Today I’m going to tell you about the importance of eating well while in college and then I’ll give you some tips (based off of my own experience and a little help from the internet) on things you can do to promote a well-balanced lifestyle!
1. Redefine “healthy”
One of the things that I think is important is to re-define what healthy means to you. A lot of the times we’re told by society that we need to be “skinny” or really huge and muscular. However, these are extreme examples of stereotypes about how people’s bodies should be. In reality though, people come in all difference sizes and types (and that’s OKAY!) Before you set out on your own journey toward wellness, define what “healthy”means to you and use that as a basis for eating good food and exercising.
2. Eating the good stuff
It’s no secret that eating well has amazing benefits. Some of the greatest benefits of eating well include improving your mood, boosting your energy, helps you be more productive, improves longevity and stressing less. Focus on eating things like fruits (such as apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, berries, mangos etc.)- any fruit will do! Vegetables, grains, nuts and dairy products like yogurt are also important. Start eating some of the food mentioned above & you’ll be feeling great in no time.
3. Managing your time
Another part of being well is planning for the times when you need a quick meal to get you through classes. If you’re anything like me, some days you’re rushing around from class to class and need a quick fix to get you by. When this happens, you have a couple options: you can go to Outtakes to either grab a quick meal- like a sandwich and fruit or maybe you’re in the mood for sushi. Another option is you can grab a bite to eat at one of the dining areas on campus (like Marsh hall or Lower North Dining). These are great options to have when you don’t always have the time for a full sit down meal.
Let’s face it: exercising can be tough sometimes! BUT it’s really important for your overall well-being! According to the MayoClinic, exercise has been proven to control weight, combat diseases, improves mood, and promotes better sleep. It’s also been shown that just 20 minutes of vigorous exercise has the same benefits as 1 hour of exercise. SO, even things like going for a quick jog or walk, lifting some weights or dancing to your favorite song counts as exercise. Make sure you set aside some time to get your body moving and you’ll reap the benefits mentioned earlier and you’ll feel and look great too!
5. Take time to De-Stress
One last thing that encompasses your wellness as a whole is taking some time to de-stress. Equally as important is taking care of your mental health! These 2 things are so important to your well being. Here are some ways you can de-stress and take care of yourself:
- Read a good book or watch your favorite movie
- Spend time with some friends
- Get enough sleep
- Practice self-care
- Play some video games
- Spend time in nature
To wrap it all up, your wellness is so important to your success in college. Remember to eat well, exercise when you can and take time to de-stress (whatever that means for you)
And remember… Love yourself & you can have it all