You will often hear people saying you should eat a healthy, balanced diet but what exactly does this mean? A healthy diet should contain plenty of fruit and vegetables – try to include fruits and vegetables of different colours to get a wide range of nutritional benefits
Starchy foods tend have a direct influence on blood sugar so it’s good to go for either smaller portions of these and/or lower GI versions of these. Lower GI versions will be those that have a higher amount of fibre like whole grain breads and whole wheat pasta.
Potato can hit blood sugar quite hard so a good tip is to swap potato for either sweet potatoes, or for even lower carb counts you can use swede for mash or celeriac for chips.
Fat plays a part in our diet and some fats are healthier than others. The unsaturated fats that are found in avocados, nuts and oily fish come particularly recommended.
The fats that are best to avoid are the fats in crisps, pastries, chips and sweet foods such as cakes, doughnuts and biscuits.
We’re generally advised to have a decent intake of oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel or herrings, in our weekly diet. Lean meats such as skinless chicken and turkey breast are often cited as good choices because of their lower calorific content.
The worst meats to choose are processed meats, such as hotdogs and typically found in other pre-prepared meals or snacks. If weight is an issue, stick to smaller portions of food. Research is showing that most people in the UK are eating more than they need.
Cutting back on portions and having water before eating come recommended for those looking to lose weight. Home cooking is a great way of improving your diet as the food is fresher and you avoid the uncertainties of what’s gone into pre-packaged foods and sauces.