It’s easy to forget about health during your college years. There’s so much to worry about such as studying for midterms, working on projects, and trying to maintain a social life. Remember that health is as important, if not, more important than education. Having an education means nothing if you are not healthy and feeling great. Although sticking to a healthy diet may seem stressful, I think it makes life much more easier. From personal experience, I found that having a healthy diet results in gained focus and greater energy.
- Establish a routine. Set aside an hour the night before to prepare your food. Make sure you have enough food to last you all day. Chop up lots of fruits, cook some rice or potatoes, and make a salad. Place them in containers and store them in a bag. During your breaks, you can go to your car to eat or you can throw some stuff in your backpack. This is a great way to save money while enjoying healthy, delicious food throughout the day.
- Stock up. Go to the grocery store regularly to avoid running out of food. Create a list of items you need before you go to the grocery store. This list may include fruits, vegetables, rice, quinoa, almond milk, and snacks. Make sure you have to-go snacks on hand like apples, bananas, granola bars, crackers, etc. You can save packaged items for days in which you don’t have much time to prepare food. (I try to stick to raw/whole foods whenever possible.)
- Get to know the area on/off campus. Go on your school’s website or visit the dining hall to determine what types of food they offer. There may be a little cafe that you can stop at on your way to your next class. It’s also advantageous to get to know the area around your campus. You can use yelp or happy cow to find vegan-friendly restaurants.
- Eat before you go. College is the perfect time to improve your social skills by getting involved and interacting with other students around campus. If you are invited to an event or dinner, make sure you are prepared. If you are unsure whether there will be food options available for you, then eat before you go or take some snacks with you if you can.
- If you live in a dorm, you most likely have access to a cafeteria. Check out their menu options and bring some food back to your dorm whenever you can. Investing in a mini fridge will also be very useful to you. You don’t have to place everything in your fridge, there are some items that may be left sitting out. Here’s a quick guide to storing fruits and vegetables: http://www.thekitchn.com/the-kitchns-guide-to-storing-fruits-and-vegetables-tip-roundup-176308.