CIT Students' Union
When starting College you may be feeling happy, scared, excited, anxious and sometimes stressed about this new phase of your life. Even though you may be feeling all of these emotions or just some, the single most important thing is to remember to LOOK AFTER YOURSELF.
For some of you this may be your first time living away from home and cooking for yourself may be a new concept. Yes convenience and fast foods may be easy and tempting but don’t base your diet around these for the sake of your health and your pocket - these foods can be expensive.
Take a look at some of my tips for healthy eating in college:
- Always eat a breakfast (it will help you concentrate in early morning lectures)
- Bring a packed lunch to college (you will save money)
- Try and eat three varied meals a day (mix of nutrients makes for a balanced diet)
- Bulk Buy (it’s cheaper and you can freeze or share with housemates)
- Drink plenty of Water
- Plan for days when you are too tired to cook (freeze portions)
- Limit alcohol consumption
This Student Nutrition Booklet has been compiled by Aaron Fahy, Jordan Forde and Edvinas Maciulevicius from Multimedia Year one. This has some great tips and recipes.
As well as eating healthy it is also important to keep active. Not only do you keep fit and healthy but it can make you feel more relaxed and de-stressed. It can be as simple as going for a walk, a kick around with your friends, or even better, getting involved with a sports club or society in college, which is also a great way to get to know other students.
The gym in CIT is also FREE for all full-time students so make the use of it and get a programme set to suit you.
From your first week of college it is very tempting to go out every night. While it is great to socialise and enjoy yourself, try to take it easy. Pace yourself and limit your alcohol consumption. That way you save money and avoid a hangover the next morning in a lecture which is never nice.
Take a look at some of the following links for staying healthy in college: