When it comes to your health, it’s one thing to go with the flow and quite another to do what everyone else is doing. For me, going with the flow applies to situations like making group plans or ordering family style at a restaurant. If those plans aren’t something I want to get into or the dishes being ordered won’t agree with my stomach — I’ll throw in the flag because neither is right for me. However, I’ve found it’s easier than you think to make healthy changes to unhealthy options. You just need to have a plan and get creative.
I admire Lyndyn’s email below, because she’s not willing to go with the limited food choices available to her at school. They might work for others but it’s not working for her, so she’s looking to do something about it. Let’s see if we can help her out!
My name is Lyndyn and I am a 20-year-old college student. Eating healthy in college is incredibly challenging, especially because access to fresh fruits and vegetables is ridiculously limited. Weight is something I’ve struggled with my entire life and I’ve been trying to finally shed the pounds, but I’m finding that I’m struggling more than usual.
Do you have any suggestions for staying healthy in college and when you’re constantly on the go? Any advice helps. Thank you so much. I really love your blog and you are definitely one of my biggest inspirations. Keep doing you!!
I am proud of you for seeking out a solution that works for you rather than accepting what’s available. Speaking of, why is access to fresh fruits and vegetables so limited? That sounds like something you should take up with your school! As far as food, look at your options and ask yourself how you can make this dish a healthier one. For example: if chicken burgers are on the menu for dinner, ditch the bun and get an extra serving of veggies. If the chicken is fried, peel off and ditch the crispy
skin. If it’s spaghetti and meatballs, ditch the pasta and get an extra helping of veggies.
Pour the marinara and meat on top of the veggies instead. That sounds delicious! There are ways to tweak most meals in order to make them at least a little bit healthier. If there’s no room for change (pizza, fries, etc), see if you can chat with the person in charge at the kitchen. They might have an alternative meal available — you don’t know if you don’t ask!
There are easy ways to work fitness into a busy schedule, too. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk the long way to class. Or even put together an early morning or after dinner power walk group. It’s easier to stick with your healthy changes when you have a support team!
These slight changes to your routine will absolutely add up. Keep making them a priority! You’ll feel great for sticking to it and I’ll be super proud of you, too!