Feb 9, 2010 7:56pm

katibug2689 katibug2689
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I am a 2nd year college student right now, I go to San Diego State, I am wondering if there are any other college students on here, and how they are eating well with the campus food, we have ALOT of options but most of them are not healthy :(

 
Feb 9, 2010 9:30pm

david2587 david2587
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Hey katibug2689! I’m a grad student at Rutgers, NJ and I definitely know what you mean! In my campus center we have the choice of chinese, burger king, Moes, pizza or a tiny selection of salads (about 2 to pick from) all of which look really unappetizing… I get to go to the faculty dining hall for lunch which helps – but I’m still surrounded by options of burgers, pizza and cakes… I’ve started going for either soup and a salad, or if I need a protein boost (like if I’m doing weights that day) I go for a fish steak (they usually offer a meat steak and fish steak cooked in front of you) and ask them to not add much butter to the sauce and get a double helping of veg instead of rice. Other than that I tend to cook for myself – unfortunately, not having a car means if I miss a shop I’m pretty much stuck with the campus food for the next week…
All in all I suppose I want to say that there are healthy options, they just sometimes take a bit of effort to find. And don’t worry about being a pain in the dining hall by asking them to adjust something on the menu – after all, if it is anything like the Rutgers meal plans I’m sure you’re paying a lot of money for it! Good luck and let us know how it goes!

 
Feb 9, 2010 9:51pm

carefreethunder carefreethunder
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David, you’ve got it good…at least you have more of an option to cook at home than us little undergraduates do. Hehe. :D

I’m a first-year at UC Berkeley, luckily for me, because this place is as nuts as it gets about organic food and health and stuff – I mean, for a college, it’s pretty good, but it’s still not the greatest. It has a lot of vegetarian options (which is good for me), so inevitably, there are a lot of vegetables around. They also publish the nutrition information for everything they serve in the dining commons, which is pretty helpful.

I know what you mean about the unhealthy options, though. I have to do a lot to circumvent the things that my floor and dorm-mates eat, such as Late Night (the worst invention every – food from 10 pm to 2 am and it’s all garbage stuff). But, there IS healthy stuff – salads, vegetables, fruits – you just have to kind of…forage for it. eyeroll It sucks, but you can make it work.

 
Feb 9, 2010 11:26pm

katibug2689 katibug2689
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My school has the whole rubios, panda express, taco bell, pizza type places. We do have a sandwich place, and a salad place that uses way to much dressing on it. I am stuck with eating on campus because I have a meal plan that I have to use every day, and no cooking supplies are allowed in my room and I have no access to a kitchen. If I cant make it in a microwave, then I cant buy it.

My school also has everything the serve on a nutrition chart online, which is helpful. I just feel like I am eating the same things everyday because there are not many options.

 
Feb 10, 2010 6:41pm

Stride Stride
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I’m a senior at Tennessee Temple. The dining hall food varies with 6 different food bars to choose from. I normally go for hot food with a bowl of raisin bran for dessert, and stick with water as a beverage. The largest problem we have is determining how many calories each food item has, and we make our own portions.

There is plenty of junk to eat as well, but that is my choice and not the schools fault.

 
Feb 13, 2010 7:09pm

kathboo2010 kathboo2010
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Just wanted to say I admire you guys for having to eat on campus and still trying to take control of your weight. I went to university in Australia, didn’t live on campus, and still my weight went up quite a bit in my first year.

I’m still studying now, (starting my PhD this year – eek!) and still find trying to avoid snacking when studying is an issue. It seems that if it gets to be late at night and I’m still studying, all my body wants (or all I think it wants) is sugar!

 
Feb 13, 2010 10:15pm

Kesa Kesa
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I’m disappointed we are even talking about this because we should all know better. Personally I don’t know why it is a hassle. Just make your food at home at take it to school with you in a container. Problem solved. I’ve been taking my food to uni for a couple of years now and no worries. Food in Australian universities is expensive and it’s junk.

 
Feb 14, 2010 6:44am

cupulous cupulous
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As a PhD student living off campus I have the opportunity to cook my own food at home and bring it in with me. However, undergrads who live in the dorms are often prohibited from cooking their own food… BS, I know! Sounds like most of the dorm-dwellers posting here are doing exactly what they should be… the best with what they have. Good for you!

 
Feb 14, 2010 11:18am

katibug2689 katibug2689
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Yes, I am a “Dorm Dweller”. This is my second year living on campus, so my second year eating campus food.
Kesa- We don’t really have the opportunity to make the food at home and bring it with us or I would in a second. Inside the dorms we are not allowed to have toaster, hot plate, blender…ect in our room, Nor do I have an access to a kitchen… ever. Lastly we have meal plans, food we have already paid money for, so if I am not eating campus food I am wasting over 2,000 dollars a year. Its not as simple for us to make healthy lunches to take with us to campus…

 
Feb 16, 2010 1:53am

icequeen_ah icequeen_ah
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@kesa: Concentration camp?? Bit extreme there

A lot of colleges have meal plans tht you have to buy into especially if you live on campus at the dorms. It stinks but in some places (UF used to have this) if you buy the meal plan you can use the funds at the campus grocery stores, too. So even though they couldn’t cook, the did have fridges, so when DH used to go there he had fruits, carrots, water or whatever in his fridge.

