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Best Health Advice for College Students

To keep up with healthy eating lifestyle in college is harder than trying to pass your final thermodynamic exam. For most college students, eating late night snacks, unhealthy college cafeterias, and other in-between sugary-filled snacks are common. We were all once college students and understand how important it is. Added to that, there are lots of activities that we need to keep up such as exams, term papers, thesis, social life, extracurricular activities and the like that keep us from eating the right food at the right time.
The real question is that did we continue the unhealthy eating lifestyle until now? And how can you avoid some of these common mistakes happen in your college years? If you are still in college, this is great news for you and you should keep on reading. However, if you are not then you can still apply these tips if it is by all means suitable for you.
SNACKING
Pretzels, chips, energy bars and crackers are a good choice of snacks if you need 100 packs of calories a day. Added to this, fruits and vegetables like salad are the best snacking choice for college students. I have met several students who opt for apple for their in-between snacks and they believe that you can never go wrong with apples. It is healthy and keeps them full throughout the day.
FIND OTHER WAY TO SOCIALIZE
College life and socializing is the must-do thing during this time. However, one mistake college students did was make “meeting for lunch” a social activity. This could be dangerous since you will be unaware of what you are eating because you will spend most of your time talking and eat. Not only it will make shrink your wallet size, it will also expand your waist size. Instead, try looking for other get-together activities such as jogging, gym time or going to the beach. There are a lot of affordable activities you can think of and at the same time makes you healthier.
WHAT ‘FUEL’ DO YOU NEED?
When exams are approaching, many students tend to indulge in coffees and lots of coffees to keep their eyes open. But based on Lara Rondinelli, a diabetes educator at Rush University told that caffeine is not good for the health even if they contain several vitamins, they are still not healthy. Instead of fueling your body with caffeine try switch to lean meats, veggies, fresh fruits, milk or yoghurt. Added to that, protein bars are also good alternatives for extra energy but do not over consume it because protein bars may still lack in some nutrients that your body needs to keep balance.
COOK YOUR OWN FOOD
I know that most college students do not have time to prepare their own meal, how much more for breakfast. Whether you are staying at home or school dormitory, opt for healthier, cheaper way than eating outside. Be creative and prepare your own meal. Try to go out and visit your local grocery store, you can find plenty of healthy food suggestion good for one-month stocks and you will be surprised at how you can save more money comparing to eating out every day. You might want to check out Basmati rice which contains low carbs comparing to the brown and white rice.
DRINK RESPONSIBLY
There it is! College life is always associated with drinking hard, parties and hangover. However, you can still have fun without getting drunk. Alcohol contains lots of calories and can give you flabby belly in the long run. Always drink moderately, have fun and at the same time taking care of your health. Drink plenty of water as well because it can help you increase concentration and makes you hydrated.
DON’T TURN TO FOOD IF YOU ARE STRESS
When you are stress or homesick it is easy to find comfort in foods but the truth is eating to ease your stress will not help you get away with it. You are only making your situation worst by adding more pounds to your body. Instead, take a break or get out and have a short, peaceful walk and unwind yourself. Do some meditation so that you can relax your mind from the pressure. Walk at least 30 minutes a day and see changes in yourself.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Prevention is better than cure. If you noticed something different is happening in your body, do not wait until it gets worst. Consult your doctor and have a thorough medical checkup and ever year. If you have questions, you should approach any physician or your university health center and ask for advice and what can they recommend. There is nothing wrong in asking a question especially when it comes to your health. You might not be aware of the increase of blood sugar in your body or changes in your health condition. That is why it is important to ask health advice to one who knows better – the doctors.

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