Healthy Eating Made Easy
Simple secrets for eating well
Eating well is not as hard as it may seem. Sure, it’s quick and easy to order a pizza whenever you feel your stomach growling. It’s even quicker and easier to have a cupboard full of healthy snacks already on hand. The tips here can help you eat well and stay healthy without having to take your mind off what’s really important, like the exam you have coming up (or, for many, the party you’re going to tomorrow night).
To some people, these tips may be the most obvious things in the world. For others, perhaps those who come from a background where they didn’t always eat healthy, this information may be entirely new. Regardless of your previous eating habits, it’s never too late to start eating right.
Try to turn these healthy-eating strategies into habits:
- Drink lots of water. You need 8 to12 cups of water a day (and more if you’re very active). Some students live their lives in a state of mild dehydration. One of the signs that you are dehydrated is that you feel tired. Also, sometimes hunger is a sign that you’re actually just dehydrated, so drinking water can help you avoid unnecessary meals. Carry a water bottle to class.
- Don’t skip a meal. Stock your dorm room with healthy snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, nuts and pretzels, so that you can make yourself something to eat in a pinch. Like every student, you’ll have stretches where you have so much schoolwork that you can’t afford to leave your room to get food. Prepare for these situations so you don’t go hungry.
- Limit your portions. You need variety in your diet. A huge plate of fries and nothing else is not a meal. Eat small portions of many different foods.
- Eat one serving of fruit or vegetable with every meal. Commit to this rule, and you’ll have no trouble meeting the recommended daily vitamin intake. Try eating a salad before every meal (fruit salad counts, too). This will help you eat less of the main course and increase your intake of valuable nutrients and minerals.
- Drink in moderation. You’re probably surprised to hear this, but alcohol has a lot of calories. A glass of wine has 90 calories, a shot of vodka has 55 and a bottle of beer has a staggering 150. That means that four beers have the same number of calories as a Big Mac!
- Get a good night’s sleep. Staying up late leads to midnight snacks, which are rarely healthy. It can also cause you to crave sugary, caffeinated drinks.
- Learn to cook. This isn’t always possible if you live in a dorm, but try to make your own meals whenever you can. Cooking for yourself is cheaper and healthier than buying prepackaged food or eating in a restaurant.