Are you satisfied with your eating and drinking habits? Do you feel like you have room for improvement? Pay special attention to your physical needs so that your body and brain can function at their best.
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Your body requires nutrients to sustain life and produce optimal performance. Maintaining a balanced diet is especially important when practicing self-care and could significantly influence your levels of stress. Whether you are dining on campus or getting a bite to eat elsewhere, BNourished with these helpful tips and resources.
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- All foods can fit. Eating a variety of foods gives your body the nutrients needed to adequately nourish your body. Incorporate foods from each food group, including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. Note, that if you have consumer diet restrictions consult your doctor or nutritionist about how you can establish a well-balanced diet.
- Do not skip meals. Whether you have early classes in the morning or are busy throughout the day, always make sure you are eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. In a rush? Prepare a meal or pack snacks at night so that you are nourished on the go!
- Plan your meals for the day or week if possible. Include time in your schedule to go to the dining hall. Don't have a meal plan? Take advantage of the Sunday grocery shuttles to purchase and prepare food items you will need in advance.
- Be creative! If you have time, mix up your daily usual with something new or try your favorite foods prepared differently.
- Purchase snacks and groceries when you are not hungry or in a rush. Doing so can help you stay focus on buying items you need - not things you want at the moment. Prepare a grocery list to keep you on track and stick to it!
- Moderation is key. Don't beat yourself for indulging in a piece of candy, but be sure to limited your intake of less-healthy foods to ensure a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Snacking throughout the day can help you remain focused in class and give you energy when you need it. Here are some healthy snack ideas that are easy to prepare and carry on the go.
Healthy Snack Ideas:
- Fresh Whole Fruit
- Whole Grain Crackers
- Low-fat Yogurt mixed with Granola or Fruit
- Dried Fruit or Trail Mix
- Baby Carrots
- Celery Sticks
- Mini Rice Cakes
- Low-fat Cheese
- Whole Grain Cereal
- Popcorn (with little or no added salt or butter)
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Consuming beverages that are hydrating is just as important as eating foods that provide your body with essential nutrients. Water and milk can give you just the hydration your body needs.
Water is one of the most important elements needed to maintain good physical health. It makes up more than 60% of our body weight and allows our bodies to function with ease. In order to stay hydrated try to drink eight glasses of water a day.
- Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it when needed
- Use the filtered water faucets in the dining halls for your convenience
- Try a reusable bottle with a straw for easier water consumption
- Heat up your water and make herbal tea
Milk consumption contributes to strong bones and teeth. It also prevents high blood pressure, kidney stones, heart disease, and colon cancer. Aim for 1 to 2 glasses of milk a day.
- Drink milk alone or with cereal
- Try fat-free or low-fat milk, which has lower calories than whole or 2%
- Choose other milk products such as yogurt