Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College

 

Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College |Thoughts & Daisies

 

Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College |Thoughts & Daisies

Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College |Thoughts & Daisies

One of the hardest things I’ve had to figure out in college was how to eat healthily. I have never been an unhealthy eater but the second I got to college it was hard to find a rhythm. Especially when 95% of everything I eat comes from the dining halls on campus and the places that accept my student card. When not everything looks appetizing and the same meals are served weekly it can be extremely hard to not fall in the habit of eating pizza or burgers every day.

For your body to function properly you have to be feeding it the right nutrients. You can’t expect your skin to glow, or your stomach to not constantly be upset if all you eat is sugar and grease.

While it can seem incredibly daunting there are a lot of easy ways to make sure you eat a healthier diet amidst standard college food.

  1. Drink Water

Water is so important and I know I don’t drink enough of it, so I am sure others have this problem too. When dining halls are filled with soda and energy drinks and everyone is stopping into Starbucks everyday water can be one of the last things you are grabbing.

Water helps your body in a million ways, like not being dehydrated, helping with the dryness and overall look of your skin, digestion, and it helps flush out toxins and germs.  

So next time you want to grab a third coffee or a can of soda, get some water. If you get bored of plain water add some fruit or lemon to your water to jazz it up. Also, carry around a reusable water bottle to remind yourself about water.  

  1. Add some greens

Sometimes I look back on the meals I’ve had in my day and realized that they were all filled with cheese and carbs and bread but I couldn’t remember what greens I ate. Greens are packed with vitamins and nutrients and have a ton of health benefits.

Some yummy options are spinach, bok choy, lettuce and collard greens. And if we just go on the option of green foods, in general, there are tons more. Like AVOCADOS which are filled with protein and more potassium than a banana, green bell peppers, asparagus, and artichokes.

When you look at your meal and notice it looks a bit colorless go find some greens to add.

  1. Add some veggies to your pizza

If you are going to go the pizza route add in some veggies. Olives, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli are all great options.  

  1. Get a smoothie instead of coffee

The caffeine in coffee may give you a quick energy boost throughout your day but it can really take a toll. Caffeine energy will eventually have you crash and burn not to mention caffeine is dehydrating if you aren’t drinking water along with it. Instead, grab a smoothie.

In the rec center of my school, there is a smoothie bar where they make smoothies with things like fruit, acai, and kale. It is a great way to add extra fruit to my diet and get an energy boost.

  1. Add some healthy snacks to your dorm

I know I like to snack and if all I have on hand is chips and candy that’s all I’ll eat. When I have things like fruit and nuts on hand in my room I am more likely to grab that to snack on. I really enjoy hard boiled eggs, raspberries, and pretzels with peanut butter.

  1. If you can, Cook!

One of the easiest ways to eat healthy in college is just to cook your own food. If you have access to a kitchen stop by the grocery store or get groceries delivered, and make your favorite homemade meal. When you cook it yourself you can better make a decision about what you are eating. Even when you don’t have access to a full kitchen you can make your own great meals with just a microwave. Stay tuned for a post about that coming up later this month!

Making sure you are eating right can help you feel more energized and better overall, and when running around in the day to day crazy college life you will totally need it.

What is your favorite way to eat healthier in college?

 

 

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April Goals

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Heading into the second week of April, although it feels like it has been 3 months since the start of it, there is still a long way to go. And this is going to be the most insane busy filled month I will have… at least until next semester.  And one of the best ways I’ve found to make sure I get everything done is to create a list.

You can read more about how I practice time management >HERE<

School/Personal

  • Finish out the semester strong.

This semester has been long, to say the least. I am pretty sure I came into this semester with my gas tank half full and right now I am running on fumes. If that. I may just be in neutral hoping I don’t get stuck on a hill. There is a lot to be done but I am still slightly optimistic and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. At least for now.

  • Perfect my German Rep.

This semester my voice teacher gave me a piece in German and it challenges me in every way possible. I have to sing it memorized in 2 weeks and it is going to take a lot of work to get me performance ready so fingers crossed I can find the time to accomplish this.

  • Read at least 1 book

I have been in a reading slump the past month and I am hoping I can nip it in the bud now. The books sitting on my shelf are ones I have been waiting to read for a while, and if I want to reach my reading goal for the year I need to get back on track.

