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Go for 2 fruit and 5 vegetables

The single easiest way to eat well is to focus on eating at least 2 servings of fruit and at least 5 servings of vegetables per day.

Eating these quantities of fruits and veggies help ensure you're getting adequate quantities of various nutrients that you need, especially micro nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

The great thing about going for 2&5 servings of fruits and veggies every day is that doing so tends to bring other healthy foods into your diet.

For example, when was the last time you ate a salad with a hot dog and a chips? You probably never did, because you usually can't get these foods from the same place. On the other hand, you'd probably easily eat a salad with other nourishing foods, such as roast chicken and rice.

A fantastic source of inspiration for eating those fruits and veggies is the Go for 2&5 Website.

In it you will find information about what exactly constitutes a 'serve' of fruit or a 'serve' of vegetables. It's eye opening.

What our readers say...

"Dear Dr Amanda, I heard your interview on the Margaret Throsby show late last year (2008) and I was convinced that you had finally uncovered the secret. However, it has been so slow a process for me that I have wondered if I were the exception that proves the rule. I realized that I often ate when not hungry and did not get enough steps in my days. I have grown to listen to and trust by body, and do my best with the steps, working on an average for a week. In the five months since November I have lost 2 kilograms and I believe that these will stay off. I believe I need to lose about 8 kilos. But as I put the weight on in small 1/4 kilo increments, this must be the healthy way take it off. I am 56 and thought that perhaps the middle age spread was my destiny, as I believed that I ate well and went to the gym regularly but without losing anything. I have recommended your method, book and website to many even though I was a little concerned that I was not actually losing. I work as an academic, so value both the research and evidence based approach, and the guilt free philosophy. Well done! And thank you. "

- L.H., Northern NSW