YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: If you’ve never heard that expression, there is some truth in it.

A balanced diet is essential to feeling, thinking and performing your best. If you’re experiencing unpredictable mood swings, high and low energy levels, or unusual weight gain or loss, poor diet and improper nutrition are often the cause. The good news is that you can fix the problem quickly and easily, and by making a few simple adjustments and better choices, you can be feeling, looking and performing better in no time.

BREAKFAST! Many students and student-athletes skip breakfast. For some, it’s just too early to think about eating, and for others, they just not into breakfast. However, it has been proven to the most important meal of the day, and skipping breakfast can have adverse effects on your mental and physical performance.

If you just don’t feel like eating a regular breakfast, consider a protein shake. These are affordable, and are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals. They also taste pretty good, and come in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry!


A 2010 national study determined that Vitamin D deficiency results in a higher incidence of depression compared to people who have sufficient levels of vitamin D. In the winter months (October through February) the risk for Vitamin D deficiency in Alaska is MUCH higher than in the Lower 48. Since sunlight produces Vitamin D in the skin, our dark Alaska winters result in much lower levels of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D3 supplements are an affordable and easy way to help combat depression.