I am fresh into my 20s and I struggle with healthy eating 24/7. I always start off strong then by the end of the day I find myself with a bowl of cereal for dinner or an entire bag of Twizzlers empty by my bed.
I have recently tried to be more aware of this because I know how much better I will feel if I cut out this reoccurring habit. I have tried to keep 9 things in mind throughout this health hack.
- Write down why being healthy is important to you. For me, I simply feel better. I feel more confident when I look in the mirror and have more energy to work through the day.
- Remind yourself that you can do hard things. Planning a 5:30 am workout is hard, I simply don’t want to get out of bed. But when I remember how good I feel being done with my morning workout before most are thinking of waking up, I am proud of myself and I am mentally prepared for the day.
- Decide how much you want to spend on food. For me, I shop every 2 weeks and would like to spend less than $100. So I choose snacks that will not perish quickly, such as protein bars and individual peanut butter packs that I can take on the go.
- Choose a few essentials. Mine are apple sauce, trail mix, and bagel thins. These are snacks for me and won’t go bad quickly.
- Ignore health food crazes. There is always a “new and improved” way to be healthy. A lot of the crazes are hard to stick to with a college students schedule. So I don’t do it.. I stick to the basics.
- Pick 3 go-to meals. I love salmon, grilled chicken, and salads. I know these are available if you dine out and are easy to prepare at home.
- Don’t overthink it. This is so true because it is easy to complicate your eating choices and it is not worth stressing over. If you mess up, it is okay! The next meal is a new decision.
- Be prepared. If you are doing great all day and you know that you are going out to dinner with friends, check the menu. Decide if you’re going to order a salad with grilled chicken or a pepperoni pizza at dinner.
- Don’t make excuses. Take responsibility for a bad meal day, make the next one better.
I hope you find this helpful with your college lifestyle and maintaining a healthy life. When I follow my own advice, I am more positive mentally, I am energetic, and I can see the difference in my body composition. This lifestyle can be difficult in the college setting but there are ways to make simple healthy choices. Make decisions best for you, your health is your investment in yourself!
Last week I was fortunate enough collaborate with Morgan Carr Photography for a fitness shoot. I was so pleased and confident with the images she captured. Her talent brought my healthy lifestyle to print and I could not be happier!
Thank you Morgan for reaffirming that if you feel good on the inside, you look good on the outside. Happiness looks good on you, babes!
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