You Are What You Eat!

Food! Everyone loves food.  It not only tastes good but it’s also good for our body as it is the driver of your day.  Food provides you with carbohydrates, nutrients, and many more things so your body can turn it into fuel to help you successfully get through the day.  However, your biggest pleasure in food may also be your greatest weakness.  

The term “you are what you eat” has been a classic saying for years on end.  It’s something parents would tell their kids to indirectly convince them to eat better and/or choose healthier food choices.  And like most parents, still to this day, they are right.

Food and nutrition is so important for keeping your body young, active and healthy.  In today’s world where every food choice seems to be processed, deep fried, covered in sugar, or battered with bread or cheese (especially living in Wisconsin), it’s hard to differ good from bad and right from wrong.  It’s especially difficult to flip or change your eating habits after so many years of doing the same thing or even trying to choose healthy food options while on a budget (because it’s so fun being a broke college student).  

Many people are caught up in these dieting programs or are just completely lost on where to start when looking to begin a healthier lifestyle.  Well, here’s how to make it super simple: eat less calories than you burn on a daily basis. That simple. Less in, more out. I know what you’re probably thinking… okay Ashley, but how do I do that successfully?  Here’s how:

  1. Work out at best for an average of an hour/day or at least a few times a week.  Make half the workout high intensity or low intensity cardio to somehow break a sweat to burn calories faster and the other half strength based.  Like Shawn-T always says, “time to sweat, people!”
  2. When grocery shopping for food for the week, plan out your meals in advance so 1) You don’t waste food.  2) You don’t waste money and buy more than you need. And 3) This way you are already making healthy decisions for food so you’re not aimlessly wandering in the store, tempted by all the good looking snacks. 
  3. KEY point: Fill your grocery cart AND your meal plate with at least half fruits and vegetables.  Raw, perishable food is always going to be the freshest and best for you. The more packaged or long lasting it is, generally the worse it is for you.  It is also extremely important to check nutrition facts/labels to see what percentages of nutrients are in the food and what type of ingredients they are using.  
  4. Always start with fresh fruit and vegetables at the beginning of every meal so you fill up on the most natural and nutritious foods for you.  If you don’t like raw vegetables, cook them in a certain way so you do. If you only like salads with fruit and/or veggies, then make a salad before every meal.  Make options that work in your favor!
  5. Eat smaller portions by starting with smaller bowls and plates.  This prevents you from overeating and tricks your brain into thinking you’re getting a lot of food since the plate is full but in reality, it’s just a smaller portion size.  If you feel like you need more, you really don’t. It’s all about mind power and training your brain to be satisfied with what you already have.

Throughout the week, I will be sharing some other helpful tips and information about food and nutrition so stay tuned for more.

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As always, stay fit, stay healthy, stay beautiful Warhakws!

Talk soon, 

Ashley Borowski


Satisfying (and healthy) Summer Snacks!

Summer. Time to cut back on those late night binge snacks and constant, not so healthy, foods.  It’s when we all try and better what we eat and hit the gym a little more that usual to keep up the “summer bod.”  But sometimes it can be challenging to find food that is healthy, quick and easy to fit all of our hectic summer schedules.  Well, today you are in luck because I have five different, healthy summer snacks that are perfect for any trip, travel plan, picnic, lunch addition or midday craving. Continue reading

Tips for Your Trip

With spring break just on the horizon, comes the 20 hours road trips to come with it. For all you lucky students flying to your destinations…oh how I envy you. While some of you are staying home for spring break (Check out our last blog!), the rest of us will be traveling/sitting in a car. From what I understand, sitting for longer than an hour or so is not good for you! Sure we can sit at our desks or in our offices, but we also have the freedom to stretch and stand whenever needed. In a car when you’re trying to get someone as fast as possible with the least amount of stops possible, that’s not the case. This is why it is so important to remember what you’re putting in your body during this trip. As much as I know you want to grab every chip and skittles bag possible, eating healthier will not only help keep you feeling good at your destination but also on the way there. Here are a few tips for your trip! Continue reading

Healthy Meal Options on Campus

Whether you live on campus, or commute for classes, it is important to know where the healthy meal options are for when you inevitably get hungry. It is important to make sure you incorporate plenty or fruits, vegetables, and protein into your daily diet.  Below are just some of the healthy meal and snack options that can be found around campus.

There are salad bars located in both Drumlin and Esker Dining Halls which make a great meal or side option that is offered for lunch and dinner daily. In addition, Esker Dining Hall has a stir fry station with various vegetables you can cook and prepare personally to your liking. The dinning halls also usually provide apples, bananas, and oranges which make for the perfect snack.  Prairie Street Market has opened a salad bar as well during the week called The Green Leaf, where they will prepare an individual salad for you as well.

The University Center’s Chopped in Ike Schaffer Commons is open for lunch during the week. At chopped you can also have a salad made for you personally with a wide variety of lettuce, protein options, and vegetables. Also, there is Willie’s 360 located in the University Center when there are a wide variety of smoothies are available. A smoothie is a great option when you need to take something to class with you.

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