Last week I posted a blog titled ‘what a PhD student (ideally) eats in a day’.  Today’s post is on ‘what a PhD student (actually) eats in a day’. Now this is not to say I eat one way or the other all the time. Realistically, I actually tend to lean more on the ideal side because I prioritize my health within my budget in order to do so. However, sometimes I drink too much wine, eat popcorn for dinner or order take out after a long day. These can be the realities of grad school. This post ends in healthy, fast and affordable eating tips to hopefully make it easier to stay healthy and happy as grad students!

Can anyone relate? 

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DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT PROMOTING THIS TYPE OF EATING BEHAVIOUR. THIS PHOTO ONLY SHOWS A GLIMPSE INTO SOME PHD STUDENTS REALITY, AT SOME MOMENTS OF TIME. THESE PHOTOS ARE MEANT FOR DISCUSSION AND A REMINDER THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IT IS ALSO A STARTING POINT TO SHARE SOME TIPS ON HOW HEALTHY, AFFORDABLE EATING IS POSSIBLE AS A PHD STUDENT. I PROMOTE EATING HEALTHY AND LISTENING TO YOUR BODY TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. DO WHAT WORKS AND IS BEST FOR YOU.

More often then I like to admit, I am running out the door with only a coffee in hand, stopping at the campus store for some sweets to get me through the day or ending my evening with take out because I am just too damn tired. Eating this way can easily become a reality for grad students with our minimal budgets and our urgency for energy wherever we can get it.  Even though society makes eating healthy harder and more expensive than I would prefer, eating healthy on a budget might be easier than we think.

Here are a few healthy, fast & affordable options and tips: 

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Pictured below is one of my favourite places to go on my campus for a nice sit down and satisfying meal. All of this for only $6.00!

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Another tip is to budget appropriately around busy periods. If you have the ability to put more money aside during certain periods of the year, in order to order more pre-made food then this could be a helpful option.

A final tip is to bring a healthy option if you are invited to a potluck or end of the year celebration. Here is what I am bringing to mine today:

IMG_5368.jpgAgain, the purpose of this is to share some tips that have worked for me in which I have been able to make my meals healthier and more affordable. This isn’t going to work for everyone.  The point is to check in with yourself, listen to your body and stay happy and healthy 🙂

Now I want to hear from you!

  • Do you think these meals might be doable?
  • What healthy and affordable tips do you have for other grad students?

Until next time,

Christine xo

P.S Don’t forget to use #ScholarCulture #ScholarSquad #ScholarSunday to keep me updated on your experiences as grad students.

P.P.S Applying to grad school for the 2020/21 school year? Check out this FREE eBook on 5 steps to a successful grad school application. Are you in grad school and struggling to find easy lunches to bring to campus? Check out three FREE recipes and full nutritional information here.

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