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Guidelines for a healthy diet

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Essentials of Meal Planning for a Healthy Diet

Understanding Key Concepts

Food: Any solid or liquid item that provides energy and material for the body.

Nutrition: Assessment of food's nutritional content to support growth, repair, and bodily functions.

Diet: Combination of food and drinks consumed, focusing on volume and balance.

Elements of a Healthy Diet

To maintain a healthy diet:

  • Variety: Consume a range of foods in appropriate quantities.
  • Moderation: Avoid overeating to prevent weight gain and health risks.
  • Food Groups: Include fruits, vegetables, starch, fibre, while limiting fats and sugars.
  • Healthy Choices: Opt for water over sugary drinks and limit alcohol intake.

Eat Well Plate Model

The Food Safety Agency (FSA) promotes a balanced diet through the “Eat Well Plate” model:

  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Bread, cereals, and potatoes
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Meat, fish, and alternatives
  • Foods containing fat and some sugars

Refer to the FSA website for more information.

Meal Timing and Hydration

Meal timing is crucial; avoid large meals before bedtime and prioritize breakfast for optimal energy levels throughout the day. Stay hydrated with water.

Further Exploration

Future videos will delve into the nutritional value of foods and the impacts of good and poor nutrition.