What to Eat...At College
It's hard to believe but it's almost time to go back to school. For many of you...that means going to college. Whether you are a freshman or a seasoned upperclassman...one thing is for sure...your calorie intake is about to go up...big time. So here are a few tips on how to eat well and avoid the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior fifteen!
1. The dining hall is your friend. You just need to know how to navigate it. The salad bar is a great option--just remember these tips when it comes to choosing the right toppings for your lettuce!
2. When it comes to eating in your room--stay away from the Ramen Noodles. Just one serving has 200 calories, 7 grams of fat and 780 mg of sodium. Let's be honest..no one has just one serving. If you aren't gaining weight fast you will certainly be very bloated. Instead stick to low-sodium soups like Campbell's Low Sodium soups or a good old fashioned PB & J or Grilled Cheese (with low-fat cheese) on whole wheat bread.
3. Watch your alcohol intake. Of course, I am not condoning underage drinking. For those of you who are over 21, click here for tips on how to avoid lots of extra calories from your drink of choice.
4. Exercise, exercise, exercise. College is a perfect opportunity to start a new exercise routine. It's important to keep active when you spend a lot of time sitting in class (or on the couch)!. Head to your school gym or find a great new running/walking route and get busy!
5. Be smart. Just because you have a meal plan doesn't mean you should be eating everything in sight. As you get older and less active your metabolism will start to slow down. So it's your job to make sure that doesn't happen. Choose lean protein like chicken, turkey or fish and fill up on vegetables and fruits.
Most of all--enjoy it! College goes by way too fast!
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