I feel your pain. For that reason, I never eat the "homestyle" lasagna or eggplant parmesan, or anything that isn't made directly in front of me.
My school has stir fry and pasta bars that make the food right in front of you. I just have to estimate the amount of sauces that go into it. Veggies and pasta are easy to look up in the tracker.
I also get a lot of stuff that already comes portion. Stuff like a pita or slice of bread or beans or VEGGIES are very easy to track.
The hardest part is guess what is half a cup or 1 cup, but I'm doing okay so far.
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My school in theory does the same thing, Fleaball, but it practice it doesn't work out so well. the menus they post are NEVER what we are really eating, so I have to guess and try to google an approximate online. I asked one of the cafeteria workers, and they didn't have printouts or anything... they could 'let me look at the box' to check out the nutrition facts for something. It's really frustrating... why have online menus with nutrition info if they aren't any use?
Yeah, the nutritional information for my school isn't available either. But we have multiple locations so I don't have to depend on just the cafeteria style dinning hall. (We have a subway & dunkin donuts where nutrition information is very easy to find). When eating at the cafeteria I try to estimate as best I can and look for something on the food tracker that comes close. It may not be the most accurate way, but I'm not really looking for perfection.
Okay so here is what i've found... veggies, veggies, fruits, and more veggies... Our cafe doesn't have many choices of anything (healthy, veggies, anythign). So i've been loading up on cucumber slices, carrot sticks and celery sticks... Also i've replaced the white bread in my sandwhiches with 12 grain which is actually pretty good. Other then the veggies i watch what isn't looking half bad in what i should be eating and I make sure to get those foods when they are an option for lunch and dinner. I also have been eating breakfast (fruit, milk, yogurt) in my room to avoid the greasy breakfast options which save alot for me.
When it comes to school meal plans my opinion is they suck.. They do not necessarily offer the most nutritional valued meals out there so be careful when dealing with these foods.. I stick to foods that I know I can survive with, grilled chicken, make my own salads, sticking with vinegrettes and oils for dressings. Fruit and veggies etc. And if your school does not offer nutritional information on the food that is prepare pressure them to provide it. I mean you are paying to eat that food so you should know what goes into making that food as well.. Best of luck to you
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I'm in the same boat. Luckily my school lists nutrition info on the Dining Services website. If you can't find it on your own, try emailing someone in Dining Services or Student Services or something like that either to find out where they information is or to suggest that they get their act together and post it. You can't be the only one in the school that wants to know.
My school forces all the residential students to buy a meal plan, which costs a ton of money. After spending that much on food, I feel really silly not taking advantage of it and eating at least most of my meals in the school dining hall, but I'm worried about not being able to track the calories and nutrition info in the food there. I'm pretty sure my school doesn't have nutrition info listed anywhere, but I am definitely going to look into it.
I can try to estimate, but some things can be way off just because of how they are cooked, what sauces are on them, and whether the sauce is low fat/light. I think I'm going to mostly focus on making healthy choices, and trying to fill up on veggies before I eat anything else at a meal. I'm also going to keep lots of low calorie, healthy snacks around my dorm, like light string cheese, smoothies, veggies+fat free dip, etc. But I'm worried about under or over estimating my calories because of the cafeteria!
Does anyone else deal with this? Any suggestions? I work out a lot and really enjoy it, so it's just as important to me to make sure I'm eating enough as it is to not over eat.
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