What is Healthy Eating?
Healthy eating is about eating a balanced diet which contains a variety of foods. This includes eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and starchy foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereals; some protein rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and lentils and some dairy foods.
What is Eating Well Important?
Eating a healthy, balanced diet provides nutrients to your body. These nutrients give you energy and keep your heart beating, your brain active, and your muscles working. It also helps you to maintain a healthy weight.
Eating well is essential for good health and wellbeing, and contributes to reducing the risk of conditions including heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis.
- Eating lots of fruit and vegetables. Remember to try and have at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. Whether it is dried, tinned, frozen or a fruit juice, they all count! A portion is roughly a handful.
- Have plenty of starchy foods such as wholegrain bread, pasta, rice. A good tip is to plan your meals around starchy foods. Aim to include 1 food from this group in each meal.
- Eat some protein rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and beans. Go lean – remove the skin from chicken and the excess fat from meat. Remember to try to include two portions of fish a week one of which should be oily.
- Have some dairy foods. Try to choose lower fat versions where possible for example, semi skimmed milk, low fat yoghurts, lower fat cheeses such as Edam or cottage cheese.
- Go easy on your intake of foods containing fat and sugar.
What is available to me locally?
Eat 4 Health
Around two in three Slough adults are either overweight or obese. Eat 4 Health is a free 12-week weight adult management service comprising of healthy eating workshops and exercise sessions that helps you to change that!
If you’re overweight, the good news is that by reducing your body weight by just 5-10%, health risks are significantly reduced. It can boost confidence and self-esteem. Other benefits include improved sleep, feeling more energised and being better able to concentrate.
Let’s Get Going
In case you are worried about the weight of your child between 7-12 years of age, FREE healthy lifestyles Let’s Get Going Clubs running in schools and community settings. They are interactive and fun sessions. Workshops include learning about sugary drinks and food swapping for healthier snacks, making smoothies, and blindfold fruit & veg taste testing, and activities and games such as parachute games and shuttle races.
If you are a Health Professional please click here to refer.