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Food and diet

An unprocessed, varied, well balanced diet gives us the nutrients we need to keep our whole body healthy. Research has shown that a good diet not only helps our physical but also our mental health. A good diet gives us energy, helps us concentrate, sleep better and can prevent and manage many medical and physical complaints including pain.

Information about food and diet can be very confusing.  However if you look closely at all these diets they have many things in common.

How should we eat?

  • Unprocessed food
  • Meals made from scratch using fresh produce
  • Eat the rainbow- Vegetables and fruits in a variety of colours
  •  whole grains, beans, nut and seeds
  •  Good fats
  • Keeping well hydrated – Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid sugary or processed foods
  • Try and eat meals at a table with other people
  • If eating animal products go for good quality rather than quantity
  • Avoid / minimise alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
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Good fats

Nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, oily fish and a small amount of butter.

 

Oily fish is a good source of Omega 3

Omega-3 is a family of fats that are important for health https://www.bda.uk.com/

The association of UK dieticians recommends recommend 2 portions of fish a week, one being an oily fish.