Diet tips for a healthy student lifestyle

Diet tips for a healthy student lifestyle

By Peter Cowley

The spring semester will be over soon, and many students are trying their best to deal with the stress of studying for their final exams before Summer Break. There are many bad effects that come along with the stress, including stress eating and sleep deprivation.

There are various problems that come along with abusing your body in this sort of way, but luckily there are plenty of methods that students can use to help stay in shape after the stress of a long semester, and possibly lose the dreaded “Freshman 15” that many acquire during this time.

Keeping up with a good sleep schedule ties in very well with staying in shape, and also helps your body to function well.

“I think the key to staying in shape in college would be fighting the urge to eat out all of the time,” English major Eric Miller explained. “Bringing a small and healthy snack to school to munch on will help keep you from gorging on unhealthy foods, as well as keeping up a regular exercise regimen.”

Miller is correct, as many students fall victim to the unhealthy snacks that are advertised on a daily basis, so it’s important to have a distraction from all of it.

“Bad things come from increased stress, because you would want to calm yourself down and sooth yourself, so that leads to poor choices in terms of lifestyle. Sleeping, good nutrition, and movement are the three components,” Parkland’s Wellness Coordinator June Burch said.

You have to keep a good sleep schedule to function and do well in classes. Another simple and easy tip to help keep a good figure is to simply walk everywhere. This can be the cheapest way to try and stay in shape.

“It doesn’t cost gas or bus fair to walk. It’s not really all that necessary to use a gym; just walking to a place you need to go within a good distance is a great idea, instead of taking an elevator. Just try to be mobile and active,” Burch explained.

Students in Parkland have a lot of trouble making good food choices. This problem is not even necessarily over-eating, but choosing foods that are high in fats and sugars, which will not do very much in terms of providing fuel for your body.

“There is a lot of talk about clean eating,” Burch said. “Clean eating is all about making choices for foods that are as close to their natural form as they can be. This can be difficult, but looking at the labels of foods will help you.”

It is not always possible to make clean choices, but doing your best will help. When you look at a label, make sure you know what sort of ingredients are in it besides what you would expect. There are all sort of chemicals and extra fats in most foods these days, and any time that you see something labeled as “low fat,” it usually means that it has high levels of sugar in order to make it palatable.

“Clean eating means eating foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. That means finding out where it came from, what kind of pesticides were used on it, and how you are supposed to cook it. Clean eating is something you hear a lot about now, and I highly recommend it,” Burch finished.

Many students have made some smart decisions by themselves pertaining to how they will stay in shape throughout semesters. Computer Science and Engineer major Donovan King has a few good methods.

“I ride my bike a lot so that really helps me,”  Computer Science and Engineer major Donovan King said. “I also drink pretty much nothing but water just to stay clean. And whenever I feel like actually working out, I try to do it with friends so that they can keep me more motivated.”

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