Physical Activity

Being Physically Active in North Trafford

(By Mark Beattie – 3rd year Nutritional Sciences student at MMU)

Covid-19 lockdown number two is well under way, daylight hours are short, but the weather is pretty grim anyway so staying on the sofa seems like the obvious choice. I’m sure this describes most of us at the moment! The outdoors is probably not tempting you, but what if I told you that being physically active outside could be the key to greater health and happiness? Well, that might sound a bit too good to be true, but the potential benefits have been proven by scientists all around the world. Read on to let me convince you why getting out of the house and on the move may do you a whole lot of good this winter.

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Mindful Eating

(By Mark Beattie – 3rd year Nutritional Sciences student at MMU)

Over the past decade or so, you may or may not have become aware of a concept known as ‘mindfulness’. Mindfulness is not a new idea, in fact, it has been practised in ancient Buddhist culture for thousands of years. With the prevalence of anxiety and depression globally, many doctors and therapists have come to appreciate the positive role that it can play in helping to treat these conditions. The practice of mindfulness, which can involve meditation, has been shown to slow down the rate of breathing, enable us to focus on the here-and-now, and become more in tune with our emotions and senses. Mindful eating is a kind of mindfulness which can help us to have greater control over our eating habits.

Here are some tips on how to adopt key mindful eating habits.

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Portion Control

Top Tips on How to Manage Food Portion Sizes

(By Mark Beattie – 3rd year Nutritional Sciences student at MMU)

For many of us, the thought of ordering our favourite takeaway on a Friday night motivates us to get through the week. Well, if you’re anything like me! Do you ever find the portion sizes a bit of a challenge, but usually rise to that challenge and polish it all off anyway? I think we’ve all done it haven’t we. It isn’t just takeaway meals, but café and restaurant portions are sometimes a little oversized, and even a humble plate of homecooked curry with rice might be slightly on the stomach-stretching side. Consuming a large meal is okay every now and then, but if we regularly consume more energy and nutrients than we need, we are likely to gain weight which can increase our risk of getting those common diseases (e.g. type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer) that we’d all rather avoid.

So, how about some tips on controlling portion sizes and becoming a smarter eater?

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Healthier Food Choices at Home

(By Mark Beattie – 3rd year BSc Nutritional Sciences student at Manchester Metropolitan University)

With ongoing Covid-19 social restrictions impacting our day-to-day lives, we are spending more of our time indoors at home. Many of us have been cooking or baking and reconnecting with the foods we love. It has given us the opportunity to practice our skills in the kitchen and, for some, appreciate our favourite dishes together with others. Despite this, we should be mindful about the sort of foods we eat, the size of our portions, how often we have them, and how we prepare and cook them. This blog offers some simple suggestions to try which should benefit your overall health and enables you to continue enjoying the meals that you love.

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Food Shopping on a Budget

It can feel like shopping for healthy foods is a bit of a challenge, especially when you have a strict budget to stick to. Cost might be the deciding factor between choosing one item or another. This could make you feel like you have little choice over what you eat, but healthier choices do not have to cost more. This blog will share with you some top tips for staying in control of your diet for less.

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