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    How To Eat Healthy In College

    How To Eat Healthy In College

    From Michael Mastrucci (@themacrodiabetic)

    College students are no strangers to full class loads that include cramming for exams, late-night studying, and regular assignments or projects. Many students take on part-time (and some even full-time) jobs to keep some money in their pocket, be it for course materials they may need, some weekend spending money, or trying to get ahead on their savings. While everyone works for that end-goal or "light at the end of the tunnel" there's no doubt things can be hectic and feel like they might never let up.

    But amidst the chaos in trying to keep the pace going and not fall short on whatever deadlines you may face, it's of the utmost importance to NEVER neglect your health.

    Sometimes it seems like all you have time for between classes and studying is to reach for a pack of ramen, an energy drink, or some fast food on the corner. And while all food is sustenance in some way, WHAT you put in your body determines just how far and well you'll be able to perform both physically and mentally.

    While I'm not here to bore you with a word problem, assuming you hear enough of those in math class already, think of your body and mind as a car. You have a long trip ahead of you and need to ensure your car doesn't just drive as long as you need, but that you won't have any permanent breakdowns along the way. Knowing your car runs on a certain type of fuel, ask yourself: what would putting the WRONG fuel in my car do for my journey? Would it be able to function optimally to get me where I need to go?

    You see, food is the same.

    By choosing relatively unprocessed, whole-food sources you're providing your body with the ability to remain healthy and your mind the opportunity to remain focused on the demands placed on it. Of course, this can be easier said than done, as those quick grab-and-go types of foods aren't just convenient (and often cheaper than the healthy stuff), they tend to taste better too. But the keyword here is "cheap" and opting for foods that give you the RIGHT nutrients offer you more than just "growing big and strong.”

    Back in my college days, I put a lot of the wrong fuel in my body. Sleepless nights studying were often fueled by too much caffeine and convenience store snacks. This often came at the cost of lethargy, low energy throughout the day, and just feeling like I was in a constant mental fog no matter how much I slept or tried to get into a studying groove during my classes.

    How I wish I had ICON Meals then!

    What I enjoy most about them is how they don't just give healthy options to choose from (be it their weekly Signature Menu or their custom meal options) but they all taste great. These days my routine stays just as busy between auditing classes from my degree as well as running my own web development company. This keeps me extremely busy and I don't have time to stop what I'm doing to cook every single meal, much less spend my weekend grocery shopping, cooking, and prepping the following week's meals in advance.

    ICON Meals doesn't just take the guess-work out of what I'm going to eat, they save me massive amounts of time I wouldn't have otherwise, allowing me to grab a healthy meal and keep grinding away at everything on my plate (pun intended).

    Even when I DID start taking care of myself with a proper fitness and nutritional routine I never considered a meal-prep/delivery service before. But if I'm going to spend the money grocery shopping just to spend chunks of time weighing and cooking the food only to package it up for when I need it, why not just have ICON Meals do the majority of it for me?

    All the food is properly weighed out and comes from REAL food that isn't processed. It's minimally seasoned (especially the custom meals) so I can spice dishes up a different way if I want to. They have options for protein, carb, and vegetable sources I enjoy having regardless of whether I made them myself or used them!

    Treat your body right by feeding it right. Remember that good practices make good habits and that even after your time at school, things stay busy. For that reason alone, while your education sets your career up for success, ICON Meals sets your nutrition, body, and mind up to keep you going.

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    5 Habits Fit People Have

    5 Habits Fit People Have

    By ICON Meals Athlete, Mike O’Hearn

    When it comes to long term fitness, there is no such thing as a quick fix. Sure, there are ways you can achieve your fitness goals in the short term — but if you want to make a lifelong change it’s all about adapting to the lifestyle. Developing healthy habits that become an everyday part of who you are.

     

    Here are five habits of successfully fit people:

    1. Having Perspective

    You’re not going to be able to meet your fitness goals every day. Have an off day? Accept it, figure out how to not make the same mistake tomorrow, and move on.

     

    2. Eliminating Excuses

    Fit people make hitting the gym a priority, and if something gets in their way they don’t give in to excuses: they find MORE reasons to work out. Short workouts are better than no workout.

     

    Instead of giving into excuses, fit people find MORE reasons why they need to hit the gym and find the time to do it. A short workout is still better than no workout.


    3. Sleeping and Eating Well

    There’s virtually a library of studies showing the benefits of proper nutrition and sleep. Whole, unprocessed foods keep you fuller longer, providing energy and strength all day. Good sleep keeps your body’s systems running smoothly. Both are necessary for long-term fitness.

     

    4. Tracking Progress

    This habit is so valuable for two reasons: it rewards you by showing you tangible progress, and motivates you in the same stroke by showing you all your hard work — countless gym hours, smart food choices, and appropriate sleep — is really doing something. 

     

    5. Consulting A Professional

    There’s no faster way to improve than being around people more experienced than you. Find somebody more advanced in the gym and learn everything you can from them. Maybe one day YOU will be the fitness pro.

     

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    - The Titan Mike O’Hearn, 4x Mr. Universe