It’s Day One of Nutrition and Hydration Week. With the current global situation concerning Coronavirus, looking after our own wellbeing and those close to us is at the forefront of our minds.
With this in mind here are 8 tips from the NHS for eating healthily:
- Base your meals on higher fibre starchy carbohydrates – Try to include at least 1 starchy food with each main meal. Choose higher fibre or wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on.
- Eat lots of fruit and veg – It’s recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced.
- Eat more fish – Aim to eat at least 2 portions of fish a week, including at least 1 portion of oily fish.
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar – There are 2 main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay.
- Eat less salt – Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.
- Get active and be a healthy weight – Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health.
- Don’t get thirsty – You need to drink plenty of fluids to stop you getting dehydrated. The government recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid you get from the food you eat.
- Don’t skip breakfast – A healthy breakfast high in fibre and low in fat, sugar and salt can form part of a balanced diet, and can help you get the nutrients you need for good health.