Eating well for carers
As a carer, eating a balanced diet is essential to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs. A balanced diet will keep your body strong and give you enough energy to provide the best care for the person you are caring for and yourself.
Eating well does not have to be difficult. Whether you are underweight or overweight, by understanding how to achieve a balanced diet and how to fit it into your lifestyle, you can manage your weight and stay in good health.
Based on the eat well plate you should try to eat:
- Plenty of starchy food
Bread, breakfast cereals, potatoes and pasta are a good source of energy. Always choose wholegrain varieties where you can.
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables
Aim for five portions a day to provide you with a good source of vitamins and minerals. 1 portion is equivalent to: 1 apple, 1 medium banana, 7 strawberries, 1 handful of grapes, 150ml glass of unsweetened orange juice, dessert bowl of salad, 3 heaped tablespoons of mixed vegetables.
- Some protein
Meat, fish, eggs, beans are a good source of protein.
- Some milk and dairy foods
Cheese, yogurt or choose low-fat options if trying to reduce fat in your diet.
- Limit the amount of foods high in fat or sugar
Such as crisps, chocolate, sweets.