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Eating a variety of foods that give you nutrients you need to maintain health, feel good, and have energy – these nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.

 

Nutrition 101:  Macronutrients

 

Macronutrients

                    Benefits

           Examples

Carbohydrates

Body's main energy source and helps to maintain a normal blood sugar level.

Whole grains, beans and legumes

Protein

Needed to build and repair muscles. It's the building block of major organs.

Meats, soy, nuts, dairy and energy bars

Fats

Important energy source and helps to maintain our immune system.

Peanut butter, vegetable oils, cheese and avocados

 

Did you know?

Only 4% of college students eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

22% of college students are overweight or obese.

 

Helpful Tips:

  • Eating a balanced breakfast wakes up your metabolism and provides you with energy throughout the day.
  • Eating a wide variety of nutrinet-packed foods such as vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains makes for a healthy immune system and leaves you feeling your best.
  • Aim for drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
  • Fill up on fiber to keep things regular and to keep you full between your meals.
  • Don't fear healthy fats - load up on avocados, olive and coconut oil, and grass-fed butter. Healthy fats boost your metabolism, keep you full, and clear your skin. 

 

Top 6 Items to Limit:

1. Caffeine

2 . Trans fats

3. Sugars

4. Processed meats 

5. Packaged foods

6. Sodium 

 

Special Dietary Needs

While in college, it is often difficult to find healthy options to meet specific dietary needs. Vegetarianism of all varieties, those who require gluten-free diets, and those who are diabetic are in need of special attention to their diets to ensure optimal health. WKU Restaurant and Catering Group offers dietitians who are housed in the Health Services Building to help guide your dietary needs on campus. Simply click on the resources in the left column to get started.

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 Last Modified 7/1/19