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St George’s students are often pressed for time, under a lot of stress and eating on the go. You may find it difficult to avoid bad habits such as skipping meals or frequently grabbing fast food. Eating a healthy diet can help you feel better, cope with stress and perform better academically. It really isn’t that hard to get started.

Healthy eating tips for busy students

  • Eat a good breakfast. Studies show that skipping breakfast detracts from academic achievement. When there isn’t time to sit down and enjoy your morning meal, grab a bagel, piece of fruit and some juice.

  • If you must eat fast foods, choose wisely. Choose pizza with half the cheese, a smaller burger, baked potato or green salad with reduced calorie dressing. Limit high fat offerings like chips, fried chicken or battered fish.

  • Keep healthy snacks on hand. This way, if hunger strikes during a late night study session, you won’t be tempted by sweets, crisps or ice cream. Possibilities include fresh or dried fruit, rice cakes or whole wheat crackers. If you have a refrigerator, consider raw vegetables with yogurt or cottage cheese.

  • If you need to lose weight, do it sensibly. Starvation and diets that offer a quick fix usually backfire and are harmful. There is no truth to the theories that suggest eating foods in any particular combination will promote weight loss. The only safe way to lose weight, feel good while doing it, and keep it off, is to eat a balanced diet and exercise.

  • Limit your sugar intake. Sugar provides calories in your diet but few other nutrients and it doesn’t do your teeth any favours. Use it sparingly and consider sweetening coffee, tea, cereal, and fruit with diet sweeteners instead.

  • Limit your alcohol intake. If you drink alcohol, keep in mind that it supplies calories but no nutritional value. Half a pint, a glass of wine or a single measure of spirits each has about 100 calories. There may also be health problems associated with drinking alcohol.

  • Drink lots of water. Your body needs at least eight glasses a day, and, if you exercise vigorously, you may need more. To remind yourself, carry a water bottle along to class and keep it handy during late night study sessions.

  • Enjoy your food. Food is a lot more than nourishment for our bodies, so take the time to enjoy and savour it!


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