The Best Way to Eat on Campus

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

When I started touring college campuses with my oldest daughter, I marveled at the number of food choices available. Indeed, the focus on dining options made it clear food is a huge selling point for potential freshmen. While optionality is always wonderful, the choices you make can affect your weight, your mood, your health and your ability to ward off illness.

Here are some simple tips to enjoy campus dining, without untoward effects on your physical and emotional wellbeing.

  1. Sugar is addicting and crushes our immune system. If you are craving something sweet, opt for one or two small treats and balance that artificial sugar rush with a tall glass of water or a piece of fruit.

  2. Eat slow. I know you are in a rush to get to the next thing, but by eating slow, we allow our bodies to fully digest, taking advantage of everything nutritious and properly disposing of that which we don't need.

  3. Unlike you mom or dad's cooking, in the cafeteria, there is always enough for seconds, even thirds. Take a 15 minute pause after your first serving, and give your body a chance to feel full.

  4. Avoid the soda fountain. Supersized cups and free refills cause the empty calories, artificial sweeteners and sugar to add up.

  5. Focus on fiber. Fiber, in the form of whole grains and vegetables is amazing for your energy level, digestive system and maintenance of a healthy weight.

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