MASTERING MONDAY: MASTERING HEALTHY EATING
This article goes into detail about how to eat healthy specifically while handling all the responsibilities of a typical college student. It offers the basic points of eating plenty of fruit, and establishing a healthy routine when it comes to your diet. However, it also offers unique points, like treating the dining hall as your own classroom as well. It encourages students to try new things and familiarize themselves with regular dining hall options, and how it affects their body.
It also breaks down the day into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, and highlights how to properly treat each meal of the day.
It is important to understand that healthy eating affects not only your body, but your mind. This video by TED Ed, a subcategory of TED Talks, provides a scientific perspective on the nutrients of foods you eat and their impact on the brain, and its neurotransmitters. Additionally, it explains why humans can feel certain way after eating certain foods, and identifies the correct nutrients you should be putting into your body daily. Watch this for some great information on changing your diet. (You’ll especially love it if you’re into science and logic based things.)
Do this: Here are some simple things you can do to eat less, and smarter.
- Set a Carb Curfew. Carbs are not off limits by any means-they provide you with energy. However, to be consistent and keep yourself from overloading on carbs, it is wise to not consume carbs after dark.
- Drink Tea. Tea can have the same benefits as coffee, but can contain nowhere near as much sugar or artificial sweeteners. If you find yourself needing coffee every morning, try switching to green teas.
- Drink Water. If you’re trying to cut back on the amount of food you eat, it is wise to drink water before your meals. It will allow you to feel more full, and plus, you’ll be more hydrated if you drink a glass of water before your three meals of the day. Water is never a bad thing.
- Leafy Greens Are a Friend! They may not always taste the best- some can be very bitter-but leafy greens have incredible health benefits. Plus, you can always dress it up with a salad dressing, or some vinegar to excite your taste buds!
- Spice Things Up! Just like rich-tasting foods will make you feel full quickly, foods that have no taste will leave you wanting more. Use strong spices and seasonings to make your foods taste better while also keeping a cap on the amount of high-calorie foods you could be eating.
- The More Colorful, The Better. A basic rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the more varied the colors are on your plate, the more likely it is that the food is good for you.
Written and researched by Peer Educator, Colleen MacBride