In order to initially kick start your decision to become healthy, a college student must first determine the goal of getting healthy. Are they doing it to lose weight, benefit their performance in school, or simply because they are tired of the quick and easy processed foods and are up for something more challenging and beneficial. Determining a set goal and writing it down somewhere where it is visible every day will help to inspire motivation. The repetitive action of seeing it will remind you of your goal and keep you determined.
Eating healthy on a budget can be an issue for some people. We're college students, of course there are a multitude of different ways we spend our money. However, having a healthy diet and exercise can be simpler than you think. Universities usually offer some sort of recreational facility. USE IT, ultimately the money that comes from the tuition YOU pay is going towards this facility so you may as well get in there and get some exercise. Any time is fine as long as you are moving for about 45 minutes to an hour a day. If the university does not have a facility then check the local gyms to see if they offer any student discounts. Eating a well-balanced healthy diet can lead to feeling better, looking better, and doing better. Eating from all food groups will give your body the nutrients it needs when you're studying for those finals and end of the semester projects.
The last excuse of lazy, college student dieters, "I'm too busy for that." No you are not. There are quick, efficient ways to plan meals for up to a week, like shown on the left. The vegetables shown are washed, diced, and placed into separate bins for storage. This makes putting your meal together much simpler. If a shorter method is needed then find a tupperware that has three or four different holes for different food groups.
Eating healthy during the college years seems like a difficult task that nobody has time for. However, implementing healthy meals into your diet can improve the way the body looks, feels, and more importantly performs. When you are getting the proper nutrients then your brain is functioning better.
Until next time--