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I want to make healthier food choices

Aside from being a healthier choice, it's a lot more cost effective to cook from scratch than it is to buy ready meals or eat out. Make sure you check and compare own brands to branded food items because in blind taste tests, people often can't taste the difference. If you're on the hunt for some easy and healthy recipes and advice, Nourished Life and Eat Well have some good pointers.

Being away from home can be the perfect opportunity to indulge in new foods and feed your sweet tooth. But just like getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet can make a world of difference to your studies and to your mood. Research shows that what we eat has a direct impact on not only brain function and your mood. Here are 5 ways the food you eat affects your brain.

If you are looking for recipe ideas, check out some brain-boosting meal ideas at Tesco’s students recipesBBC’s student recipes,  and Buzzfeed’s roundup of 19 recipes you can make in a microwave. Juggling caring responsibilities, work and study and find it tricky to find the time to cook? Why not try meal prepping? Here are some starting points:

The NHS has also launched Better Health – a programme with tools and support to help you reach your health goals. The NHS also offers Eat Well – a selection of resources to help you to develop healthy eating habits.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one has an unhealthy attitude towards food, check out NHS resources and BEAT, an eating disorder charity, and book an appointment with your GP to discuss the support available. Don’t forget about the support available through the Counselling and Mental Health team, too.

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