.

"My list is based around healthy food choices especially fresh fruits and vegetables. My advice would be to stick to real food — food that was grown or produced, by or from, livestock and to stay away from processed food (food in packages). One of the best New Year's resolutions you can make for your health is to cut out all sugary drinks like carbonated drinks in a can and even so called "sports" drinks as they are full of sugar - stick to water."

One of her favourite breakfasts or snacks is chopped pineapple, chopped nuts and plain Rewa yoghurt (not the sweet flavoured varieties) all together in a bowl and making her own soup based on roast pumpkin.

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