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Health and wellbeing

Eating well

Salad bowl

Food is one of our greatest sources of pleasure in life, and maintaining a healthy relationship with it is vital to yours, and your families, health and well-being.

Not only will choosing to eat well prevent dangerous health problems such as obesity or malnutrition, it will also benefit other areas of your life such as:

What should I be eating?

Food pyramid These are the proportions of each food group your diet should consist of each day.

This is a balanced, varied diet avoiding too much saturated fat, salt or sugar and with plenty of fruit and veg.

Watch out for less reliable advice promoting strict regimes for losing weight or putting on muscle. Often the results are not sustainable and the imbalance of nutrients or calories may have an adverse affect on your physical and mental health.

Adopting a lifestyle change that incorporates healthy eating is more likely to be effective for lasting results.

Visit Eat Well and NHS Choices - Good Food for information on how to do this.

Top tips for getting the most from a healthy diet

In making some small lifestyle changes you may discover the benefits of eating well go beyond good health.

Financial benefits

Making nutritious meals will ultimately work out cheaper as you can make numerous meals from most ingredients bought for the home.

  • Loughborough Market has fresh meat, cheese, fruit and vegetable produce at excellent value. It visits Mondays and Thursdays to the town centre and look out on campus outside of the EHB too.
  • Jamie Olivers: On A Budget recipe bank is a collection of balanced meals dedicated to value.
  • Use NHS Live Well: Packed Lunches Guide to save money whilst taking a little more control over what you eat.

Saving time

Eating well can prove quicker than a takeaway delivery.

  • Try online shop and delivery services from Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco, saving a lengthy trip to the supermarket.
  • Create home-made ready meals without the high fat and salt content of shop bought ones, by cooking in bulk and freezing in portions. Use NHS: Tips on Freezing to help.
  • If you are in a rush, grab a smoothie and organic cereal bar rather than skipping meals. This will ensure you get some vital nutrients and slow-burning carbohydrates on-the-go.

Skills development

It is never too late to learn. Cooking is an enriching, social experience and provide countless health benefits with control over what goes into your meals.

  • Using Student Recipes is a good place to start as they tend to stick to step by step methods for making delicious meals from scratch.
  • There are numerous Cookery Lessons for all levels available in the area.
  • Start with a target dish with transferrable skills, for example lasagne and mixed salads. You can later use the meat recipe for spaghetti bolognese and the white sauce base for cauliflower cheese.

Worries about eating

If you are concerned about disordered eating in yourself or a family member, seeking professional information and advice can help you to deal with this.

Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders have found that our relationship with food directly impacts our children, meaning it is crucial to demonstrate healthy practices within the home. Read more »

Starting points for eating well

  • A simple start is aiming to increase fruit and vegetable intake. Get some top tips for incorporating them at 5 A Day.
  • Get group support from the Loughborough Lifestyle Service on campus. They offer a full health evaluation with recommended actions and weight loss programmes.
  • Feel better by choosing the right foods with Mind food and mood. Research shows that you can strongly influence your emotional well-being with your meal choices.