Tips for a healthy diet:
- Base your meals on starchy foods
- Eat lots of fruit and veg - at least 5 portions a day, be it fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced
- Eat more fish
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
- Try to eat less salt no more than 6g a day
- Get active and try to be a healthy weight - what is your BMI?
- Drink plenty of water
- Dont skip breakfast
It's OK to skip breakfast
THIS IS A LIE. Breakfast is a very important meal. Although students possibly get less sleep than the average adult, our bodies are fasting when we're asleep and it's essential to 'break' this 'fast' (hence the name) . Although people who skip breakfast catch up on their energy requirements later in the day, they're unlikely to get all the vitamins and minerals that a simple breakfast can provide. And missing breakfast tends to make us snack by mid-morning on foods that are high in sugar or fat.
Trough (Pembroke Buttery) do a very nice breakfast session from 8am - lunchtime (cooked breakfast til 10am) and Pembroke students get 10% off the (already fairly reasonable) prices. This is a good way to start the day, both nutritionally and socially.
Food for Thought
Our brains are very useful, so it's a good idea to know about their dietery needs.
Breakfast - the brain is best fuelled by a steady supply of glucose, and many studies have shown that skipping breakfast reduces brain performance during the day. Apparently eating beans (rich in protein) or Marmite (with brain-friendly B vitamins) on toast (energy carbs) for breakfast will boost our mental powers.
Brains are around 60 per cent fat. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish oils and margarines, and proteins (eg meat, fish, cheese) also contain amino acids essential for clever brain communication.
Water helps deliver good things to your brain and take bad things away from it in your blood. Most people do not drink enough water (around 2 litres per day) so are not letting their brain work to full potential.
Anyone can develop an eating disorder as a method of coping with or controlling other difficult life situations, but they are most likely to affect young women aged 15-25. You can get help with recognising and recovering from eating disorders such as binge eating, anorexia or bullimia from the College Nurse, your GP or organisations such as the University Counselling Service or Beat Eating Disorders. Talking to a friend or a helpline such as Linkline can also be a great place to start tackling dietary problems.