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Healthy Eating

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Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating for YOU!

You know how important it is to eat healthy food, but is it really possible?   You may be juggling school, part-time jobs, activities, important friendships and family. You may feel like you are always eating on the run.  It doesn’t help that advertisers  are also targeting you in their junk food ads – making it seem like fast food is the best way to fill up!

Healthy eating is a great way to:

  • Have energy all day long
  • Stay strong for sports and other activities
  • Reach your maximum height and maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep you from feeling hungry

Check out EatRight Ontario for some great ideas on getting healthy food FAST that works with your busy life.   Registered Dietitians are also available for a free chat – just call 1-877-510-5102 or email any time of day or night.

Living on your own?

If you are away at college or university, EatRight Ontario has some advice for your first experiences food shopping and cooking. They also have some great ideas about making the most of a college or university meal plan.

Sometimes living on your own means real difficulties affording to choose healthy foods. If you live in Peterborough, and find yourself short on food at times during the month, check out Food in Peterborough for local food programs that can help.

Student Nutrition Programs provide nutritious breakfasts and snacks based on Canada’s Food Guide at elementary and secondary schools.   Locally, school breakfast and snack programs are supported by Food for Kids Peterborough.  Visit the Food for Kids website at www.foodforkidsptbo.ca to find out if your school has a program.

How you feel about yourself is very important!

Healthy eating and being physically active are important parts of being healthy and feeling great!  It gives you energy to do things you enjoy. Being active also improves your confidence and helps you feel relaxed.

Adolescence is a time of rapid growth so it is natural to gain weight.  Remember that healthy bodies come in many shapes and sizes.  And that in real life, people who are happy and successful also come in all shapes and sizes.  Try to focus on your eating habits and being physically active, rather than your body weight.

It may be tempting to turn to dieting to try to change your body and feel better about yourself.  Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t work. Dieting actually causes some people to gain weight.  Teens who diet are often more concerned with how they look than about their health.   This can lead to weight-loss goals that are not healthy.

Thoughts, feelings and behaviours related to food and managing body weight can interfere with our everyday activities.  When we focus too much attention on our bodies and our eating, these preoccupations can quickly lead to missed opportunities in other parts of our lives.  If you feel you are preoccupied with food, or you know someone who is, the National Eating Disorder Information Centre has great information to read and share with your friends.

 

Energy Drinks

“Most energy drinks are packed with sugar. One energy drink can have the same amount of sugar as 5 and a half large donuts. Tell your friends — you wouldn’t eat this much sugar… so why drink it?”

“Drinking high amounts of energy drinks can disrupt sleep at night and increase the chance of falling asleep during the day. Tell your friends — avoid the crash. Lasting energy doesn’t come in a can.”

Last modified on Sep 07, 2016