We’ve all heard of a ‘well-balanced diet’ but it’s not always clear what this is and why we should try to have one.

Basically, the food we eat provides the energy we need to keep us going throughout the day. It also provides the nutrients necessary for repair and growth. If we don’t eat the foods that provide the correct nutrients, we may end up with deficiencies that can stop our immune systems from performing well.

Eating a balanced diet helps us to maintain a healthy weight which can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels, keep teeth and bones strong and provide other feel-good benefits.

So, what is a well-balanced diet?

Basically, we should try to eat a wide variety of foods including lots of fruit and vegetables (especially dark green leafy ones), whole grains, seeds and nuts, meat and dairy that is moderate to low in saturated fats and oily fish. If the majority of what we eat is made up of this type of food, then we’re less likely to eat too much sugar and saturated fat.

Obviously, we all enjoy a treat, but if we make mindful choices to eat healthy foods most of the time, the treats should be even better and our bodies and mind will reap the benefits.