Keeping Physically Well: Healthy Eating

Why is it important to eat well? 

A healthy, balanced diet supports our health. Eating well can help us to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, supports the development of a healthy immune system and provides us with energy to complete day to day tasks. Even if you are spending more time at home right now, it’s important to eat well to allow our body to function effectively. 

What can you do to eat well? 

Choosing a variety of foods that you enjoy can help you to achieve a balanced diet. Where possible, try and plan your meals in advance so that you can be sure you have the right foods available. Use a recipe book or search for new recipes on the internet, or try something new. To help maintain your energy levels, try and eat regularly – ideally three meals a day with snacks in between. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Staying hydrated can help maintain concentration levels and reduce the risk of falls. 

What tools are available to help?

NHS

BDA (British Dietetic Association)
‘A guide to good nutrition and hydration in older age’- covers common issues such as malnutrition, dehydration and constipation, as well as general healthy eating information:  

Age UK
Access to recipes and healthy eating on a budget