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Friday, August 22, 2014

4 Ways to Maintain a good Diet at College | Back to School

You know that saying, “you are what you eat”? Well it’s mostly true. If you eat junk, you will feel like junk and you will not perform your best. In college you have to fend for yourself, handle your home life (if you live on campus), academics and social life and somewhere in there, you have to eat. The quickest options between classes may not be the healthiest ones, and may lead you down a road of weight gain, acne and health problems. Have you ever realised that most people experience weight gain or acne flair ups during college? Late night study sessions, greasy fast foods, and caffeinated beverages are biggest culprits. Here are  non-boring ways to maintain a healthy diet in college.

1. Add vegetables to your meal.

I'm not talking about that salad “garnish” my university cafeteria used to give serve. That was almost pointless as it was a little over a tablespoon of lettuce and assorted vegetables, definitely not enough nutrition paired with your meal. If you can buy local vegetables, steam them and take along with you so you can add them to your cafeteria meal. Some veggies you can wash, cut and eat them raw and they make for good snacks, like carrot sticks. Or if your cafeteria serves steamed vegetables, you can add a portion to your meal, as long as they don’t look overcooked.


2. Cut down on Soda & Up your water intake.

Everyone has been singing the joys of drinking lot of water, and it’s true, your body needs water because it’s comprised of about 80% of the stuff. Soft drinks (sodas) can make you feel more thirsty, or gassy and have tons of sugar , or artificial sweeteners which can aggravate your skin and cause acne. Plain old water may take some getting used to though, so you can add fruits to your water, drink iced tea, I think even Kool-Aid drink mix isn't too bad to break the soda habit. Eventually you can dilute these with more and more water until you just crave plain water. The best way to maintain the water habit, is to carry your own bottle of water. Some people even mark these bottles so they know just how much they’ve drank in a day. The occasional soda isn’t bad either, but downing more than 1 litre a day can have its effects.

3. Snack wisely.

Who doesn't love cheesy snacks and candy! It feels like the perfect pick-me-up after a long day at school. But it’s easy to get carried away with the party-sized bag in front of you while watching YouTube videos, guilty as charged. I'm definitely not saying to cut out your pretzels, but portion-size is essential. I would buy the large bag of pretzels from the supermarket, and it’d be gone in a week if I didn't control myself. You can baggie out snacks in clear sandwich bags, so you know you aren't going overboard. Then just take out 1 bag from your pantry to snack on, or take it to school to save yourself from buying a snack. For candy (or other sweet treats) you would definitely need to have an even smaller bag, or you could weigh it out if you have a scale and want to be meticulous about it. Or if healthier snack options are available, such as baked chips rather than deep-fried, reduced sodium, or the like, you can try those. Personally, I think if I’m going to eat junk food, it’s all or nothing. On top of that, I'm yet to find affordable options for the “healthier” snack foods here in Barbados. Nuts are also great options for snacking and they provide you with lots of energy per serving, without the crash.


4. Stock up on fruits.

Fruits are like mother natures candies, they’re full of vitamins, minerals and natural sugars and are just yummy! You can snack on these throughout the day, mix them in your morning yoghurt or cereal even. They’re just wonderful. Some fruits you have to be  a bit more mindful of when eating them, especially if they’re tropical, because they can cause you to experience some rather embarrassing symptoms. If you’re from the Caribbean, you definitely know what I'm talking about. For instance, paw paw (or papaya) causes the digestive system to work a bit rapidly and can cause you to be gassy or do the #2 more often. While eating too many guavas can cause constipation… Despite this fruits have many great benefits and help you to feel good and full of energy.



  1. Such a wonderful post and great pictures!

    1. Thank you :) They're stock photos, in case you were curious

  2. I sit down at work 8 hours a day so i always make sure i'm eating healthy and drinking lots of water!
    Love Victoriajanex

    1. That's great, water is very essential to this eating healthy bit too!


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