Eating nutritious meals and drinking enough water can be challenging.
Below you will find useful resources including podcasts, books, and food subscription boxes.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) Food facts page shares a plethora of evidence based diet and nutrition topics.
NHS Eatwell Guide: The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.
Self-help guide to help you improve your mental wellbeing and health by making changes to your eating.
New: Free NHS Digital Weight Management Programme for NHS Staff!
NHS staff are now able to sign up to the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme. This is a brand new service for people who would like to lose weight and improve their health and wellbeing.
If you have a BMI of 30 or greater (or 27.5 or greater for staff from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups), you can now access a free, online 12-week weight management programme which is personally tailored to support your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Keeping healthy and active can be hard, especially with the demands of a busy job, but this digital programme can help you make those small changes, one step at a time. Signing up is quick and easy – just visit this website for more information and to join today!
Eating well for shift workers
Eating well and staying hydrated while working shifts can be (very) challenging. Listen to Molly who's got it all figured out!
Follow Kimberley Wilson @foodandpsych. She is a Chartered Psychologist and hosts a fortnightly podcast called 'Stronger Minds' where she discusses topics related to food, lifestyle, psychology and mental health.
Kimberley has also written a book (follows the nutritional evidence base, referenced Felice Jacka):
Recommended by Megan Fossi
Published March 2020
Megan Rossi - @theguthealthdoctor
Leader in the area of healthy eating and looking after your gut, includes dietary and lifestyle management of common gut problems, food intolerances and IBS.
Sophie Medlin – @sophiedietitian
Dietitian, used to work at KCL in the Department of Nutrition and dietetics. She now works in private practice. Lovely posts about choosing happiness over strict dieting and body consciousness. Encourages healthy and balanced eating backed by the evidence base
Talia Cecchele - @tcnutrition
Dietitian – used to work in SLaM.
She is a Specialist Eating Disorders Dietitian for both CAMHS and Adults, currently working in private practice and in a private mental health hospital in London
Promotes healthy eating for everyone, overcoming eating disorders, disordered eating, comfort eating.
Addresses miss-information and fads and encourages sound evidence based nutrition knowledge and advice
Really good short articles covering an array of nutrition topics to support health and wellbeing for all (2 to 4 minute reads)
What does the research say?
Research from the State of Nation report has shown that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought on new cases of eating disorders and worsening of symptoms in those already with an eating disorder, as a way of coping with the stresses and anxiety of the pandemic. Eating difficulties rose 148% in 2020. Factors that have contributed to this include a lack of structure that many now face due to the pandemic, 'Zoom dysmorphia' - the idea that video conferencing technology exacerbates body image issues, and isolation. However, the report indicated that online resources can really help, especially those with anorexia.
Eating disorder resources
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity
"Our national Helpline exists to encourage and empower people to get help quickly, because we know the sooner someone starts treatment, the greater their chance of recovery. People can contact us online or by phone 365 days a year. We listen to them, help them to understand the illness, and support them to take positive steps towards recovery. We also support family and friends, equipping them with essential skills and advice, so they can help their loved ones recover whilst also looking after their own mental health."
Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
Youthline: 0808 801 0711
Helplines are open 365 days a year from 9am–8pm during the week, and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays.
FREED is First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders.
It is a service for 16 to 25-year-olds who have had an eating disorder for three years or less (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or another eating disorder).
Young people getting help for their eating disorder through FREED are given rapid access to specialised treatment which gives special attention to challenges we know young people face during these years of their life, and in the early stages of an eating disorder.
You can take a self assessment quiz to look for signs of an eating disorder.