Healthy Eating for the NYU Student During the Most Stressful Time of the Year!, Part II

Destiny Arturet is a Wasserman Center Graduate Assistant and a Master’s Student at Gallatin. As part of our Wellness Series, she offers some advice on healthy eating habits. If you missed Part I of her series, click here for a recap. There, she advised students to: 1) Know their finals schedule, 2) avoid those sugary drinks during all-nighters, and 3) steer clear of binge-eating during finals. Below, you’ll find her next four tips. And, be sure to scroll to the bottom for the latest installment of our Wasserman Playlist.

4.  So, you have a long day ahead of you:

  • Eat a large breakfast!  The best kinds of breakfasts are packed with protein because they keep you fuller longer.  Try oatmeal with walnuts, half a banana (chopped), and semi-sweet chocolate morsels, or huevos rancheros.  Additionally, the Health Promotion Office (726 Broadway, 3rd Floor) is offering a free cereal breakfast each weekday morning from May 7th through May 20th.

  • Pack snacks the night before and store them in your bag or in the fridge in case you don’t have time to do it in the morning!  Having something to snack on during the day will keep you going.

  • Do not skip meals!  If you know you have a busy day ahead of you, try cooking or packing lunch or dinner the night before.  If you have a meal plan, take your lunch or dinner to go.  Eating throughout the day will keep you fueled and energized!

5.  Limit your alcohol intake:

Finals can be stressful and you might feel like you want to blow off some steam or be social after finishing a paper or completing a final.  Instead, take this time to rest and prioritize your upcoming projects.  If you decide to head to the bar or attend a party, have one drink so as to not overindulge and keep yourself on track throughout finals.

6.  Drink plenty of water:

Stress can affect more than just our mental and emotional state.  It also takes a huge toll on us physically.  Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and regulated.

7.  Lastly, reward yourself!

Finals are a doozy.  And if you maintain healthy eating habits throughout the most stressful time of the year, you deserve to reward yourself.  Eat that slice of cheesecake, order the tater tots, or drink that milkshake.

Lesia Harhaj: Assistant Director: Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” – it’s the first song on my running playlist and is always especially inspiring for runs on the New York City streets!

Heather Morgan, Assistant Director Wasserman SCPS: Sigur Ros: Anything by the Icelandic band, Sigur Ros.

Tanya Hodges: Wasserman Center Front Desk Staff: “Copernicus” by Basia. It’s light and bouncy, and one of my favorite songs for that “happy feeling”.

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