Eating healthy and making new meals can be a lot of fun. It’s important to have a variety of food each day. Try to get in fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy, and oils each day. One easy way to get more fruits and veggies in is by making smoothies for breakfast. Throw some milk (almond, soy, or dairy!), a banana, some berries, and a bit leafy greens in a blender and you have a quick and nutritious breakfast! If you need more protein or fats, you could add a scoop of peanut butter too. UHS has a collection of healthy recipes you can try out!
Another important dietary factor is the amount you are eating. Everyone has different needs in terms of calorie intake and portion size, so make sure you are in the healthy range for you. Your body is built to regulate and usually does a great job through your life cycle. However, when it doesn’t, you need to think more broadly than just “calories” or portion size. We overeat when stressed, sleep deprived, over-hungry from missed meals and when there is too much access to very tasty food. These factors are common in all our lives!
Disordered eating is a family of serious conditions where people struggle with eating/food, exercise, and/or body image. If you are worried about your own or a friend’s eating habits, please look at UHS’s page on disordered eating. They have great ideas or what to say to a friend and how to get help.
Written in conjunction with Marcy Braun, a UHS nutritionist.