How to maintain a healthy diet in 3 easy steps!

This week on Life at DC, students from the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC) program are sharing their ideas about health in a series of posts and a takeover on the @StudentLifeDC Instagram account!

Yesterday, Jackie wrote about social media and mental health. Today, she shares 3 tips for maintaining healthy nutrition as a student!

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Is eating healthy as a student a daily struggle for you? Do you find you’re breaking the bank by buying cafeteria meals several times a week? I have some useful tips for you!

As a full-time student with a part-time job, I definitely struggle to find the time to make healthy meals, save money, and study on top of everything else that I have going on. Through my Sport Science program here at Douglas College, I have learned the importance of finding a balance with these challenges because it really is critical to my well-being.

Here are some helpful tips for maintaining a healthy diet straight from my own experience!

  1. Do Meal Prep on the Weekend

I pick one night a week, it’s usually Sunday night, and I cook up a storm! I try to make 4-5 meals depending on my school and work schedule for the week. I like to cook up four chicken breasts and mix up a couple different types of salads, this way I can have a little bit of variety in my meals. I’ll also cook up some quinoa and chop up some fruit and veggies to add to my dishes. I also like to do a beef stir-fry, which I can pack into 4 containers so that I have dinner ready  when I get home (or while I’m on the go) all week!  I love to make my meal prep night a social night too. I’ll often have a couple friends over to help prep, and exchange recipes and meals!

  1. Choose Healthier Options

Sometimes I underestimate how long I’ll be at school or how hungry I’ll be. When this happens, I recommend that you check out the healthier food options in the cafe. They may not be the cheapest, but desperate times shouldn’t mean that you sacrifice your nutrition. Next time you’re in this situation, check out the salad and sandwich bars, or the pre-made wraps! There’s also a selection of protein bars and nuts if you just want a small snack to hold you off until your next meal. If you’re curious about what’s on offer in the cafe, have a look at the College’s Dine on Campus website.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Did you know the average person should be drinking 8 cups of water a day?! I know you’ve probably heard this information before, but how many of us actually do it? Since our bodies are made up of 60% water, it’s important to drink water to maintain our health. Water helps with digestion, absorption, circulation, and the maintenance of our body temperature. Water also helps with muscle repair and helps keep our skin looking healthy. Let’s challenge ourselves to drink water instead of a sugary juice or pop.

Now that you have some tips, I hope that you use them! What are your favourite healthy meals and cost-saving solutions to maintain a healthy diet?

Don’t forget to check out our @StudentLifeDC instagram challenge of the day!

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