Ever thought about the stuff that goes into the food you
eat? Or why some foods make you feel great and others
What you eat and
drink can help keep you going, or it can make you feel gross.
Junk food like burgers and fried chicken, and sugary stuff
like fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate, biscuits and cakes, all
give you an energy boost for a short time, but leave you feeling
shattered in the end. This is because you get a 'sugar rush' but
then it dies down and leaves you even more tired than
Next thing you know, you'll be reaching for another can, or bar
of chocolate, and you'll end up in a cycle of energy 'ups' and
So what would be better?
Base your main
meals around healthy carbohydrates, such as bread,
pasta, rice, cereal and potatoes. The wholemeal versions are
even better for you. These give you plenty of energy, but release
it slowly, so you stay alert.
Eat more fruit and vegetables. Aim for
five portions a day (a portion is about a
handful). These give you vitamins and minerals that are vital for a
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration makes you
tired, and it's easy to become dehydrated without even
Keep the chocolate and cakes for treats, and go for
healthier snacks, like a piece of fresh fruit, a
yoghurt or crunchy vegetable sticks and a low-fat dip.
Take a look at these foods and find out
which ones can make you feel great… and which ones can make you