Eating healthily in your 20's
Eating healthily may not be so high on your priorities, but we’ll tell you why it should be and how to do it
Whilst the three basics of wellness stay the same throughout your life – eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle – you should keep in mind that as you move through different stages of life, your body’s nutritional requirements will change as your body and hormone levels alter. So follow our advice to make sure you eat right in your 20's.
Your 20’s can certainly be lots of fun, but it’s also a decade of uncertainty that can include professional shortcomings, financial debt and heartbreak. So it really is no wonder men and women in this age group are particularly susceptible to depression. While you may not be able to avoid a broken heart, you can counteract how it affects you emotionally by supplementing your diet with omega-3-rich foods, like walnuts, which amp up feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain.
It’s also the time to ensure you meet your peak bone mass, since by the time you reach 30 your bone density is set and you’re pretty much stuck with what you’ve got for life. Although everyone will lose bone density with age, those who develop a higher peak bone mass when young are better protected against osteoporosis and related fractures later in life. So, including calcium and Vitamin D in your diet can benefit your health both now and later down the road. Try to eat calcium rich foods like low-fat dairy as part of a healthy eating diet plan. If you’re on a dairy free diet, broccoli, kale and other green, leafy vegetables are great sources of calcium. Although we get most of our Vitamin D from sunshine (unfortunately not that reliable in the UK), it is also found in a small number of foods. Good food sources are oily fish – such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, eggs and fortified breakfast cereals.