FRESHERS SURVIVAL GUIDE!!💪💪👊👊

Okay so here we go guys FRESHERS IS HERE!!!!!!

This is probably one of my most important posts because you students really need to look after yourselves as best as you can from the outset to be honest. My advice is trying to get the balance right. YES you can still partayy hard but you need to get SLEEP and REST too.

Most importantly you need to eat properly.

I thought it might be helpful to post some of my key survival tips to help you get through the week. I speak from experience! These points will target speed and efficiency so you don’t have to put a lot of time and effort into being healthy.

SURVIVAL TIP 1– Before you even go to university do a comprehensive meal plan for the first week. This sounds tedious and boring but trust me when I say you won’t have a great deal of time during freshers week so this can help to “save your bacon”. It also means that you know what food you need and want=timesaver.

SURVIVAL TIP 2- If you have a blender then get on those green smoothies in the mornings (or when you wake up during freshers week)! It will really help to support your body. Its a quick way of packing in all your essential nutrients and minerals. If you don’t have a blender then don’t worry- think more along the lines of eggs and avocados.

SURVIVAL TIP 3- For the love of student welfare take some coconut water with you. You may be thinking what the heck is she on about here but trust me this could really help with the impending hangovers.Coconut water is packed full of potassium and will help to restore electrolyte loss hydrating your body. If anything it will help the headache not to mention it tastes divine! If you don’t have or can’t afford coconut water (about £2 for 500ml from Supermarkets) then try mashing up some banana, it really does help.

If you follow these key survival tips you may just avoid the dreaded “freshers flu”. Seriously, don’t worry about getting it- if you do follow these key tips and still succumb to it then go back to the basics! Nourishing food, plenty of liquids, rest and cut yourself some slack. You should hopefully bounce back! Just remember to listen to your body.

 

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My new recipe creation!!!🎉

IMG_0530.JPGYesterday I posted up this picture on Instagram of my mixed bean hummus. It was my first “invention” of sorts. I was so pleased with how it turned out I thought that I would share the recipe with you all and show you how easy it is to make. Nutritious and packed full of protein and fibre its bound to satisfy.

RECIPE- to make one bowl

  • 1 can of mixed beans (or mix up your own! Just make sure its 400g and cooked)
  • 2 heaped desert spoons of tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP water
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper and himalayan salt

    Blend ingredients together and enjoy-it will last up to a week in the fridge in a sealed/airtight container.

    WHAT TO DO IF I DON’T HAVE A BLENDER!?

  •  Don’t panic this can be made by hand (with a bit of “elbow grease”)! You will just have to really mash the beans up either with a potato masher or a fork and really try to combine all the ingredients together. Yes the consistency won’t be “smooth” but it will still taste really good AND it works out cheaper than buying hummus from a supermarket (its also better because all the ingredients are natural and wholesome).

IDEAS FOR HUMMUS USES– Hummus can be used in sooo many ways the list is endless! I like to put it with avocado and eggs; on top of homemade pizza bases and with courgetti and vegetables. It also works really well with chicken too. Add it to soup for an extra good protein kick.

I really hope you all like the recipe! Next week I will be posting up my FRESHERS SURVIVAL GUIDE!!

STUDENT SAVER…

 

WeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA all know as students that money can be difficult to come by at certain stages of the year. We also (hopefully) know that fruit is an important addition to diet. My student solution to try and combat this little monetary hiccup is freeze-dried fruit or frozen fruit. Google it and you will realise it will become your saviour. You can get it whole or in powdered form.Its a fast and economical way of getting those important nutrients into your system .

 

How could you could incorporate it into your student lifestyle??

  • Mix it through porridge- no need to add sugar!
  • Add it to smoothies for an extra burst of flavour
  • If you do have dairy in your diet try sprinkling it on some greek yoghurt

My next blog post will be posted later on in September focussing on the important freshers week. I want to share how it is possible to stay healthy, survive it and enjoy it at the same time!

HEALTHY ESSENTIALS…

 


Okay firstly sorry that this post has been a bit delayed. For me its been a “busy” few days/week and I am having to rest up to compensate! This next post is sharing the food staples I literally can’t live without and they are what I see as essentials for students and health sufferers alike.

  • Brown rice pasta/ gluten free pasta– Why!? Well firstly its a saviour for those who can’t have “normal” pasta with gluten in. It is also a really handy thing to have in your cupboards as you can quickly create some nourishing vegetable pasta bowls which will keep you satisfied. Its great to have in when you don’t feel well enough or have the time to make something from scratch. Its a great base layer! 
  • Frozen vegetables– Why!? This one is a must for me. I have both frozen spinach and frozen veggies in the freezer. This means that you can always make a quick green smoothie with the spinach and you also don’t have to worry about running out of vegetables (it also saves on prep time– which again is great for students or if you feel a bit rubbish and run down)!
  • Eggs– Why!? Where do I begin! Full of protein and good minerals these are lifesavers for breakfasts, lunches or dinner. Think- omelettes, frittatas, egg muffins, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs. The list is endless here. 
  • Spices– such as turmeric, paprika, cumin and cinnamon. Why!? This one seems to be more obscure but having some cupboard spices handy are seriously worth the (small) investment. They can transform dishes that would otherwise be bland and they also have some fantastic health benefits. For example turmeric= anti inflammatory.

