Dos and don’ts for sustainable and healthy eating for PGs and hostelites.
Many of us have lived in hostels and as a PG (Paying Guest) while pursuing higher education or starting our careers. That’s the turning point for most of us when those late night hostel parties start becoming a habit and we are far away from a healthy mind and soul. This piece focuses on healthy eating options, especially for all those PGs and hostelites…
As an individual, one can inculcate these healthy eating habits into one’s diet: Try including some protein regularly in the routine. Since it doesn’t come cheap, be conscious about keeping aside a certain sum for it. Eggs, paneer, cheese, soya, milk and curd are some easily and cheaply available food sources that can help contribute to one’s daily protein needs with least cooking. Healthy breakfast options include cereals/ oats/ muesli along with any of the above mentioned food items. A typical mess in India would serve meals that include some rice/ chapati along with lentils and greens. So, lunch and dinner could also be managed in the same way within budget. Most hostelites/ PGs tend to go out during weekends. It’s very important that they learn to implement mindful eating like checking the nutrition labels of the food packets before buying them. Also, having a calorie tracking app could be handy here, as it can help avoid any overeating every time you go out with your companions. Sharing is caring, yes, but sometimes keeping those nuts away from your friends can help you avoid munching on junk food when you have empty pockets, especially during the month end.