Eating well makes a massive difference to your energy levels and coping with your hectic life, so it’s worth making an effort.
When it comes to healthy eating, the same old rules still apply.
Eat your fruit and vegies
You would’ve heard before that eating at least three servings of vegies and two servings of fruit each day is good for you – but what’s a serving like?
One serving is equivalent to:
- ½ cup cooked vegies, or
- ½ cup salad, or
- one medium potato, or
- one carrot, or
- two small apricots.
It’s easy to forget or not make time for breakfast, but it really is the most important meal of the day. Banana on toast, porridge or muesli are great filling options that will keep you fuelled all morning.
Your body needs water to function properly, so drink it. At least eight glasses a day will help keep you hydrated and alert so you can be at your best.
Watch your portion size
One portion is the size of your palm.
Avoid too much processed food
Processed food is almost anything that comes in a packet, such as chips, biscuits and lollies. Your body can’t use this food for energy as well as it can natural foods.
Take your time
We often scoff our food down so fast, our body does not register that it is full and we end up overeating.
Limit your takeaways
Unfortunately, fast food generally means bad food! This is because it doesn’t fill you with the nutrients your body needs to be healthy, which is why too much fast food can lead to bad skin (pimples and acne), weight gain and tiredness.
If you are out and about, try your best to choose food with less fat and more vegies such as:
- sandwiches with plenty of healthy fillings
- fresh fruit from the supermarket
- rice or noodle-based takeaways (not fried) with lots of vegetables.
Keep some fruit or a muesli bar and a bottle of water in your bag, to keep you going in case you get hungry or thirsty.