The importance of a well balanced diet is well known, but how many of us actually realise what we are actually eating? We may think we have eaten nothing all day when we have actually snacked on a biscuit here, a chocolate bar there, a few crisps, a sweet from a colleague. You would be right – you wouldn’t have eaten anything with any substantial nutritional value but you would have piled on the calories!
Adopting a healthy diet will improve your general health, can keep your weight under control, can help to lower cholesterol, help keep your blood pressure down and reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Things to remember are to:-
1. Eat three moderate meals a day instead of one large one with fruit snacks in-between.
2. Include starchy foods in every meal such as wholemeal bread, pasta or rice, jacket potatoes and wholegrain breakfast cereals. These help to satisfy your appetite without providing too many calories.
3. Whenever you reach for the biscuit barrel, try some fruit instead. Always keep an apple, a pot of grapes or other fruit in your bag or at work. Make it a habit. Remember to eat 5 portions of fruit and or vegetables a day.
4. Reduce the fat you eat by grilling or baking instead of frying and limit the amount if spread on your sandwiches. Try to make your own sandwiches instead of eating pre-prepared ones. Stick to low fat yoghurts and skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.
5. Drink plenty of water and cut down on sugary soft drinks and alcohol.