A new school year has begun and it’s back to the hustle and bustle of life! Your days are filled with classes, homework, and extracurricular activities (leaving little room for sleeping in and hanging out). Getting acclimated to a new schedule can be difficult, especially if you’re also trying to make adequate time for balanced eating. Here are some tips to help make the transition back to school a successful one.
- Plan in advance – Prepare weekly menus to use as a guide, especially when you’re feeling pressed for time. Prep meals and snacks the night before to avoid earlier wake up times and rushed mornings.
- Map it out – Spend some time reviewing your school schedule and planning how best to fit your meals and snacks into the day. If eating snacks in between or during possible classes is not an option or feels uncomfortable, explore possibilities for rearranging your meal pattern so it can better work within your schedule while still meeting your needs.
- Make it a team effort – Regular follow-up with your treatment team is crucial, especially during times of transition. Be honest with them about difficulties you may have and allow them to help you see other options available. Their role is to support you through all stages of your recovery and assist you in finding balance amidst all of life’s changes.
Managing school and recovery can be challenging but not impossible. Take the initiative to create a schedule that meets your needs and seek guidance from your treatment team every step of the way.
~Ashlee Overstsreet, Supervisor of Dietetic Services
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