You really can eat yourself healthier
Research suggests that the food we eat can have a direct impact on our energy levels, physical health, and mood. The evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace.
One of the best ways to stay well is therefore to ensure that your diet is healthy and balanced. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. The NHS has produced a helpful Eat Well Guide.
The NHS website also offers tips on how to save money whilst eating well. There are some cheap and cheerful recipes available from other sites:
What about our Guts?
There is growing interest in the way our gut bacteria affect our health and wellbeing and Prof Tim Spectre, co-founder of Zoe, is leading research into this field. If we look after the bugs in our guts, they will look after us. Unlike a lot of previous thoughts on diet, the new thinking is that there is no “one size fits all” approach, but there are definitely things we can do to encourage our guts to be healthy.
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Healthy Eating : On a Budget
Top tips to eat well on a budget:
Plan your budget – work out how much you’re going to spend on food each week and stick to it.
Avoid processed foods – it’s much cheaper and often more nutritious to buy basic ingredients and make your own meals from scratch rather than buying processed meals.
Shop around – the market might be better value than the supermarket. You’ll often save a bit by buying a supermarket’s own products too, rather than the big brands.
Keep it seasonal – save by buying your food when it’s in season. Find out what’s in season.
Be cautious about special offers – avoid filling the cupboards with stuff just because it’s a bargain – consider if it has a use by date and whether you will use it in that time.
Shop and cook in batches – avoid the expense of buying different ingredients for every meal by shopping and cooking in batches. Freeze portions for a later date.