First off, happy Friday! Things have been crazy over here preparing for midterms, so this weekend feels much needed! Also, I’m trying something new on the blog today. With the winter vortex (seemingly) coming to an end and the lakes in the sidewalks, I’ve been thinking about summer, the beach, late night bonfires, the Fourth of July, the pool, and that hot summer beach bod.
And this happens every year… there is a mad rush to drop those final pounds right before summer. This year, I’m participating! I thought, what better way to stay motivated than to have all of my readers hold me accountable? So each Friday, I want to share my progress with you guys and post something fitness related. Anyone joining me in the struggle? Help me stay motivated!
So without further ado, my first post for all of those college freshman out there: how to eat healthy amidst all of the unhealthiness that is the food courts.
1. Fly solo or in pairs I’ve seen large groups of people spend hours in the food courts, because it becomes a way to socialize, but as you’re sitting there talking, often times you just keep snacking and going back time and time again when you were really full 20 minutes ago. Going alone or in a small group (3 or less) will ensure that you are eating and leaving, which is exactly what you went there to do.
2. Read the nutrition facts I personally don’t eat anything that doesn’t have the nutrition label on it. The best thing you can do is to know what you are putting into your body.
3. Provide your own substitutions It’s hard not to notice that soft-serve ice cream machine in the corner of the food court, and there is no doubt that it is going to make you crave it. I’m even guilty of checking which flavors they have each day, but I never eat it. I keep my own (kind of healthier) ice cream up in my room. Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches are my favorite, and they are only around 150 calories!
4. They can’t screw up fruits and vegetables I’ve heard people say “just looking at the food here makes you fat”, but really, you can never go wrong with fruits and vegetables. I eat fruit for breakfasts and snacks and make my own salads for either lunch or dinner!
I know that all dining halls run things a little bit different, so some of these may not be an issue or may not help you at all, but these are things that have helped me since I’ve gotten here!