Eating well during winter
By Hannah West
During the winter months, it is easier to turn to “comfort foods”, which tend to be high in fats and sugars. Having a nutritious and well-balanced diet is one of the best ways to keep well and boost your immune system.
It is important to note, you can continue to enjoy your favourite treats but in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. We have put together some top tips to help you eat well this winter.
Top five tips for eating well:
- Have regular meals
It is important to have regular meals throughout the day to give you enough energy and to minimise any cravings you have so you won’t feel the need to snack on sugary foods.
- Eat a well-balanced diet
A healthy, balanced diet is made up primarily of fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates, and protein. It is recommended that you eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to ensure you get the minerals, vitamins and fibre you need. One portion is approximately the amount you can fit in the palm of your hand.
Wholegrain carbohydrates such as breads, rice and pasta are also a great source of fibre and will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Meat, fish, eggs, beans and pulses are all sources of protein which contain vitamins and minerals such as iron and vitamin B.
- Cut down on fat, sugar and salt
Diets that are high in fat, sugar and salt have been linked to common health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Foods high in saturated fat, sugar and salt such as processed foods, ready meals, cakes and cheese should be eaten in moderation. Instead of having these as a regular snack, have these as a treat.
- Keep an eye on portion sizes
It is important to watch your portion sizes. Although you may have a well-balanced diet, eating too much or too little of any food can increase your risk of health problems.
- Keep hydrated
Not drinking enough fluids can cause dehydration, constipation and kidney problems, so it is important that you also drink plenty of water throughout the day. Aim for 6-8 glasses of water per day.
There are many other ways to stay well this winter. For more winter wellness advice, click here.