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Web Chat: Nutrition & Diet – Mon 23rd Nov 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 23rd November 2015.

Want to find out about having a healthy lifestyle and what that involves? You hear everyone talking about a ‘balanced diet’, but what actually is this? What are your thoughts on breakfast, does it matter if I miss breakfast, what a good breakfast, how much sugar in the cereals you eat? Join us for a chat on Monday 23rd November 4:30pm – 5pm and connect with other young people, ask questions, find answers and discuss.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:21

Todays chat will be starting in 10mins - what are your thoughts about healthy eating, skipping breakfast

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:21

Todays chat will be starting in 10mins - what are your thoughts about healthy eating, skipping breakfast

BoxingDonkey Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:24

Skipping breakfast means you eat less, so you lose weight!

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) BoxingDonkey / 23 Nov 16:27

did you realise you are more likely to eat more through the day if you skip breakfast
Eating Breakfast kick starts your metabolism so you start burning energy

StunnedKitten / 23 Nov 16:28

I sometimes skip breakfast because i havent got time before school, how would i be affected by this? i feel fine just eating on my break at 11

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) StunnedKitten / 23 Nov 16:31

It can be hard sometimes to have breakfast everyday - there is nothing wrong with having breakfast on the go - try foods like fruit (e.g. banana/apples)or toast

BoxingDonkey Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:37

The dentist told me not to eat sugary things without a meal, so is eating fruit bad for me as a snack?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) BoxingDonkey / 23 Nov 17:06

Dentist and sugary foods

To keep your teeth healthy you should not eat too many sugary foods and it is a good idea to eat these with a meal

Depending on how much fruit you eat - if you are only having 1-2 pieces a day then this if fine to eat in between meals as a healthy snack - but if you are eating more then it with your meal would be a good idea

YawningHorse / 23 Nov 16:31

how many calories should I be eating?

StunnedKitten / 23 Nov 16:31

How much breakfast should i have? is a serial bar ok? or should i be eating a bowl or a bigger portion?

YawningHorse / 23 Nov 16:33

I keep getting hungry at night? is that normal?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:35

Calories eaten
This a tricky question as it depends on how activity you are, how tall and how much you weight and if you are boy or a girl
Check out NHS choices for more info on your calorie intake but do remember how active you are

BoxingDonkey / 23 Nov 16:35

When I'm in a bad mood, I eat all the junk food I can find. How can I stop doing this?

YawningHorse BoxingDonkey / 23 Nov 16:37

I get cranky if i'm hungry :(

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:37

How much breakfast should I have

Having a bowl cereals is good - try to go for low sugar/honey varieties or a couple of slices of toast or fruit and yoghurt

YawningHorse / 23 Nov 16:39

Does eating less calories = loosing weight?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:41

Hungry at night

Most people have a time of day when the feel hungry - especially if the have not eaten for a while

If you have eaten and still feel hungry this could be a habit rather than feeling hungry

always try to wait 20mins after eating before having any thing else to eat as this gives your body change to recognise that you have eaten

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:43

mood and food

Quite a few people will eat when they feel emotional

This is often because they feel that they need to reward themselves - try to think of non food rewards

Check out the food and mood this website for more ideas

YawningHorse / 23 Nov 16:44

Are there any foods good for when you need to concentrate?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:48

Eating less calories

Yes eating less calories than you need can led to a reduction in weight
Remember if you need to lose weight it needs to be done very slowly as you need to make sure your body has all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy

For mot young people keeping their weight the same and continuing to grow taller can be enough to become a healthy weight for your height

Have look at the diet and nutrition part on this website for more info

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:50

Foods to help you concentrate

Eating a healthy balance diet can help you concentrate
If you skip meals (especially breakfast) you are more likely to struggle to concentrate

YawningHorse / 23 Nov 16:50

Can you do a nutrition plan?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 16:54

Nutrition plan

The best way to approach this is to think about eating a balanced varied diet
Think I am having 5 potions of fruit and vegetables everyday. I am having carbs (bread/potato/cereals/rice/pasta) with every meal try to have to portions of protein food and 3 portion of dairy foods everyday and think how often are you having high fat/sugar foods and drinks

Check out healthy eating on the website- is you food intake balanced

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 23 Nov 17:01

Thanks for taking part in today chat you have asked some very interesting questions

Next weeks chat is on self-harm

This chat is now closed!

This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

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