Balanced eating is eating food that you enjoy while taking care of your body. This means that sometimes you might prefer eating a piece of cake and other days a piece of fruit or both together.
Eating is more than counting calories and providing nutrients to keep us healthy. Eating is also about socialising, celebrating and enjoying food. There isn't "good" and "bad" foods. All foods fit on a healthy lifestyle.
Denying yourself from foods that you enjoy can lead to unhealthy relationships with food.
Being healthy is not just about diet. There are many other factors that contribute to our health, for example our genetics, stress, environment, financial, food security.
There isn’t one perfect diet that promotes optimum health. The healthier diet is the one that you can keep for longer, including all foods from all food groups, and not eliminating food groups and punishing your body.
A healthy diet might look different, depending on the circumstances, like food availability, finances, cooking skills, routine, etc.
The 7 basic principles of balanced eating are:
Context matters. What does balance look like for you?
Joana Jardim, Dietitian MSc Clinical Nutrition
Founder of Your Diet Advice
Hi, I'm Joana, a Portuguese registered dietitian in the UK. I am passionate about helping others achieving their health goals.