It’s unfortunate that we live in a society where it takes the same amount of money to buy a little carton of raspberries (that usually go bad in a matter of days) as it does to buy that sugar cookie and raspberry dream soda. Why would anybody buy a measly package of something that would stave off cravings for as long as it takes to chew and swallow, when you could be perfectly satisfied for several hours with the same four dollars?
I can think of a lot of inconveniences that make it difficult for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially as busy college students. Who has time to exercise? Or even cook, for that matter?
The good news is that being healthy doesn’t mean heavy dieting or intense work out schedules. Health can be very simple, and delicious. Focusing on nutrition, being more active, or even figuring out how to get enough sleep are all great places to start! I’m a full time college student studying to become a dietitian and trying my best to eat more raspberries and drink less raspberry soda. Tag along here with me to find health, nutrition, and wellness tips.
The first step is setting goals. These can be broken down to long-term and short-term goals. Set a few, tangible, long-term goals. This is something you want to accomplish in the next 6 months to a year from now. Then, break it down weekly to create the stepping stones to reaching the long-term goals. For me, writing goals down helps me remember what I want to accomplish and stay accountable.
To be accountable to YOU, this is what my goal sheet looks like so far:
Once the goals are set, it only takes a lifestyle tweak here and there and you’ll see just how easy it is to be a healthy college student.