Eat well for life

Healthy eating habits start young
Healthy food choices
Prepare healthy food

Help for healthier eating

It can be difficult to know how to eat more healthily and how much to eat. Find out more about healthy eating and portion sizes:

Children and young adults:

Medical conditions and eating disorders:

  • Beat for eating disorders
  • Dietary information for advice and patient webinars about what to eat and drink if you have a medical condition 
  • Manage alcohol and lower your health risks

Eatwell guide

To understand how to achieve a healthy, balanced diet, visit the eatwell guide. It covers:

  • food and diet
  • recipes and tips
  • digestive health

The eatwell guide helps you to get the right balance of the different food groups over a day or even a week.

Learn about eating your five a day and how to add fruit and vegetables into your daily food choices.


Five a day

Tips for healthy eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and will help you feel your best.

This means 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. Try to cook from scratch. Eat real food, not processed. Bulk cooking and saving portions for when you are in a rush can help with this. 

People with special dietary needs or a medical condition should ask their doctor or a registered dietitian for advice.

People and children over the age of 5 should try to:

  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day 
  • include higher fibre starchy foods like potatoes, bread, rice or pasta when you are active or exercising. Too much of these foods, such as including them in every meal will lead to weight gain. 
  • have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks)
  • eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein
  • drink plenty of water, non-caffine or non-sugary drinks (at least 6 to 8 glasses a day)

Eating a balanced diet