As a college student, getting the right nutrition is a key fundamental for you, for a variety of reasons. The problem is that that doesn’t happen easily, for a variety of reasons.
The reasons that you need good nutrition are pretty basic. Nutrition is the driving force behind your grade average, energy levels, stress levels, mental stability, emotional balance, and your overall health. This calls for a college diet plan. Not the kind you think of when that everyone talks about during New Year’s resolutions but one that will consist of a consistent nutritious foundation of foods. You may perceive that you are too busy to bother eating regularly, you may think your budget doesn’t allow it, you may be having trouble with your decision making skills, or you just may be in cultural shock from the transition.
Regardless, the same adverse effects remain, for both the short and long term projection. There are answers to the conundrum of getting adequate nutrition. You can research, discover, and resource the recommendations set forth by the USDA. Beyond that you can avoid the conventional snacks and replace them with better sources like fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and berries. Even dairy offers some great resources that you can implement into your snacking variety.
You can also try cooking for yourself. Cooking is a great way to help reduce your stress levels because of methodical repetition. It also helps boost your confidence and expand your horizons through entertaining a group of friends.
You could also try resourcing the on-campus dining hall rather than going to the nearest fast food establishment. With that being said, you would also want to avoid the other quick-trip varieties of on-the-go eating.
If a conflict of taste in the dining hall is posing a problem that is sabotaging your nutrition there are answers for that. You could initially try substituting one particular dish selection for another healthy version. You could even try speaking to the dining hall director. Don’t be afraid or shy about asking if there could be an arrangement made for certain preparations, or additions to the menu. The least they can say is no, after all, they are subject to regulation guidelines, but you will never know if you don’t ask. Right?
Here are some tips that may help you out:
- Avoid addictive substances that can cause nutrient rejecting chemical reactions in your body.
- Regulate your eating schedule.
- Try DIY meals and cook for yourself to access your taste preferences, save money, and even some time.
- Moderate your caffeine intake along with avoiding energy drinks.
- Plan ahead. Make menus for in-room meals, allow time to eat, check out the dining hall menus prior to addressing the day.
- Use fresh fruits and vegetables as a resource for meals and snacking.
- Canned, dried, or packaged meats are a great way to keep meat accessible without spoilage.
- Avoid conventional snack foods.
- Avoid trending eating styles.
- Remember to include your dairy.
- Drink lots of water. If you can tolerate cold water, it’s the best for your skin and metabolism.
- Schedule eating time so that schedule doesn’t dictate the levels of your nutrition.
- Meal prepping can save you a lot of time and hassle. This can curb last minute appetite for junk food.
- Explore alternative selections and broaden the limits of your taste experience.
- Consider natural nut butters like peanut or almond butter in relation to your snacking selections.