You know your eating habits better than anyone else. Have they changed? What do you think you can do to improve them? Eating well can help us keep strong, healthy and optimistic and with some planning, make our money go further.
Here are some of the ways people from across Wales are using food to look after themselves and each other:
What would help you to plan the shop? Making a shopping list can help us avoid impulse buys and keep to our budgets. Some of our usual food favourites may not be available at the moment so think about what you can use instead in case you can’t find what you want. Click here for example lists and plans.
Eating a variety of foods will provide the supply of the nutrients we need to keep healthy and strong. Lots of people use the Eatwell guide to help them eat a healthy, balanced diet. Taking a vitamin D supplement can also help since we are spending more time indoors.
Try to limit the amount of unhealthy snacks available in the house by sticking to your list. What snacks can you swap? There’s some ideas here.
Maintaining our usual mealtimes, and making meal plans, can help us to stay aware of what we are eating and give some structure to the day. How are you finding ways to keep some structure in your day? What helps you stop diving into the fridge in between meals?
What have you made recently? Home cooking can mean the food you cook is healthy as well as tasty- and it can help you save money too. Many people also find cooking relaxing and a way to connect with family and friends by sharing your successes, tips and ideas. See below for some more ideas.
Taking notice of portion sizes can help increase our awareness of just how much we are eating. Try this one page handy guide.
Many more of us may need to make the most of community supports such as Food Banks and shopping vouchers. Lots of people are using support like this to keep themselves healthy and strong. Take a look at our links to find out what’s available in your area.
To find out if you are eligible for healthy start vouchers, or to apply, go to the healthy start website.
Families with children eligible for free schools meals can find out how to access support from their local authority.
Social and print media are full of stories of very specific diets or superfoods that claim to give protections against Coronavirus. The best diet to follow is a varied and balanced diet, recommended by AfN Registered Public Health Nutritionists and Dieticians. Use credible sources of information about food including NHS sites, British Dietetic Association and others on our resource pages.