Six Steps to Eating Healthier at College

| 8/11/2010 11:36:20 AM

I leave for college in a couple weeks, and I’m so excited! What I am most nervous about isn’t the people or the classes; it’s the food. I’m used to the delicious, healthy meals I eat at home, and of course, I’ve heard horror stories about the dreaded freshman 15.

I’ve decided to take a proactive approach and begin planning. Here’s a six-step plan I’ve created:

1. Do research before arriving. 

Scope out the dining hall’s options, especially if you have specific allergies or dietary concerns. Find out which foods are served daily that you can incorporate into your diet, and find out what foods you’ll want to store in your dorm fridge. I found out that my school’s dining hall has a great lunch-to-go program.  The dining hall provides fruit, veggies, baked chips and a sandwich for students to take on the run.

vegetarian pizza
See if your school has delicious vegan or vegetarian options, such as this colorful and flavorful pizza. Photo By Amarand Agasi/Courtesy Flickr. 

2. Talk to an expert.