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Getting the balance between eating the right foods and the correct portions can sometimes be difficult and often confusing. To achieve a healthy diet, you should aim to eat a variety of foods and drink plenty of fluids.
This would include:
As we get older we tend not to eat as much as we may have done in our younger years. Nevertheless, it is still important (if not more so) to get the right amount of nutrients and vitamins. The best way to encourage this is through a variety of snacks such as crackers, savoury biscuits topped with cheese, eggs, toasted crumpets, pancakes, yoghurt, fruit, malt loaf, fruit cake, breakfast cereals or soup.
If you have mobility or transport problems, it may be difficult for you to get out to shops especially in the colder winter months. You can keep some nourishing, basic but non-perishable foods in your cupboards and freezer. These include:
On-line shopping may be a useful option for those of us with internet access and may be particularly useful if you have mobility or transport difficulties. You can do your supermarket shop on-line and have the groceries and goods delivered to your door. However, there is often a charge for such services.
For further information on healthy eating and sensible drinking, contact your local GP surgery or the Food Standards Agency on 02072768000.
The NHS' Healthy Eating Self-Assessment tool will test whether you are eating sensibly.
The NHS also provides a Supermarket Health Checker which helps you to make your weekly shop healthier.