I found this cool infographic on Indiana’s News Center and thought it was worth posting to my blog. The infographic has some good take home lessons even though I disagree with some of its conclusions.
One thing I love about the infographic is how it emphasizes a natural diet. I think this is so, so, so, so key. Also the points about keeping stress low and having a good, offline, social network are huge.
However, I was disappointed with some of the more peripheral points about meat being bad for you, or the idea that eating rice cakes will help you live a long. First and foremost, meat is natural. So if eating a natural diet is healthy, then eating natural meat is healthy. The problem is eating too much meat from feedlots.
Overall, I think the infographic has a solid message though and is worth checking out.
I know from experience that the Freshman 15 is real. With all the new experiences and responsibilities of college, the first thing to go for most students is their health. If I had to do it all over again I would have been more disciplined about eating well and exercising in college. Not just so that I didn’t gain weight, but also because when you eat healthy and exercise, your brain functions better. And shouldn’t the number one priority in college be to keep your mind working at its best so that you can learn as much as possible?
So I was glad to see this article on 10 Tips For Eating Healthy in College where they provide some solid advice to college students looking to avoid the Freshman 15 and the steady dose of bad eating habits that most college students take on. Some of the best tips they provide are:
1. Avoid dehydration. This will keep your appetite down as well and help you avoid headaches.
2. Go for lean protein and combine it with a salad or some vegetables. Hopefully you have options in your dining hall. Just make sure to choose the foods that are not full of starches, carbs and processed junk. And avoid soda pop at all costs.
3. Limit your intake of fast food. It’s very tempting to order delivery or to go out for a late night fast food snack. Try to have some healthy food on hand to avoid this temptation.
So if you want to make the most out of your education while earning your college degree, make sure to pamper your mind by eating healthy, getting good rest, and exercising as much as possible. Sure you might have to sacrifice a few late night video games or TV shows, and you might have to decide to lay down rather than stimulate yourself with coffee, but in the end, if you pay attention to your body, feed it healthy food, rest when it needs rest, and keep it well exercised, you will thrive.
The holiday season has arrived again as it inevitably does each year. Once again we are all faced with the difficult prospect of managing our weight during this jolly season. Unless you have will power of steel, forget about losing weight for the next five weeks. You know the season will be filled with a plethora of delicious foods, tasty treats, and holiday cocktails. Trying to lose weight during this time will only frustrate you. Instead, concentrate your efforts on preventing weight gain and maintaining your current weight.
The holiday season is a series of minefields for people that are trying to watch their weight. The holiday parties lead to the holiday pastries. Gifts of cookies and candies and sweet desserts are common. Add the treats to the time constraints that prevent you from exercising, and the result can be weight gain. Yet some people still find a way to avoid these weight gain pitfalls. They limit the amount of the sweets they indulge in. They make sure they exercise, even if it’s less than what their normal routine demands. But even these enigmas may find an unwelcome surprise on the scale.
Now that the Holiday season is upon us many of you will find yourselves choosing between enjoying the multitude of delicious treats or adhering to your diets. One option will allow you to enjoy the many gatherings you will attend, but then suffer from guilt and self loathing later. The other option may give you a small feeling of triumph, but you may probably feel resentful and irritable at missing out on one of the best parts of the season. It is the classic catch 22.