Vending machine snacks. All you can eat D-Hall and E-Hall. Late night Chanello’s cheesy bread. And those oh-so-delicious but horrible for you Starbuck’s Frappuccinos. It’s clear that the typical college student’s diet is far from perfect. We’ve all heard of (and maybe even experienced) the Freshman 15, but with the end of the semester only weeks away, here are a few tips to start eating better and healthier this summer:
- Eat at punch-only dining locations (such as Top Dog, Dukes, Festival, etc.) instead of all-you-can-eat dining halls like D-Hall and E-Hall. You will almost always eat more than normal when the food selection is endless.
- Eat breakfast. The best way to kick off your day (and your metabolism) is to eat a good and healthy breakfast in the morning. Skip the muffins and bagels and grab a piece of fruit or yogurt instead.
- Replace the artificial energy drinks and high-calorie blended coffee drinks (490 calories for a Grande Java Chip Frappuccino) with plain ice coffee (only 5 calories!). You will get the same caffeine fix without the guilt.
- Better yet, drink water! Nothing is better for you.
- Consider a raw food diet: a diet based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, nuts, and dried fruit.
For a more in-depth look at the raw food lifestyle, come out to Free Screening of Supercharge Me! TONIGHT at 7pm in Memorial Hall.
– Mitch Ramey