The average ABU Student is often pressed for time, under a lot of stress, and eating on the go. You may find it difficult to adhere to healthy eating tips and avoid bad habits like skipping meals or frequently visiting the numerous fast-food restaurants in and around ABU Campuses.
Spending hours on your seat in front of a lecturer- five or six days a week can take a toll on your body. You make attempts to avoid eye strain and tension neck syndrome while preparing for or taking endless tests and assignments. Sometimes you are left with the only option of eating indecent meals in canteens.
Eating a healthy diet can help you feel better, cope with the ABU stress, and perform better in the classroom and your grades. It isn’t that hard to get started.
Here are 10 Healthy Eating Tips for ABU Students
#1. Never skip your breakfast
The first Healthy Eating Tips is to never skip your breakfast. Studies show that skipping breakfast detracts from scholastic achievement. Every student must learn to start the day with breakfast no matter how early you have to rush to class. Never push this aside as it can deteriorate your health.
Start off right with a good meal when you get up. This will energize you for the tasks ahead. As health experts say; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So make it an everyday ritual and a must if you want to keep fit. Whether you’re just getting out of bed at noon or up at the crack of dawn for class doesn’t matter. Make sure that you start your day with a balanced and healthy meal.
#2. Consume plenty of water
A large portion of your anatomy, particularly your brain is made up of water. So it is recommended by health experts that one consumes generous amounts of water each day.
As a student with a lot of school work, this is one of the best things you can do for your health. Drink water. By drinking enough water, you can help boost your concentration as well as keep yourself from overeating.
Your body needs at least eight glasses of water a day, and, if you exercise vigorously, you may need more. To remind yourself, carry a water bottle along to class and keep it handy during late-night study sessions.
#3. Embrace fruits and vegetables
Who doesn’t love fruits and vegetables? As a student, they should be your best friends —literally. Even if fruits and vegetables don’t comprise some of your favorite foods, you should still try to incorporate at least a few of them into your diet everyday.
The Busy ABU life requires food that is nutritious, energizing, and easy to eat on-the-go, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are a natural source of energy and give the body many nutrients you need to keep going.
#4. Avoid junk foods
While we all know that junk food is the most accessible foods for students, still it is recommended that you reduce, if not avoid its consumption. Limiting your junk food consumption will do you more good.
Junk food is fast and easy. This is why many students end up eating a lot of it while they’re on the run to class or to some important routine. Yes, a little fast food now and again won’t really hurt you, just as long as you make sure it doesn’t become a habit —for your health’s sake!
#5. If you need to lose weight, do it sensibly.
Starvation and/or diets that offer a quick fix usually backfire and are harmful. There is no truth to the theories that suggest eating foods in any particular combination will promote weight loss. The only safe way to lose weight, feel good while doing it, and keep it off, is to eat a balanced diet and exercise.
#6. Ditch alcohol intake
The ABU environment abhors alcohol discourage it among students. To stay at top health at all times, do well to avoid it completely but if that is impossible for you, drink away from the University campus and do it moderately. While most ABU students are known for their love of fun, it is important to know that you can still have a good time without consuming all the calories that come along with consuming alcohol.
Again, you’ll avoid the hangovers and other negative effects. Drink in moderation and if possible you can completely ditch alcohol intake. It is very possible to have a good time without hurting your health.
#7. Take supplements
It is safe to say that the food you eat at most may not be able to provide your body’s nutritional needs. This is where supplements come in. Take vitamins. Especially if you feel like you aren’t getting the nutrition you need from your diet. You shouldn’t hesitate to supplement it with some multi-vitamins to stay healthy and disease free.
#8. Exercise often
Exercising regularly is a sure way of keeping fit and maintaining an optimum health. Your Walk to class is a form of exercise too. It will give you a chance to stretch your legs, burn some calories. Ensure that you incorporate different kinds of exercise in your daily routine.
#9. Have a healthy sleep routine
Human beings can go a few days without food and water; but not without sleep! It is important that you create a sleep routine. ABU can be hectic but you can create time to take a short nap during the day. This helps in boosting your body’s metabolism and your energy level. A quick nap will do your body good.
To most ABU Students, the night is the best time to study and it’s hard to avoid that completely but you must get some reasonable night rest whenever possible. While the amount of sleep each person needs varies, most people need some 7-8 hours a day to feel fully rested. While this may not be possible every night, you should try to sleep a full night whenever you get the chance.
#10. Avoid stimulants
A lot of ABU students depend on stimulants to stay active and alert especially when reading for exams. This is also a common practice among Nigerian students to indulge in stimulant consumption such as caffeine and alcohol. The intake of these stimulants will do you more harm than good. So, you may want to think twice before buying that coffee drink for the purpose of staying awake.
#11. Limit your sugar intake
A lot of students eat and drinking too much sugar which can lead to health problems such as weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. To live healthier, stronger, and more active lives, we need to move more and eat better including getting fewer calories from added sugars.
It’s important to be aware of how much sugar you consume because our bodies don’t need too much sugar to function properly. Added sugars contribute zero nutrients but many added calories that can lead to extra pounds or even obesity, thereby reducing heart health
To keep all of this in perspective, it’s helpful to remember the American Heart Association’s recommendations for sugar intake. Men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams or 150 calories) of added sugar per day. For women, the number is lower: 6 teaspoons (25 grams or 100 calories) per day.