General Healthy Eating Advice
Here are the basic do’s and don’t’s reminders:
- Make up the bulk of most of your meals with starch-based foods (such as cereals, bread, potatoes, rice, pasta). Wholegrain starch-based foods should be eaten when possible.
- Eat plenty of fibre in your diet. Foods rich in fibre include wholegrain bread, brown rice and pasta, oats, peas, lentils, grain, beans, fruit, vegetables and seeds.
- Limit fatty food such as fatty meats, cheeses, full-cream milk, fried foods, butter, etc. Use low-fat options where possible. For example use skimmed or semi-skimmed instead of full-cream milk, or low-fat, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated spreads instead of butter.
- Avoid sugary drinks and foods such as chocolate, sweets, biscuits, cakes, etc. Limit other foods likely to be high in fat or sugar such as some take-away or fast foods.
- If you like to eat meat, choose lean meat, or poultry such as chicken.
- Try to grill, bake or steam rather than fry food. If we do fry food, choose a vegetable oil such as sunflower, rapeseed or olive oil.
- Include 2-3 portions of fish per week. At least two of these should be ‘oily’ (such as herring, mackerel, sardines, kippers, pilchards, salmon, or fresh tuna).
- Try not to add salt to food, and avoid foods that are salty.