Though many college and university cafeterias are offering more vegan, gluten free, and diet-specific options, it’s what students snack on once they get back to their dorm room that’s concerning. Many college students gain weight once they leave home to live in a dorm, succumbing to the feared “freshman 15” by choosing to consume too many unhealthy foods. The “freshman 15” is termed after a occurrence where new college students reportedly gain on average 15 pounds by their second year. While there are various rationalizations for the weight gain, paramount among them are poor nutritional selections. For a number of college freshmen, it’s their first time being away from home, existing among others that they have several things in common with. The collective landscape is stimulating and spearheads new friendships. Everything seems to be picture-perfect. This transition from high school to college is as good a time as any to learn about nutrition and weight management, and pick up the lifestyle habits that will serve for a lifetime.
Making healthy choices at dining facilities may be the trickiest behavior for beginning college students to learn. Choosing options that contain the most nutrients instead of deciding on pizza or a burger and fries can be a daunting task for any young adult. However steps like this can really make a difference. With obesity rates and related health problems on the rise, it’s essential that students take care of themselves and develop healthy living habits. Living on a college campus definitely makes it more difficult to adhere to healthy eating habits. Everything needed to lead an unhinged diet is right there, inviting them to immerse themselves. However, the nutritious alternatives are there also, and it is imperative that budding scholars make use of these options to sustain a successful academic lifestyle. It’s OK to treat ourselves on an occasion. Some would even say it’s wise to balance a sensible diet with a reasonable amount of foods that provides us joy. The key isn’t to completely deny ourselves, but to find a modest amount of our guilty pleasure that’ll quench our craving. This control is especially beneficial when eating and socializing with dorm mates and friends that may have a less healthy eating regimen.
Going to a grocery store once every one to two weeks also provides the prospect to stockpile healthy foods creating less of an opportunity in indulge junk foods from food marts and dorm vending machines. Cold items can be stored in a small refrigerator, and any other food can be kept on shelves or in sealed plastic containers. To eat healthy in the dorm, stocking a range of nutrient-dense foods that have a long shelf life is recommended. Canned tuna, peanut butter and low-sodium soups are nonperishable items that provide protein, while yogurt, string cheese and lean turkey deli slices are high-protein and can fill any dorm room refrigerator. Good snacks for a dorm room are low-fat microwave popcorn, raisins and whole-wheat pretzels instead of potato chips and cookies. Baby carrots, apples and bananas can last for days in the refrigerator and are handy alternatives to grab on way to class.
In the cafeteria, highlight fresh foods, such as fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, while limiting low-nutrient options, such as fries, pizza and desserts. Salad bars usually offer an array of fresh and healthy vegetables, fruits and lean proteins, such as hard-boiled egg whites and strips of grilled chicken breast. Because late-night get-togethers and study gatherings can be openings for troubling junk food, bringing our own healthy snacks to avoid the lure to indulge in high-calorie foods late at night can be a life preserver.
Life as a student can be vast, and knowing when to be strict with food or more fixated on it is hard. College tosses up a lot of obstacles to eating healthy that non-students can’t relate with, like taut budgets, limited cooking utensils, and unreasonably hectic schedules. With over 40 years in food service management, at Gourmet Services we know that as a student, there will be numerous exhilarating and tension causing stressors throughout your entire college career. Our safekeeping is that eating healthy isn’t one of them.