A healthy breakfast to start the day right.
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A healthy breakfast to start the day right.

Changing the eating habits of a busy college student

Time management and healthy eating matter.

As a college student I know how hard it is to maintain a healthy balanced diet and I know how hard it is for others.

Many college students would agree that eating healthy is an important part of an overall successful lifestyle, but many would also say that they don’t have the time. Eating fast food constantly, but having a low intake on fruit, vegetables, and the required amounts of water is clearly not good for us. 

Fast food, vending machines and energy drinks seem like the average go-to for most college students. Fast food is ALWAYS available, whether it's on campus or around campus, and a vending machine is never too far away with our favorite candy bars, bag of chips or sugary drink.

As college students, we need a balanced diet to give us the energy we need to keep up with our busy lifestyles. Whether it’s from being in the classroom, studying, working, being a parent, or even time to yourself -- you need the energy to strive. 

Here are some tips on how to change your bad eating habits to start eating a healthy balanced diet:

  1. Time Management - It's something a lot of us take for granted. If we utilize time management in an efficient way we will have enough time to get things we want and need done right without feeling overwhelmed.
  2. Eat Breakfast - I know how easy it is to skip breakfast in the morning, because you didn’t have time to make breakfast because you overslept or didn’t finish the assignment that’s due today until a few minutes before it’s time for you to go. This refers back to tip number one. Also, skipping breakfast is not recommended. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because you are breaking your fast from overnight and you need proper nourishment to be your best self for the start of your day.

    Some quick breakfast ideas:
    1. Hard boiled egg
    2. Fruit
    3. Slice of toast
    4. Oatmeal
    5. Yogurt
  3. Keep a healthy snack nearby - Having a snack in between classes and meals is always a good choice as it gives you that extra energy you need throughout the day and keeps your blood sugars stable. Try to keep the snack as healthy and energizing as possible.

    Healthy snack ideas:
    1. Nuts
    2. Whole grain crackers
    3. Cheese
    4. Raw veggies 
    5. Fruit
    6. Oats

  4. Watch your caffeine and sugar intake - One to two cups of coffee are okay throughout your day, but don’t depend on the use of caffeine from coffee or soda pops to give you energy because it will backfire as both can cause you to be more anxious and or restless.
  5. Stay hydrated and drink water - Our bodies need at LEAST eight glasses of water a day and depending on how active you are, you may need MORE. It’s crucial to drink water throughout the day. Always keep a water bottle handy.

I know these things are easier said than done, but please make an attempt to try them. If you must eat fast food or junk food because there’s no other alternative -- do so, but in MODERATION