Eat Well, Feel Well

Suffolk and North East Essex ICB, along with partners, eat well emotional wellbeing campaign.

Eat Well Feel Well SCC website image

Eating well is not just about what we eat, but maintaining a good relationship with food. 

What are the aims of the 'Eat well, Feel Well' campaign?

The 'Eat Well, Feel Well' campaign aims to raise awareness to families and schools of the importance of eating well and building good relationships with a variety of food in order to maintain good mental and physical health, and prevent eating problems in children. 

As part of the 'Eat Well, Feel Well' campaign, we have gathered tips and advice on various topics centred around eating well for our mental and physical health for parents, carers, teachers and young people, and are hosting free workshops. 

Eat Well, Feel Well Awareness Resources

Promotional Campaign Posters:

Eat Well, Feel Well Campaign Poster 1

Eat Well, Feel Well Campaign Poster 2

 

"Do you know that our brains run on glucose and carbohydrates!"

It’s not widely known that our brains depend on sugar and carbs for energy.

When we make changes to eat healthy, we immediately look at dieting and cutting out these types of foods from our diet which is not so great for our brains.

This is no excuse for us to eat more chocolate, but to instead understand that in order for us to 'eat Healthy' for both our mind and body, we need to:

  1. Eat regularly
  2. Eat enough, and
  3. Eat all types of foods in moderation. 

These three things, along with staying active, will keep both our mind and body in good shape, but also ensure that by not restricting or avoiding certain types of food, we have a good relationship with all food - food will not start to control our life. 

Watch this video from Suffolk Mind ''How to manage your mood with food' 

This video 'Improving Our Relationship with Food', was created with Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust Peer Support Worker Phoebe Webb, from the Suffolk Under 18s Eating Disorder Service. It highlights he signs of a good or bad relationship with food, with tips to eat well. 

Eating on a budget resources:

Suffolk InfoLink - Cost of living support

Family £1 recipe meal plan - BBC Food

Cooking on a bootstrap

Apps:

TooGoodToGo - Leftover Magic Food Bags

Groupon - Find deals on food and restaurants

What is Body Image, and how does it impact our children?

Body Image is the way we think and feel about our bodies. 

"Children as young as 3 years old, are worrying about how their bodies look based on what they see in the media, in Disney films and on TV."

If we have negative feelings about the way our body looks this can affect our health and wellbeing, eating and relationships.

How to improve body positivity in children:

  • Encourage children to be kind to theirs and other peoples bodies.
  • Talk to your child to help them understand that people's bodies come in all shapes and sizes - nobody has a perfect body.
  • Get children to look in the mirror and see the positive things that they and you like about their body - this  helps improve body satisfaction.
  • Get children to be active and move so they can appreciate more the amazing functionality of their body - this helps improve body appreciation.
  • Talk to children and young people about tackling diet culture perceptions - what we do and don't eat does not control our body image.
  • Children are exposed to body image messages about how we should look from various places (often unknowingly) from celebrities, the media, Barbie dolls, Disney princess etc - to counteract this highlight body hero's like Olympians and sportsman who are not perceived as body idols but who are successful.
  • Set an example - avoid any negative talk about your body, food and dieting in front of your children.

"We are more than our body."

Find more Body Image advice and downloadable resources to help children understand about body image at: www.bodyhappyorg.com

Body Image resources:

Body Happy affirmations activity sheet

Body Happy Tips & ideas to help kids stay friends with their bodies

How Does Body Image Impact Us Activity Sheet

Body Happy Journal Sheet 

Information and advice pages about eating disorders:

BEAT Early Intervention

Eating Disorders in children and young people - advice for parent/carers

Eating Disorders advice for young people

How do I access eating disorder mental health support services:

Other places you can go for advice and support:

BEAT Eating Disorders Charity One-to-One Chat

Wednesday's Child is a local non-profit organisation which offers a variety of eating disorder information and support

Kooth.com provides a free online emotional wellbeing counselling service to young people 11 to 25.

Teenage Mental Health provide counselling and support groups for families and young people.

4YP provide a drop-in and counselling and youth support to young people 

Book recommendations:

You Are Not A Before Picture – Alex Light

Is Butter a Carb? – Rosie Saunt and Helen West

The Body Is Not An Apology – Sonya Renee Taylor

Food Isn’t Medicine – Dr Joshua Wolrich

The Insta-Food Diet – Pixie Turner

Just Eat It – Laura Thomas PhD

The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf

Happy Fat – Sofie Hagen

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat – Aubrey Gordon

Podcasts that help with eating disorder prevention:

Maintenance Phase

I Weigh

Don’t Salt My Game

Can I Have Another Snack?

Not About Food

Anxiety and stress can cause a change in ours and our children’s appetites and eating habits.

"Being anxious can cause us to lose our appetite and this can be a vicious cycle because not eating enough causes anxiety or depression." 

We need to eat regularly to maintain the energy levels in our body to stop us feeling anxious and low.

Tips if you/your child has lost their appetite due to anxiety:

  • Check in with your body and when it tells you it's hungry
  • Eat 'by the clock' - set yourself a reminder to eat 
  • Eat what you can - foods you find cosy to eat
  • Identify the cause of your anxiety
  • Rest - anxiety can stop us sleeping. If you can't sleep take regular short breaks to relax - lay down and close your eyes, do breathing exercises or meditate.
  • See your GP if you have a reduced appetite for more than 2 weeks.

Tips if you/your child are overeating due to anxiety:

  • Check in with you body - does it need food? Are you hungry?
  • Eat regularly - avoid skipping meals when you feel anxious as this can make it more likely to overeat or binge later on as your body will want to compensate by seeking out energy.
  • Be kind to yourself - don't judge yourself or others for overeating as this doesn't help.
  • Find other tools to cope that stop food being used to soothe you - other self-soothing strategies like - keeping a journal or being more active outside.

 Information and advice pages to help spot the symptoms of anxiety:

Anxiety in children and young people

The Source - managing anxiety advice for young people  

Just One Norfolk - worries and anxiety activities to help children 

www.autismandadhd.org - This is Dr Annie Clements website in Suffolk

www.adhdfoundation.org.uk - ADHD Foundation for across the country support

www.additudemag.com - ADDitude magazine is a hub of support for adults and children with ADHD.

Just One Norfolk ADHD Positive Strategies

Image of person in a food bowl saying 'Food enriches us in many ways'.