During your time at university, students tend to focus more on studying and less on a balanced diet and healthy routine. It quickly becomes part of the daily routine to warm up a frozen pizza and go home from the library late at night munching on a bag of trail mix instead of a real meal.
For many students it is not feasible otherwise. Hardly anyone has the time to cook healthily and buy fresh groceries regularly if they have to concentrate on homework and exams. Even if they find the time, it is still a financial question of how to shop for groceries. Most of the time it is easier to reach for the instant noodle soup than for a fresh salad.
So, how does one commit to a healthy diet as a student and why should we value our nutrition a lot more than we do?
Why is a healthy diet important?
Your general feeling of well-being is influenced by your diet. If you don’t supply your body with healthy fats, the right carbohydrates and important vitamins, you will find it hard to concentrate and you will feel tired and exhausted. In order to perform at your best during your studies, you should take care of your body and give it the necessary nutrients.
For example, carbohydrates are crucial for the brain and your muscles. Proteins, on the other hand, are building materials for cells and tissues, such as your organs and blood. Your body is complex and consists of many different building blocks that need to be considered.
What do we mean by “healthy”?
When we speak of “healthy”, each individual usually has a very different idea about what this means. Some people stop including carbohydrates in their diet, others leave out refined sugar from their everyday life. It is important to feel good in your body and to have a balanced diet.
You don’t have to change your whole life and start counting calories from now on. Instead focus on the little things like going to the gym, working on your stamina and your attitude and working out to clear your head.
Tips for everyday life
It is best to always have a good baseline of foods in the house. Potatoes, whole meal pasta or oatmeal can be stored in your home for a long time without expiring.
Often we end up throwing away more than we consume. Many foods can be used in more than one way. You can easily bring more variety to your diet. Potatoes, for example, can be a main course or a side dish, whether mashed or baked. You can make oatmeal into porridge for breakfast or add bananas to make your own cereal bar for when you’re on the go:
180 grams of oatmeal.
3 ripe bananas
(Preheat the oven to 175 degrees top and bottom heat, peel and crush the bananas, mix with the oat flakes and bake in the oven for 20 minutes)
Pre-cooking and meal planning is also very helpful. Unhealthy food is usually eaten when you do not have enough time to cook something healthy. If you come home after a long day at university and all you have to do is warm up your food, you won’t even notice that you have just chosen the healthy alternative.
In conclusion, it is not that difficult to maintain a healthy and inexpensive diet even in stressful situations. You will be surprised how easy it is to get into a new routine and how much easier it will be for you to study when your body is supplied with the vitamins it needs.