The dining hall IS a downfall. Especially with so many fast-food-type options, it's hard to remember that if you wouldn't normally eat fast food that much, you shouldn't in the dining hall!
Ours had a "make your own sandwich/wrap" station, which was a godsend as far as healthy options go. I'm not a salad person, but I loved cramming a tortilla with all the veggies and some chicken.
I agree with the last post - don't take a tray if you can manage, since then you'll eat your plateful and then if you want seconds you'll have to get up and get them. I know there were lots of times I wasn't really hungry, but I kept picking at the food I had leftover just because it was right in front of me while I was just chatting with friends.
In addition to picking healthier food, another way to not eat as much at the all-you-can-eat dinging halls is to not use a tray. When you have a tray to put your food on it's easier to load it up and grab more food than you need. Without using one, you can't carry as much food so you're not going to have the temptation to over eat.
That's something I'm going to be working on for this year, because portion control has been my downfall.
Well, last year I sure didn't eat all that healthy in our all-you-can-eat dining hall. Here are some of my plans for this year:
- Start off with a bowl of soup or plate of salad with a little non-creamy dressing - Sandwiches or wraps on whole wheat - Veggie burgers or dogs - Baked potatoes with salsa - Veggie omelettes - Cereal and milk - Big bowl of fruit for dessert
Last year, my biggest downfall was the stirfry/pasta bar. This year I look forward to getting sauteed veggies without the rice or pasta. I'll treat myself once in a while, of course!
Great topic by the way, Im curious to see more responses!
It depends alot on the school. Mine has tons of healthy stuff-and we could buy things to take home (like yogurt) at a store with our meal plans. There are all fruit smoothies (made to order so you can say no sugar added). There are of course, salads. But also veggie burgers, lots of cooked veggies, and other options too. I don't eat meat so I don't really know much about the meat options.
My husband's school was more limited. But it was also alot smaller, and only had one dining hall.
What do you eat when you're eating healthy at the dining hall? I have a large meal plan this year and so cooking on my own is ruled out. Plus I'd love to hear about more creative options than salads all the time.
For example, I try to go for a less sugary cereal and mix it with yogurt.
Just trying to mentally prepare myself for school starting in just a week.
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