Skip navigation and jump to content
Welcome to Ireland's Youth Information Website
Follow us
Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Snapchat

Accessibility Options

High Contrast Text Size

Healthy eating

Finding the healthy balance with food


Written by SpunOut | View this authors Twitter page and posted in health


Share this article -

Healthy eating simply means eating a variety of foods in the right amounts to make sure you get all the energy and nutrition you need. You should also be able to enjoy food without feeling guilty or worrying about weight.

It’s important to eat a variety of food groups, find your balance, and not be too obsessive when it comes to food.

Healthy eating basics

The easiest way to make sure you have a healthy diet is to eat lots of different foods. So, eat a wide variety of foods from the food pyramid and avoid eating the same old stuff every day of the week.

  • Eat one you're hungry, until you feel full 
  • If you're hungry between meals, snack on healthy foods that will give you a boost of energy throughout the day 
  • Work some exercise into your daily routine to feel your best 
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Eat energy providing carbohydrate foods, for example: bread, cereal, potatoes, rice and pasta. Choose wholemeal options when ever possible. It is recommended that we eat six servings/portions from this food group daily. 
  • Eat healthy fats like nuts, beans, avocado, eggs and oily fish
  • Cut down on processed, fried and sugary drinks and snacks. For example, instead of eating a bar of chocolate, have a square, or a glass of coke instead of a bottle of coke
  • Cut back on your use of salt. Choose from the huge variety of herbs and spices to brighten up your meals, for example chilli, garlic, pepper, and mixed herbs.

Drink essentials

We all need at least eight glasses (two litres) of water or fluids every day. This can be water or other drinks like juices, herbal teas and so on. Choose pure unsweetened fruit juice instead of sugary cordials or minerals, and watch out for coffee and tea with lots of added sugar. If you do sport, or you're going to be in the heat, you'll need to drink even more than eight glasses during the day. Carry a bottle of water to work or college with you so that you can keep hydrated all day.

Avoid junk food- try these alternatives instead:

  • Always eat breakfast so that you don't crash later in the day or crave sugary foods by mid-morning.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables (at least five portions a day); they'll fill you up and are perfect when you have the urge to snack on something
  • Carry a healthy lunch with you to work, university, school or wherever you're headed. The easiest way to do this is to make sandwiches filled with plenty of salad or cook enough dinner to have leftovers for lunch the next day. Make sure it's enough to keep you full throughout the day 
  • Incorporate some exercise throughout your day, like heading outside for a walk, dancing while cleaning the kitchen, or some stretching and yoga at home
  • Plan your easy, healthy snacks ahead of time, and carry some with you for when hunger hits
  • Find out more about snack foods here.
Share this article -

Published Decem­ber 19th2012
Tags junk food healthy eating healthy living
Can this be improved? Contact editor@spunout.ie if you have any suggestions for this article.

Need more information?

Request to speak with a youth worker in your area over the phone, by email or text. They may be able to assist you by providing further information specific to your needs.

Youth Work Ireland - Crosscare - YMCA

Contact via: Phone E-mail Text
By clicking submit you agree to our terms and conditions. ​Please note that this service is run by Youth Work Ireland and Crosscare​.​ E​nquiries are not handled by SpunOut.ie directly.
Jump to related articles
Was this article helpful?

Having a tough time and need to talk?
Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280 to chat anonymously with a trained volunteer

Standard text rates may apply*