Well, we’ve all heard of the infamous Freshman Fifteen. No matter how many times we hear of it and attempt to avoid it, there is no doubt in anyone’s minds that it’s a pretty big feat to battle those unwanted extra pounds. Living away from home means being exposed to all you can eat dining halls and vast arrays of delicious food in restaurants and cafés on the outskirts of campus.
While it may seem easier to just grab a burrito from Chipotle on the way back from school, the convenience will take a toll on your body’s health. To keep your body happy and healthy from the beginning of the school year to the end, there are simple steps and switches you can make to your lifestyle to make the Freshman 15 a myth.
1. Watch what you eat in the dining hall.
Crossroads serves fries on a daily basis. No matter how delicious the sweet potato or shoestring fries are, limit them to once a week! Swap out the fries for hummus and pita with some veggies or a side salad.
Also – Frozen yogurt can be deceiving! While it may be non-fat or low-fat, it still contains a LOT of sugar. Switch the Frozen yogurt for some plain or strawberry yogurt with granola and cut bananas. This will contain a lot less sugar, and provide you with healthful probiotics to keep you fuller for longer.
2. Keep healthy snacks in your mini-fridge and dorm.
If you’re like me, you love to snack. Even when I’m not hungry, I tend to want to eat something while I study or even if I’m bored. So, if you can relate to this, make a trip to Trader Joe’s and pick up some healthy and organic snacks. Go for some dried/unsweetened/unsulfered mango, dried cranberries, seaweed snacks, unsweetened all-natural applesauce, greek yogurt, nuts, or protein bars. If you’re craving something sweet, keep a bar of dark chocolate in your dorm (70+% is ideal, but dark chocolate in general is much better for you than any Snickers or Reese’s cup!) These are all good choices that will allow you to snack guilt-free!
Use your AC Transit Pass on your Cal 1 Card to get to Trader Joe’s. Take the 51 B to University Ave & MLK.
3. Drink lots of water.
Invest in one of the trendy Cal reusable water bottles that you can find at the student store. Carry it on you at all times! Drinking water is the best thing for you, it’ll keep you hydrated, flush out all the toxins from your body, and will also keep you from eating when you’re not hungry!
4. Get to the gym!
Even if you go to the small gym inside the dorm buildings, hopping on the treadmill for 30 minutes will do your body and your brain wonders. Taking a study break and walking to the RSF to do a fun class is always a good idea too; I highly recommend the Cardio Kickboxing or Cycle classes. The gym classes are fun and take your mind off school for a bit. It’s always a good idea to go with a friend; you can motivate each other to work out!
Even if you make small switches in your lifestyle, you’ll see a great difference in your body and how you feel. You’ll be able to focus more on your school work and will also have a great time getting healthy!
It’s time to make the Freshman Fifteen a myth.
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