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Eating Well at the Dining Halls

Nutrition, like many things, is a personal choice. With new dietary guidelines and nutrition messages announced each day, it can be difficult to know what choices to make with regard to nutritional health.

When eating in the dining halls it can be hard to be mindful of the choices you make. With more food choices available there is an increased likelihood of eating more food. The flexibility of meal times in the dining halls means there are more opportunities to eat. And because you're not preparing your own food, you don't always know what's best for you.

Here are some tips for eating in the dining halls to maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  • Listen to hunger and fullness.
  • Focus on all the food groups when selecting foods for your plate
  • Slow down your pace of eating.
  • Be mindful when eating (pay attention to the taste, texture, aroma, appearance).
  • Pay attention to portion sizes.
  • Take small portions; you can always go back for more if you're still hungry.
  • Be creative when selecting a meal - you don't always have to have pizza, burgers and fries. Give this a try: A mixed greens salad with some beans, a bit of cottage cheese, a portion of chicken from the grill or a couple slices of deli meat, lite dressing, a small scoop of plain pasta and toss together for a hearty one bowl meal! Balance that off with a piece of fruit or 1/2 cup of canned fruit or applesauce and a glass of milk and you have a meal that has all the food groups and is low in fat.
  • Don't skip breakfast
  • Get enough sleep
  • Implement a regular exercise routine for your physical body and for your mental clarity. This will also help you with weight maintenance.
  • If you drink alcohol, limit your intake; it provides extra calories.
  • All types of foods can fit! It's just how much you eat and how often.