We are constantly bombarded with messages that we are eating too much – too much salt, too many calories, too many carbs, too much fat… I see students each week who want guidance to cut back in order to improve their health. It might surprise you to know that many of the students I see are actually eating too little. It worries me that we have started to think that less (fewer calories, lower weight) is always better.
When chatting with students about healthy eating, the two biggest barriers that they describe are time and money. Try these tips to make healthy eating fit your schedule and budget.
We are constantly bombarded with a list of foods that we should include and foods we should avoid. It seems that the newest food trend involves banishing dairy from our diets. With so much information out there, many individuals feel at a loss in terms of what to believe. I don’t blame you!
So really…should I cut out dairy?
Unless you have an allergy or medical condition that requires you to avoid a specific food, I don’t believe that any food should be cut out completely.
Exam season is just around the corner (don't worry, so is summer vacation!). Aim to make the most of your final two weeks on campus by making sound food choices that will support energy levels, concentration, focus, and retention of all that information you've been trying to cram into your brain!
We can all agree that being a student is pretty great. Flexible schedules; few real-life responsibilities; living away from home – it sounds amazing! However, our bank accounts tend to tell a different story. Between tuition, rent, textbooks, and entertainment, our budget for food can be pretty tight. As we all know, the food on campus is amazing, but without a student card, it can get expensive to constantly purchase meals on campus. Bringing your own lunch to campus may seem like a pain, but trust me, it’ll save you valuable dollars that you can spend on books or clothes, or saving f
Using an app to track your food intake and activity level may sound helpful but may actually be hurting you. Apps like My Fitness Pal and Lose It! draw people in by claims that the app will make you “successfully lose weight and keep it off”. The truth is these apps can cause you to become so out of touch with your body that you become robot like; inputting everything you eat and all of your physical activity, planning your day around how many calories you have consumed and how much exercise you have done. This is not a healthy or sustainable way to live.
Snack bars can serve as a portable and quick snack between classes. Some brands offer really great nutrient-dense options that will give you lasting energy and other brands are more like candy bars. How can you tell the difference? How do you know which brand is right for you?
It’s a good idea to include a snack between meals if your meals are more than three or four hours apart. Snacks help prevent hunger and a lull in energy between meals.
Is getting into a new exercise/sport regime a part of your New Year’s goal? As important as it is to be active, it is just as important to fuel yourself so that you have enough energy to perform your best!
The energy we ‘burn’ during a workout (i.e., carbohydrates, fat, and protein) is not from the energy that we consume prior to exercise, but rather the energy that was obtained and stored 24-48 hours earlier.
Food eaten a few hours before exercise helps maintain blood sugar levels and prevent muscles from tiring out easily.
Healthy eating can be confusing. Or at least we've made it confusing.
Book store shelves are stocked full of books promising a recipe for health and weight loss. You can find limitless information online to support a variety of different dietary approaches - paleo, gluten free, vegan, raw. So what's real? and what's best?