10 Healthy Eating Tips for a Busy University StudentMarch 02, 2018
Your parents have reminded you of eating on time, and your mother telling you about the benefits of healthy eating on many occasions. You take little heed of it, as you're excited about life away from home. You want to be independent, you also want new mates. Your rosy impression of a life in the university would dissipate after your first month. You must meet deadlines. You must study for your examinations. You must read all the titles on your list. You become busy before you're aware of it. You don't have time for preparing your food. (If there's any time, you imagine the telly at home.)
This fast-paced routine could take a toll on your body sooner or later. If you don't have time for exercise, then brisk walking would do. You make sure that you sleep for eight hours or more. (If you can't finish your assignment ahead of the deadline, then five hours would do for the moment.) And you resolve to healthy eating. Mum's words prompt you to do it before it's too late.
How to Start the Day
Drink lots of water. You may be confused about it, as too many liquid could force you to go to the loo frequently. It keeps you hydrated. It also keeps you awake, and it's the best option when you have a few hours of sleep (and you need to attend your lectures). It will make you eat less. If you're living on a shoestring budget, then you know what to do.
Eat lots of fruits. Apple should keep you away from the clinic while banana is rich in fiber. You might have to eat more if you've been eating pizza (and nothing else).
Eat like an Italian. Paper writing can consume several hours, and fruits might not be enough. You need carbohydrates, and spaghetti (or pasta) will keep you filled. Thinking hard won't make you famished (and order another box of pizza).
Make sure that you don't have a high sugar intake. You've been told that younger people have a higher metabolic rate, which is true. It doesn't mean that you can eat anything at any time. Your body can only consume that much food, and too much of it make you sluggish and sleepy. It will be better to engage in a physical activity than read a book. Doing your assignment won't be a good idea. If you're unable to control your urges, then schedule your homework and reading accordingly.
Don't drink lots of beer. It's a rite of passage. You don't want to miss out on that chance of having new friends. No one is stopping you, but it's better to take precautions. If you need to drink to have a good time, then keep a close watch on yourself. It might get out of hand unless your roommate (or flat mate) will remind you. There will be complications, which you don't need to know. You have too many things to think about.
Have a glass of milk. Calcium is an essential mineral, but many teenagers outgrow milk. If you're one of them, then cheese is a good substitute. Don't ignore it, as there's a long-term effect for calcium deficiency. You don't have to witness it before reaching middle age.
Drink pure juice. Your new mates might look at you strangely after you ditch the beer for juice. You're tempted to try soda, but you rather go for pure orange juice. Make sure that you won't crave for it constantly, as it might exceed beyond your budget.
Avoid microwave cooking at all cost. It has something to do with microwave popcorn, which you don't have to consume during your breaks from writing your assignment. If your roommate (or flat mate) is insistent about it, then get a handful of it. Don't forget to drink water afterward.
Go to the dining hall salad bar. The dining hall can be the worst place to eat if you don't watch out on your food intake. It's a good thing that there's a salad bar, which you should look forward during your visit. You'll reach a point when you crave for tasty meals, if not something juicy (or meaty) enough. You can opt for delay gratification, eating lots of fruits instead. This should keep you wide awake.
Don't eat alone. You might have a habit of eating fast. It can lead to indigestion, It may prompt you to eat more food. Look for your closest mate in the dining hall, and start a conversation. It should enable you to eat slowly, if not enjoy it.
Talk to Them
You're likely not the only one who is having an issue with food. It's not difficult to find out from other students, as you can bring up your dining preferences. You'll get a few hints on the kind of food that you must consume (aside from your own). There's no cheat day, but you might want to reconsider it if you're able to meet your set of goals.
If you're struggling to enforce these new rules, then think about your budget.
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