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ARE YOU EATING THE RIGHT THINGS?


So like most things, it's all about moderation! Mix it up, don't have the same meal every single day, eat a variety of foods to encourage a mix on nutrients.

Base your meals on unrefined starchy foods. Don't skip one entire food group! A bit of everything is good for you and that INCLUDES CARBS! The main function of carbohydrates are to provide energy - please don't ignore this misunderstood food group!

THE FIVE FOOD GROUPINGS

  • Bread, rice, potatoes, cereal, pasta

  • fruit & veg

  • Meat, fish, eggs and beans

  • Milk & dairy

  • Food & drink high in fat/ sugar (not essential to a healthy diet)

These are illustrated in the UK national food guide - 'the eat well guide'.

The size of the segments of each grouping consists with government guidelines for an overall healthy, balanced diet, providing a good mix of nutrients required by the body.

BREAD, RICE, POTATOES CEREAL, PASTA

  • Choose wholegrains & those rich in fibre

  • avoid over consumption on refined carbs e.g. white bread, white rice

  • Mix it up, try not to just have the same type of carb every single day

FRUIT & VEG

  • Have a mixture of each

  • Fruit juice & dried fruit should not replace whole fresh fruit & veg

  • A mix of colours tends to mean a mix of nutrients - so keep it colourful

MEAT, FISH, EGG & BEANS

  • This grouping provides energy, protein, essential vitamins, minerals & fats

  • Here you want to be looking for essential fatty acids (like omega 3) rather than saturated fats (often high in processed meats)

  • Mix it up with beans, seed, nuts, lentils, chickpeas, soya products

  • Include oily fish a few times a week

DAIRY

  • Check the labels - if it says low it fat it could still be high in sugar

  • If you don't eat dairy look at increasing the intake of green leafy veg, whole grains, nuts & seeds

FATS & SUGARS

  • There is no need to add this in to your diet as you'll be getting it from other food groupings anyway.

  • What i would say is be mindful of the types of fats you are consuming

  • For more info on the types of fats click here

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