Healthy College Eating Tips
There are many websites out there with tips and ideas to help college students eat healthier while away from home. Here is a compilation of some that we liked. Links to full articles are provided!
- Eat a good breakfast
- Studies show that skipping breakfast detracts from scholastic achievement.
- Visit the salad bar
- Of course, leafy greens, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits are beneficial. But, if you choose a lot of creamy dressings, bacon bits, and mayonnaise-based salads, the calories and fat may equal or even exceed those of a burger and fries - so choose wisely. (Hint: here at Michigan Tech, check out our oil and vinegar or fat-free dressings)
- Drink lots of water
- Your body needs at least eight glasses a day, and, if you exercise vigorously, you may need more. (In the Michigan Tech residence hall dining centers students are welcome to fill their waterbottles before leaving the dining hall.)
- Stick to the basics
- Try alternating in a vegetarian meal, include a tossed salad, try some fruit for dessert.
- Listen to your body
- Learn to eat until you're full, not too full, but full enough that you aren't hungry again in an hour.
- Experience new foods and flavors
- Fridays at the North Coast Grill and Deli in the Memorial Union is Khana Khazana, check out the exciting ethnic dishes cooked by fellow classmates from around the world.
- Establish a routine that works for you
- Be sure to make time to eat three meals a day and find some healthy snacks to keep with you.
- Avoid the all-nighter jitters
- Large quantities of caffeine are not good for anyone. Instead try fueling up with lean proteins, fruits or vegetables for your study session.
- Stay fit
- Find an activity such as a PE class, intramural sports, a membership at a gym on or off campus or find a friend to go walking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or skiing. The area is nothing short of opportunities.