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What Is Healthy Eating?

Food and the way we feel about it are linked in so many ways.
1. Eating regularly
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Regular eating is having 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day at regular intervals. Regular eating is important to help keep your blood sugar level, preventing dizziness, tiredness and becoming ‘hangry’. Eating regularly helps prevent you from becoming really hungry and over eating which can lead to feeling out of control. Young people use up a lot of energy with all the learning and socialising they do so regular eating is key to maintaining a healthy mind and body.

2. Having a balanced diet
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A balanced diet includes all food groups –

  • Protein – such as meat, dairy and pulses
  • Carbohydrates – such as rice, potatoes and bread
  • Fat – such as oils, spreads and avocado
  • Fruit and vegetables – such as bananas, broccoli, tomatoes
  • Occasional foods – such as chocolate, crisps, cake

This balance of food groups helps us to ensure our body is getting all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates are essential for providing energy to fuel our day to day actives and boost our mood, whilst fat is essential for the absorption of some vitamins and minerals.  Occasional foods are to be enjoyed in moderation and form part of a healthy, enjoyable diet.

3. The freedom to enjoy foods
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Healthy eating is about enjoying a range of foods; not following a set, restricted diet that tells you it’s ‘healthy’. There’s no such thing as a good or bad food! These fad diets often include strict rules, limited food choices and make you feel bad when you ‘fail’. Often these types of diets can set you up to ‘fail’, as they’re so restrictive that you crave the foods you’re missing out and end up over eating them. ‘Normal eating’ is eating when you’re hungry, eating because it’s a meal time and sometimes just eating because you fancy the food.

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