Healthy Eating

To stay healthy, it helps to eat a balanced diet

Being overweight can lead to health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke, and equally being underweight could also affect your health. Certain mental health problems can be affected by our food lifestyle choices. Consequently, eating a balanced diet can help protect us against feeling low and help us avoid prolonged anxiety.

While it is almost impossible to eat healthy all of the time, it helps that we are mindful of the kinds of foods and the components of food at mealtimes that can help us stay fit and healthy. You may not have learnt yet what constitutes a healthy diet so we hope that we can help you take your first steps towards healthier living.

Signs that someone may not be eating well

  • Digestive Problems
  • Constipation/Diarrhoea
  • Vulnerability to colds and viruses
  • Low mood/increased anxiety
  • Loss of weight/increase in weight
  • Low energy
  • Felling achy or tired
  • Difficulty concentrating and/or headaches
  • Clothes don't fit (too tight/too loose)

How can I help myself?

Small changes to your diet can make a difference to energy levels, improve your mood and enhance your general wellbeing.  There are simple things to try that could help you enormously. Find out more information that can help you become a healthier eater.

You can also download a number of government produced eating guides that you can download or print off and share with friends and family.

 

What are the signs you may be eating too much sugar?

  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • You have sugar/carb cravings
  • You have skin problems such as acne/skin dryness
  • You are experiencing low mood or anxiety
  • You are experiencing stress or brain fogginess
  • You get sick a lot
  • You're overweight

View the NHS guidance on sugar content in food ad how to manage your sugar intake.

What foods help with some of the problems we experiencing at University?

  • Lack of concentration
  • Lack of memory
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger/irritability
  • Stress
  • Lack of focus/motivation
  • Lack of appetite

Where can I get further help?

Make an appointment with your GP or Practice Nurse at your doctors surgery to get help and advice on diet/food related problems that you feel you are unable to fix yourself through simple changes to lifestyle. For self-help resources please use the above links to the NHS and government resources and guidance. 

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