It is important to maintain a balanced diet for your overall health and wellbeing. Though this can be hard to maintain, and it is not uncommon for people to be inconsistent in this. The NHS Eat Well campaign advises to:
- Consume at least five fruits and vegetables per day.
- Try to base your meals on high fibre, startchy foods such as potatoes, rice, brea or pasta.
- Eat protein daily (and this does not necessarily mean meat!). Beans, pulses, lentils, chickpeas, fish and meat all come under the protein category.
- Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat them in moderation.
- Try to drink around 2 litres of water daily.
Please note, this is the recommended diet for the general population. If you have certain dietary requirements due to a condition, please consult your doctor about this. Diet and what you eat has a massive impact on your learning and your mental health. There have been many studies looking at the effects of skipping meals and restricting nutrients. These studies show that when you eat poorly your working memory (the bit that stores and manipulates information) doesn’t work as effectively. So remember this, eat sensibly throughout the day!