By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern
Did you know eating on a schedule is actually good for you? All those years going to school and eating breakfast and lunch at the same time every day actually helped keep you healthy!
As a college student with a heart condition who has class times overlapping meal times and due dates at midnight, it can be easy for me to put off a meal until later or do some late night snacking. But the benefits of keeping a schedule has shown great health benefits.
Studies done by Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York and the American Heart Association have shown that keeping a regular schedule of eating can lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes. On the opposite end of the spectrum, eating at random times, especially after 8 pm, can cause weight gain, an increase in blood pressure, and a change in blood sugar. Read the whole article here.
Here are some actions I am taking to help me live a healthier life:
- Eat on schedule that works around my class times.
- Prepare healthier snacks.
- Stop eating after 6 pm.
- Go to bed at a reasonable time.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Make meals with heart-healthy foods.
- Do food prep ahead of time so meal time is easier and less of a hassle.
What are some actions you can take to improve your health and reduce your risk of heart disease? Comment them below!
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