A college student is often running in ten directions at once and the last thing under consideration is nutritional value! Students skip meals, eat at fast food joints, and buy the cheapest items at the grocery store. Eating well can improve emotional and physical health, classroom and athletic performance, and the ability to deal with stress.
Step 1: Do not skip breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day! If there is no time for sitting, get a bagel, juice, and some fruit. Nutritional bars also make a good breakfast or daytime snack.
Step 2: Select fast foods wisely. Get regular, not super, sized meals. Choose a baked potato instead of French fries. Opt for reduced calorie or fat free dressing for a salad. Limit the amount of fried fish or chicken sandwiches. Request half the normal amount of cheese on the pizza. Eating fresh deli sandwiches are a healthier alternative.
Step 3: Keep a supply of healthy snacks like pretzels, light popcorn, dried and fresh fruit, wheat crackers, and rice cakes. If you have a refrigerator, purchase uncooked vegetables, cottage cheese, and low-fat yogurt and vegetable dips.
Step 4: Eat calcium-rich foods to build up the calcium supply and prevent osteoporosis. Low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and green leafy vegetables are the perfect solution.
Step 5: Sugar does not do much but add calories and contribute to tooth decay. When sweetening your coffee or tea, use diet sweeteners or honey. For cereal sweetening, opt for fresh fruit.
Step 6: Limit the amount of alcohol. It has a lot of calories, no nutritional value, and can cause various health problems and flunked exams, as well as hangovers! One glass of wine, an ounce of liquor, and a light beer each have approximately 100 calories. Consider this before tapping the keg at the next party.
Step 7: When dining at the salad bar in the dining hall, avoid the bacon bits, creamy salad dressing, and salads made with mayonnaise.