All you can eat, a blessing and a curse. i have way too many memories about bingeing out on oreos or cereal at the dining hall. What helps me to eat only until I'm full, is to remember that the menus often repeat. If I notice that I want to eat some of everything is I remind myself that I can always have that dish again next week (or even the next day if your food service is like ours). That wat you don't have to feel like you need to eat some of everything because you it will be around again later. Just eat what you want THE MOST right then.
Also- eating with others truly is helpful, if you don't know anyone at the hall, you might try sitting in the proximity to some other people, maybe a few chairs down from someone. I don't know why, but it does help.
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I don't know about you, but my dining hall has a salad bar. I always start with a bowl of veggies. There's fiber in vegetables, so that helps fill me up. Then I look around and try to find a meat item that's not too fatty or overly processed.
Do the meals include a salad bar or soups? That's how my friends and I ensured we didn't overeat while living in the dorms. We started our meals with a bowl of soup or some salad (or even just one vegetable to munch on... my neighbor always got a bowl full of green peppers, which I thought was rather odd, but it worked for her.) And of course drink a glass of water while you're eating your soup or salad. Then, when you go up for the hot food portion of the meal, you're less starving, so you're less likely to put too much food on your plate (and eat too much of that delicious, but sadly usually fattening, cafeteria food.) Though I suppose that only works for dinner because chances are you wouldn't eat salad or soup for breakfast. Hmm... I usually slept in too late to get my cafeteria's breakfast, but on the rare occasions I went, I would always get a glass of juice first. It really is amazing how much less food you'll pick up (and eat) if you're not too hungry when you reach the food line. Even if you're not getting your money's worth as much as some of the other people in the cafeteria, you'll probably feel much better than them after the meal's over!
Oh, and you mentioned that you don't eat with your roommates. Does that mean you eat with other people or alone? Because if you're eating alone, I'd recommend taking a book or schoolwork or something down with you so you can take your time eating while studying. It seems people tend to eat quicker when eating alone, so you'd be more likely to overeat (or at least that was the case in my experience), but taking your time eating while reading helps a lot with that.
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My school has "all you care to eat" buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I think by putting it in those words, it makes me less inclined to eat as much as my stomach will allow. Even so, it took me a year to get into the habit of only eating one plate of dinner.
My suggestion, get one plate of food and then sit down. Eat your plate, wait a few minutes and decide whether you're still hungry or if you just WANT more food. If you're still hungry, try some fruit or a little bit of protein. Another way to overcome the dining hall is to first make yourself a salad. Eat that and then head up for your meal. With a stomach full of lettuce, you'll have less room for the not-as-good-for-you foods. And STAY AWAY from the full fat dressings if possible!
I also always grab a couple of pieces of fruit on my way out so i have snacks for later and feel like I'm getting my money's worth.
Ok here is my dilemma: my school has all you can eat breakfast and dinner and being a poor college student I tend to take advantage of this. I need some advice as to how to eat at the dinning hall without going overboard. I do not really get along with my roommates so I don't eat with them. Anyone have any suggestions?
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