November 30, 2010 8:50 PM
As most of you have probably already felt it, the cold weather has finally hit Berkeley again! Especially at chilly times like these along with the approach of finals and stress that students need to take better care of their bodies. Whether it be taking the annual flu shot at the Tang Center or piling on more layers, all of us are getting ready for the winter season.
After nearly four years at UC Berkeley, I have realized that our bodies are the most vulnerable between and after our stressful periods of midterms/finals/projects. To strengthen our immune systems, try to fit a well balanced breakfast into your daily routine and include a rainbow assortment of vegetables and fruits into your diet. This is not just because our mothers told us so but because it has also been scientifically proven that those who eat a healthy breakfast have more energy throughout the day and are sick less often.
At the recommendation of Chinese doctors, one should eat a good breakfast, a filling lunch and a small dinner. Since I heard about about this from my parents who are Chinese acupuncturist, I have been trying to maintain this eating pattern; and based on my experiences with this routine, I feel more energized in the day and remain productive in the evenings as well!
It may or not be surprising for you to know that skipping breakfast each morning can actually cause yourself to gain weight over the long run because you body feels undernourished during the rest of the day; so you tend to overindulge with snacks. Making this a habit will help you stay healthy and improve the quality of academic work as well. I also find it helpful to make a pot of fresh soup that you can keep during the weekdays so that you can always come home to warm bowl of comfort. There are many good recipes that you can find online. Personally, I swear by Julia Child's potato and leek soup recipe! Please see below for her recipe.
I believe one quintessential belonging that a Cal student should be equipped with for our winter weather is a comfortable and insulated jacket. It is does not need be a large parka or furry jacket. I personally recommend investing in an insulating jacket like one by The North Face or Columbia. I know that they are a bit over the budget of a college student, trust me, I felt the same way when I saw the price; however after having had one for more than 1 year, it is one of the few items I cannot live without. Lucky for us, there is a North Face outlet in Berkeley that supplies more affordable winter wear for those of us who want to be fully prepared for the winter chill. It is located at 1238 5th St, between Gilman St & Harrison St. I believe that you can take the 52L to the Amtrak station and walk from there. Watch for their sample sales!
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