GORSE GETS HEALTHY

Nutrition

The benefits of eating a healthy diet

In ensuring that we eat and drink well, we will be more healthy and our bodies are more likely to have the tools to fight off disease and infection, this in turn means our attendance at school will increase and our grades will go up.

It also means we will miss less sport, enabling us to maintain our physical activity rates.

A healthy diet will result in better recovery from physical activity. This will mean that we are able to do more, thus becoming even more healthy.

Eating healthily will dramatically reduce the risk of associated diseases such as type 2 diabetes and coronary disease.

Official statistics for 2020 published by the NHS found that:

18%

Of young children are eating the recommended ‘5 a day’ portions of fruit and vegetables.

53%

Of young children are only eating 3 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

29%

Of young children are not even getting 3 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

How to change your habits to help you eat well

We thought it would be a good idea to explore some simple tips.

  • Eating and drinking well requires a little more planning and thought, but not much more!
  • Eating and drinking well does not need to be expensive.
  • Specialist local shops (greengrocers, butchers and markets) offer great value for money on locally sourced products.
  • Tinned and frozen foods can offer great options to supplement our diet.
  • Have go at cooking some meals from scratch with original ingredients. Remember to freeze some for the week ahead.
  • Begin to reduce the number of pre-prepared meals and processed food that you eat as a family.
  • Plan to eat together as a family, at least once through the week, and once each weekend.
  • Build in treats into your diet but be disciplined! Treats are ok for you in moderation.
  • Discover the delights of tap water. It is free and it is the only drink your body needs.
  • See below for links to easy, healthy and tasty recipes. Why not give some of these a go?

The effects of eating unhealthy

The effects of eating unhealthily can be quite varied. It can lead to excessive weight gain and its associated health risks.

The long term effects of unhealthy eating can include poor academic performance and mental health issues.

A 2017 study found that poor diets are now responsible for more deaths globally than tobacco, that's in excess of 11 million people a year.

Choosing Healthy Food Options

If you would like help with choosing healthy food options, check out the GGH YouTube channel.

If you would like to hear some simple steps you can take to improve your diet, check out this video .

Healthy Recipe Ideas

Do you need healthy recipe ideas? Check out the recipes below for some of our favourites.