Food & Nutrition

Whatever your age, healthy eating is essential to function efficiently and feel good.

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Healthy Diet

Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. A healthy diet is likely to include a variety of foods, as this allows us to get all the nutrients that we need. Eating well is about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook, and stabilising your mood. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. Read more here...

Sugar

Most adults and children eat too much sugar through sweets, cakes, biscuits and sugary drinks. These are usually high in calories but often have few other nutrients. Type 2 diabetes is on the increase and sugar intake for most should be reduced if you want to be healthy. Find out ways to cut down on sugar in your diet...

Gluten-Free Diets

Gluten-free diets are followed by those suffering from coeliac disease, a lifelong auto-immune condition that hinders the absorption of nutrients by the small intestine. Gluten is a protein that is found in a number of grains including wheat, barley and rye. Some people with coeliac disease are also sensitive to oats. In Oxfordshire bread and flour is available on prescription. Find out about local support...

Diabetes Diets

Effective management of diabetes cannot be achieved without eating healthily, there is no one diabetic diet that will work for everyone and people should pick a diet that matches their individual needs. Ideally, patients with newly diagnosed diabetes should receive advice from a dietician soon after diagnosis. Find out about local support...

Lactose-Free Diets

Lactose intolerance is a common digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products. Most supermarkets stock a wide range of lactose free products. Read more here...

Vegetarian Diets

Vegetarians don’t eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea (such as crab or lobster) or animal by-products (such as gelatine), those who don’t eat eggs and dairy products are called vegans. A healthy vegetarian diet contains plenty of fruit and vegetables and starchy foods, some non-dairy sources of protein such as eggs and beans, some dairy products and just a small amount of fatty and sugary foods. You should ensure you eat healthy and have a balanced and varied diet. Read more here...

Foodbanks

Oxford Food Bank is a registered charity and collects good quality fresh food from local supermarkets and wholesalers and delivers it for free to around 60 registered charities in the Oxford area. Read more here...

MoreLife

MoreLife Oxfordshire provides a weight management service through referral by your GP. Read more here...

Weightwatchers

Weightwatchers lets you choose a programme that is healthy, well-balanced and interesting, gives you plenty to eat, and fits in with your lifestyle. Read more here...

Slimming World

Provides a food optimising programme which puts you in control and you don't need to worry about weighing all your food, counting points or monitoring every mouthful. Read more here...

Healthy Start

Healthy Start helps you give your family the very best start in life. If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old and on benefits you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. Read more here...