Healthy eating and a balanced diet not only help our physical health but can also help our mental health too.
Having a balanced diet and eating healthily is about 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. It isn’t about being restrictive with your eating, staying unrealistically thin or depriving yourself of foods you love.
There is an overwhelming amount of advice out there about dieting and using the food you eat as a way of controlling how you look so it is understandable if you feel confused about how you can stay healthy. It is important to remember that our bodies need a balanced and varied diet to produce the energy we need for our everyday life.
While some extreme diets may suggest otherwise, we all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to sustain a healthy body. It is not a good idea to eliminate certain categories of food from your diet, but rather select the healthiest options from each category.
Here is a link to the Healthy Eating Guide for Teens by the NHS which explains how you can eat well and stay healthy.