Has anyone ever told you about the freshman 15? Let me let you in on a little secret, the freshman 15 only happens to students who don’t realize that it’s totally possible to be healthy in college. The key to getting fit and staying healthy in college can be simple if you put your mind to it.
Being a student in college and living on campus, I found it extremely hard to stay loyal to my healthy eating habits. But, there were a few tips and tricks I followed along the way. Here is my list of my top 5 daily habits to help your college life stay as healthy as possible!
Proper portion size is essential.
Let’s face it…most of the food in your dining hall probably sucks. When you do find that one thing you actually like, it’s super easy to stuff your face! I definitely had a hard time, at first, practicing portion control. It is important to avoid eating too much of even the healthiest foods. Finding an app to help you keep track of what you’re eating can be a really good way to monitor yourself.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
Yes, college girl, you NEED to eat breakfast! Freshman year I found myself consistently skipping breakfast. When you have an 8 am class, the last thing you want to do is go to the dining hall. I know, I feel your pain. I solved this problem by getting a small microwave, some microwavable bowls and stocking up on low-sugar oatmeal packets and bananas. Starting your day off right with a good meal when you get up is very important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Don’t stress eat.
“I’m only going to take a couple…I mean how many calories do a few Oreos really have…” (every girl in college.) Yes, it’s tempting to reach for those cookies when you’re feeling stressed out. Eating isn’t going to help your stress go away, so try avoiding filling up on empty calorie snacks as much as possible. Try going for a run or maybe even taking a Netflix and chill break instead!
Water is probably the last beverage on your college girl mind, but drinking enough water can help to boost your metabolism and can keep you from overeating. Staying hydrated throughout your day is vital to helping your concentration and in aiding your healthy lifestyle.
Don’t skip meals.
With so much going on in your college life, it is super easy to skip eating to crank out that last page on your essay or run to class. Try setting up foods in your dorm fridge that you can eat on the run so that your energy will stay consistent no matter where you’re running to!
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle is all about creating healthy habits! Now that you’ve heard my five tips, what tips do you have for staying healthy in college?
Melinda Lathrop is TYH’s Healthy Living Editor and a sophomore public relations major and law minor at Champlain College. She is the historian of the Champlain College Chapter of PRSSA and is also a social media intern! You can connect with Melinda on her site at melindalathrop.com on Twitter/Instagram @Melinda_Lathrop or LinkedIn.