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The Freshman Fifteen: Tips For Good Eats!



Eating healthy is not just a choice, it is a lifestyle. You are what you eat. In other words, what you eat determines how you feel, how much energy you have, how happy you are, your level of self-confidence, and your ability to maintain the active lifestyle needed for a college career.

Eat affordably, exercise frequently, and use all of the following tips. There are no excuses for letting your budget get in the way of eating right in college!

Aren’t you happy you don’t have to live off of ramen noodles for the remainder of your college career? You should be! I have found and researched different means that will help you find or create a delectable and affordable lifestyle that you desire.

Don’t “Do Lunch Everyday”:

Don’t make a meeting with friends for lunch a daily social activity. Although, we all know how enjoyable it is do meet with friends for pleasant distraction, good conversation, and unhealthy food. The alternative for a meeting during lunch would be to participate in other social means. For example, intramural sports are a great way to meet new people, get in shape, and feel good about yourself.

Drink a “skinny girl” at the bar:

A “skinny girl” is simply a slang term for a vodka soda. Add a squeeze of lime and you’ve got yourself a tasty alcoholic drink with the least amount of calories. Mixing alcohol with sugar soda is one of the worst mistakes you can make. There is a ton of sugar and the hangover in the morning with being dreadful. Never miss your morning workout because you’re hungover!

Great healthy snack ideas include:

  • Granola bars
  • Low-fat microwave popcorn
  • Dried or canned fruit
  • Cans of tuna, chicken, or beans
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Whole grain cereals

A few tips to shop affordably:

  • Replace soda and other sugary beverages with water
  • Find out where local farmer’s markets are to purchase fruits and vegetables at better prices
  • Get a Costco card and buy in bulk
  • Eat at home

College is a time to experience a lifestyle of freedom and fun, but that does not mean your body has to pay the price. Remember, a great body never goes out of style!