Healthy eating

What we eat everyday has a big impact on our health whether it be the amount of energy we have throughout the day or the risk of developing conditions like heart disease or cancer.

Most of us eat because we are hungry!  Instead let’s look more closely at what we eat as a diet containing essential nutrients in the current amounts can help our bodies and brains function more accurately and effectively. Don’t panic we still can eat delicious foods while keeping a check on our intake of sugar, fat and salt.

General advice

  • Eat regular meals e.g. breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.
  • Eat high fibre/wholegrain breads and cereals.
  • Aim for five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Eat small amounts of meat or fish. Try to have fish twice a week.
  • Remember to include milk and dairy products.
  • Limit the high fat or sugary foods you eat.
  • Eat less pastry based foods and avoid battered foods.

Cooking tips

  • Don’t add extra fat to meat when cooking.
  • Cut off any fat or skin.
  • Use margarine butter cooking oils etc sparingly.
  • Grill, boil, bake and steam instead of frying.

Takeaways and eating out

We can enjoy healthier options whilst eating out.

  • Eat boiled rice instead of fried rice.
  • Fried starters like samosas and spring rolls are very high in fat, so go for lower fat options like chicken and sweetcorn soup or chicken tikka.
  • Battered food like cod or sweet and sour are another high fat food and should be avoided, opt for stir-fried foods with extra vegetable.
  • When ordering pizza ask for less cheese and more vegetable it just tastes the same.

Even small changes could have a positive affect on your body so kick start your summer today!

For more information please refer to our nutrition section.

Page last updated:08 February 2013