Healthy Eating

When you come to University it may be the first time you’ve lived away from home and been fully independent. To have enough energy to study and enjoy student life to the full you need to eat regularly and healthily!

What are the advantages of good nutrition?

  • Have more energy.
  • Feel better about your eating.
  • Have a better work out.
  • Add variety to your meals and make them more interesting.
  • Decreases constipation.
  • Prevent unnecessary weight gain.
  • Avoid getting sick with colds and minor illnesses.
  • Prevent health problems in the future.
  • Prevent heart problems in the future.

What does a healthy balanced diet really mean?

  • Eat regularly and base your meals on starchy foods.
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
  • Eat more fish.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods.
  • Try to eat less salt.
  • Cut down on saturated fats and sugars.
  • Get active and try to be a healthy weight.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t skip breakfast.

Get organised

  • With some planning you can eat cheap and healthy meals on a tight budget.
  • Make a shopping list before you go and shop.
  • Maybe shop and cook with a friend who is more experienced than you in the kitchen.
  • Watch your waste – when you buy foods that go off quickly, plan your meals carefully so it gets eaten or frozen straight away.
  • Vary your meals otherwise you will get bored of eating and cooking the same things over and over again.

No time to cook or can’t cook?

  • Search the web and find interesting and easy recipes and cooking tips (for recipe ideas try BBC Good Food/Students)
  • Cook extra in the evening so you can use the left overs for a quick meal the following day.
  • Cook double and after cooking cool the remaining half quickly and freeze in serving sized portions.
  • One pot dishes where you throw everything in together saves energy, time and washing up!
  • If you are going to have a takeaway then remember some are expensive, high in fat, high in salt, and low in nutrition. And some may leave you hungry again a few hours after you have eaten them.

Cooking on a budget

  • Shop at the local markets for discounted fruit, vegetables and meat bargains.
  • Buy in bulk – it’s usually cheaper. You can freeze these and use as required.
  • Use cheaper cuts of meat for curries and casseroles and add extra vegetables and beans to make the meal go further. Trim off visible fat before you start.
  • Work out how much you are going to spend on food each week and stick to it.
  • Go back to basics – processed food is expensive because you are paying for the processing! It’s much cheaper and often more nutritious to buy basic ingredients and make your own meals.
  • Compare prices – remember to shop around. You’ll often save by doing this.
  • Don’t be seduced by special offers – if you’re not going to use it – why buy it! However watch out for supermarket specials of staple foods and stock up on them when they are cheap. Items such as pasta and rice have a long shelf life.

Study and exams and healthy eating

Healthy eating is especially important when you are under stress. When you are rushing to meet deadlines it’s easy to skip meals and forget about healthy eating. However this is the time your body needs good nutrition the most. Remember to drink plenty of fluids and take some water into your exams

For further Information on healthy eating look up: www.eatwell.gov.uk