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Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is a way of balancing the food you eat to keep your body strong, energised, and well nourished.

Healthy eating is a great way to:

  • Have energy all day long
  • Get the vitamins and minerals your body needs
  • Stay strong for sports and other activities
  • Reach your maximum height (if you are still growing)
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent unhealthy eating habits, like skipping meals and feeling very hungry at your next meal.

What is healthy eating?

  • Having regular means (3 meals a day, morning, afternoon and evening)
  • Eating foods from all of the food groups (grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy proteins and healthy fats) each day
  • Balancing good foods with other foods, such as sweets and fast foods
  • Eating when hungry and stopping when you are full
  • For more information on healthy eating visit www.nhs.uk/change4life.

Balanced meals should contain:

  • Fruits and Vegetables (lots and lots)
  • Bread, cereal, pasta and potatoes
  • Meat, Fish , Beans & Nuts
  • Milk and Dairy

Look at the eatwell plate to see what proportions of each type of food you should try and eat at each meal:

 

There are important nutrients that your body must have to be healthy:

Foods Containing Fat & Sugar should be kept to a minimum:

  • Use low fat options where available e.g. mayonnaise, yoghurt.
  • Do not ‘super-size', when eating out have a small portion.
  • Cut out fizzy drinks and high sugar juices, choose water or ‘diet' drinks.
  • Add less cream or butter in cooking or leave it out completely!
  • Cut down added sugar in drinks. Better still - leave it out!

 

Remember, there's no good or bad food - it's the balance that counts!

 

 

Related Questions

  • Age: 11
    Gender: Female

    Question:

    I am always hungry. Why?

    Answer:

    Many Thanks for your question.
    It is more than likely that you are always feel hungry at the moment because of puberty and you are growing at a very fast pace.
    Try to keep a healthy balanced diet by ensuring you have regular means (3 meals a day, morning, afternoon and evening).
    Eating foods from all of the food groups (grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy proteins and healthy fats) each day Balancing good foods with other foods, such as sweets and fast foods Eating when hungry and stopping when you are full For more information on healthy eating visit www.nhs.uk/change4life.
    If you are concerned that although you are eating much more than you normally do you seem to be loosing weight make an appointment to see your GP or come and see us at CHYPS Plus.

  • Age: 18
    Gender: Female

    Question:

    I want to lose weight because I'm getting tired of being fat, but for some reason i cant stop eating a lot.

    Answer:

    The first thing to establish is whether you are actually overweight or not.  You can do this by attending CHYPS Plus or GP surgery, or using a website that calculates BMI (I recommend the NHS Choices one http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx). 

    If you are overweight it would be good to see a dietician or nurse who can talk about your diet and exercise.  If you are not overweight, it doesn’t matter how much you eat, but what you eat that you need to think about for good health.  For example eat from all food groups, have lots of fruit and veg, have little refined sugar and fizzy drinks (see our website for more info) - a dietician can help you with that too.

  • Age: 18
    Gender: Female

    Question:

    I went on a diet last week and i am starting to lose concentration and my sight is poor. What's the cause?

    Answer:

    You may be missing a particular nutrient that is affecting your vision; and poor concentration may be due to lack of energy if you have restricted your food intake.

    The best diet is three to four healthy meals a day. These meals should represent all the food groups and be moderate amounts. Water and juice to drink.

    If you wish to lose weight it is best to do this working with an expert such as a dietician (we have a dietician here at CHYPS Plus) or with a recognised organisation such as Weight Watchers. This way you will learn healthy habits that will lead to a healthy weight for life.

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