I recently received a copy of From Beer Bongs to Broccoli – The College Kid’s Guide to Health and Wellness written by Alexandra Catalano and was instantly intrigued by the title. Health magazines, bogus diet articles and nutrition books are a dime a dozen, but Alexandra Catalano’s book truly stood out because it was not only informative, but a downright fun and inspirational way to learn how to take care of yourself, inside and out.
Being a recent college graduate herself, Catalano, who is also a certified health consultant, has experienced the struggles many students go through on a first hand basis. While college can provide some of the best memories of your life – assuming you didn’t black out at all of the parties you went to – it’s also an important time to gain wisdom, build lasting relationships, and form good habits. So the less breakouts, break ups and tipped scales you endure, the better you’ll feel about yourself.
Reading the book I can’t help but wonder whether Catalano made any of the same mistakes most of us made in college. Even though she seems to have perfect judgment of right from wrong, healthy from unhealthy, etc., there are simply too many temptations in college. From late night study dates that contribute to bags under your eyes, to the “Freshman 15” due to the comfort food cafeterias provide, and of course the heavy drinking because, well, it’s just so darn fun in college, it’s hard to imagine going through college without a little trial and error.
But that’s what I liked most about this book. Catalano avoids the boring/dry pedantic writing and instead, provides anecdotes from her own college days which make everything relatable and easy to apply to your own life. There are so many factors to being healthy, so she teaches you how to drop that Long Island Cocktail and create a healthy cocktail that consists of everything from sleeping right and exercising, to the right super foods you need to stock in your mini-fridge. My favorite of all – she suggests wholesome ways to have fun without getting trashed! Every college student, young adult, or heck – a few thirty-somethings I know could benefit from this section of the book.
Sure, college is a great time to party and experiment, but this book reminds you that it’s all about the long-term. What you do today, how you feed yourself, and whether you’re emotionally, physically, and psychologically healthy will affect the unpredictable road ahead of you. After all, growing waistlines, bad skin, and bad habits stay for years to come! So give this book a shot! Adults of all ages can learn a little something from it. Even teenagers can, despite their beer bonging days being a few years ahead of them.
We highly recommend any parent getting ready to send their young scholar off to college include this book in their first care package. You can purchase the book here on Amazon.