If you eat a well balanced diet you are more likely to get all the nutrients that your body needs to function properly. Some of these nutrients can even help to make you feel less irritable, tired and sad.
How can I make sure I'm eating properly?
Grab your 5 A Day
Fruit and veg are packed full of vitamins and minerals, full of fibre, low in fat and great for your immune system. What’s not to like! Plus, fruit and veg don’t always have to be fresh to count. Tinned and frozen fruit and veg count too.
You are more likely to stay a healthy weight if you eat a healthy breakfast every day. Grab a banana or a slice of wholemeal toast and some fruit juice. It will give you the energy you need to start your day.
Try to have carbohydrates with every meal
Carbs are the starchy foods that give us the energy we need in the day, plus they’re really low in fat. Pasta, rice, wholemeal bread, pitta, wraps, pancakes, there are tonnes to choose from!
Though remember…although carbs themselves are not fatty it’s what you put in them or on them that can make them less healthy.
Don’t forget protein and dairy
High in calcium which helps keep your bones and teeth healthy, try to have 3 lower fat options of milk, cheese and yoghurt every day.
Protein found in meat, fish and eggs helps your body to grow and repair, so you need a couple of portions every day. If you’re a vegetarian you can get your protein from beans, pulses and vegetarian products such as soya and quorn.
Cut back on sugar and fat
Although they give you energy they’re more likely to make you put on weight. Fat and sugar can creep into your diet surprisingly quickly so try to plan when you’re going to have them.
Drinking 6-8 drinks per day will keep your body hydrated (to add moisture). Try and drink mostly water or milk to avoid too much sugar.
See the short clip below about sugar
Video clip by Rise Above
You can find more information about healthy diet at:
- Cheshire Change Hub - If you are 18 and want support around healthy weight management.