With a balanced diet, there’d be no need for a “no diet day”
Yesterday was #internationalnodietday. Some might have celebrated this with spoonfuls of Nutella and 2 litres of fizzy pop, ecstatic that they can stop living off their 2 calorie a day diet so that they can binge on all that is bad for them. Others, we hope, would just have eaten as normal. Because the key to healthy living is a healthy diet, and this means eating a little bit of everything, in moderation.
Revision Buddies believes that every day should be a no diet day, because if you eat a healthy, balanced diet then there is no need to go on a ‘diet’. Your body needs to have a balance of protein, carbohydrate and dairy to give it all the nutrients it needs and this is especially necessary in the run up to exams. Add some exercise and a good amount of sleep to the mix and we’re sorted – a healthy body means a healthy mind.
In fact, in the lead up to exams you need to be providing your body (and brain) with the very best nutrients. If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, take a look below to see what you need. Over the next week we’ll be providing you with ideas of how you can make small changes to your day to day diet to provide you with the perfect balance, so that you can perform at your best.
- Variety is the spice of life! Try to use a variety of different foods from the 4 main food groups to give you all the nutrients and fibre that we need, and don’t forget that certain things out there can trick us – check your cereal doesn’t contain too much sugar, or that your drinks aren’t high in fat.
What makes a balanced diet?
- Your 5 a day – don’t get confused by thinking that this is just fruit! Vegetables are a vital source of vitamins and minerals. – instead of sugar, try adding a banana to your porridge, swap your biscuit for a tangerine, or snack on dried fruit.
- Starch – this should make up about a 3rd of every meal – use potatoes as the base of your meal, or wholegrain bread or brown rice
- Protein: meat, fish, eggs and beans – delicious and nutritious! These provide the vitamins and minerals including iron, zinc and B vitamins. Dairy products also provide a good source of protein, they also contain calcium keeping your bones strong
- Watch out for fat and sugar! These are both great sources of energy, but everything should be eaten in moderation!! Understand your saturated fat (not so good) from our unsaturated fat (better!). Fizzy drinks tend to contain a large numbers of added sugars – drink sparkling water with a slice of lemon instead of coca cola, or a currant bun instead of pastry.
You should have learnt all that you need for a balanced diet in your GCSE biology, but if you want to check that you know all you need to know, check out our biology revsion app, which will help you get to grips with all that you need to know.
International no diet day is about recognising that we all have different body shapes and sizes, but what is also important to recognise is that a lot of what we are is what we eat, sleep or exercise. The right nutrients, sleep and some exercise to get the blood flowing will really help your brain power over the exam period. Over the next week we’ll be looking at ways that you can make your mealtimes give you the most goodness, get in touch if you have any ideas that you’d like to share and stay tuned for some appetising revision time!