Being a college student can be tough. Juggling class work, jobs, relationships, and extra curricular activities can bring you to the brink of insanity. Not only is that unhealthy, but the crazy eating habits one can develop is just as bad. If you find yourself eating burgers and fries for dinner because “there’s nothing else to eat” you need to get your life together! Honestly, before you now it you’ve gained 15 – 20 unhealthy pounds. So, before you take the initiative, its important to understand what are a few side effects to unhealthy eating.
Effects of Bad Eating Habits:
- Poor Sleep
- Poor Brain function
- Poor indigestion
- Mood swings
- Poor workout capabilities
Now, that you see some of these effects, lets work on how to make it better:
- Drink lots of water
You’ve certainly heard of this a lot but, when you’re on a college campus, juice and soda are the first things you are attracted to at the dinning hall. To combat the temptation, get yourself a water bottle, and carry that bad boy with you at all times. Sooner or later you’ll be refilling it four times a day.
Because of your busy schedule you may forget or have no time to eat, which explains why you might crave a burger or cheesesteak at 11pm. To prevent this from happening, pack yourself a bag of nuts, fruits or a granola bar to sustain your hunger until your next meal.
Although, it might take a while to get used to going to the gym, you can always wok out in your room, walk everywhere and avoid taking the elevator. For a workout plan, you can always check on YouTube, web articles, or magazines. Working out helps you feel energized and calls for good productivity.
Get at least 8 hours of sleep and if that’s not possible try taking 30 minute naps throughout the day. Your body will recuperate all the energy it lost causing and your hunger hormones will essentially decrease.
If you are having a stressful day, take some time out to do some meditating. Find a quiet place on campus like the library or the counseling center and just relax. Clear your mind from deadlines or projects you have to meet up with a group for. The more often you do this, the less stressed you’ll feel and when you are less stressed you don’t feel like eating a tub of ice cream in the middle of the night.