Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle in College Part II: The Diet

Now that finals are over, I’ve been able to shut my brain off on schoolwork and focus on other things, like packing for the spring break trip to Orlando that I’m taking with my mom!

Now that I’ve given the basics of maintaining a consistent fitness schedule in college (which you can check out here) I will share my healthy eating tips. A lot of what I do (especially because I am in my own apartment) pertains to what you surround yourself with:

1. Don’t diet! Although I’ve never been one for dieting, I will say I only starting noticing a change in the way I looked when I changed my eating habits. Also, if you change your lifestyle, you will be more likely to choose healthier options when you decided to go to a restaraunt.

Don't diet!

2. Surround yourself with healthy options! When you go to the store (which you should NOT do when hungry, or you’ll likely be tempted to buy unhealthier foods) buy healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and lean meats (and healthy snacks too!). This way, when you get hungry at home, you’ll have an array of healthier choices to choose from.

3. Pack your lunch. You have no idea how much this helps! I pack and take my lunch to work every day. Not only does it ensure that you’ll have a healthy lunch, but it saves a TON of money, too.  I also carry a baggie of almonds in my purse for an emergency snack if needed. Here are some ideas for some healthy snacks:

4. Drink water. And LOTS of it!! I take a refillable bottle everywhere with me (to save money) and so that I’m never thirsty. Not only do I stay hydrated, but I also can curb my hunger and snacking as well as keeping my metabolism up by drinking ice water with lemon.

4. Be mindful of portions. I read recently that over the past 40 years or so, portions in the US have increased immensely. Remember that just because your plate may be large, doesn’t mean you need to fill it up!

5. Splurges are ok! You have to splurge every once in awhile, it’s ok! However, if you’ve eaten terribly all day and are feeling badly about it, don’t beat yourself up about it. We’ve all done it. Let it go, move on and eat healthier tomorrow!

What are your tips?

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