Healthy Diet and Healthy Weight

Whether you're trying to lose weight, get in shape or just live a healthier life, eating well has lots of benefits. From improving your health to saving you money, there are lots of reasons to eat well.

If you eat too many foods that are high in fat and sugar, and you're not as active as you should be, you're more likely to put on weight.

You can still enjoy the foods you love, by making some small changes and food swaps to help you cut back. Switching from dairy products that are full fat and high in sugar to ones that are low fat and have less sugar can really help

Very Brief Intervention

Ask

How important is it for you to eat healthily?

  • Empathise that this not always easy to eat the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day but we can all cut down on fat, salt and sugar whenever we can.
  • Eating healthily and the right amount can help you feel your best, stop you gaining weight and lower your risks of getting some diseases.
  • When it comes to watching your weight, it's not just food you need to watch out for as some drinks can also be high in calories.

How would you most like to improve what you eat, if you could?

  • If the answer indicates a desire to increase fruit and veg into the diet then you may wish to signpost them to the NHS Choices '5 a day top tips' (in ACT section)¬†
  • If the answer indicates a desire for healthy food recipes then you may wish to signpost them to the Change for Life website which has some useful resources in for healthy meals and lunchboxes. (in ACT section)

Do you check the labels on food packaging when you are out shopping to help you make healthier choices?

What types of drinks do you have in a typical day?

Assist

Explain the some food manufactures and supermarkets display nutritional information on packed foods and this can be useful when comparing different food products

  • Front-of-pack labels, such as the label in the above image, usually give a quick guide to:¬†
    • energy¬†
    • fat content¬†
    • saturated fat content¬†
    • sugars content¬†
    • salt content

  • Some front-of-pack nutrition labels use red, amber and green colour coding
  • Colour-coded nutritional information, as shown in the image above, tells you at a glance if the food has high, medium or low amounts of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt¬†
    • red means high¬†
    • amber means medium¬†
    • green means low¬†
  • In short, the more green on the label, the healthier the choice. If you buy a food that has all or mostly green on the label

Explain that the Eatwell guide below shows how much of what you eat overall should come from each food group

  

A balanced diet contains foods from all the five major food groups. The Eatwell Guide above encourages us to: 

  • eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day¬†
  • base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta¬†or other starchy carbohydrates; choosing¬†wholegrain versions where possible¬†have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such¬†as soya drinks); choosing lower fat and lower¬†sugar options
  • eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat¬†and other proteins (including two portions of¬†fish every week, one of which should be oily)¬†
  • choose unsaturated oils and spreads and¬†eat in small amounts¬†
  • drink 6-8 cups/glasses of fluid a day¬†If consuming foods and drinks high in fat, salt¬†or sugar, have these less often and in small¬†amounts.

Would you consider swapping some high sugar drinks for low sugar alternatives?

  • Did you know that swapping one sugary soft drink with water can have huge benefits to your health. ¬†One typical can of regular soft drink can have around 7-10 teaspoons of sugar which is around the 39 grams of sugar which itself exceeds the recommended maximum sugar intake for an average adult for a whole day.
  • Did you know that tooth decay from high sugary food is the biggest cause of hospital admissions among young children, would you be interested in some information on sugar swaps for food and drink?

Act

Self Care

  • The Public Health England 'One You' Website contains a wealth of information on different food choices and healthy recipes
  • Visit the healthy eating page on the 'Change for Life' website which has loads of great information about food and drink swaps for a healthier diet.
  • Try the new 'Be Food Smart app'!¬†See how much sugar, sat fat and salt is really inside your food and drink - just by scanning the barcode from your mobile phone, Android and Iphone Apps available.
  • Visit the recipes page on 'Change for Life' has a ¬†extensive list of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and lunchboxes!

 

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