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Midlife MOT: wealth, work and wellbeing
Midlife MOT: wealth, work and wellbeing

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3.1 Nutrition: how well you eat

We all know that being over weight can be detrimental to our health but getting rid of extra pounds as we get older can become more challenging for many. Portion control and enjoying a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, fibre and vitamins are key to managing your weight.

The image is a drawing of a takeaway coffee and a bag with the word ‘Take away’ on it (implying it contains a takeaway meal).

Most of us would also benefit by cutting down the amount of salt we eat. And as we get older, we all need to make sure we’re getting enough protein because muscle mass reduces as we age.

The good news is that eating more protein can help offset this, along with taking regular exercise and drinking plenty of water. All that can help preserve your muscles and keep them in good shape for longer.

But it can be hard to keep track of what you’re eating and it’s easy to let a few bad habits slip in. And there are so many healthy eating myths out there! It can all get very confusing. So we recommend taking this Bupa healthy eating quiz. It’ll test your knowledge and help you make sure you understand what makes up a well-balanced diet.

Activity 2: Bupa healthy eating quiz

Timing: Give yourself 5 to 10 minutes for this exercise.

Take this quiz to test your healthy eating knowledge: Bupa: Healthy eating quiz [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . Bupa also give you links to information about healthy eating, fats, and vitamins and minerals.