8 tips to being healthy in college

First thing first, incoming freshmen… THE FRESHMEN 15 IS A REAL THING.

So, please be aware! But also (because our weight really isn’t the most important thing), we should all strive to be healthy in every aspect of our life.

Now when it comes to college, it’s a hard thing to do. It seems that the cafeteria, ramen noodles, chicken nuggets, and alcohol tend to be a downfall to most college students.

While chicken nuggets and alcohol are a hella good time, what they don’t tell you is that if you treat your body right and at least try to be healthy, you will be a lot happier.

On that note, let’s look at some things you can do to improve your health as a poor college student.

  1. DRINK WATER – This is important in every stage of your life. Water helps your body get rid of toxins, and who doesn’t want that? (Especially after a rough Saturday night.)  Reminder: just because the cafeteria offers soda every day, doesn’t mean you need some. 
  2. Pack Snacks – You will get hungry and packing snacks will help you from gorging yourself every meal you have or turning to very unhealthy alternatives. If they are healthy snacks, like granola bars and almonds, you get tons of bonus points.
  3. Get healthy nutrients when you can – If you cafeteria provides veggies and fruit – which they should – try to eat them every once in awhile. Maybe take vitamins. Stock your fridge with your favorite healthy foods. I LOVE making smoothies and I always put in things in them that I normally wouldn’t eat, like spinach or avocado, so I can get the nutrients. My smoothies make me feel okay when I realize that I have only eaten chicken nuggets over the past few days.
  4. Listen to your body – Sometimes you don’t actually need three plates of food every meal…weird… Don’t overeat simply because there’s more food available. Eat until you are satisfied (P.S. the snacks will help)
  5. EXERCISE – I’m not saying that you need to lift weights every morning to be healthy. Find little ways to incorporate exercise. WALK to class instead of drive. Study while you’re on the treadmill or watch Netflix while on the elliptical. Your body will thank you.
  6. You don’t have to drink every weekend– Yes, parties are fun. Yes, you feel like an actual college student if you go out and drink. But it’s also fun to have movies nights with your friends or even get a head start on your homework (haha yeah right). Drinking can often be a contributing factor to the freshmen 15.
  7. Maybe cool it on the chicken nugget runs to McDonald’s all of the time – This is a direct message to myself. TORRI, YOU DO NOT NEED THE CHICKEN NUGGETS.
  8. DO EVERYTHING TO LESSEN YOUR STRESS – Do your school work on time. Don’t spend obnoxious amounts of money on makeup so you have to worry about money (another message to myself). If you lessen your stress, you will improve your health. Too much stress is bad.

Here’s to a great year full of memories, homework, and lots of water!

Torri Natalia