Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best whilst at home.

What is a healthy, balanced diet?

The Eatwell Guide, below, illustrates how different foods contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.  You do not need to achieve this balance with every meal, but should try to get the balance right over a day or even a week.

The Eatwell Guide shows the proportions of the main food groups that form a healthy, balanced diet:

  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day;
  • base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates, choosing wholegrain versions where possible;
  • have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soy drinks); choosing lower fat and lower sugar options;
  • eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, 1 of which should be oily);
  • choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts;
  • drink 6 to 8 cups/glasses of fluid a day;
  • if consuming foods and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar have these less often and in small amounts.

The eatwell plate poster

Here are some tips to help you eat healthily at home:

  • Plan your meals in advance, making use of the ingredients you have and preventing waste;
  • Have breakfast every day;
  • Don’t skip meals;
  • Choose healthy snacks;
  • Remember your 5-a-day can be fresh, frozen, tinned or dried – they all count;
  • Make sure your portion sizes are correct, remember children should have smaller portions than adults;
  • Ensure you are drinking enough water;
  • Have no distractions whilst you are eating, turn the TV off and put your phone to one side;
  • Keep a food diary if you think this would be helpful;
  • If you find yourself eating in response to emotions, make a list of alternative activities you can do instead.

Visit the Zing Somerset cooking pages for some recipe ideas Zing Cooking – Healthy Somerset

Or why not download the new Community Cookbook and try a new recipe https://sparksomerset.org.uk/new-community-cookbook

SUGAR SMART

Most of us eat too much sugar.  There are surprisingly large amounts lurking in everyday foods and drinks.

Consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.  It is also linked to tooth decay.

Visit the SUGAR SMART website and take action to reduce your sugar intake –  https://www.sugarsmartuk.org