Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Eating Habits all University Students Must do


University or college life is a roller coaster ride. The tons of requirements and the stressful time management leads to unhealthy eating patterns and intermittent sleeping habits. But just because you are busy does not mean you can’t live healthy. In most cases, university students tend to be inconsistent with their habits and established patterns when they are at home. 

The tips below aim to restore that order maintaining an excellent academic and personal life.

Never skip a meal

University students are notorious for skipping a meal. Be it because of the lack of sleep or the pile of deadlines, they tend to prioritize their academic workload compromising their health. But this shouldn’t be the case. Remember that our brain functions optimally when it is amply fueled. And what fuels the brain? Food. Not junk food, but real food. 

Skipping meal also slows your metabolism, making us susceptible to gaining more weight. One way to restore this is by following a strict schedule of when to eat. So, your body can also adapt to it. Making it easier for the food you eat to be digested. 

Watch what you eat!

As food fuels our brain and body. The quality of food affects our health. Remember we are what we eat. Though you might appear to be thin or healthy in the outside, but you do not know that you are already suffering from certain illnesses and disease. It pays to be mindful about the nutritional value of our food. Though you might say that the food in the cafeteria only serves these types of food. It’s fine! What’s important is that you don’t eat to many of something. You need to have a balanced diet. And most cafeterias also take into consideration the nutritional aspect of your food. It all boils down to mixing and matching and diversifying your food intake.   

Dig down on brain food!

You are active at night and that is a fact! And because you tend to use you brain most heavily at night, your stomach will ask for more food to sustain the brain. What you need to pay attention to is metabolism is slow at night. Especially because the body doesn’t need enough energy as it is set to rest. Hence, carbs and calories are not recommended. Preferably you can munch on nuts. These are brain food that stimulate the brain helping you squeeze more creative juices to finish your homework. It doesn’t add to your weight as well as they are low in calories and carbs. Oats will also be a good alternative. Just don’t add sugar to it as this triggers the brain to ask for more food.  

Say no to sugar

Sugar is the main culprit for gaining weight. As it is a carbohydrate, once broken down it is converted to fats in the body. This then triggers your brain to crave for more sugary food. Creating then a habit of sugar reliance. But sugar is still a necessary component of your diet. The point here though is to moderate your intake. Anything in excess is unhealthy to the body and results to gaining weight. 

Cut down on alcohol

Social life is a must in university life. It allows you to survive the pressure of academic life and it is a good way of building your own network of connections for future use. But alcohol has zero nutritional value and a source of your greatest insecurity – gaining weight. Flavored beers, sparkling water and carbonated drinks are just a nightmare for your body. It is unavoidable, but manageable at the same time. Before plunging into a drinking spree, make sure that you ate healthy in the morning or after the night you will cut down on certain things and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables just to compensate for disrupting your rhythm. 

Water is life

If you can, drink water instead of soda and other carbonated drinks. Water is essential for your body as it hydrates not just your skin but also different organs of your body. It also regulates your body temperature keeping it cool and ready to go at any time.

As with any other endeavors, college or university life is all about balance. You manage different things wisely and with informed choice. The key thing to be understood here is the interconnectedness of your health, academic performance, and your future. 

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