A healthy body means a happy you

Mollie Moore

It is getting closer and closer to the end of the semester, and my eating habits are steadily worsening. With all the stress that comes with final projects and tests looming, it’s hard to force yourself to focus on your body’s needs for more than the 10 minutes it takes to grab a burger from Steak and Shake or make Easy Mac in the microwave. Making sure you are eating well, however, is extremely important for your long-term health and your success this semester.

I know you’ve heard this advice so many times it probably sounds like a joke, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It prepares your body for everything it needs to accomplish and fuels it for all the energy it needs to expend during the next 16 hours. Be careful to consume enough protein and carbs so you don’t tire too early. Eat early enough so that you aren’t pushing lunch past 2 o’clock in the afternoon. This way, you can make sure you aren’t eating dinner past 7 p.m.

It’s also very important to stay hydrated throughout the day. You need at least 64 ounces of water per day. It might seem like a lot, but consuming this much water is actually quite easy. First, invest in a reusable water bottle. You can get one for as little as $3 at Target, and when you buy it, the packaging should tell you how many ounces it holds so you can keep track of your intake. When I say you need at least 64 ounces, I really mean it. Honestly, you should drink more than that.

It might seem like a lot to pay attention to, but if you take my advice, I promise you’ll feel better. It’s important to cater to your body’s needs because it’s the only one you have. When you get into the habit of eating well and staying hydrated, you’ll feel better and be happier even at this stressful point in the year.