Fuel your body

What we put into our body has a direct effect on our overall wellbeing.

Failing to properly nourish your body can affect energy levels and your general mood. Just as a car needs fuel to keep it on the move, so too do our bodies! Take the time to fuel your body with the nutrition it needs to work to its best potential.

Healthy eating vs wellbeing

Eating a balanced diet is a great way of giving your body the nutrients it needs, as well as supporting your wellbeing.

It helps with:

  • General mood
  • Improved memory 
  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Heart health 
  • General physical health  

Did you know?

The brain uses more energy than any other organ. A nutrient rich and balanced diet ensures your brain has the energy it needs to learn.

Helpful tips to nourish your body:

  • Never skip breakfast – try peanut butter and banana on whole-grain toast or Weet-bix with fruit, almonds and milk.
  • Check the Health Star Rating on packaged foods - this system makes it easier to choose healthier food. Foods with more stars are healthier than those with fewer stars.
  • Think about the sugar – extra sugar is hidden in a lot of drinks and can have a huge impact on your body's health. Learn more here.

Did you know?

Fizzy drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks can contain 9-15 teaspoons of sugar. You wouldn't eat that many spoonfuls of sugar in one sitting - so why drink it! Learn more here.

Alcohol vs wellbeing

Maintaining low-risk alcohol drinking while at uni can be tough, especially when you don’t know what that means. The fact is, drinking alcohol has both short and long term effects on your body and mind, including mood disorders (such as depression and anxiety) and increased risk of many cancers.

Tips from alcohol.org.nz:

  • Reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than two standard drinks a day and no more than 10 standard drinks a week for women, or three standard drinks a day and no more than 15 standard drinks a week  for men.
  • Aim for at least two alcohol-free days every week.
  • Reduce your risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking by drinking no more than four standard drinks for women on any single occasion, or five standard drinks for men on any single occasion.

What’s all this standard drink chat… Have a go at pouring one.

Maybe you’ve thought about going teetotal – Here’s a student’s blog on how to.

Or maybe you don’t think your drinking is a problem at all. Test it out with some great interactive tools. How much are you drinking? Is your drinking ok?

Looking after yourself

If you are planning on drinking, think about lining your stomach first. Always try to eat a substantial meal before drinking. It helps to slow alcohol absorption.

Say Yeah, Nah – learn to refuse a drink!