One of the most important ways to be healthy and to stay healthy is through your diet. I have learned that my diet affects everything else that I do during the day. If I eat a well balanaced meal, I am able to have more energy to do all my obligations and tasks. Whenever I choose to eat junk food, it makes me lazy and not excited for the day. What you choose to fuel your body with matters. It affects your mood, skin, digestion system, hair, nails, and everything that makes you a person.
Having a well balanced diet in college is not the easisiest task. With so many distractions during the day, it's hard to put eating healthy at the top of your priority list. On top of all the school assignments and projects someone has to do during the day, grocery shoping is usually the last thing on someone's mind. Also finding healthy food that is affordable and convenient is another problem. I have learned that the best way to handle that, is by setting out your meals early in the week. Planning what you are going to eat for each meal for each day can take off the stress of not knowing what you're gonna have for lunch.
Buying healthy food in bulk is always the best way to go. I have learned that when I do that I can save more money than buying it individually. Make food that you actually will enjoy and not tell yourself you have to eat it. When you are excited for the meal, it will encourage you to keep going. Don't buy a big bag of broccoli if you know that you won't end up eating it. Experimenting with what healthy foods you like on top of recipes you can find on google is the best combo for success. Try to focus on foods with color. You want to make your plate have as many natural colors as possible, that way you know you're getting all the nutrients you need.
The hardest part for me wasn't having to eat more healthy food, but having to stay away from sweets. I am a big sweets person and can't figure out how to only have one piece of chocolate when I can have the whole container. Depriving yourself from cravings is hard at first and shouldn't be a forever type of thing. Let yourself have that piece of cake. Get that extra scoop of ice cream. That way you won't end up binging and feeling as though you lost all of your progress. Allowing yourself to have cheat meals is important mentally as well as physcially. You don't want to constantly be thinking about that cheeseburger. Eat the cheeseburger as a treat and keep doing your thing. Just like one meal won't make you lose progress, one meal won't make you gain progress. You have to stick with the healthy choices and balance the cheats meals in order to see a full circle.
You are what you eat
If you have ever heard of the saying "you are what you eat" then I am sure you are rolling your eyes at me. Thats okay, but it is essential to know that basis of what that means. If you are constantly grabbing a package of noodles and a beer for dinner, chances are you aren't going to feel so great. Yeah it might taste better than a bowl of berries, but you have to think about if it's worth it or not. Is it worth it to not take 30 minutes out of your day to make a healthy meal instead of grabbing a bag of cheetos you know you will regret later? By giving yourself a strict scheudle of when you're going to eat and what you are going to eat can make the quick junk food snack trips to the vending machine not needed. You will get the most of nutrient dense food when you're sitting there studying for your test and you won't have the guilt either.