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Healthy Dining in the Dorms

20 Tips to Eat Healthier on Campus

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Practice Portion Control
When faced with a buffet-style dining hall full of food options, it can be difficult not to overdo it. Become familiar with what recommended portion sizes really look like and make sure you have a solid understanding of basic nutrition guidelines. Here's what SparkPeople members had to say:
  • "In addition to picking healthier food, another way to not eat as much at the all-you-can-eat dining 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 overeat." – BRAVESPENGUIN
     
  • "I just avoided the hot food lines most of the time. Stick to salads, soups, sandwiches and cereal. Since you make them yourself, you'll have more control and mindfulness of how much you're making and what's in it, and ultimately how much you consume." – ELEANORRIGBY13
     
  • "I brought in a couple measuring cups and measured out the serving sizes of the foods I ate most often, putting them on a plate or in a glass. I know that eyeballing portions is a dangerous game, but having even a marginally improved concept of portion sizes when using the dining halls' plates and cups helped me know around how many calories I was eating when I served myself." – ECDAVENPORT
     
  • "Most campus dining services have a website that you can visit and look at nutrition information for the meals they prepare. It isn't always perfect because you have to eyeball the serving size. (Or be like me and bring your food scale with you)."– REYNINGSUNSHINE Continued ›
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