You snoozed your alarm three times before waking up this morning. You jump out of bed, flustered and in a panic. You rush around the room, packing your bag and changing your clothes, almost forgetting to brush your teeth. You grab your keys and you're out the door. No time for breakfast. You decide you'll stop by Starbucks on the way to class for a caffeine-boost. You've already made your first mistake-skipping the most important meal of the day.


Since grade school, adults have lectured about the importance of breakfast, but why? Believe it or not, skipping breakfast actually contributes to weight gain. It also makes concentrating difficult. You don't need to eat a feast; a simplebowl of cereal or yogurt will do the job.


USDA Food Pyramid
Food pyramid as illustrated by the United States Department of Agriculture

Another diet don't is junk food. "The biggest thing is staying away from fast food," said Chris Kaiser, head athletic trainer at the Department of Recsports. Kaiser recommends raw fruits and vegetables, explaining that they are not only good for digestion but also provide you with important nutrients. Kaiser recommends packing your own lunch so that you do not have to resort to the food options on campus.


You can find a range of healthy recipes online that are easy and affordable. Check out the Food Network's Healthy Eating page for a few ideas.