Many students find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle on campus. Busy academic and social schedules can take priority over eating well and getting regular exercise while in college. In addition, the steady availability of a wide variety of food, both nutritious and not so nutritious, can make it hard to always make the wisest food choices.
To make an appointment, contact the health center. The Nutritionist here on campus is available to discuss any of these issues with you.
Here are a few basic guidelines that may help you stay healthy and well nourished on campus:
- Do not skip breakfast; eat something shortly after waking up to rev up your metabolism and prevent overeating later in the day.
- Eat plenty of vegetables with lunch and dinner; high in nutritional value, they are “nature’s vitamin pills.”
- Eat more whole grains and minimally processed foods.
- Enjoy favorite non-so-nutritious foods in small portions; deprivation can lead to over consuming or bringing on those “forbidden foods” later.
- Do not become over hungry; stay fueled throughout the day with 3 meals and 2-3 snacks.
- Have a healthy snack; while awake and up at night studying, try not to go longer than 4 hours without eating something.
- Eat slowly and thoughtfully; this is the best way to prevent unconscious overeating.
- Drink water for thirst; avoid juice drinks and soda.
- Find time to exercise.
- DO NOT DIET. Diets do not work, they can slow your metabolism, mess with your head and lead to an eating disorder.