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  • Swim at least once a week

Swimming is a big stress reliever for me so I am hoping by adding this to my list of goals I will make it a priority to take a break and swim.

Blogging

  • Complete the 30 Day Challenge

I was excited to start this 30 Day Challenge because it would give me the motivation to write more posts, but I am also a week in and am wondering why I thought it was a good idea to do this during the craziest month ever.

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  • Get to 300 Followers on Instagram

I really want to expand my blog reach and I feel by growing my Instagram it will help make that happen. I have been staggering between 190 and 200 the past few weeks and I hope to make a leap and grow that to 300, or more! by the end of the month. Or at least by my 1 Year Blogiversary.  

  • Create Pinnable photos for each post

I have been slacking on creating pinnable content for each of my blog posts and what better time to get back on track than during the 30 Day Challenge??

  • Get to 50 Subscribers

I have gotten into creating newsletters within the last month or so and I would love to grow my reach in those as well. It would be awesome if I could get to 50+ by the end of this challenge. And don’t forget during this month there will be blog posts that are ONLY going out to me subscribers so don’t miss out!

These are just some of my goals for the month. Do you like these types of posts?

What are your goals for the month?! Let me know in the comments.

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Favorite Springtime Flowers

Spring is my favorite time of the year. The weather starts to be warm but I can still go outside without sweating the very second I open the door. The air even has a feeling of happiness. The plants grow buds and start flowering and everywhere you look something beautiful is starting to grow. I always think about Bambi during the springtime when all the animals are getting ‘twitterpated,’ and when Bambi first tries to smell the flowers and instead finds the skunk who he calls a flower. “He can call me Flower if he wants too.”

Now living in Ohio 9 months of the year spring has a whole new meaning. It means the snow is gone and I can actually go outside without freezing. Which means spring has gotten a whole lot more special because I actively anticipate it and can really see everything taking on new life after the winter. It’s beautiful.

My favorite thing about spring may just have to be all of the flowers that bloom. They start to take over everything and add so much color to the world.  And spring has the best flowers.

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TULIPS

Tulips may be my favorite spring flower. When spring comes you can be certain my mom has tulips lining the rooms of our home. Tulips are said to signal the arrival of spring so once you see them you can be sure spring has officially come. (Take that groundhog.) They come in a gorgeous array of colors too. From pastel pinks to deep vibrant purples there is a tulip color for just about everyone.

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IRIS

The Iris is a flower that has been linked back to the monarchy of Medieval times, particularly the French because they are a symbol of royalty and wisdom. Particularly because they are purple and historically purple has been a royal color because purple had cost more to produce as a dye because of its rarity in nature. My mom has an iris plant in our front yard and when it blooms it is stunning because the flower gets really big and full. I also love it for its purple color as purple is and has always been my most favorite color.

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DAFFODIL

Daffodils are flowers that symbolize new beginnings and rebirth as they bloom right in the beginning weeks of spring. Daffodils have jumped up the rankings for me the past two years as they are flowers that bloom all over my campus in the spring and it is stunning to see them peaking out even in the strangest of places. Yellow is one of my favorite colors and these flowers just scream spring to me. I always think of the scene in Alice in Wonderland when they sing In the Golden Afternoon, the lines “there are dancing daffodils on the hillside” I always thought they were cute flowers.

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What if your favorite springtime flower?

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Spring Dresses I Love

Spring is HERE! At least that’s what it looks like today anyway. For the first time since the start of 2019, I’m sitting outside writing this blog post. It could be warmer but I will take what I can get if I can actually sit outside without needing 12 layers. Now that the weather looks like it has taken a turn for the better I am getting excited to start wearing dresses.

With the weather getting warmer stores are putting their new looks up on their websites and I have been having a great time online window shopping. Here are some of the gorgeous pieces I have found so far that I would love to add to my spring wardrobe!

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This smocked button down dress from Aerie is perfect to just throw on for a perfect spring day and I think it would be perfect for a day spent in San Diego or just down by the beach. It is flowy and I love the button detailing. I am a sucker for buttons.

Shop this dress >Aerie Smocked Dress<

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This dress from HM looks gorgeous The polka dots againsts this red dress really sells it for me. Polka dots are so cute and make me think of spring. I can see me wearing this with my straw hat and white converse.

