It’s evident that our environment plays a key role in our eating habits whether we realize it or not. At home, you eat what’s served for dinner. When you go out you choose what you want to eat at the restaurant. Well what about at school?
Having recently started university in the fall and being the health conscious eater that I am, this posed somewhat of a challenge. Not only did I have to adjust to my new environment but I also had to alter my eating habits of course. With this came various concerns, the main one being the dreadful “freshman fifteen”. In case you’re unfamiliar with this term, it is used to describe the weight gained by first year students when they move into residence at university. Many of my peers were equally as concerned with this idea. I quickly realized however, that although your environment can change, you’re eating habits don’t have to.
You’re healthy habits are completely in your control and can follow you anywhere you go. Yes, it is true that not everything you once had available to you will remain the same but this is where flexibility comes in. Humans are very adaptable beings and in the grand scheme of things, I’ve realized that adapting to a university environment, although difficult is not as daunting as it may seem. By keeping your healthy habits in check, the transition is even easier as this is one aspect of your life that can remain the same. Maintaining this consistent aspect of your life is exciting and reassuring. It leaves you more time to focus on your studies and the social aspects of university.
Think about it!
Given that I’ve only ever written about food and/or exercise, I realized it was time to introduce a new topic that has affected me on a personal level and continues to do so on a daily basis. I recently had an enlightening conversation with a very close friend of mine as she broadened my perspective in regards to dealing with body image issues.
It’s a way of thinking or approaching the issue rather than a solution, but a very interesting one to say the least. This is not a permanent solution, this is not a fix for any eating disorders or mental health issues. It’s simply food for thought to broaden your perspective for the better.
Let’s say you’re having a bad body image day (which we all do let’s be honest, some worse than others), and you don’t like the way you look in the mirror and you just can’t seem to feel good about yourself regardless of the angle in which you stand or the lighting you’re in. Instead of allowing yourself to go down a deep dark hole of negativity and allowing this feeling to ruin your day or put you in a bad mood, just acknowledge it.
Acknowledge the negative feeling you have towards yourself as you would a physical injury. If you had a paper cut, would you allow it to ruin your day? No. You would notice it, acknowledge the sliver in your finger, wrap it up in a band aid and move on, business as usual. What if we treated our body perception the same way? Acknowledge that you’re feeling negatively about yourself and accept that perhaps this is not your most “self confident day” and instead of putting a band aid on it, do something that makes you happy or feel good about yourself. Perhaps you like to bake, go for a bike ride or listen to happy music, whatever it is find your “band-aid” for your “paper-cut”.
If we think of it this way, and treat both a paper cut and a negative feeling the same way (with minor modifications of course) we set physical and mental health issues as equals, attributing them with the importance they both deserve. Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there but this also doesn’t mean it can’t be treated with a similar approach. Unfortunately, mental health concerns have been suppressed for way too long, but modern thinking, a change of attitude and comfortability with this topic are leading to continuous positive change.
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In this post, I’ll be exploring different types of protein powder as well as their benefits depending on your lifestyle.
You may have noticed that in a lot of my recipes I call for protein powder, here’s a description of how to use it and how to replace it.
People have been using it for a long time, and it has great benefits but it’s important to know what it is and what it does for your body… So let’s find out!