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10/17/11 3:33 P

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I know how it can be in the dining hall; far too often it feels like there is no healthy option besides salad, or that the only healthy thing looks really nasty.
You just need to remember that eating healthy is about eating balanced meals that incorporate different portions of certain food groups.
Before I went veggie, my favorite part of the cafeteria was he sandwich bar - if you have one of these you can get a sandwich with plenty of protein and vegetables without overloading on fats. Another option is to incorporate the different foods available, but only eat small portions of high-fat items.
Good luck! I know how hard it is to keep on track sometimes in the cafeteria, but you will do great!

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7/28/11 4:22 P

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I went to a school that had a similar meal plan structure to what it sounds like you are struggling with. If you are still having problems, I would suggest these little tips:
1. ALWAYS use up the maximum allowed expense for each meal.
2. Do this by getting prepackaged (or easily packaged if you have a cafeteria style thing) items that you can take back to your dorm for snacking later.
3. Purchase some small sizes of tupperware to place items from the dining hall into for later enjoyment.
4. Keep in mind some of the minor alterations that you can make to normally unhealthy foods. If the meal offered on a particular day is burgers, don't deprive yourself and only get salad. Go ahead and get a burger just without the bun (or use lettuce leaves as your "bun"). Sure chicken cooked in skin isn't as healthy as skinless even if you pick it off, but removing the skin yourself is better than resigning yourself to your fate.

Remember whatever happens that it isn't about perfection at every meal. It's about a lot of small positive steps that will add up over time. Best of luck!

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11/24/10 3:52 P

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Most locations have a place you can put allergies and other such health concerns for food. Talk to your local food or nutrition department to find out if you have that option. If so, you may be able to get special food options.

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11/14/10 10:36 A

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Any one have suggestions on how to live on a meal plan but still eat healthy? I have a meal plan that doesn't allow snacking, which is not so much a bad thing, but I also only get two meals on the weekend, which generally don't have the healthiest options. I don't want to only eat salads.

With man this is impossible but with God everything is possible. --Matthew 19:26


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