Jennifer Ekenberg 2m 506 #dietary
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There are a lot of tropes to being a university student, including last minute cram sessions, needing to use a professional essay writing service, partying all the time, and perhaps the most common is living on a “diet” that includes mostly alcohol and junk food.
But the last part does not have to be that way. Why not feel better about yourself so that you have the energy to get through your course schedule? If you are either in university or just starting, here are a few dietary tips that you should start implementing.
1. Start the Day Right
That old saying about breakfast being the most important meal of the day wasn’t just made up. Having a balanced breakfast each day can enhance memory, improve concentration, heighten mood, improve attention span, and result in a better overall cognitive performance (and reduce the need for things like a last minute professional essay writing service).
Testing has shown that students who have a healthy breakfast do better in the classroom, achieving higher grades and even doing better on standardized testing. Some eggs, fruit, and whole wheat toast are a great place to start, so is Greek yogurt with some berries and granola, or protein shakes for those on the go.
2. Snacking Is Okay
Depending on who you listen to, you may have heard that snacking is a problem. But the thing is, snacking can actually be a really good thing if you are putting the right foods into your body. Snacking between meals is a great way to keep your appetite in check when it comes to meal time.
Fruits, veggies, yogurt, string cheese, and nuts are a great way to keep you from feeling like you are starving when it comes time for a meal. It also helps to keep you energized throughout the day.
3. Establish a Routine
Perhaps one of the worst dietary habits that university students develop is eating at all sorts of random hours. We have all had that middle-of-the-night binge session. But having a routine can help give your body regularity, too.
Schedule your meals out where you can, same goes for snacks. Time your meals to where you are hungry, not necessarily starving. When we get too hungry, we tend to overeat. That can mean skipping meals later in the day or throwing off the balance we need to be productive and healthy at university.
4. Increase Your Whole Grains
Add more whole-grain foods into your diet. It can start with simple choices such as whole-grain bread when making a sandwich or a whole-grain cereal to start the morning. Most campuses will offer things such as wild and brown rice, oatmeal, whole-grain pasta, and quinoa in the cafeteria.
Those whole grains are high in fibre, which helps to sustain energy, stabilize blood glucose, relieve constipation, and reduce cholesterol. Implementing grains into your diet is one of the most effective ways to feel better and have the energy that you need to get through the busy and hectic university schedule that students face.