Healthy Eating Week takes place from 14 to18 June and focuses on five key themes to find a healthier you. The themes are:
- Know the facts
- Make a healthier choice
- Plan for success
- Be the chef
- Keep moving
So let’s start at the basics, after all knowledge is power.
Follow a balanced healthy diet. The easiest way to do this is to base your food intake on the Eatwell guide, having a varied diet in the proportions shown will ensure you get all the nutrients your body needs to grow and function.
Top tips for healthy eating
- Get your 5 A DAY – and try and eat a rainbow of colours. Fruit and vegetables provide a range of different vitamins and minerals needed for health, as well as fibre which is important for the digestive system and can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer in adulthood.
- Go for wholegrains as these will have more fibre and provide some essential vitamins and minerals. Wholegrain foods include wholemeal breads, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, wholegrain breakfast cereals, porridge oats and grains, such as bulgur wheat or quinoa.
- Try to have two portions of fish each week, one should be oily fish such as salmon, mackerel or herring.
- Eat more beans and lentils and other plant-based proteins.
- Use unsaturated oils and spreads.
- Keep foods high in fat, salt or sugar to small portions and have them less often.
- Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water
Read more of this blog on our Safe Space Health website.