Eating healthily means a regular, balanced and sufficient intake of nutrients. Healthy eating also involves a relaxed attitude towards food. Be conscious of healthy eating as a whole rather than focus on individual meals.
- A regular eating pattern helps you to cope and to better concentrate on your studies. When you eat every 3 to 4 hours, your energy levels will remain stable and you won’t get too hungry between meals. This way you can also control your meal sizes and make better food choices.
- A balanced diet promotes both psychological and physical well-being. Using the plate model to compose your meals will ensure you get enough nutrients.
- Food is needed to provide us with enough energy. Food is our fuel, and by eating enough you can also ensure that your body functions properly.
- Relaxed eating means you will not feel guilty if sometimes you eat whatever you like without caring about whether it’s healthy. If your diet is otherwise healthy, you can eat sweet things in moderation. Studies show that we gain the same health benefits by following healthy eating habits for 80% of the time as we do for 100% of the time.
As a student, you should take advantage of student canteen meals. They’ve been prepared to meet the nutrient recommendations for university students. When composed using the plate model, a student meal covers about a third of daily energy needs and meets the nutrient recommendations.
Healthy eating promotes health, keeps you alert, is social, enjoyable and stress-free, and makes you feel good.