Eat well

   
   

The benefits of good nutrition

Eating a healthy, balanced diet not only helps us look and feel good, it helps us to stay healthy.

Benefits include:

  • increased energy and stamina
  • improved sleep and concentration
  • a positive impact on your mood and wellbeing
  • helps you to maintain a healthy body weight
  • lowers your risk of developing chronic health risks such as heart disease and cancer
Student eating sushi

Eat happy

 
 

Top tips for healthy meals

Living away from home for the first time? Watch this short video to hear about other students' experiences with cooking.

Portion sizes - Eating the correct sized portion goes hand in hand with eating a healthy diet. Find out more about portion sizes or get some top tips on portion control.

Eating healthily on a student budget - Get 20 tips to eat well for less.

Broccoli chickpea cilantro almond white and red rice

What makes a healthy diet?

The NHS Eatwell GuideThe Eatwell Guide divides the foods we eat and drink into five main food groups. Try to choose a variety of different foods from each of the groups to help you get the wide range of nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.

Fruit and vegetables - Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.

Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates - Choose wholegrain or higher fibre versions with less added fat, salt and sugar.

Oil & spreads - Choose unsaturated oils and use in small amounts.

Dairy and alternatives - Choose lower fat and lower sugar options.

Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins - Eat more beans and pulses, two portions of sustainably sourced fish per week, one of which is oily. Eat less red and processed meat.

For more information, visit the NHS website on healthy eating.

 

Takeaways

Fruit in supermarket

A takeaway meal is okay once in a while, but fast food is often unhealthier than home-cooked meals. It contains higher amounts of salt, unhealthy fat, additives and is often loaded with calories. Get some tips on how to make your takeaway a healthier one.

BMI (body mass index)

Scales and measuring tape

BMI is a measure of whether you're a healthy weight for your height. Your age, sex and ethnicity is also taken into consideration.
Find out your BMI number by using the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator.

HealthyU recipes

Sat Bains in kitchen

Sat Bains cooks some quick and easy HealthyU recipes for three students in his Michelin Star Restaurant in Nottingham. Download our free HealthyU recipe book.

 

 

Emotions and eating

Do you have food rituals? Exercise excessively to control your weight? Obsessed about your calorie intake? Or comfort eat when feeling emotional?

If any of these sound familiar, then it is important to get help. Anyone, regardless of sex, age, cultural or racial background can develop an eating disorder.

For more information, talk to your GP or Practice Nurse, contact the confidential University Counselling Service or speak to the Students' Union Advice Centre.

Diet and cancer

Keeping to a healthy weight and maintaining a balanced diet can help reduce the risk of developing some cancers. Find out how healthy eating can help prevent cancer:

Find out how you can lose weight healthily with the NHS 12-week diet and exercise plan and other resources.

Download this useful poster developed by The University of Nottingham MNurSci students.

Getting help

Eating Disorder in Student Service (EDISS) - Available to students who struggle with mild-moderate eating difficulties. Drop in Wednesdays 10am-5pm at Cripps Health Centre, Meeting Room, University Park. Booking not required but if you would like to book an appointment please contact:
info@firststepsnotts.co.uk
07949 579 661
www.firststepsderbyshire.co.uk

B-eat - national information on eating disorders

NHS Choices

 

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