amatlack wrote:It's been a very long time since I've been forced to eat at school, but I'm guessing there are a few healthy options if you hunt for them. Salads are always there...just watch the dressing and cheese and such. Also, if you make nice with the ladies who work there, I bet there's someone who would be willing to make things plain for you...plain fish or chicken, plain steamed veggies.
Chinese has tons of sodium, so be careful.
Pizza doesn't do any favors for anyone.
Burgers...I don't know...maybe without the bun? But that takes all the fun out of it.
24 hour breakfast should let you get eggs (make nice and ask for an eggwhite omelete?).
And there are almost always restaurants on campus that take the meal plan cards. That might expand your options.
For the dorm room cooking, most places allow a mini-fridge. I don't know if they allow these or not (fire hazard), but they make single-burner electric things that are just like a stove, only since it's a single-burner, you can only cook one thing at a time.
amatlack wrote:That stinks. That makes it really hard.
I think you'll be okay if you're thinking about the food. Try to avoid junk as much as possible. Don't drink every night (alcohol really packs on the pounds). Be as active as you can. Most folks gain weight because they can eat whatever they want, whenever they want, and they sleep longer and drink more...that's what I'm guessing, anyway, especially based on my own experiences. Our university up here also offers wellness programs designed at keeping off the freshman 15...so you might want to check out the rec center and see if they offer any similar programs?
Here's an article they offer: http://well.wvu.edu/articles/how_to_avoid_the_freshman_15
And here's info on the program: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2010/09/02/wvu-offers-program-to-help-students-avoid-the-dreaded-freshman-fifteen
Lesplease wrote:Rice cooker (:
amatlack wrote:MissJenaKay wrote:
Okay, first off. I don't drink. I'm underage and I'm straight edge.
I didn't drink until I got to college. Just sayin'. But seriously, good for you. Your life will be much better for not drinking.
Boss Man wrote:You'll be fine and congrats on the not drinking. I don't and never have done and frankly, when you can avoid health problems in later life, or even alcohol related death and save a lot of money too, you wonder why people start doing it in the first place.
Lunacy I tells ya
Lesplease wrote:I didn't gain any weight in college until Spring of my Sophomore year, when I tore my achilles tendon and couldn't walk properly for six months. I was casted and crutched for almost 3, and I lived on the second floor, and the sidewalks were tiled and it was rainy! I slipped all over trying just to walk to class, and getting up and down my slippery stairs was such a horrible experience I only left once a day. Once I was back in my apartment, I didn't leave. I didn't change my eating habits either so I packed on a few (: Fortunately they were gone when I could go outside to play again!
Papajohnsmenu wrote:Hi Jen,
I'm new to this forum and just wanted to chime in on the "freshman 15." I read your profile and you seem like a really sweet girl. There is absolutely no reason why you should be frustrated with your body at 17. I know there are tons of distractions around us these days, sometimes it can be really hard to prioritize our attention, but health and fitness should always be as close to #1 as you can make it. When we're young it can be easy to think our health is invincible, but as we age, all the things we put our body through in youth tends to catch up with us. I hope as you get older you can convert some of your enthusiasm for art, writing and technology into a passion for health and fitness. You will be truly amazed how being in really good shape makes you feel, even at your relatively young age. I used to be very unhealthy, having a terrible weakness for Papa John's pizza. But through watching my calories and exercise I am now able to stay reasonably fit and attractive. I always "read labels" before I eat anything, and before I hit up Papa John's, I always hit up http://www.papajohnsmenu.org to check out the calories, grab a promo code and plan my attack. Keep your head up , kiddo, you're a very pretty girl and I wish you the best in your fitness endeavors...
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