if you can avoid doing those types of plans, do it. if your school offers a meal plan based off a debit system where you buy a la carte or something, opt for that instead. you'll be more conscious of what you're buying rather than going to the dining hall with limitless food. then again, some schools only have that option. but definitely make sure you stick with breakfast, but be super careful when trying all the food for the first month. you can always adjust the meal plan after the quarter or semester, which ever you're in
What do you guys think about meal plans? I'm starting college for the first time and I signed up for the meal plan with the most meals--19 meals a week. I eat breakfast almost every day anyways, but will having more meals force me to eat more food (honestly, I'd be getting breakfast every day somehow even if it meant buying something not on my meal plan, but I'm just a little worried)? How are you guys dealing with your meal plans?
if only i had sparkpeople before i had to deal with that situation two years ago. here's what i've learned from my experience and what i wished i known
clean plate club sucks. don't feel bad asking for half portions. after awhile the people working will remember you and do that anyways without you saying so. and if they don't give you smaller portions, don't feel bad leaving food to throw out. no one is really looking at your plate honestly.
depending on how your place is set up, go around and get the veggies on your plate first. then protein, then carbs. already you'll have more of the good stuff and the right amount of other stuff.
if you must have dessert, take it, get the smallest piece you can find, and only eat half of it. soon you'll have tried them all and know what you really enjoy and don't and not bother with the less than perfect desserts.
you'll want to have an indulge day or something. so see if you can find the week's schedule of food offerings. then pick your favorite and that'll be the day when you can splurge a little.
basically, its all about planning.
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Fitness Minutes: (6,233) Posts: 43 8/18/11 8:06 P
One's diet, in my opinion, shouldn't be an exact science, but something that becomes intuitive and flexible. I don't mean flexible in the sense that you're like, "Oh...I can have a little more of this and a little more of that because it's not that much, right?" I mean flexible in the sense that we cannot control every single thing in our lives. In a situation where someone else is preparing your food and you can't precisely measure it, make sure that the things they do put into it are lower calorie, higher nutrient foods. And if you can tell that they put a little too much of whatever in it, just leave a little on your plate at the end.
I know that there is the idea of the clean plate club, but as someone once said...all food goes to waste eventually, it's just that some of it ends up in the landfill, and some of it ends up in the toilet, but if you eat more than you need, not only does it go to waste, it goes to waist. Or, if you end up eating just a little more (because you can't NOT have a clean plate), then just exercise a little bit more. We should feel empowered to adjust our behaviors and choices based on real life. There is no one perfect or right answer. Also, the more you practice measuring your own food portions at home, the easier it is to estimate by eye in the real world outside the kitchen.
Even with an apple, not all apples are created exactly equal, but when we record our calories/nutrition, we don't put the kind of apple, the exact amount of the apple, etc...we just put "apple" (maybe "medium apple). We record what a medium apple usually means in terms of calories, based on reports. Even if you don't know the exact perfect recording of calories/nutrients, it's better to be conscious of it and do a good guestimate. It still makes a difference vs. not recording it or being conscious of it at all.
Basically, just do the best you can and get a sense of how your body handles the food. If you eat there regularly to save money, you'll see soon enough whether you gain or lose weight. If you gain, eat a little less, or choose something other than an omelet. Or do 15 minutes of exercise in the evening. If you listen to your body, you'll figure it out.
Fitness Minutes: (6,233) Posts: 43 8/18/11 3:12 A
Basically at my college we have a buffet style dining commons. It shouldn't be too hard to keep some portions small, but my concern is were we have to give them the items to put in our dish. For example, the omelets there you give them whatever you want in the omelet or another example is the stir-fry you basically tell the items to put in. How am I supposed to make sure that the food won't mess up my diet too much. Also most of the food has no labels on nutrition, which makes everything even more difficult. I work here and have asked about it before with no luck of answers. I also can't exactly just always cook at home to, because of mandatory meal plans. I rather not waste money. Working there I also get free meals, so I rather not waste, you know?
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