Students are living on a limited budget throughout the educational year which means it is easy to buy the cheap foods full of fats.
What are the healthiest options for students on a budget at
lunch time? According to a presentation by DCU Banana’s at Breakfast, Paninis at lunch and spaghetti Bolognese at dinner are fantastic options for a student’s diet plan.
The IIHN believe that it is crucial to avoid high processed, sugary food options, ‘Avoiding processed, fried, sugary foods and excess alcohol is essential as not only do these foods contain little or no nutrients, they ‘crowd’ out good foods and can cause obesity, chronic inflammation and aggravate pre-existing health conditions’, staying away from these sort of foods can really help you when it comes to nutrition.
Michelle advised to avoid an exact meal plan as diets can affect everyone differently, she recommends trying keep a balanced diet instead of a hugely strict diet. ‘There is no ideal diet as everyone is different but it is important that students especially eat a balanced diet and eat regularly to maintain energy…. Foods high in sugar would generally give someone a high but lots of lows due to blood sugar levels falling too quickly. It is important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in order to get enough nutrients to help the body deal with stresses.’
The professionals both state that a balanced diet and taking in all types of food is important for students to maintain focus and high energy levels.