Your Guide to University Success | GRAD - page 16

Feeding
yourself
on a very
small budget
F
eeding yourself on a small budget can
be very difficult and some students find
it almost overwhelming.
The first very important principle is that your
body needs a combination of different foods.
To make things easier you should choose foods
based on solid dietary guidelines, namely:
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Eat a variety of foods.
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Make starchy foods such as brown/whole-
wheat bread, maize meal, samp, rice and
pasta part of most meals.
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Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit every
day. Remember that the tops of veggies like
beetroot are very healthy and can be added
to soups and stews.
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Eat dry beans, split peas, lentils and soya
regularly. They can be canned like baked
beans, eaten as soya mince or cooked from
scratch.
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Have maas, milk or yoghurt every day, even
if it is just a little in your coffee or tea.
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Fish, chicken, lean meat or eggs can be eaten
daily.
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Drink lots of clean water.
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Eat fats sparingly. Try not to buy fatty take-
away foods.
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Use salt sparingly and avoid foods that are
high in salt. Too much salt can lead to high
blood pressure.
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Use sugar sparingly and avoid food and
drinks that are high in sugar – it is actually
far better not to have any sugar or sugar-
sweetened beverages at all.
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Remember to be active and get some exercise,
or walk to class.
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