For my last post in the Eating Healthy in College series, I would like to end off with a post on moderation.
If you couldn’t already tell from my posts, I’m a strong advocate of a balanced healthy lifestyle. Eat like you did as a child would be a good guiding principle to encourage a healthy mindset toward food! That means no extremes or restrictions on the food you eat or strict exercise regimes that you have to abide to. Life is so short, it’s best to enjoy yourselves
Instead of my usual seven rules, I have 3 simple tips for you. Tips, not rules, since these aren’t like something you have to abide to. Its just some things that I felt would be useful for you guys!
1) Don’t sweat the small stuff
Missed a workout? Had one too many helpings of dessert? Went overboard at the buffet? Don’t beat yourself up It’s fine to slip here and there. Just drink some water, sleep it over, and start again the next day. Nobody’s perfect and you don’t want to be ‘nobody’ right! (Geddit?)
When you go out with your friends, don’t freak out about the nutrition stats of the meal or what not. Just enjoy yourself and have fun with your friends.
2) Treat yourself!
If you indulge, don’t feel guilty about it. You should enjoy yourself! By regularly treating yourself, you won’t feel deprived, and won’t have an “All or Nothing” mindset when it comes to desserts especially. For instance, knowing that you can eat cake whenever you feel like it will leave you more satisfied with a smaller portion of cake rather than wolfing down a gargantuan slice the one time you’re allowed to eat cake.
3) Go with your gut.
No, I don’t mean let your gut stick out and get flabby… As strange as this sounds, I’ve found that its best to follow your gut feeling when it comes to treating your body. Don’t overthink about what’s right or wrong when it comes to food and exercise. Do what feels good for you. Everyone has different nutrition and fitness requirements. What works for someone may not work for you, so just listen to your body. It knows what it needs.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and here’s wishing you a happy healthy new year!
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