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Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is essential to good health and well-being. Healthy eating helps us to maintain a healthy weight and reduces our risk of developing some risk factors and chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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​Eat regularly

​​Eating regularly can help you to feel your best. Aim to eat something every 4-6 hours. Eating about every 4-6 hours can balance your blood sugar and give you sustained energy throughout the day.

Enjoy your food

Enjoy your food by making choices that reflect your taste, budget, culture and lifestyle. Think: flavour, comfort, satisfying.

Start cooking

Be adventurous and try something new or keep it simple, it’s up to you! Whether you find yourself with more or less time on your hands, cooking can be a way to retreat from the chaos. Cooking can be both relaxing and a practice to take pride in knowing you prepared food for yourself and/or your family.

  • ​Those with less time, try:
  • ​Those with more time, try:

Check out these additional resources for other nutritious food and recipe ideas:

Get creative

Make the most of what you have on hand. Get creative and use up what food you may already have on hand to stretch your food dollar. For ideas, simply Google some ingredients you have on hand or check out the following websites:

Make a grocery shopping plan

Involve family members and children and make a meal plan and shopping list the week before you buy your groceries. Many stores will allow online ordering and delivery. Keep food fresh by choosing foods that stay fresh longer like root vegetables, cabbage, and apples, along with frozen and canned vegetables.

Try these steps to help you be prepared:

  1. Check what you already have on hand
  2. Make a weekly meal plan
  3. Make a list of what is needed
  4. Try to organize list in the order of your stores layout
  5. Remember to wash your hands when handling food and before eating

Eat with others

Enjoying a meal with others is a great way to stay connected and enjoy your food. Have a breakfast date with a neighbor, try a new recipe with a family member or host a family dinner!

Find more resources to support health eating selected and reviewed by healthcare professionals with Primary Health Care's Community Health Teams here.