Emotional First Aid Kit-Food

Prepared by: Hagen Goldwin

Following Proper Food and Nutrition Guidelines is important to Emotional Well being

The first part of eating healthier is to plan meals:

  1. Set aside time to plan your meals for the day or week.
  2. When planning to shop for groceries, make a list to avoid buying unnecessary food
  3. Make sure to follow your plan so you know what you are eating.

Your Habits of eating also contribute to your well being:

  1. Be more aware when eating by noticing when you are hungry or full.
  2. Eat slowly and take your time.
  3. Try to cook at home and avoid eating out too much.
  4. Try to fill your plate with 50% vegetables, 25% protein and dairy, and 25% grain-based foods.

Make sure you eat a variety of foods:

  1. Eat more vegetables and fruits more often with meals and as snacks.
  2. Choose foods with healthy fats and minimize the intake of saturated and trans fats.
  3. Avoid highly processed foods with preservatives and high sodium and sugar content.
  4. Choose to drink water over juice and soda.
  5. Read the food labels to know how much fat, sodium, sugar, and other ingredients are present.

Avoid diet trends from social media:

  1. It is best to follow official or physician guidelines on healthy eating.
  2. Don’t be restricted by diets that may leave out essential nutrients.
  3. Choose healthy foods according to your needs.

Physical activity is also an essential part of nutrition:

  1. Ensure you exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
  2. Be active and stay hydrated.

Sleep is also an essential part of nutrition:

  1. Having 7-8 hours of sleep is vital to nutrition.
  2. Sleeping at consistent times helps maintain a sleep schedule.
  3. Sleep has restorative effects on the body and mind.
  4. Eating healthy also contributes to good sleep.