Healthy Eating in College: How to Avoid the Freshman 15
Find healthy eating tips on how to eat healthy in college and avoid the freshman 15
Eating healthy in college can be tough for some college freshmen. Students are usually in a rush, have little time to sit down and make sure they eat healthy meals. It is still very important for college students to get the nutrition they need and stay healthy. Steps that can be taken to improve college eating habits include: Avoid eating unhealthy cafeteria food, avoid eating food late at night, don't keep unhealthy snacks in the dorm room and change your eating habits.
Avoid Eating Unhealthy Cafeteria Food
Cafeteria food is hard to avoid, especially for freshmen. Gaining weight is typical when eating unhealthy foods, and the cafeteria has plenty of unhealthy food. Freshman should try to stay away from sweets such as ice cream, cookies, fried foods, un-identifiable meat, cream cheese, chips and donuts. By avoiding these foods, freshman will be more effective in fighting the freshman fifteen.
Avoid Drinking Excessive Amounts of Alcohol
Alcohol contributes to the freshman fifteen because of the mass quantities that are usually consumed within a weekend. These empty calories can lead to excessive weight gain... More on Alcohol and the freshman 15
Avoid Eating Food Late at Night
After drinking away many hours of the night, the typical freshman gets hungry. The typical food of choice at 1 or 2 am is pizza by the slice. This food is easy to obtain, cheap, and satisfying. Pizza can be greasy and eating before sleeping (or passing out) means your body has to digest and break down all that cheese and dough not to mention all of that alcohol you drank for the past 3 or four hours. All night your stomach processes this, and adds weight to the freshman 15.
Don't Keep Unhealthy Snacks In Your Dorm Room
Keeping unhealthy food and snacks in your dorm room is like shooting yourself in the foot for the freshman fifteen. Not only do you not have to go far to find food, the food is usually not healthy. Chips, cookies, crackers, doughnuts, chocolate, and other unhealthy snacks all go straight to your body in the form of fat. The freshman 15 increases with every unhealthy snack you eat.
Eat More Healthy Foods
The first step is to change your current eating habits. Try to start swapping healthy alternatives for the typical un-healthy foods you eat. Try to eat carrots, pretzels, peanut butter (in moderation) fruit, low fat yogurt and low fat granola. Healthy foods will help you look and feel better.
Additional Healthy Eating Resources
These additional resources will help you find infromation on eating healthy in college.
- College Eating And Fitness 101
- 10 Healthy Eating Tips for College
- Healthy Dining Hall Eating
- Articles about Healthy Eating & Eating Disorders