Talking about Eatwell Everyday
Moving towards a diet that looks like Eatwell Everyday represents a huge change for many individuals and families in Scotland; the challenges in consuming a healthy diet are many and varied. However, used sensitively by practitioners, Eatwell Everyday offers the opportunity to start discussion about healthy eating: the proportions of each food group in a healthy balanced diet, as well as eating smaller amounts of foods and drinks high in fats, salt or sugar, less often. Eatwell Everyday can be used in one-on-one or group sessions.
The resource has been designed to show what a healthy balanced diet actually looks like, and has been compiled with attention to lowering costs, widespread availability of the foods included and avoiding waste.
Making small changes to improve diet is better than no change. Advocating a small changes approach, where individuals choose to work on one part of Eatwell Everyday at a time may be a useful tactic. For example, you may wish to talk about:
- Changing meals to look more similar to the meals in the menus (e.g. higher proportion of starchy foods, less protein, fewer saturated fats or sugar).
- How individuals can incorporate their cultural food preferences in a healthy balanced diet.
- Limiting the number of high fat and/or sugar foods consumed.
- Adding fruit and vegetables to meals and/or as snacks.
- Eating breakfast every day or preparing a packed lunch every night.
- Attempting at least one home-cooked or assembled meal each week.
- Looking at nutrition labels and choosing healthier products.