Healthy eating

Eating a varied and balanced diet is important

By making some small changes to your diet you can improve your wellbeing and reduce the risk of developing illness and serious disease.

The key to a healthy diet is eating the right amount of food for how active you are and eating a range of foods to make sure you're getting a balanced diet.

Tips for eating well

  1. Base your meals on starchy foods, e.g. bread, cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes
  2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
  3. Eat more fish
  4. Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
  5. Try to eat less salt - no more that 6g a day
  6. Get active and be a healthy weight
  7. Drink plenty of water
  8. Don't skip breakfast

You can use the eatwell plate as a guide to show how much of different food types you need to have a well-balanced and healthy diet. There are some useful tips on how to get the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Visit NHS Choices website

Help for vulnerable people

Redbridge Council has Community Lunch Clubs offering lunch, refreshments, outings, pub lunches and community information. The service is available to all residents if they can prove they live in Redbridge, are over 65 and can get to the club on their own. There may be a requirement to pay a yearly subscription and individual meals may have to be paid for if required.

Visit day centres and lunch clubs page

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, there is information on how to manage your everyday diet.

Visit diabetes page

Useful links

Other MyLife pages:Healthy weight, Stop smoking, Diabetes

External websites:Food Standards Agency, NHS Choices - healthy eating, Change4Life, Beat eating disorders charity, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, Blood Pressure UK