PUBLISHED ON: 29 March 2016

With piles of chocolate still sitting around in some homes after Easter, this week might be a time to start focusing on healthy eating.

While it’s fine to treat yourself once in a while, eating a balanced diet is important for everyone and can help you stay at a healthy weight.

Sandwiches and fruit

To find out about your ideal healthy weight, ask your GP (local doctor) or practice nurse. Or you can use the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator.

Many people gain weight during treatment for breast cancer. If this has happened to you and you are trying to shed weight, aim to lose about 0.5–1kg (1–2 pounds) a week until you reach your goal.

Weight loss tips

  • Reduce your portion sizes.
  • Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Choose wholegrain varieties of bread, pasta and cereals.
  • Use lower-fat dairy foods, such as skimmed or semi-skimmed milk or lower-fat cheese such as feta, reduced-fat cheddar or cottage cheese.
  • Go for lean cuts of meat and trim off as much fat as possible.
  • Include beans and pulses in your diet.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Keep biscuits, cakes, chocolate and crisps for occasional treats.
  • Take care when eating out, and remember that takeaways can be high in fat and calories.

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