Choosing the right food for good health is very important. Eating a good balance of food, taking regular exercise and not smoking gives the best chance of living a fit and healthy life. If you have a medical condition, please check with your doctor before altering your diet. Remember – eating well is about balance. For example, we do need fat in our diet but not too much!
Healthy Eating can help prevent many illnesses such as heart disease, obesity, constipation, bowel trouble and tooth decay:
- Avoid sugary foods
- Avoid fatty foods
- Do not add salt to your food
- Eat more fibre
- Drink less alcohol and drink more water
Alcohol in small amounts does you no harm but if it is more than a small amount on a regular basis you may be damaging your health. Men should drink no more than 21 units per week and women should drink no more than 14 units per week. A unit is typically half a pint of beer, lager or cider, a single measure of spirits, a standard glass of wine or a small glass of sherry.
Exercise need not mean going to the gym twice a week or taking up long distance running. Simply keeping active, walking more, using the stairs, gardening or swimming are all good ways of generally increasing the amount of energy you use and will help to give you a sense of well being.