Shop >Polka Dot Dress<

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I don’t tend to wear outfits that have print on them but this lavender dress from Urban Outfitters would totally be an exception. I love the color, purple is my favaorite, and the flowers on the dress aren’t too overwhelming and once again there are BUTTONS. This would be a perfect dress for all those days you get up not wanting to try and put an outfit together. 

Shop >Lavender Dress<

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This dress is from a shop called Christy Dawn that I found one day on Instagram. All of their dresses are gorgeous but they are on the pricier side so at the moment not something feasible on my college student budget but I can dream can’t I? This is the Daisy Dress and that alone almost just sells the dress for me. Imagine a daisy dress on thoughts and daisies, SO CUTE! I love the flowy sleeves of this dress and the slightly high low portion of the bottom and even more buttons. I don’t know how it could be more perfect.

Shop >The Daisy Dress<

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This dress is also from Christy Dawn called the Jane Dress and it is the first dress I ever saw from this company that I fell in love with. I just want to have it, put my hair in a braid with that ribbon and go frolicking in a flower field, anyone else? The sleeves are the perfect length and the cutout on the back is such a cute detail. Not to mention IT HAS POCKETS. This midi dress is everything I could ever wish for in a dress and then you add buttons all the way down the back and it is pretty much my dream dress. It has that simplicity with a bit of flair and I just wish it was in my closet right this minute.

Shop >The Jane Dress<

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This last dress is from Target and can I just say Target has been stepping up their game in the clothing section the last few years. Pretty much every swimsuit I have is from here and now they are adding a lot more cute pieces to their collection and I am pleased.  I love this dress because it is totally something that can be dressed up or dressed down. Everyone needs a good black dress in their closet and this one is great. It has, surprise surprise, buttons the fitted bodice and flowy skirt add a feminine touch but I could totally see myself wearing this with some doc martens for a bit of an edgier feel.

Shop >Black Midi Dress<

If you couldn’t tell I have been really into the look of midi dresses.

Do you have a favorite style of dress for the spring?

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What I’ve Been Listening To

The past few months a lot of artists I listen to have been coming out with new music.  So I thought I would share with you the songs that have been playing on loop lately. 

Sucker- Jonas Brothers

I have to start with this because THE JONAS BROTHERS ARE BACK! This is my childhood. From them being on Hannah Montana “Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas” (A fantastic episode since you can’t go wrong with the JoBros AND Jackson on a pogo stick) to Camp Rock and beyond I have always loved the Jonas Brothers. So when they officially got the band back together it was like I was 10 again.

So naturally, their new single ‘Sucker’ was played on repeat for a minimum of 72 hours after it was released. Much to my little brother’s dismay. It takes from the style that Nick and Joe have in their careers away from the band without straying too far from their original sound and then amplifies it. After one listen it was stuck in my head and I’m excited about a full album. Their next single “Cool” came out today and it will be on repeat I’m sure.



Stray- Grace Vanderwaal

I first heard Grace Vanderwaal when she auditioned and won, AGT and I have been a loyal listener ever since. Her newest single Stray has caught my attention because it is just a beautiful song. She has such a unique sound and her lyrics are raw and honest. Stray is about the struggles of songwriting and I love that she writes what she knows and hasn’t let anyone tell her what she needs to write about. I can’t wait for her to release her new album.

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?- Billie Eilish

My roommate really likes Billie Eilish and is always playing her music so I have grown used to just randomly having her songs in my head all day. With the new album release I took it upon myself to listen to the whole album myself and it is intriguing. I haven’t listened to it enough to make an informed decision of how I feel about it. Though it was interesting to see how she incorporated clips from The Office.

Pushing 20- Sabrina Carpenter

My mind on this song keeps changing but it is so darn catchy that I don’t think I will ever actually dislike it. It totally resonates with me at this point in my life and has basically become the anthem to my days the past couple weeks. The sound of the singles to Part II of her album release have been a lot different from the sound of her first few albums but it is beginning to grow on me.

Bad Habit- Ben Platt

I haven’t had the time to sit and listen to the entirety of Platt’s new album but I have had this song on repeat. It is the first song of the album and has now been added to one of my main playlists. He just has such a soothing voice and is something that I can listen to in early in the morning on the way to my first class without feeling overstimulated. 

What music have you been listening too lately? Let me know below I am always looking for some new things to add to my playlists.

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