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EMMYLEMMY's Photo EMMYLEMMY Posts: 6
5/9/10 9:00 P

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Not getting a tray really helps! Major portion control! Make sure there is a protein item on your plate, and don't let yourself have seconds.

ELVENSTRAWBERRY Posts: 3
2/10/10 11:51 P

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I know dining halls are so frustrating! Especially in the winter, when stuff is out of season, we rarely if ever have fresh fruit or vegetables. Fruit is like the staple of my diet usually so I hate it. We have an all you can eat buffet as well, but it often seems like all they have is carbs or nasty fish.

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LALABABY8409's Photo LALABABY8409 Posts: 561
10/13/09 12:11 A

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I am SO GLAD I go to a Community College now... My first semester of college, I went to a University, and the dining hall was an all you can eat buffet also. I probably gained 10-15 lbs that semester. Sounds like everyone has given you some pretty good advice. Good luck with your weight loss!

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CHELCMEGHAN Posts: 5
10/11/09 10:09 A

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Find a friend. Really my roommates are trying to eat healthier with me. It makes it so much easier because we're quick to tell each other not to eat something. It gets a little annoying, but its easier to say no when your friend is doing it for you.

THININCOLLEGE09 Posts: 1
10/2/09 1:41 P

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I find that I tend to overeat in the dining halls because I sit around with my friends...I have found a slight help: once you're finished eating, RUN! hahaha in all seriousness, I get a healthy plate first (no tray!), and once I'm done savoring it I hightail it out of the cafeteria...this does not give me any time to sit and ponder the soft serve machine :)

MANDABETH27 Posts: 64
9/22/09 3:10 P

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I actually was happier living in a dorm with a buffet than living in a house. In the dorm I at least had options--a big salad from the salad bar with some sort of protein on top (and no dressing) became my go-to meal. Now I'm in a small house with a chef, and it's hard because we don't have any options--there's just one entree at every meal, and we don't even always have a salad. I'm getting used to filling up at least half my plate with whatever the vegetable option is, but it's hard.

Also, I don't use a tray. You actually save a lot of water that way since they don't have to wash the tray. You're going something good both for you and the environment!

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9/21/09 9:18 A

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I'm a junior this year so I moved into a house off campus and thus have yet to eat at our cafeteria, which is an all-you-can eat buffet as well. My first two years of school I was eating there just about every day though! Here are some tips that helped me not pack on the extra pounds:
-sitting far away or not facing the food. If you see it, you're going to want it.
-make a salad first. filling up on fiber-rich veggies keeps me from wanting carbs like pizza and pasta.
-drink a glass of water before you head back for more food. sometimes real thirst is confused for hunger.
-the dessert station is definitely the highlight of our school's cafeteria, they must have at least 10+ things everyday. I'd opt for the choices that had fruit, like vanilla pudding with banana slices on top.

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LABALLER4LIFE's Photo LABALLER4LIFE Posts: 33
9/20/09 2:03 A

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wow I'm SO happy I moved out of the dorms. You can try not using a tray at all because then you're less likely to take extra food you don't really need since you only have two hands.

goodluck!

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RSTARR11's Photo RSTARR11 Posts: 11
9/18/09 12:09 P

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I've been trying really hard to only get one plate of food or to eat our of a few (NOT FULL) bowls like if I want perogies I'll put 4 in a bowl and get a bowl of veggies I've also switched from diet coke to water with a some sprite every once in awhile and if I want more food after I'm done I sit and talk for awhile then if I'm still hungry I take my first plate up and put it on the dish conveyor belt thing THEN get more food and not a full plate. I've also been trying to do the little kid plate portions thing with like every food group on one plate and the majority of the plate taken up by fruits and veggies and trying to eat enough fiber and TONS of water. I try to drink a bottle of water while in each class because that's pretty much the only time I'm not busy. Also I find avoiding the tray in general really helps because I can only carry one plate and a drink OR two bowls and a drink.

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157MXB89 Posts: 17
5/25/09 3:05 P

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We have two all you can eat dining halls. I go to the one closest to my dorm and because it has better salad. I try eat a big salad first, then a bowl of fruit, a small main course, and if they have cheesecake that day i'll have a slice if not i'll drink a glass of water to fill me up.

THALIA_82 Posts: 218
5/24/09 9:59 A

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can you make multiple trips? If you're allowed to make multiple trips eat in courses. Go through the first time and get salad and/or soup (if it's not creamy) and healthy bread/grains (whole wheat buns etc) eat that, then go back for your main course and only take 1 portion or 1/2 portion of the main. If you take a few little breaks between eating you may find you're full faster. Also you'll probably grab more salad than you normally would if you get the salad all on its own, that's when you're hungriest and you won't be trying to save room on your tray for the main course.
If they won't let you go up multiple times, then try using a lot of dishes. Use the bigger dishes for the salad and the smaller ones for the mains and desserts. More dishes = less room on your tray :)
Try getting fresh fruit instead of dessert or fresh fruit and a small scoop of ice cream or fro yo.

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5/24/09 7:19 A

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Pile up your tray with plenty of veggies to help fill you up to diminish the temptation of the deserts.

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5/22/09 11:25 P

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I have like exactly the same problem and it is very hard to deal with, for me it has just been taking a lot of will power. If you have found any secrets it would be wonderful of you to share =)

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4/30/09 11:34 P

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I lost 15lbs the first semester of freshman year. Then second semester I gained 20. I'm at the end of my sophmore year and I've gained 35lbs since I got here! Our dining hall (the ONLY one!) is an all you can eat buffet! It's so hard! I have to pass the desserts to put my tray on the conveyer belt! Does anyone else have this problem?!? Tips for dealing with it? emoticon

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