Striking a balance between food that tastes great and food that is good for our health can be hard. Especially when there are so may great donuts to choose from. But finding this balance is worth it.

 

How food affects how we feel

Glucose from the carbohydrate-containing foods we eat provides the brain’s main source of fuel. Without this fuel, we struggle to think clearly. Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, beans and vegetables, are a good choice because they give you sustained energy.

The body breaks down proteins found in meat, fish and soy products, producing amino acids, which are vital for good mental health. The body requires these amino acids to make all our brain messages.

The body cannot make essential fats, so we have to get them from oily fish, seeds and nuts. Fat makes up 60% of the brain and the fats we eat directly affect its structure. Lacking omega-3 fatty acids in our diet can cause mental health problems, including depression and lack of concentration.

What you can do

Eat a healthy breakfast

This can help you with better concentration and energy throughout the day.

Pack healthy snacks

Carry snacks with you so that you can eat throughout the day to maintain brain fuel. Fruit, vegetables and nuts make great study snacks.

Maintain adequate fluid intake

Carrying a water bottle around with you can help you resist that tempting soft drink.

Eat regular, well-balanced meals

These can include nutritious food such as fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy products, meat and eggs.

For healthy and affordable fresh food, check out the local markets, for example, the Queen Victoria Market close to RMIT City campus. 

Prepare healthy meals with friends

This can help make things more interesting and cheaper.

Plan healthy meals

Think about meals ahead of time and shop for groceries regularly.

 

Healthy and cheap food options

Support online

Eating well when you are a student can be a challenge, but it is possible to be healthy when you are busy and on a budget. Here are some websites to get some great tips from.

  • Read about healthy eating and its benefits at Reach Out.

  • For advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing, check out Eat for Health.