How can I eat more healthily?
Food is an important and enjoyable part of everyday life and it's important to remember this if you decide to make changes to your diet. Don't worry about the occasional treat, but try to make sensible choices in your day-to-day life.
Set yourself realistic goals and make changes gradually. Trying to make too many changes at once may mean that you are less likely to stick to them. Start by making small changes that you feel comfortable with, for example eating more fruit and vegetables.
Try to cut down on unhealthy foods, such as those high in sugar or saturated fat, although there is nothing wrong with the occasional treat. Check the labels on packaged foods for the calorie, fat, salt and sugar content.
Ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian for help improving your diet or if you have any other medical conditions that could be affected by your diet, such as diabetes.
The picture below shows the main food groups and the proportions that you should aim to include in your diet.
Fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet and a good source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables helps to reduce your risk of heart disease, some cancers and other medical problems. Aim to eat at least five portions every day. There is more information available from NHS Choices.
Fruit and vegetables of different colours contain different nutrients. Try to eat a variety to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals.