Eating well is one of the foundations for a healthy lifestyle. It provides you with nourishment and energy to keep your body and mind at its best every day.
What eating well looks like for you may be different to someone else. It’s important to eat a wide variety of foods so you get all the nutrients you need. As a general rule, a healthy, balanced diet includes:
- plenty of fruits and vegetables – usually at least five portions a day
- starchy foods, like rice, pasta, bread and potatoes – choose brown or wholegrain if you can
- some protein, such as meat, fish, dairy, beans and pulses
- some healthy fats, such as from oily fish, olive oil or nuts.
It's also important to stay hydrated, so a healthy diet also includes what you drink. Aim for 6–8 glasses of fluids a day. This includes water, tea, coffee, milk and low-sugar juices.
Visit NHS Live Well for more information about healthy eating.