Healthy Eating Resources

It is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet in order to give your body all the nutrients it needs in order to maintain good inner health. Inner Health, also known as Metabolic Health refers to what is going on inside our bodies, where all our organs work together to keep us alive and healthy. Eating well will not only keep you healthy, but also reduce the risk of you developing other conditions such as Pain, Diabetes and Heart Disease.
To learn more about Inner Health, there are some excellent booklets, Inner Health and Inner Health Made Easy which contains the same information, but in an easy to read format. 

Nutrition

So now that you understand the importance of good nutrition, what do you need to be thinking about eating?
In order to get an idea of how healthy your weekly shop already is, The British Heart Foundation have put together a Quiz to show you where you may be able to swap out some of your regular items for healthier alternatives. 

The most important part of good nutrition is to ensure you are eating "Real Food". This refers to food that is unprocessed, or minimally processed. Ultra-processed foods are intended for us to keep going back for more, no matter if we are hungry or not, you will be able to recognise these foods as having a long list of ingredients that may include items that you would not usually cook at home. While you don't need to cut these foods out of your diet entirely, it is best to reduce the amount of processed foods you are consuming. Click here to find out more about "Real Foods".

 

Low Carb Diet

Carbohydrate is a name for Sugars and Starches. Starches (bread, potatoes, pasta, rice etc) are made of long chains of glucose, which the body rapidly digests into blood glucose. Starches often do not taste so sweet, and so it’s not obvious that starches contain lots of glucose. The body quickly digests carbohydrates into blood glucose. To stop blood glucose rising too high the body releases the hormone insulin. Insulin tells the liver and muscles to take glucose out of the blood, and into storage. Once the liver and muscles are full of stores, insulin tells the body to turn any extra blood glucose into fat stores. When you have excess insulin, with full fat stores of glucose, can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease and central obesity. This can also progress to Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. 

A Low-Carb Diet has less than 130 grams of Carbohydrate per day, and is a flexible way of eating that allows the individual to decide a level of carbohydrate that works for them. 

Benefits of a Low-Carb Diet include

  • Improved Weight Loss

  • Less chance of high sugar levels occurring.

  • More energy

  • Clearer Thinking

  • Lower risk of developing long term conditions such as Diabetes or Heart Conditions. 

Foods are split into Categories, Red Foods which should be avoided as much as possible, Amber foods which are okay in Moderation, and Green Foods that you can have as much of as you would like! To find out more about The Traffic Light System Click Here for a PDF guide or Here to visit the website. 

 

 

Better Health Campaign

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health. Better Health has a range of tools and support to help - find what works for you. Let's do this!

 

Click here to see the official website.

Start your journey to better health

Download the free NHS weight loss plan to help you start healthier eating habits, be more active and start losing weight.

The plan is broken down into 12 weeks so you can:

  • Set weight loss goals

  • Use the BMI calculator to customise your plan

  • Plan your meals

  • Make healthier food choices

  • Get more active and burn more calories

  • Record your activity and progress

 

 

Links to other Moatfield pages

 

 

Free Resources!

 

Diabetes risk score

Get Slim

Weight Watchers

Slimming World

Obesity UK

Chair based exercises

Smoke Free

Mid Sussex Wellbeing

 

Last updated 11/01/2022