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
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.
It is that time of year again! Many individuals are coming down with a cold or the flu. Now is the time to make sure you are doing everything you can to fight off the germs. No one likes getting sick, so it is important to take steps in preventing us from catching a bug. Here are three tips to help you stay healthy this cold and flu season.
- Wash Your Hands
During cold and flu season it is extremely important to wash your hands as much as possible. If you are in contact with people, then you are also in contact with germs. Soap and water can remove germs, which can help you not get sick from later touching your eyes or mouth. Washing your hands can also prevent you from spreading germs on to others. It is recommended to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. The scrubbing and rubbing of your hands together also helps in removing the germs. If you do not have soap and water, then alcohol-base hand sanitizer is your next best option. Hand sanitizer is great to use on the go. Hand sanitizer can also kill cold and flu germs and help prevent you from getting sick. Stop those germs from getting to you by washing and sanitizing your hands frequently.
- Have a Healthy Lifestyle
Making healthy choices can really improve your immune system. With a strong immune system, you are better able to fight off germs and illnesses. A healthy lifestyle can include working out and eating foods that are good for you. Try to hit the gym to kick your immune system into gear. Another way to escape the germs around you is by getting some fresh air. Take your workout outside or go for a nice walk to breath in some nice clean air. It is also important to eat more fruits and vegetables that have natural vitamins and benefits for your body. Diets with a higher amount of protein can be effective in strengthening your immune system as well. You can also try taking vitamins to help replace the nutrients that your body is not getting from your diet. With a healthy lifestyle in place, your body is stronger to fight off the cold or flu this season.
- Get Plenty of Sleep
It is important to consistently get a good night’s sleep. This mean that you are getting enough uninterrupted sleep to feel well rested the next day. Your body needs to recover from the long day it has endured and be ready for the next day to come. It is important to not oversleep, because that can have other negative impacts. Your goal should be to get an appropriate amount of sleep. Sleeping and relaxation also reduce stress, which has been shown to also help keep your body functioning at its best. Getting enough sleep helps you to make healthier and more active decisions throughout the day.
I hope with these tips you will be able to stay healthy this cold and flu season!
~All you can do is work to become a better you~
With fall just around the corner, it is time to get excited about all of the wonderful foods that will be coming into season. When fruits and veggies are in season it means that they are naturally at their best. Fall Is a time that many fruits and vegetables are at their peak of deliciousness. It is a lot easier to eat healthy with so many yummy options surrounding us.
Apples– Most people’s favorite fall fruit is about to come into season. Apples have a lot of notorious benefits. Going apple picking is also a fun activity and a great way to get outdoors.
Cranberries– These berries are sweet and delicious. Cranberries are full of antioxidants. They are the perfect treat this fall.
Grapes– Another yummy fruit that has many health benefits: Grapes tend to ripen towards the beginning of fall. They are the perfect fruit to pack as a snack for school or work.
Pears- Pears are full of fiber and vitamin C. Pears are a great snack option to grab and go.
Potatoes– While there are many different types of potatoes, most varieties are harvested in the fall. Potatoes are full of nutrients and fiber.
Pomegranates– This tart fruit also is in season during fall. Pomegranates are full of vitamins and antioxidants.
Pumpkins– Carving pumpkins for Halloween can be a fun fall activity. Don’t forget to incorporate pumpkin into your fall meals. Pumpkins are the most common winter squash that contain potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.
Sweet Potatoes- Don’t forget about this fall favorite. Sweet potatoes have their peak season during this time of year. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and fiber that make them the perfect addition to your diet this fall.
These are just a few of the delightful fruits and vegetables that are coming into season this fall. The changing season also means changes in what fresh produce you can bring home. Check the grocery stores near you and pick up some of these fresh healthy options. There are many more fruits and veggies that are best to eat during these cool fall days so it is the perfect time to try something new.
~All you can do is work to become a better you~