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Health And Wellbeing - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Health eating and regular exercise are important factors which contribute to the overall wellbeing of the individual. 
One’s body is like a well oiled machine.  If one puts good products into it, it will run and operate well –

  • Boosting energy levels
  • Improving bodily functions
  • Improving the immune system

Ireland is now one of the leading nations with growing obesity levels.  Obesity is an epidemic which is triggered by an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.  This problem may pose many problems to the individual –

Short-term

Long-term

Psychological

Breathlessness

High blood pressure (hypertension)

Low self esteem

Increased sweating

High cholesterol levels (fatty deposits blocking up your arteries)

Poor self-image (not liking how you look)

Snoring

Type 2 diabetes (a long-term condition caused by too much glucose in the blood)

Low confidence levels

Difficulty sleeping

 

Feeling isolated in society

Inability to cope with sudden physical activity

 

Reduced mobility leading to a poor quality of life

Feeling tired every day

 

 

Back and joint pains

 

 

 Healthy Eating Guidelines

  • Eat a wide variety of different foods as there is no one food that will provide all the nutrients we need
  • Try to be less generous with the size of portion you serve up
  • Eat slowly so your brain gets the message when your stomach is full
  • Choose low fat and low sugar options when available
  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – aim for 5 portions a day
  • Eat only when you are hungry
  • Try to limit your use of salt
  • Never go food shopping when you are hungry
  • Try not to regularly buy foods you find hard to resist
  • Drink plenty of fluids – 2 litres of water each day

General Information

A healthy and balanced diet is essential for the wellbeing of the individual –

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