Healthy Eating

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Our coaches understand that each person is individual, and so is the way we will work with you.

Our tailored approach has helped thousands of people to feel their best. When you join our service, you will receive:

  • One-to-one support with your own coach 
  • Meetings at a time and place convenient for you within Gloucestershire
  • FREE 12-week programme 
  • FREE Slimming World sessions**
  • FREE recipes & tips
  • Access to an online community through our Best-You app 

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**Ask your GP if you qualify and if eligible, your GP can refer you to Slimming World if you meet the criteria. If you don't, our coaches can support you on a one-to-one basis.

 

There are lots of small changes you can make to your diet that will help:

It's a myth that not eating in the morning will help you lose weight.

A small healthy breakfast - even if it's a piece of fruit - will kick-start your metabolism and stop you from reaching for the snacks mid-morning because you feel hungry.

Eating foods that are high in fibre, helps you feel fuller for longer.

Fibre is only found in food from plants, such as fruit and veg, oats, wholegrain bread, brown rice, pasta, beans, peas and lentils.

Click here to find out how to get more fibre into your diet. 

The recommended sugar intake per day is:

  • 4-6yrs - 19 grams of sugar - 5 teaspoons
  • 7-10yrs - 24 grams of sugar - 6 teaspoons
  • from 11yrs - 30 grams of sugar - 7 teaspoons 

The food and drink we snack on can be very high in sugar, for example:

  • A can of cola or lemonade contains over 10 grams of sugar! 
  • On average a chocolate bar contains up to 25 grams of sugar!

Tinned sauces or soups can also be extremely high in sugar. Look out for green labels when shopping for these.

Swap sugary snacks for fruit and veg – peppers, cucumber, carrot sticks or a small bowl of fruits such as mixed berries are a great tasty snack which have far less calories than chocolate or crisps and can help you reach your 5 portions of fruit and veg per day. You can use the Sugar Smart app whilst shopping to help you choose healthier snack options.

Too much salt in your diet can be a risk to your health. 

Around 75% of the food we eat already has salt in it! This includes bread, cereal and ready meals.

Comparing food labels and looking for green labels is the best way of finding the healthiest product. 

Instead of adding salt to your food, try these tasty swaps:

  • Use black pepper as seasoning. Try it on pasta, scrambled egg, pizza, fish and soup
  • Try baking or roasting vegetables such as red peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, fennel, parsnips and squash to bring out their flavour.

Read food labels to see the calories, sugar content, salt content and fat content of products.

Aim for green when looking at products and be sure to compare different brands to see which products are the lowest.

Find out more about food labels here 

It's all about being organised!

Make larger portions of evening meals such as veg chilli or a healthy curry and it will last for a couple of days in the fridge, or you could make a larger amount and freeze a few portions. You need a dedicated time and space to set up all of your tubs.

You can buy cheap tubs in most supermarkets or bargain shops – you don't need to spend a fortune.

Make your own meals so you know exactly what you are eating.

Ready-meals, pasta-sauces and other packaged products can be full of sugar, salt and calories - even if you pick a low-fat product.

It is easier than you think to make your own!

Remember, you need to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions. 

This includes fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, protein, fat and so on. To see what this balance looks like over a day or week - click here.

For more helpful tips and information on healthy eating, click here 

If you feel hungry, have a glass of water as you could be confusing hunger with thirst.

If you find water boring, try adding natural flavours such as lemon, lime or cucumber. 

Take the hydration test on Best-You to see how you measure up! 

 

Extra Support

Many people join our service to lose weight, but would like help in other areas as well. This is totally fine - we're here to help you achieve what’s important to you!

Whether you’re thinking about giving up smoking, getting more active, cutting down on alcohol or just improving your overall wellbeing, our specially qualified coaches are trained to help.

 

Get FREE help today!

Make small changes to your diet and learn about what food is best for you. 

Call us FREE on 0800 122 3788 and start your journey.