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I hope that you find this useful! This should hopefully pave the way to some healthy eating habits without breaking the bank. They are also fab to have to hand if you are not feeling well but you still want to eat and live healthily.

WHY BOTHER EATING “HEALTHY”…

FullSizeRender copyLife is about balance and I understand that students tend have a certain reputation which embodies a fast food culture- quite a lot of the time this is unfairly assumed. Similarly, those with certain health issues will also “fall off the bandwagon” every now and then.

This is an important post for me today- why bother trying to eat healthily in the first place? Trust me when I say it makes a BIG difference!

In previous posts I have talked about how I was at University and caught glandular fever which led to so many health issues. It meant that I had to withdraw and start again closer to home health permitting. Eating “healthy” food is making a huge difference – just look at all my cookbooks! Deliciously Ella, Madeline Shaw and Natasha Corrett are just a few which I find are fab. Your body needs to be looked after especially as a student. Clubbing, stressful deadlines and a hectic social/work schedule means that you have to look after your body more than ever. I had to and continue to learn the hard way. I truly believe that if you support your body then your body will support you. You need nourishing food, a balance of macro and micro nutrients and dietary fibre to function as a healthy and happy person.

Here are my top tips to be healthy and maintain health as a student- I’m only sharing what is working for me 🙂.

  1. See my previous post on student essentials. You are more likely to kickstart a healthier lifestyle if you have the right equipment.
  2. Bulk buy your cupboard staples. That way you can always make something quick and healthy (it’s also cheaper). My next post will focus on what staples you should buy as a student.
  3. Freezer= friend. Make your meals in big batches and freeze up some healthy portions. That means when your motivation slips a little or you literally have no time you can still grab a quick and healthy meal.
  4. Time. This one is a tricky one. Student excuse= no time. Sometimes I admit this is the case! However, if you set just an hour or two aside one day a week to make and prep some meals it will end up saving you time and you will be healthy as a result.
  5. Plan. I know that this one sounds really boring but this will save you students or busy people time and money. I am not suggesting that you sit down religiously every week to do a comprehensive meal plan! Just try and get a vague idea of the things you will want and need that way you can get into a really positive routine which won’t interfere with the much loved social side of things.

 

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STUDENT ESSENTIALS…

It can be really hard to stay healthy on a budget as a student but the first steps in the right direction comes down to equipment not ingredients at this stage. Here is my list of essential equipment in order to kickstart some healthy student habits. After all we are more likely to stick to it when we actually have the tools to create some healthy magic!

My 3 most basic essentials- each can cost between £1-5 depending on quality so hopefully most students can make their budget stretch this far…

  1. FRYING PAN– why? This will prove to be an absolute godsend. Trust me on this one. You can make omelettes, sauté vegetables and make some hearty stir fry recipes. The lists are endless here. Having a frying pan should not have unhealthy connotations associated with it.
  2.  PORTABLE (TRAVEL SIZED) SPIRALIZER– why? Heard of Courgetti? Well it is an easy way to create a carb free meal and also great for those students out there that have gluten issues. Having a spiralizer can create a QUICK, HEALTHY and STUDENTPROOF meal.
  3. GRATER– why? Not for grating cheese. For “Cauliflower rice” it tastes amazing, its cheap and fulfilling and once again quick to do. I will post up some ideas for this in future blog posts to prove its not disgusting!!

For those students who are really keen to adopt a healthy lifestyle and their budget stretches a little further I recommend a blender like a Nutribullet for example.Or persuade your parents to get you one! Why?

  • Its a great way to incorporate green smoothies into your diet, its super fast and super healthy
  • Its also fab for students whom have food intolerances as its so easy to get some essential nutrients into your diet on a budget
  • It can also save money!? Why? Less food waste is so much more economical for a student

Have you got any essential food prep equipment? I would love to hear some comments from you!

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BABY STEPS…

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Everything seemed to slot into place for me, I got into my first choice top ten university; life was about to become one massive adventure. Glandular fever came knocking on the door in 2015 and since then my life typically consists of two steps forwards and two steps backwards in the opposite direction. Chronic fatigue really isn’t fun guys. On a hard day life can be pretty low and tough but I want to share some motivation and hope for all those of you whom are in a similar situation to me. This poem is by an unknown author and is inspirational in my opinion. It really helps on dark days and perhaps it can help you too. I have made the parts of the poem that really resonate with me in bold ink- being the tech savvy person that I am… (sarcasm intended here)!

DON’T QUIT

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are –
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

 

 

 

 

 

TO BEGIN…

It’s taken me all year to pluck the courage and start a blog! So please be nice and “bear with” as it were. My name is Katie and I am a second year student studying English Language. You may have heard of “Deliciously Ella”? Well I’m essentially trying to adopt this lifestyle approach to some degree in student form. Healthy eating and general lifestyle changes are helping me to overcome numerous health problems including coeliac disease and ME. Its not easy but I really want to share my passion with everyone to prove that we students can eat and live healthily on a budget and in many cases improve and overcome health problems. After all as the saying goes… “We are what we eat”.