10 Healthy Eating Tips for the Busy College Student

Written by Sophia Clark
College Student Healthy Life

Have a clean diet

College experiences are capable of having the best imprint in your life! Many students strive to enjoy a healthy lifestyle; by being healthy, a student is capable of exploring life intrigues more.

Nevertheless, between school studies, a part time job, and an active social life, time then becomes the limiting factor that hinders the students from keeping up with their wellness and health.

Is it possible then for a student to enjoy a healthy lifestyle while still in college? Students may ask. This article proves that it is and goes ahead to show you how.

1. Diet

Being pressed for time may leave a student to develop poor eating habits. You may find yourself skipping a meal here and there and being a regular customer at a fast food joint. The truth is that it’s effortless to turn the table and start eating healthy. Here is how:

  • Eat breakfast
  • Drink Water
  • Vary your meals
  • Limit your sugar intake
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Make fruits and veggies your friends
  • Learn proper portion size

2. Exercise


You can get various exercise guides and tutorials on your smartphone

Yes, it is hard to schedule gym time after class when you intent to attend to other social duties. How about you squeeze in a workout in between classes? Just make sure to bring along your gym kit and a change of clothes once you leave the dorm rooms.

Another way of getting some exercise is to participate in a sport that you enjoy. As much as it’s healthy, it’s also an excellent way for you to socialize.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Catching a good 8 hours sleep may seem hard and almost impossible. It’s rare these days to find a college student with proper sleeping habits and those who manage to get the hours of sleep seem lazy.

Not getting enough sleep is slowly damaging your mental health. The trick is to try and be extremely productive during the day so that by night time, you can afford to relax a bit and retire to bed early.

4. Avoid Stress

Avoid Stress

Too much stress is harmful to your health

In your college experience, it is vital to remember that you are not alone in this journey. Many have managed to finish college without significant breakdowns, and at your present time, you are surrounded by your classmates who are going through the same ordeal as you.

Stress typically comes in when a student feels overwhelmed by their daily activities. To avoid going that road, you can make the internet your new best friend.

The internet offers a wide range of apps which can help you improve your studies. Such tools include:

  • Cite it in – to easily find your citations
  • Big assignments – to assist you with your tasks

5. Develop a Routine

As a trait of human nature, by doing something repeatedly, it gradually goes to be a habit that we follow. The act of observing a routine makes you more productive[1]. This is quoted well by John Steinbeck in his many famous quotes. “It’s a hard thing to leave any routine life even when you hate it.”

As a student, it will then become a lot easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle once it becomes a regular pattern in your life. Gauge yourself, after a month, you will notice that actions like going to the gym won’t seem like an inconvenience anymore but like a new lifestyle.

6. Find Work Out Video to Do In Your Dorm

Work Out

Being a student, especial one that does not have a part time job, means that you have limited funds. You may have an interest in joining a gym, but that may require you to break the bank.

Another way to go about it is by searching for useful workout videos. There are plenty available from aerobics to yoga, dance to boxing among others. All you have to do is find one with a particular style that you like. This is such an affordable method since it will allow you to work out anytime you have time for free!

7. Drink Moderately

Granted that college life comes with a lot of party life does not afford you the license to become a heavy drinker. You can still have fun even when you drink in moderation. Alcohol supplies a lot of calories in your system that are of non-nutritional value to you.

The hangover and other adverse effects are not worth it, and all they do is dampen your otherwise good day. Go out, relax, have fun with your friends and drink in moderation to avoid hurting your health[2].

8. Balance Your Commitments

Balance Your Commitment

It is incredibly vital for a student to maintain a healthy life outside of school. The mind develops more with a change of scenery. This is why you need to make engagements with the outside world. This then becomes a challenge faced by college students in finding ways to balance their commitments. This may be regarding relationships, a casual job, and social obligations.

If your relationship is taking too much time of your study time, you can be honest with your partner and cut back on the time that you spend together. If the roster at your casual job does not fit in with your timings, make a point to speak with your manager. Sit down, plan carefully and it will all fall into place.

9. Take Precautions to Avoid Getting Sick

College is a massive community of different people who have different medical conditions. The limited space that gets shared in classrooms and the dorm areas are enough to make you visit the doctors regularly.

Did you know that some illnesses are avoidable by taking simple precautions? Below are simple, practical steps to keep you from getting sick:

  • Getting a flu shot
  • Washing hands
  • Not sharing beverages
  • If you develop symptoms that persist, visit the doctor
  • Wearing flip flops when taking a shower

10. Avoid Tanning and Wear Sunscreen

Avoid Tanning

Getting a little sun once in a while is not a bad thing. The health issue kicks in when you spend long hours in the sun without protecting your skin. If you are planning to visit the beach with your friends or a fun picnic outside, make sure to wear one and keep reapplying in every 2 to 3 hours for it to be effective.

Even as spring break is around the corner, don’t concentrate too much on the fun and forget your skin. Pack a few bottles and remember to keep reapplying. The risks of contracting skin cancer via the tanning beds are not worth it.

All you can do is appreciate the tan that you got in the summer and wait for the next one. No beauty therapy is worth your health.


The good thing about a healthy lifestyle is that it’s cheap and everyone can afford it. As you embark on this journey of being healthy, always bear in mind that the will to maintain this lifestyle comes from you. It cannot get forced on you.

At most, all that anyone can do is support you. College is the best place to adapt to this life so that even after you graduate, these habits will stay with you. Remember to stay positive all the way, and it will work out!

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Contributor : Sophia Clark ()

This Article Has Been Published on February 13, 2018 and Last Modified on December 7, 2018

Sophia Clark graduated from the University in the City of New York with B.A. in Journalism, 2011. She is a creative writer from New York who loves to share her thoughts with readers, now she writes for Eliteessaywriters, In her free time she enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it. Her big dream is to publish a novel one day. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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