As the end of the holiday season approaches, there is always a busy transition phase with heaps to do. And as unsettling as this phase can be for everyone, it is especially so for those moving away from home to head off to university—not only is there loads to take care of, but there is no one to shop or cook for you… meaning it’s easy for good nutrition to go out the window.
Investing in keeping yourself well-nourished is important for your mental performance (in classes) as well as your physical capabilities—both on the pitch and at parties! Check out these tips to help you stay well fed and at the top of your game.
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The only person responsible for what and when you eat is you, so take responsibility for shopping and cooking (if possible) as wholesomely as possible. Remember that preparing and having food on hand is a lot easier and cheaper if you plan ahead (yep – make lists, use coupons, find stuff on sale) and re-use or re-invent cooked leftovers.
When you do eat out, try to keep away from refined highly-processed foods and do not be shy to ask for a doggy bag—servings are often way too large and will taste great the next day!
Invest a little time (and money) on some materials that you can cook with. A simple nonstick grill pan, a 2 liter pot, and a magic wand (like this hand blender) can go a long way. Some cooking suggestions follow:
For most people, it is way more fun to cook for more people than just themselves… and food often tastes better when enjoyed in company! It’s also normally cheaper to buy food in bulk for more people. So unless you really enjoy the solo food experience, try to find a food buddy (or buddies) to share your shopping or your meals with.
As with everything in life—training, working out, studying, working, nutrition—remember that it is what you do most of the time that counts, and this means that consistency is key! And if you enjoy it, you are more likely to stick with it… so try to make food-related routines (and all your routines) a positive experience. Bon appetit!!!
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Sofia C Pereira is an Integrative Nutrition health coach whose highly-personalised approach is based on the premise that each one of us is the best specialist on themselves.
Sofia de Campos Pereira, PhD, Health Coach