What we choose to eat affects not just our physical health, but also our mental health and wellbeing too. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body.
Eating well can mean different things to different people. Broadly speaking it means eating in a way so that:
- our weight remains normal – not too low and not to high
- our weight remains stable – not going up and down all the time
- all necessary food groups and vitamins are available
- eating becomes and remains an enjoyable experience.
A healthy balanced diet includes:
- lots of different types of fruit and vegetables
- wholegrain cereals or bread
- nuts and seeds
- dairy products
- oily fish
- plenty of water
Eat at least three meals each day and drink plenty of water. Try to limit how many high-caffeine or sugary drinks you have and avoid too much alcohol.
Improving your diet may help to:
- improve your mood
- give you more energy
- help you think more clearly.
The 5 A Day – What counts? is available on the NHS website, provides detailed information on how to achieve a healthy, balanced diet https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/5-a-day-what-counts/