Eating healthy on campus can be hard but it definitely is doable. From making simple changes in your day-to-day eating habits to putting a little bit more thought into how you fuel your body, it’s something that can be done. Here are some simple tips and tricks to feeling better.
- Always take the fruit. Just do it. It’s tasty and good for you, and it’s an easy swap from other high-calorie snacks. Fruit is easy available at the Marketplace, the Eateries, the Commons, and even Eagle Cafes.
- Eat mindfully. Do you really need those Sour Patch Kids? Listen to what your body tells you.
- Try eating whole food instead of processed junk. This means swapping fried chicken tenders for grilled chicken breasts. Remember – eating healthy does not equate to dieting.
- Always keep an emergency granola bar in your backpack. This will prevent impulse eating junk. Additionally, if you are trying to save money by not spending extra money on snacks, this is a great way to do it.
- Sneak protein into each meal to stay fuller for longer. This is not always meat products by the way; broccoli, for example, is a great source of protein! Other examples of protein can include items such as; quinoa, almonds, and cheese.
- Don’t drink your calories. Ask for “lite” versions of your favorite drinks at Starbucks to save on a few calories.
- Bring a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. This makes it easy to stay hydrated through the day as well as save additional plastic from entering a landfill!
- Sometimes when you feel hungry you are actually thirsty. Try drinking 8oz of water to really test if you are hungry.
Remember: don’t beat yourself up if you slip, especially during stressful times during the semester.
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