If you’re a college student, you’re generally too busy (yeah, studying… If you say so) and you don’t have the time to go grocery shopping frequently. So you probably rely on a lot of cafeteria, fast, and pre-prepared foods.
The bottom line is:
You don’t actually eat healthy all the time, I’m just hoping you will at least try to.
In general: cafeteria, fast, and pre-prepared foods are loaded with saturated fat, carbohydrates, and sodium (too much of any of these is REALLY bad). What you should also know is that a healthy diet helps to improve mental alertness, concentration, and memory.
If you believe brain function is not important in your everyday life, well, this post probably won’t be able to help you. But feel free to keep reading anyway 😀
Here’s a short cut guide to staying healthy while enjoying your School/College experience…
- Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up (even if it’s something small)
- Skip the pizza and burgers at the dining hall and head to the fruits and vegetables option.
- When you eat fast food, choose wisely.
- Load up on lots of greens, veggies and protein (beans, grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs, etc)
- Choose grilled instead of fried, whole grains over refined grains and baked potatoes instead of fries.
- Skip the fast food spots like McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and go to places that offer healthy options.
- Skip the soda and juice drinks and go for water and/or tea
- Watch your portions at the dining hall
- Make time for eating between classes
- Walk to class
- Pack snacks to take with you to class so you won’t be starving afterwards
- Carry a water bottle with you everywhere
- Take the stairs
- Join an outdoor adventure group
- Join a club sports team
Keep healthy snacks in your dorm room or apartment:
- Dried fruit
- Chocolate bars