One thing that students can use when they go off to college is a guide on what to eat on campus.
The college food guide has four recommendations for students:
1. Don’t skip meals
2. Choose wisely at the salad bar
3. Plan your days
4. Watch your alcohol intake
Skipping meals results in overindulging at the next meal and causes the body to go into starvation mode.
Drowning a salad in mayo, cheese and ranch or thousand island dressing adds fat and calories to something that should be healthy.
Being unprepared meal wise for a day, like not forgetting to bring lunch, will prevent making regretful unhealthy last-minute decision in the lunch line.
Alcohol is dehydrating, calorie-enriched as well as detrimental to an appetite later on.
All four of these tips are important for a student to maintain their health, but I have my own four recommendations that I try to follow:
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables
2. Limit ice cream and chocolate intake
3. Drink more water
4. Limit snacking in between meals.
Fruits and veggies have nutrients that the bodies need that many do not get enough of daily.
Ice cream and chocolate are my weaknesses that I tend to have no control over when consuming. Many have a weakness in the sweets category, and it is best to use extremely sparingly or to cut out completely.
Water subsides hunger between meals and re-hydrates the body to have more energy during the day for physical or non-physical activities.
Snacking in between meals adds on extra calories that are regretted later and can be limited or completely substituted by drinking one of the eight recommended daily glasses of water.