Even if you’re not a fitness fanatic, you can keep your body in tip top condition with simple dietary guidelines. That doesn’t mean you’re on a diet, it simply means sticking to regular, nutrient packed meals and ensuring you consume daily doses of protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, and water.
Looking to lose weight? Fasting isn’t the answer. If you go periods of time with no food, you may dehydrate, get headaches, feel nauseous and feel weak due to the lack of energy. Not only will fasting make you short tempered when asked a question in class that you don’t know the answer to, but your flatmate’s ill-timed prank won’t be appreciated either. Fasting will also slow your metabolism, this means that once you begin eating again – weight gain is much easier. Therefore, we suggest you avoid weekday healthy living and weekend binges- this will cause slow digestion and bloating.
Say no to refined carbs. Refined carbs are also known as empty carbs due to their lack of nutritional value and most certainly will not fill you up – meaning you’ll be hungry again and could eat more than planned. Even if you don’t care about the gym or gaining a lean, toned body – healthy eating can help battle the flu, which is essential during freshers. Eating healthy will strengthen your immune system, put you in good stead to last your lectures, nights out, and the morning after.
Students are well known to live on a budget, but little do people know – they are also short of time too! Between lectures, seminars, revision, training and your social life, there isn’t much time for cooking. The first tip, then, is to learn some tricks to make plenty of healthy food that doesn’t take up much time and attention but also tastes good. Keep things simple, healthy and filling – we suggest sticking to a 2:1 protein/carb ratio. This means buying bulk meat or protein products that you can freeze, reducing your time in the kitchen.
Making time for meal prep once or twice a week will pay off – believe us. You will save plenty of money, time and washing! Invest in Tupperware and a way you go.
We all get them, so don’t worry too much! Fortunately for students and the limited budget, the best, healthiest snacks are the most affordable. The beauty of whole grains, vegetables, and fruit are that they should fill you up – reducing your shopping bills and your time spent in the groceries.
Easily digested foods should be your first point of call – that way you aren’t awake all night. Avoid trans fats and refined carbs at all costs. This, therefore, leaves natural, unprocessed food and whole grains. This is because they break down over a period of time and will keep your hunger at bay. Obviously, these food types are best early in the evening to prevent disturbed sleep. Try these:
✓ Cereal and milk
✓ Fruit and nuts
✓ Whole grain crackers