By Andrew James Waters, Health Director
Eating the right types and amounts of food to support the nutrition and energy needed for growth is the essence of a balanced diet. Body cells, tissue and organs require the correct variety of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients to grow and develop normally. A healthy balanced diet includes not eating too many calories for your frame and activity level.
Maintaining a balanced diet can feel challenging in our busy everyday lives.
Simplify – Begin by thinking about your plate in terms of color, variety and freshness rather than calories. A colorful plate is likely full of nutrients your body needs.
Jump Start your Morning - Start each morning with a small amount of protein to help fend of mid-morning hunger. That hunger craving often leads to snacking on quick unhealthy foods.
Find the Time – Take time to eat slowly. Your body needs 15-20 minutes to send the signal from your stomach to your brain to alert you that you are actually full. Slowing down decreases over consumption of calories.
Hydrate – People often mistake dehydration for hunger. At the first sign of hunger pangs be sure to drink a glass of water.
The food you consume influences your stamina, energy levels, recovery time, concentration and how sharp you feel before, during and after you engage in a sport. Getting the balance right can improve your performance.