A balanced diet

There are many conflicting theories about diet and breast cancer, which can be confusing, but eating healthily may make a difference to energy levels and general wellbeing.

The eatwell plate

Try to eat a variety of foods from each of the four main food groups every day.

The eatwell plate shows the different types of foods we should eat and in what proportions.

  • Plenty of fruit and vegetables. These provide low calorie nutrition and a range of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Adding in a handful at breakfast, lunch and dinner will count for 3 of your 5 a day.
  • Plenty of bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods – choose wholegrain varieties whenever you can. These are important for energy. Aim for 1-3 handfuls worth at each meal.
  • Some milk and dairy foods. Choose low fat or full fat versions depending on your weight and appetite.
  • Some lean meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein.

the eatwell plate

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In addition to this, you should:

  • avoid having sugary food and drinks too often. While these provide quick fixes, they do not fill you up and add calories without the benefit of useful nutrition
  • avoid eating fatty foods too often
  • drink alcohol only in moderation.

If you’d like specialist help, talk to your GP (local doctor), dietitian or specialist team.

For more information on healthy eating in general, see the British Nutrition Foundation website

Last reviewed: November 2015
Next planned review begins November 2017

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