Students often get a reputation for being extremely unhealthy; eating takeaways, drinking every night, and spending their days in a onesie watching Netflix. I confess that I myself was guilty of all of these at some point during my first year at uni too (although I never owned a onesie). But then I turned it around. I signed up for the gym, I cut out refined sugar from my diet, and eventually ended up where I am now: vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, gym bunny, food blogger, and most importantly: happy!
So why did I choose to be a healthy student?
Unfortunately, like so many, I had an extremely negative relationship with food which plagued me for most of my teenage years and beyond, which led me to see food as the enemy and not something to be enjoyed. Then on top of that came more bad news; I had genetically high cholesterol, and would potentially have to take statins for the rest of my life. That was the final straw, and drove me to use my Biochemistry knowledge from my degree to figure out alternative options. Now I can proudly say my relationship with food is healthier than I ever thought possible, and my cholesterol has dropped to a normal level, which left my doctor dumbfounded. I am leaner, fitter, more energised, have clearer skin, and am so much happier than I was before.
But perhaps more important than the “why” is the “how”, and it’s simpler than you think. Eating healthy really doesn’t have to cost the Earth, and doesn’t mean having to spend all day slaving in the kitchen. It’s entirely possible on a student budget without any additional financial help from your parents whatsoever, and moreover it is fun!
Pixie is such an inspiration for us and she will be sharing her recipes and top health tips on how to live a vibrant lifestyle on a student budget. We feel this is an important issue and that every women no matter what age, what phase in life they are in can share, learn and empower each other to live in harmony with our bodies, the planet and each other.