our college dining hall had one main dish, canned veggies, a side, a salad bar and some kind of dessert. i craved fruit sooo much during college...
6/12/2011 8:35:47 AM
The biggest problem with our dining hall was the selection and preparation. There was usually only one vegetarian option (that almost always had cheese), and the entire salad bar was pre-packaged and never looked fresh. Maybe three options of fresh fruit.
Compare those choices to a nacho/taco bar, dessert, "fried" station (burgers, fries, hot dogs, etc), pasta and garlic bread (almost always with heavy sauces, NEVER whole wheat pasta), pizza, stir fry (no low-sodium soy sauce here), and assemble your own sandwich (which very rarely had whole wheat bread). All of these were separate stations and all of the vegetarian/salad/fruit options were packed into the same station.
A friend of mine had a gluten and cheese allergy (amongst several other food allergies) and the ONLY thing she could eat was either stir fry or the salad/fruit. The lack of choices (healthy or otherwise) were just appalling and definitely caused me to cain weight during the two years that I was living in the dorms on the meal plan, which at my school was only buffet style.
My school doesn't have a buffet option; instead, it's per-item, and all heinously expensive for such low-quality stuff. The problem is the low quality. The cheapest items are the worst for you, the salad bar is stocked with half-rotted fruits and vegetables, the vegan food isn't actually vegan, and almost everything is covered in cheeses or cream sauces in an attempt to disguise how poorly made it is. Gr. Sorry to vent, but not only has the food here added 20 pounds to my body over two years, it's also made me sick - I've had unending stomach problems on the Hofstra diet, and I'm frustrated that even though there's a student club protesting the dining service, they still renewed the contract with a bad company this year. Lackmann sucks!
I ate all I could eat in the dining halls and our dorms didn't have kitchens so I either ate a lot at the dining halls or ate out late at night (pizza, thai, chinese, indian, etc.). I lost 20 lbs junior year by going vegetarian, eating fresh fruits and vegetables and being creative. I also asked for cheese less pizza, more salad bar options and pita bread + hummus from our dining hall manager.
It was SO hard for me to try and eat well while on the meal plan. I gained about 30 lbs during freshman/ sophmore years, and I really never ate any of the fries, hamburgers, etc... it was the unlimited and social aspects that really killed me. I finally BEGGED (literally, I went to one of the deans and begged) to be let off the buffet-only meal plan - my argument was that forcing an overweight person to eat in a buffet everyday was like forcing a heroin addict to be in a room full of free heroin and telling them not to touch it... it was ridiculous. After stopping the meal plan I lost 40 lbs by the end of the summer!!!
Buffet style is a killer. I generally follow all of these suggestions on most days. Its just too bad that my school doesn't offer a great variety of whole wheat options, and the vegetables always look gross. I just feel like since I pay so much money to live and eat on campus, I shouldn't have to buy my own breakfasts and fruits and veggies. What a bummer.
1/5/2009 10:12:07 PM
how I wish I had read this article 2 years back.. i gained nearly 8-10 kgs (1 kg = 2.2 pounds) during my MBA. Working really hard to knock them off and get into shape. I must confess I thoroughly enjoyed those 2 years of my life.. including the food :)
I agree with the first comment, but it's nice to see a shout-out to the college students.
9/16/2008 2:58:12 PM
This is a great, basic article. A lot of times there is stuff you already know (duh, fries are not as good for you as spinach) but you need to see it all written out to make it click. I just sent this to my brother (who is the biggest sloth on the planet) because he is already gaining weight after a month at school and I don't want to see him in the position I was in by the end of my freshman year (up 30 lbs)
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