Getting the balance right

We have looked at what a balanced diet should be comprised of, but what is the correct balance?  The eat well guide is the United Kingdom’s national food guide. It is a visual aid, showing proportions of the different food groups which are needed to make up a healthy, balanced diet. You don’t have to eat all the groups in these proportions at every meal time, but rather over the space of a day or even a week.  The guide portions the food groups as follows;

  • 39%  vegetables and fruit

  • 37%  starchy carbohydrates

  • 12%  protein

  •   8%  Milk and dairy

  •   3%  occasional treats

  •   1%  oils

 

1. Try and make your Carbs un refined as this ensures you have plenty fiber in your diet.

2. Eat a good breakfast, have a look at the GI table, a low GI break fast will keep you going for longer

3. Eat before hunger strikes, this helps you to make sensible choices.

4. Be organized, plan meals and if possible have a cook off early in the week to make sure you have healthy meals and snacks ready to go.

5. Keep a healthy tasty snack plate in the fridge.

6. Eat soup! Soup is a great way to stock up on your daily vegetable intake and is a great filling meal.

7. Eat as many different coloured vegetables and fruits.

8. Snack on seeds and nuts, a good high protein snack.

9. For flavor packed food, add herbs and spices. These add tons of flavor and are also packed with nutrients.

10. Avoid processed food. There are lots of quick, cheap and easy options for diner

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If you would like to find out more about the macro nutrient content of common foods, check out this file

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