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oh.hi.its.steph 12-08-2011 12:24 PM

eating healthy in college
 
Can I just say how terrible it is? :P

I mean, I'm not over here overindulging myself in junk food -- I don't buy chips, cookies and other stuff like that! THAT'S easy to avoid. I can just say no when people offer me dessert, or suggest splitting it with someone, or if I really really want it, I eat it. It's all good on that front.

The hard part is actually finding a way to have nutritious meals. Fruit and vegetables aren't really readily available, and there's not much I can make in my microwave that's healthy haha. Essentially the only thing my school offers are all forms of bad carbs. Soup, pasta, white bread, stuff like that. I get wheat bread whenever I can, but they also don't always have it/sometimes it just isn't a substituable option. It's really hard to eat low-carb, which is what I really want to do, when the options are very few and I would most likely be stuck eating a bland salad (not many possible things to add into it) every day :/

Basically I just eat grilled chicken, turkey sandwiches on wheat bread, apples, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions? Or words of encouragement? Haha -- I'm so lost here! :dontknow:

spiderlashes5000 12-08-2011 01:58 PM

Are you required to eat in the dining hall?

Do you have access to a car, a supermarket & a refrigerator?

There's no oven or stove for you to cook on?

Are there restaurants & fast food places nearby? Can you afford to eat out?

How familiar are you with healthy low carb eating plans?

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oh.hi.its.steph 12-08-2011 04:36 PM

Are you required to eat in the dining hall?
--Nope. :p Our dining halls are OK, they're semi-healthy as in reasonably low-cal and low-fat, they're just boring and have the same thing every day. Not many things that are low-carb, either.

Do you have access to a car, a supermarket & a refrigerator?
--I can get to a supermarket fairly easily, it's like a 15-20 minute bus ride away. I can also buy things when I go home on the weekend.

There's no oven or stove for you to cook on?
--Nope. :/ I'm a freshman, so my dorm is TINY. All I have is a microwave.

Are there restaurants & fast food places nearby? Can you afford to eat out?
--Mostly Mexican, Indian and Chinese restaurants (but I reaaaally don't like Mexican food, and Chinese and Indian generally aren't so healthy I would assume?), lots of fast food like McDonald's and Arby's. The only vaguely healthy one is Panera, which I'm fine with going to.

How familiar are you with healthy low carb eating plans?
--Reasonably familiar, but I just started so some help would be lovely :)

wholelottalove 12-08-2011 05:11 PM

I go to college in Boston so there's plenty of options and I can't really helo you with that. I don't even live in a dorm. But I can help you with eating healthy :) I like salads, but to an extent. I love asian or southwest salads, they're a lot let bland. Also all sorts of wraps. In a pinch organic frozen burritos or meals are not bad. Amy's makes some good ones (available at almost all grocery stores). Seafood anything is a really good healthy option as well. What I usually eat from day to day is a breakfast burrito and fruit, a wrap and salad for lunch, soup as a midday snack, and dinner varies, but it's healthy. Drinks are a big thing too, the only sugary drinks I drink are green tea which is barely sugary, and coffee when I need it. Otherwise it's water. HTH!! :)

oh.hi.its.steph 12-08-2011 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by wholelottalove (Post 1830993)
I go to college in Boston so there's plenty of options and I can't really helo you with that. I don't even live in a dorm. But I can help you with eating healthy :) I like salads, but to an extent. I love asian or southwest salads, they're a lot let bland. Also all sorts of wraps. In a pinch organic frozen burritos or meals are not bad. Amy's makes some good ones (available at almost all grocery stores). Seafood anything is a really good healthy option as well. What I usually eat from day to day is a breakfast burrito and fruit, a wrap and salad for lunch, soup as a midday snack, and dinner varies, but it's healthy. Drinks are a big thing too, the only sugary drinks I drink are green tea which is barely sugary, and coffee when I need it. Otherwise it's water. HTH!! :)

Thank you! You definitely did help :) I'll keep an eye out for more interesting salads. I should also definitely venture into the world of wraps, that would be awesome! Can you suggest some good combinations of things that can go into them? Lol. I LOVE turkey, so there's a starting point, what good vegetables and such would go well with turkey?

wholelottalove 12-18-2011 07:57 AM

My favorite wrap consists of turkey as well! I also add lettuce, avocado, banana peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Dressings depend on my mood, mayo is always a safe bet. Thousand island, honey mustard, and sweet onion are also great. Sometimes I'll even add bacon :)

RainyDays 01-02-2012 11:29 AM

I'm a student too so I know what you're talking about.
The thing is, we really need to plan out our week. We already have a rough idea of how our week will look like.

I know its not always the best thing, but frozen vegetables really aren't that bad, especially if you don't have time to run in the store every couple of days.
I always have an organic pasta sauce ready for those quick meals.
Whenever I make a salad dressing I make A LOT. I prefer honey in salad dressings because honey is antibacterial and I keep it in the fridge for a couple of days.
Low carb?I respect your choice but personally I can't do that. My body absolutely needs carbs, especially in school. If I don't get enough of them I'll eat anything that's not up on tress at the count of three.
Our body sends us hunger signals when it need carbs actually, which is why we usually eat sweets or bad carbs when we crave food.
When your body got everything it needed in a meal it usually doesn't react to the dessert your friends eating.8-)

Hope it helped a lil bit
xox


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