Eating well is all about a good balance of foods in your everyday meals and snacks. There are loads of tools out there to use.
Eating Well isn't about 'not having any treats ever', it is about thinking about all of the things that effect your overall diet, and coming up with some simple things that you can do that can add up to a big difference.
Change4Life have some great information in their Eat Well [external page] pages, which are split into hand categories so that you can focus on the one that is most important to you:
The eatwell plate [external link] is also a great place to start if you are just thinking about beginning to make some changes. The eatwell plate highlights the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a well balanced and healthy diet.
There is a really good eatwell plate guide, which you can download FREE here [external link}.
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Without knowing it, by the time we reach our 40s and 50s many of us will have dramatically increased our chances of becoming ill later in life. Whether we are eating the wrong things, drinking more than we should, continuing to smoke despite everything we know, or just not being active enough, all of these small things can add up to an unhealthy you.
Making better choices today can have a huge influence on our health, and could prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and reduce our risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life. But it's not easy in our busy lives – tempting treats in easy reach, bigger portions for everything we eat and technology that allows us to shop, stay in touch and be entertained without ever having to leave the sofa. Modern life is ganging up on us.
The Live Well section of the NHS choices section has loads of great information about how to eat healthily and lead an active lifestyle.
Change4Life have launched their Sugar Swaps campaign and you can sign up to this on the Change4Life Website [external link].
We have come up with a few of our own ideas below to help you cut down: