By Victoria Kent
Health. When thinking of the word “health,” many assume just working out or eating vegetables. Both are quite true, but actually, the true meaning behind health is profoundly more. Often, we forget health is also self care and listening to our bodies. Believe it or not, living healthy is simpler than you may think. Below, I created a list of beneficial tips to living healthy while in college. I have personally witnessed miracles in my life and in the lives of others by staying true to these tips, and I believe these may catch you by surprise.”
- Recognize how your body feels after you eat and workout. What does it look like to feel good? Well, you know you’re doing something right when energy levels are higher than normal, your mood is balanced, and your body feels clean. Notice how your body responds to what you consume. Sugar and gluten are the top foods that may affect others stronger in regards to highs and lows of blood sugar and acne. One way to know if you need to cut back on a specific food is to look at your face and see if your face is clear and glows or if there is a increase in redness or pimples. What you eat and drink will appear on your face.
- Don’t Make Weight Your End Goal. (Totally opposite than what is usually advertised). Often people focus on weight, but weight looks different on each body. Personally, I never weigh myself unless I am at the doctors. Number’s should not define us. Rather, I look on the outside and observe where I can improve, whether it may potentially be in my abs, arms, or whatever part of my body that needs to be strengthened. It may seem odd, but pick a part where you have the potential to improve and work on it rather than defining yourself by a number!
- Drink water throughout the day. Grab a water bottle to carry around throughout the day. Three-four times a week, drink cucumber or lemon water to cleanse the toxins in your body. First of all, your body is made up of around 60-70% of water, so drinking water balances what your body needs. A lack of water potentially creates a chemical imbalance, headaches, and fatigue, which then leads to even greater problems. Water is your best friend!
- Don’t skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most crucial step in feeling good. One can easily burn off calories from breakfast. A power breakfast includes fruit and protein. A personal favorite of mine is toast with sausage and a sunny side up egg. This 5-minute meal is great when you’re running out the door to get to class on time! Eating smaller, healthy snacks throughout the day tends to lead towards satisfactory results rather than eating three large meals a day. And it’s possibly most important to not eat late into the night. If you feel a craving, try drinking water or tea.
- Know that calories won’t kill you. We have been taught to stay away from large amounts of calories, but after researching health for while, calories are not quite as deadly as you may think. Some foods that Americans are eating may be worse than calories. Rather than looking under the nutrition facts to find the amount of calories, actually consider what ingredients are in the food. Observe whether there are artificial flavors, chemicals, or any GMOs in the food. Consider Coke Zero with no calories: the drink is filled with chemicals and processed sweeteners. Another example would be the beloved avocado. Avocados are one of those power foods that contain around twenty vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. One avocado is around 235-300 calories! Calories or no calories, check out what you are consuming.
Remember each body processes food differently, so know YOUR body’s limits. It can be a slow process to get into healthy living habits, so it’s also important to remember to be patient. Keep these 5 simple tips in mind, and you’ve already made a huge step in the right direction!