Living the college life and eating healthy can be difficult to balance, admittedly. I had a really hard time with it - I was used to my fantastic mom cooking all of my breakfasts and dinners for me (and they were healthy 98% of the time), so needless to say, it took no time at all for me to pack on a few pounds.
If you have access to appliances (fridge, oven, stove, microwave), it can be a lot easier for you to get on top of this. Some suggestions:
- Breakfast: Greek yogurt, whole wheat bagels or English muffins (my roommate always stole mine!), whole wheat frozen waffles, some fruit (whatever you like), and some nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.). Here, the bread, nuts, and fruit are all shelf-stable, so you can just stash them on a shelf or in a drawer. And peanut butter! Get some of that, if you like it (or almond butter, or whatever).
- Lunch: Fresh veggies (carrots, pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, whatever you dig), canned tuna, salmon or chicken with whole-grain crackers or on toast or in a salad, canned beans.
- Dinner: Can be similar to lunch.
A few other tips that have been helpful for me:
- For some of this stuff, you can shop in bulk. Buy the nuts and other staples (like rice) in the bulk section, out of bins. It's cheaper this way, and you can get exactly how much you need/want.
- There are lots of awesome websites out there to help with meal plans, and great stuff for people who have little time and resources. Check out sparkrecipes, and I found this handy site after a quick Google search: www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/10/18/a-coll
. There's lots of stuff out there!
- Pack snacks. For reals. Just do it the night before, and toss some stuff in your bag. Carrot sticks, nuts, string cheese, apples, bananas, whatever!
- Get a good stainless steel water bottle and take it with you everywhere. Free water abounds, and it helps stave off your hunger, in addition to all the other things water is good for.
- If you can, stash some snacks at work, too.
It will take some organization on your part, to be sure. At the end of the day, we all want to just plop down and unwind (or go straight to bed), but if you just take 20 minutes tops when you get home to organize/plan your food for the next day, eating healthy will become fairly easy. Good luck!
| current weight: 139.0