What is healthy eating?

Healthy eating involves eating a variety of foods to ensure that your body is getting all of the energy and nutrients that it needs.

The Eatwell Guide is the UK's healthy eating model and aims to help you understand how much food from each food group you should be having in order to maintain a healthy and balanced diet (you do not need to achieve this balance with every meal, but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week):

Following a healthy diet can help you to:

maintain a healthy weight
keep your energy levels up
reduce your risk of health conditions such as stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer
look after your heart health
keep your bones and joints strong
look after your mental wellbeing
keep your immune system healthy
may help you to sleep better

Source: https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating
Tips for putting this into practice:

For healthy breakfast ideas, click here
For healthy snack ideas, click here
For 8 healthy eating tips, click here

Watch this video:

The video is presented by BNF nutrition scientists Dr Rosalind Miller and Dr Stacey Lockyer, with guest commentary from Professor Kevin Whelan and Dr Sarah Berry from Kings College London.

Healthy eating at work

The Royal College of Nursing have developed a "Healthy workplace, healthy you" campaign which can be applied to all health and social care staff.

They highlight the importance of staff taking at-work breaks, keeping hydrated and having access to nutritional food (Rest, Rehydrate, Refuel). Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs identifies these as being our basic human physiological needs:

If these needs are not being met at your workplace, you may find yourself becoming unwell, feeling burnt out, or wanting to leave your job.

Fatigue and dehydration have also been shown to impact cognitive functioning, making errors more likely to occur (Rest, Rehydrate, Refuel).

The Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 state that employers should ensure:

"Readily accessible" supply of drinking water and a supply of vessels/cups to use to drink the water

Suitable and sufficient facilities, that there readily accessible to allow workers to rest and eat meals where their working environment could contaminate food

Eating facilities that include a facility for preparing or obtaining a hot drink, such as an electric kettle, a vending machine or a canteen.

Healthy diet and lifestyle tips for shift workers

The British Nutrition Foundation has developed the following guide to support those who work shifts:

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