Healthy Dorm life. Hey guys – I am so excited to share this piece from Emily, our incredible LSF intern and the babe behind the @TeamLSF page!
If you've read my Avoiding the Freshman 15post you know how to navigate college and stay on track. I wanted Emily to share how to have healthy dorm life so you have even more tips and tricks. She goes beyond the basics of how to eat and exercise and shares how to find a healthy balance overall!
Moving into your dorms, meeting so many new and interesting people and feeling anxious about all the exciting and fun things to come – yup, we're back to school!! I am currently a sophomore in college so I know the Freshman Fifteena little TOO well. I gained about ten pounds throughout my first year in school.
Honestly, health was not my priority my freshman year of college and, wow, I regret that!
Learning how to stay on track with a busy social life and not having kitchen to cook some tasty meals can be SO challenging (trust me, I know!) but there are some amazing tips you can follow to avoid that dreadful Freshman Fifteen! So grab a notebook and pen and let's get learning!
Get a microwave & blender!
Even in a dorm room, it's possible to make quick healthy snacks you can easily take on the go as long as you have the right tools and a plan. You can find small, personal blendersand microwavesfor pretty cheap and the investment is totally worth it!
Cooking up simple, healthy recipes that can be done in the microwave, like steamed veggies and brown rice, will help you avoid the processed and packaged foods in the dining halls and campus grocery stores.Even if they make it in front of you like they do at my school it doesn't mean it's fresh!
Katie has so many quick and delicious recipes that you could totally do in your dorm with either the blender or microwave! A few of my favorites are the Vegan Brownie Balls, All the Hot Body Meal PlanSmoothies and basically everything on this 10 healthy snackslist.
Stock Up on the Good Stuff
I highly recommend always having something in the fridge ready to go so when you do get that munching feeling so you don't resort to the unhealthy goodies all over campus. Try not to keep anything in your dorm that's not good for you because self-control can be challenging! My first semester my roomie and I always had buttery popcorn which tempted me constantly!
Always keep fresh fruits and veggiesstocked so you don't eat chips and ice cream as snacks like I did!
It isn't bad to cheat every once in a while! I got these adorable portion sized containersand whenever I bought something unhealthy I divided it up so I wouldn't eat it all at once. It curves your cravings and keeps you on track!
Drinking 2-3 of the LSF water bottlesa day will give you great energy and clear up your skin. Water is one of the best fuels for our body, don't forget that!
Drink a full glass of water before grabbing a snack. It will also help you determine if you are actually hungry, or just wanting to eat beacause you're bored and want to avoid studying?
Limit Eating Out
Eating has turned into quite the social event and a restaurant can be the perfect place to get to know new people. I was always going out with my friends which is not only expensive but way too much food! When eating out, take your friends to healthy, trendy places. They typically have smaller portions and are organic (plus, they're more fun!) If you do end up going somewhere else snack on something small right beforehand so you don't eat the huge portions served!
Schedule It In
It doesn't matter if you work out for twenty minutes or for an hour, just make sure you do it! Plan your day ahead of time and schedule when you are going to get your sweat on.
It can also be a great way to make new friends! Finding workout buddy to sweat with you adds to the motivation and the fun (it def made me go to the gym more often at the beginning when I made it social!)
Most colleges include their gym memberships and gym classes such as cycling or yoga in your tuition so, since you're paying for it, use it!
The LoveSweatFitness Hot Body Sweat Guideis totally a game-changer! It lays out the workouts and what days to do it for you! Following this guide will ensure someamazing results in 8 weeks!If you're too shy to workout in front of others, keep a yoga mat and weights in your dorm! True, the dorms are usually tiny, but the Hot Body Sweat Guide workouts don't require a ton of moving around or equipment! This could be the perfect starting point for creating a fit and convenient lifestyle.
Even When You're Tired & Feeling Lazy….
When you've had a long day it's hard to want to workout, but that's probably one of the most important times to do it.