If you've got a salad bar on-campus, by all means - use it! Focus on loading up on the lean proteins and veggies that your campus offers. I know that it might take some digging around, but if you peruse all the dining venues at your campus, I hope you'll find something healthy. At my school, they've got peeled hard-boiled eggs, veggie sticks in a cup, and salads to go.
The only way I was able to lose weight during my freshman year was to stock up on the healthy options that they had, take them home to my fridge, and use them later as healthy mini-meals. I seldom bought the actual prepared meals the campus offered and stuck to the whole foods like milk, fresh fruit, precut veggies, and beans they offered off to the side as to go food. Can you buy things like milk cartons, fresh fruit, v8's, and veggies for later?
Hope this helps!
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Fitness Minutes: (691) Posts: 34 7/14/12 2:15 A
Are there eating options on your campus that are more healthy than others? I know that there are some places at my school that are a little more greasy-fat-food than healthy. They might have a reputation -- might be worth asking around if you're friends with any upperclassmen.
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You should really just buy a mini-fridge it would solve almost all of your problems. You can keep fruits, vegetables, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, a lot of things in there.
As far as at the cafeteria it's pretty much been said. Stick to the fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes the steamed ones are actually covered with butter/oil. Especially the corn. Bulk up unhealthy foods with vegetables. Like get one scoop mac n cheese, and supplement the bowl with broccoli, carrots, etc.
Ask one of the workers about the brands of dressing they use, and then do your own research to find the lowest calorie one. So then you have an easy fall back thing to eat everyday that requires very little thought and consideration.
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Fitness Minutes: (856) Posts: 9 4/21/12 12:52 A
When eating at Dining Halls, I try to eat mostly things that are too expensive to buy a la carte on campus. So I eat fruits, salads, chicken/turkey sandwiches with whole grain bread, cooked vegetables- basically anything "good" that I can get my hands on without buying myself! Sometimes if the whole apples, bananas, or oranges look good, I'll grab one on my way out to save for later!
Fitness Minutes: (40,919) Posts: 5,092 12/2/11 10:17 P
Have you tried Lean Cuisine products? They're kind of expensive, and I'm not totally for pre-packaged frozen foods because of their high sodium content, but you could try keeping some in your freezer and eat them for lunch/dinner instead of going to the dining hall.
If your school is anything like mine avoiding the cafeteria is generally a better life choice for your stomach's health. I'm a junior in college, and I actually avoid my cafeteria at all possible costs. We use Sodexo, and since we're a small college our food isn't as good as some of the bigger colleges. We have a grill here too. It's in our student center, and is always easier to get to than the cafeteria. However here's the other trick. Avoiding the greasy foods. Now I eat at the grill, but I don't generally get fries. I get a burger, or hot dog, and then get a veggie cup, or a fruit cup, or a bag of baked chips. Or if the grill line is really long I'll get a salad from the simply to go line.
Stock your room with healthy stuff. You can cook just about anything in a microwave. Instead of getting ramen packets, try whole grain mac and cheese. Just make sure you're portioning it out right. If you're like me and always on the go or in classes or the Theatre. Try getting some easy to grab snacks like granola bars, or fiber one bars. Those save my life somedays.
Hope this helps! Good luck!
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Fitness Minutes: (40,919) Posts: 5,092 11/27/11 12:39 P
Load your plate with fruits and veggies; avoid anything cheesy, fried, greasy-looking; if they're available, choose whole grain pastas, breads, etc. over white. Watch your portions!!! Half of your plate should be filled with vegetables, 1/4 with grains and 1/4 with lean meats/proteins.
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