In the rest of my blog posts on eating tips, I always focused on things that anyone could do in order to eat healthier but this week I wanted to focus on different things that college students can do to eat healthy.
I came across this Buzzfeed article that stated easy and simple things that college kids can do to move their eating habits towards a healthier direction (even if only by a little bit).
Think of what you should add to your meals.
A lot of healthy eating articles that I have came across in the past weeks made it seem like people needed to cut all of their unhealthy food and to just eat healthy food, like fruits and vegetables. This is false. When people are starting to eat healthy they shouldn’t stop eating their normal food all at once. I know that if I did that I would be more likely to miss processed and unhealthy food (the normal) way more than I would if I ate the same (while trying to eat less junk) and adding more nutritional food into my diet. A balanced diet is key.
Instead of thinking about what you shouldn’t eat, think about what you should eat.
You don’t have to eat all healthy food items.
When I first started getting into the whole “health-craze” thing I thought that every single healthy food item was something that I had to get when I went grocery shopping. I’ve recently found out that I don’t have to eat every healthy thing to be healthy. In order to eat healthy (and actually stick with it) I needed to find food items that I actually enjoy and make my body feel good. If you feel good, you’re more likely to eat the same food again than the food that makes you feel bad.
Emergency granola bars will save you.
Have you ever been in a class when you were hungry and you didn’t care what you ate as long as you had some kind of food in your stomach right after class? No? Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m hungry I need to eat something ASAP. Packing a granola bar in your backpack, purse, etc. will seriously save your nutritional intake for the day and will hold you over until you have access to a nice (and hopefully healthy) meal, because you’re not going to have that luxury at the campus food court that’s filled with greasy and fried food (minus the solo salad stand).
Water should become your new BFF.
It seems like everywhere you go on a college camps there is pop, juice and energy drinks at every corner. I know that it’ll be a constant struggle to avoid these drinks but your body will definitely thank you. An easy thing to do in order to stay strong in avoiding these sugary drinks is to carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go, that way you’ll always have something to drink and it will hopefully help you stay hydrated…It’s a plus-plus.
Adapting to a crazy and hectic lifestyle makes it hard to be healthy (and stick to it) and it’s even harder when you’re possibly living by yourself for the first time.
Changing your daily eating habits is tough but with little changes like the ones that I mentioned above and the many more tips that can be found here, I think that you’ll be one step closer to a healthier lifestyle.
Until next time…