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Staying fit; eating healthy for college students

October 8, 2010

To stay healthy, you have to also remember that having a good healthy diet is important. The next seven tips will help you to maintain a healthy diet in college.

Tip #1- Make time for meals

Making time for each meal is very important because if you skip out on a meal, you skip out on the daily energy and nutrition you need. Eating breakfast is also very important. It’s the most important meal of the day. If you cannot go eat in the cafeteria for breakfast, pack a pop tart or granola bar with you to class. Most professors are not going to mind if you sneak in a quick breakfast before class.

Tip #2- Balance your meals

Make sure to consume the daily food groups to get a well-balanced meal. Eating healthy meals that contain foods from at least three different food groups will help to maintain the nutrition you need. Be sure to eat different combinations of grains, fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and healthy fats throughout the day.

Tip #3- Don’t forget dairy

Your bones need calcium to stay strong. A daily glass of milk will help to keep your bones strong and healthy.

Tip #4- Stay hydrated

Keeping hydrated throughout the day is very important. Even if you are not thirsty, keep drinking water. If you start drinking water when you’re thirsty that means you’re already dehydrated. Pack a bottle of water in your book bag or gym bag.

Tip #5- Choose appropriate portions

When eating in the cafe, take smaller portions to start and go back for more if you are still hungry. Overeating can cause you to bloat and feel sick when you are finished eating. Eating the proper proportions can help to regulate your weight and help you stay healthy.

Tip #6- If you need to lose weight, do it sensibly.

Starvation or eating less will not help you lose weight. This could be very harmful to your health. The only safe way to lose weight, is to eat healthy, and feel good doing it.

Tip #7- Keep your dorm room stocked with healthier snack foods;

-Animal crackers

-Fresh fruit

-Granola bars

-Oatmeal (packets)

-Low fat popcorn (try the single-serving bag)

-Pudding

-Soup

-Trail Mix

-Pita Bread

-Nuts 

-Canned Fruit

-Crackers

-Tuna

If you have a refrigerator these are also healthier snack options;

-Baby carrots

– Celery

-String cheese

-Yogurt

-Smoothies

-Skim Milk 

-Hummus

BY KELSEY BESHEARS
Co-Sports Editor

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