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Healthy eating is a big part of my lifestyle and college life can really make you want to eat the worst of the worst and the next thing you know you are slowly turning into Jabba the Hunzo eating 5 spicebags a week and eating Mega Meanies for your breakfast!
I used to weigh 22 stone [308lbs/140kg]. Yes, you read that correctly. Twenty. Two. Stone. Here’s a lovely picture of my before and after on the left. I lost 10 stone [140lbs/64kg] in weight and now weigh a considerably lighter and healthier 12 stone [168lbs/76kg]. This didn’t happen overnight. A lot of blood, sweat and tears [sweat and tears mostly] went into it. I joined Weight Watchers and had a rollercoaster 8 years of ups and downs [mostly downs on the scales] to get to my goal weight and now am a proud Weight Watchers Gold Card member.
Upon returning to college I was genuinely concerned that I may slip back into old habits. Bad habits. It’s so easy to do!
You have an evening lecture. You go straight from work. You have no time to eat and you grab a chicken fillet roll and portion of wedges on the way for convenience.
This is a recipe for disaster! It will make you feel sluggish and is full of bad fats and carbs.
Apart from evening lectures being a problem there are numerous other scenarios which may make you eat for convenience and something that was a big downfall for me, comfort.
You may have projects and assignments that you are working on outside of your lectures.
You may have deadlines.
You may well even have exams!
You may think that you have no other option but to get through these scenarios without the hassle of trying to eat healthily, but you can! It is easier than you think and it will actually help you get through these scenarios. Here are my top tips!
Eat your feckin’ breakfast! I used to skip breakfast and what happened? I weighed 22 stone. The cliché is true! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It kick-starts your metabolism! Choosing eggs with wholemeal or seeded bread is a great option as is porridge oats. Full of protein and will keep you fuller for longer and energised. Stay away from stodgy white bread and sugary cereals.
Lunches and Dinners.
It’s OK to have dinner for lunch. In fact, I usually have dinner for lunch and then dinner for dinner. You just need to eat the right type of dinner for both. Oily fishes are full of omega-3 which help brain function. Chicken is full of protein. Have this with wholegrain or black rice and have a tonne of veggies with it. Leafy or green are best! Couscous is a quick healthy and cheap alternative to rice if you want to change it up. These types of dishes can be hot or cold. So there is no excuse. You can make these the night before and bring one with you to work and have another ready to have in between your lecture that night! Use garlic and spices with some healthy oils, olive or rapeseed.
Hummus with celery sticks and carrot batons are my go to healthy snack. Popcorn too and lots of fruit! Try to steer clear of chocolate and sugary drinks. These will give you a quick fix with a sugar hit but will give you and even more impactful sugar crash!
Drink it. Drink it all day. Stay hydrated. If you feel hungry it sometimes just means you are dehydrated. Try to get in a litre of water a day.
Like anything in college life, once you are prepared you are destined for success. The same goes for the healthy eating.
Go forth and eat like a healthy Oulwan!