KEEPING YOURSELF FED
Between classes, socialising events, and washing your own socks, it can be difficult to eat healthily at college. Not only does your busy schedule keep you from eating your best, but being surrounded by unhealthy options can cause a lot of difficulty for you and lead to some bad habits.
Healthy Ireland, a campaign run by the government, have provided us with some useful, healthy eating guidelines. These will help you in making better decisions around what and how you eat.
Eat more fruit and vegetables
Your five a day is more important than you think. Filling up on 5-7 servings of fruit and vegetables a day can aid in maintaining a healthy diet, and these superfoods are essential for vitamins, minerals, and fibre!
Sometimes, keeping track of what we eat and looking after our general food hygiene can be difficult and have some negative effects on both the body and mind. The term eating disorder is applied to a wide range of disordered eating habits and we have outlined three of the most common eating disorders along with how you can get support for them.
If you are worried about your own or someone you love’s health you can free phone the Samaritans on 116 123.
Anorexia is an eating disorder and a serious mental health condition. People with anorexia limit their food intake or exercise excessively in order to keep their weight as low as possible.
Anorexia is most prevalent among young women and some warning signs include skipping meals, avoiding eating with other people, and dramatic weight loss.
Some people may develop anxiety or depression due to low self esteem and body image, or some more serious physical problems may arise such as osteoporosis, cessation of menstrual periods, or even infertility.
Like anorexia, bulimia is a mental health condition, it is also most common in young women.
The main signs of bulimia are eating a large amount of food over a very short period of time and then ridding your body of the food by taking laxatives or diuretics, excessive exercising, or making yourself vomit.
Possible complications caused by this disorder include dental problems, dry skin and hair, and swollen glands.
Binge Eating Disorder
This type of eating disorder involves regularly eating large portions of food all at once until you feel uncomfortably full, this is often followed by feelings of extreme upset or guilt.
Symptoms may include eating very fast during a binge, eating when you’re not hungry, or feeling ashamed or disgusted after binge eating.
If you think you have an eating disorder, talk to your GP. It can be very hard to admit you have a problem or even ask for some help. It may be easier to take a trusted friend or family member with you to your appointments for moral support.
Remember that recovery is not linear, and just because someone doesn’t fit in with one particular category of eating disorder, doesn’t mean that they can’t fluctuate between the three types mentioned above.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from any of these disorders you can learn more online at bodywhys.ie, call the helpline 1890 200 444, or get in contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bodywhys is a national voluntary organisation which provides support groups in Dublin City Centre for those affected by eating disorders, as well as groups for friends and family members who may be in need of support.
The groups are facilitated by trained volunteers and are free to attend. More details can be found HERE