To learn well, our children and youth need to eat well. Nutrition plays a key role in the healthy development of our children and youth. Nutritious foods provide our body and mind with the energy needed to grow, feel well, be active, stay healthy and learn.
The following information highlights some of the activities and initiatives that are supporting student learning and reinforcing the importance and benefits of making healthy eating choices a regular part of their school day.
These tips to help keep diet healthy and beneficial for students:
- Learn proper portion size. To avoid eating too much of even the healthiest foods, keep track of how much you’re eating.
- Vary your meals. When the cafeteria has your favourite foods daily it can be easy to return to those old favourites every day. Changing up your diet from day to day is an important part of good nutrition so take advantage of the variety of selections available to you.
- Eat breakfast. Start your day off right with a good meal when you get up. Whether you’re rolling out of bed at noon or up at the crack of dawn for class, make sure you start your day with a balanced, healthy meal.
- Keep healthy snacks around. It’s easy to eat healthy if you keep the Cheetos at bay and stock your dorm room with fruits and other healthy snacks. You’ll be more likely to reach for these than junk food if you keep them nearby or in your backpack.
- Don’t fight stress by eating. It can be tempting to reach for a bag of chips or some cookies when you’re stressed out about an impending exam. Eating won’t help your stress go away, so avoid filling up on snacks. Try working out or taking a break instead.
- Drink water. Drinking enough water can help boost your concentration as well as keep you from overeating. Make sure to keep hydrated as you go through your day by bringing water with you.
- Limit sugary and caffeinated beverages. Beverages may not fill you up, but they sure can help fatten you up and have a detrimental effect on your overall health. You don’t have to completely give up soda and coffee, but you should scale back in order to keep yourself in tip top shape.
- Try to eat fruits and veggies. Even if fruits and vegetables don’t comprise some of your favourite foods, try to incorporate at least a few of them into your diet each day.
- Limit junk food. Junk food is fast and easy and many students end up eating a lot of it while they’re on the run to class or to work. While a little fast food now and again won’t really hurt you, make sure it doesn’t become a habit.
- Make it convenient to eat right. Don’t make it hard for you to eat right. Buy healthy foods and stock your fridge and room with them to ensure they’re the first things at hand when you get hungry.
- Don’t skip meals. With so much to do, it’s easy to forgo eating to run off to class or the library. Don’t skip meals. Set up foods you can eat on the run so you’ll have the energy to keep going.
- Indulge every once in a while. A little treat now and then is a great way to reward yourself for eating a healthy diet. Give yourself a break and indulge in a food you love but can’t eat all the time.
- Get help for eating disorders. While many groups focus on helping students lose weight, there are those who need help fighting eating disorders as well. If you are worried you have an eating disorder and want help, don’t be afraid to reach out to nutrition clinic for help.
If you want to cover all these tips and you need help you can visit us at Lina’s & Dina’s and we will do the needful. At Lina’s & Dina’s, we offer “Student Program” that provides you with balanced and healthy meals in an easy way so u will not find difficulty in following healthy eating habits.