When I became a leadership consultant, I spent a lot of time thinking about the reasons I would want to be placed residentially or as a traveler. Keeping a healthy lifestyle was a big reason I hoped that my placement would be residential. Ways that I have incorporated health into my daily living include the most basic and boring things everyone tells you are most important for staying healthy: sleep, exercise, hydration, and diet.
This revolves mostly around the chapter’s calendar and the officer’s meetings. Luckily, my officers do not like early morning meetings, but we usually have late night events, which makes it easier to shift my sleep schedule. I used to be an early bird, but now I have to sleep when I can and that usually means later at night to later in the morning in order to get at least eight hours, which I always try to do. It doesn’t always work out for me, though, because LC life is LC life.
While I have been slacking on this one a lot more this semester than in my first semester because of travel, I plan to get back to my routine very soon. Shortly after moving to Dayton, I decided I wanted to try something new with exercise, so I joined a local crossfit gym and absolutely loved it. I suggest trying new things that may be out of your comfort zone because you never know what you might love and be missing out on.
I constantly forget to drink water, so I take a reusable water bottle with me to campus to fill up throughout the day (also fulfilling Sigma Kappa’s service project of Inherit the Earth!) when I get reminders on my phone. I downloaded an app called Plant Nanny which has helped me tremendously to stay hydrated.
We can all agree that cooking at home and avoiding eating out is very hard, especially when you’re constantly on the go or stuck on a college campus for most of your day. I made the decision to start meal prepping and eat at least one of my two main meals (lunch or dinner) from a meal prep. I typically wake up early enough to cook my own breakfast which consists of eggs, turkey bacon, and veggies or toast most the time. For the busy mornings, it’s a bagel and cream cheese I can take with me. They make cream cheese with greek yogurt now, which is a great example of a healthier alternative. Here are some recipes I have loved recently:
Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots
Not super healthy when you drench them in butter but so delicious and sweet! Click on the picture for the recipe.
Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
I love this one, but it does not last long in the refrigerator after it is cooked, so eat it quickly! Click on the picture for the recipe.
Turkey Zucchini Meatballs
These are absolutely amazing and EASY to make with abundant flavor! They are now a staple in my meal prep rotation. Click on the picture for the recipe.