Most college students are unable to include important nutrients in their meals and have a proper diet along with having to juggle so many things- classes, assignments, extra-curricular, and a thousand other things.
Being a college student, I face the same problem. In spite of having a hectic schedule, I always try to have a balanced diet which includes of adequate amount of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, etc.
When I first started going to college, I did not focus on my eating habits, which in turn took a toll on my health. I became visibly weak, felt tired all day, weakened the immune system and increased stress. Being the enthusiastic bubbly kid I once was, I realised the importance of a good healthy diet and felt the need to fix it for the long run.
Since the last two years, I’ve followed some easy tips and tricks which helped me with my restless agenda and improved my overall health which had otherwise gone for a toss.
#1 Make your own homemade snacks or meals:
This is the most important tip, and that’s why #1. PACK YOUR OWN SNACKS. Having a homemade meal is healthy, nutritious and clean. You know what are the ingredients going into it, you are in control of what goes into it what doesn’t. Also, helps avoid food allergies.
It is not always easy to pack your own meals with the schedule but you can prepare meals in just 15-20 minutes which is very much worth all the extra trouble, trust me! Home cooked food helps avoid extra sodium, fats, sugars, carbohydrates. Plus, it is super fresh!
Super easy meals which can be prepared in 15-20 minutes!
Even if you’re away from home and staying alone at a hostel or independently, there are some easy snacks which can be eaten instead of having salty, greasy or sugary stuff-
Nuts like almonds, cashews
Vegetable sticks with peanut butter
You can make your own easy munchies-
Dry fruits- Almonds, cashews, ground nuts, etc
How to make-
Cut the nuts and fruits into small pieces
Mix them together
This is a much healthier snacking/munching option when we get hunger pangs during long study hours.
Other options can be- Soya or quinoa sticks.
#2 Quit carbonated drinks
Quit drinking all kinds of carbonated drinks. Carbonated drinks contain dissolved carbon dioxide which causes the fizzling in the drink with additional dissolved sugar in very high amounts. Sodas cause acid reflux due to carbonation which leads to acidity. Carbonated drinks like soda, soft drinks also damage the tooth enamel which leads to cavities. Bottom line- Extremely Unhealthy. Incorporate healthier drink options like smoothies, juices, coconut water, etc.
#3 Stay hydrated!
It is extremely important to keep your body hydrated. The amount of water you need to drink depends on your instincts. Drink water as per your thirst. We often forget to drink sufficient amount of water when we’re busy but our bodies need adequate water to function properly, to carry out vital functions in the body like clearing out toxins, digestion, etc. Listen to your body!
Carrying a reusable metal or glass water bottle wherever is helpful.
Water too boring? Try someinfused water! Infused water can act as an alternative to the sugary drinks we tend to opt for during the summers. It is super easy, refreshing and has health benefits too!
How To Make-
Water (1 litre)
Take a one-litre glass or metal water bottle.
Add your sliced cucumber and mint leaves.
Set it aside (or in your fridge) for some time. (1- 3 hours)
It is that easy! Infused water can be made with many ingredients like apple slices, lime slices, chia seeds, etc.
Infused water leaves you feeling refreshed. It helps in hydration, weight management immune defence and detox too. The exact benefits and properties will depend on what ingredients you choose to infuse your water with.
#5 Have fruits every day
Having 2-3 seasonal fruits every day is a part of having a healthy, balanced diet. Fruits have many benefits- provide instant energy, fibre, provide water, low in fat and are very easy to digest.
If you feel like you don’t have enough time to cook your own meals and decide to order something, or while you’re out, try to opt for the food item which is healthy and contains mostly, vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains, etc like salads. Focus on having a balanced meal.
Also, many times the portion was given is much more than what you can consume; do not feel obliged to finish the whole meal in one go, store it in an airtight container or get it packed in a to-go box to eat later.
You can also have fresh healthy fruit or vegetable juices at nearby juice shops or buy fresh coconut water from a local vendor.
Eating healthy will not only help in staying fit but will also provide extra energy to sustain ourselves for long hours while studying or preparing for exams. It helps keep a clear and focused mind whereas oily, sugary, unhealthy meals make us feel drowsy and lethargic.
It’s not difficult to have a healthy diet along with a hectic schedule. We only need to eat smartly and wisely to have wholesome nutrient-rich meals and have a healthy outlook towards food and lifestyle in general.
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