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How To: Eat Healthy While Living on Campus

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Eating healthy on campus can be a challenge for anyone because of all the fattening foods that are offered. This article will give a few easy steps on how to eat healthier and feel better about yourself.

 

1. Choosing Where To Eat:

If choosing between the new Kaldi’s Café and the Dining Hall with buffet options, choose the Dining Hall. Although there are healthy choices at Kaldi’s, there is more variety at the Dining Hall. This makes it easier to control portions sizes and sides. If Kaldi’s is the only option, choose a salad or a wrap. Theses ideas will keep you on the right track to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

 

2. Look Around Before Making a Plate:

Overeating and poor food choices are the most common reasons for gaining weight. To avoid this problem, take some time and explore the options on the buffet.  Just because grilled chicken is next to fries and cheese sauce doesn’t mean that you have to fill up a plate with it. Check out all of your options before making a plate. Who knows? There may be some healthy, tasty food lurking at the end of the salad bar.

 

3. Cutting Out Foods:

This can be one of the most difficult things to do, but is one that can pay off the most. Cutting out soda is one of the best things a person can do for their diet. Just getting water instead of a soda can cut 200 calories out of your diet each meal. Another option is switching from fried to grilled. This will lower your calorie intake and will make for a much healthier lifestyle.

 

4. Don’t Rush:

When grabbing a quick snack before class, a person is more likely to grab something quick and easy like chips, pizza, burgers, etc. Although these might be easy to eat, they are not the best choices when trying to eat healthy. If possible, try to sit down and have a longer lunch with friends. This way the experience is less hurried and you have time to make good food decisions. If there is not enough time to sit down, stop by Kaldi’s and grab a wrap or a salad. These are healthy, quick eats that are sure to fill you up, even if you only have a few minutes.

“My classes are so close together so I don’t have time to sit down for lunch or dinner. I’m usually rushed and have to eat on the go,” says junior Allison Gagnon lives on campus and still has a hard time finding anytime to eat between her classes.

 

5. Desserts:

Desserts are a great reward for anyone when eating small, sensible meals. Although the Dining Hall offers desserts everyday for lunch and dinner, it is not a good idea to have one every visit. Try to use desserts as a reward instead of a necessity to each meal.

 

6. Don’t Eat Late:

Eating before bed is one of the most common things a college student can do when staying up late to finish a project or studying for a big test. When taking a break from this late night work, try going out for a walk or run instead of snacking. When eating before bed, the food will sit all night as your metabolism slows down. Calories are not burnt as quickly, which is why eating late is a bad idea for anyone.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard as long as you stick to these steps. Just take a look at what you eat daily and figure out what you’re willing to give up. By sticking to these steps you will be on your way to a much healthier and happier lifestyle.

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