UF is a huuuuuge school though, so I know not all colleges have their own grocery store. Plus surrounding restaurants (both good for you ones and the corner dive) would accept the fund card.

 
Feb 16, 2010 6:41am

apulliam apulliam
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Hi Katiebug2689,

I completely understand where you are coming from. Freshman year was the worst- it was so easy to load up on the prepaid junk meals in the cafeteria- pizza, pasta, etc and it often seemed difficult to find healthier choices. We were also not permitted to have toaster ovens, etc because of the risk of fire. Luckily my dorm had a communal kitchen that was open for those who wanted to prepare a hot meal, but I rarely used it. Instead, I chose the not so healthy options and paid for it in the end by gaining the infamous “freshman 15”. It got better in the following years as my dorm suite had a working kitchen. Looking back, I wish I had researched cold salads and other dishes that could have been prepared in my dorm room and then refrigerated- like tabouleh or salads filled with legumes like chickpeas and black beans. They can easily be tossed with chopped veggies and olive oil and lemon and stored in the fridge. All you need is a sharp knife, a cutting board, and a storage container. They would serve as a healthy lunch or quick dinner when you need to study and don’t want to scarf down a slice of pizza because you are in a rush. They also would not be expensive to make if you can buy the veggies in season. One big salad could last you an entire week. Also, I would request that the salad dressing be served on the side if you are getting it from the cafeteria. And stay away from the soda fountains! I think this was a huge problem for me :)

 
Feb 16, 2010 1:24pm

david2587 david2587
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@kathboo2010 – I’m having the sane trouble with snacking, especially during late night study sessions… I’ve started eating a small bowl of oatmeal beforehand and find this keeps me full for quite a while… It’s better than my old snack of dry honey nut cheerios!

@Kesa – just wondering if you are a current student or have been a student at an American university? Just if not I think it is a bit rude and offensive saying we should all “know better” (never mind the concentration camp comment). It’s pretty hard to keep up a healthy diet on campus, especially without a car or being tied into a meal plan!

 
Feb 16, 2010 1:37pm

Jeff51 Jeff51
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Snacks…

Like pumpkin? Try canned light pumpkin (low cal – only 40 cal per serving) and add cinnamon and splenda, microwave it real quick and it tastes pretty good!!

Sugar Free Jello, pretty damn tasty also.

And there is always Rice Cakes.

 
Feb 17, 2010 3:18am

Kesa Kesa
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What I meant by we should all “know better” was that because we are all members of a health oriented website we would know better than to stuff our faces with junk food at the earliest opportunity. I’m sorry if it came out wrong. But yes i’m a current university student but not in America. I study in Newcastle, Australia. Have never been to America – sorry.

As for the “nazi concentration camp” comment. I have several dozen German friends in Australia including my 3 housemates. I have never met a German who is offended by the use of “nazi concentration camp” in everyday conservation. Even as a joke. If Germans are not offended by this why are Americans? The person who took down my post is an idiot.

Again sorry if this metaphor offended anyone.

 
Feb 17, 2010 4:44pm

arnthorla arnthorla
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I must come to the defense of Kesa here. In that I find that removing something because it refers to a “concentration camp” a bit of an overreaction. From what I could see of the removed comment, I could not find anything hurtful or offending even though it referred to a concentration camp.

 
Feb 17, 2010 5:10pm

david2587 david2587
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I agree that the removal of the post seems rather harsh – I wasn’t personally offended by the comment, but could see how others might have been. I mainly had issue with the “know better” comment – thanks for clearing it up Kesa. I know exactly what you mean now, and it is true we should “know better” to some degree, and I certainly don’t choose junk food as a first option (or second or third…), but the reality is sometimes it isn’t possible for some of us to cook fresh healthy food every day, so we have to do our best…

 
Feb 17, 2010 5:50pm

Kesa Kesa
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@david2587. I changed my mind. This morning I slipped up and ate 2 large doughnuts from the cafeteria because I couldn’t be bothered nor had the time to make a proper breakfast. I looked it up and it was well over 1000 calories. I now bow my head in shame because I should “have known better”. :-(

 
Feb 18, 2010 1:18pm

Stride Stride
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One persons’ garbage is another persons’ treasure.

 
Feb 18, 2010 1:51pm

Kesa Kesa
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@Stride. I will remember that the next time I take out my trash. When I do I will think of you ;-)

 
Feb 18, 2010 9:14pm

Stride Stride
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Kesa, you need to get with the program, for you have not been logging and activity at all lately. What’s your ailment?

 
Feb 18, 2010 10:31pm

Kesa Kesa
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I’m sorry. I will try harder :-)

While we are talking about universities what is it about fraternities?

I don’t like the idea of buying friends…

 
Feb 20, 2010 8:27pm

Stride Stride
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Thanks a lot Kesa, one of my motivators was lurking around on this thread and got mad at me. As a result, I got dumped!

 
Feb 28, 2010 9:59pm

smryan09 smryan09
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This is my first year of college and I love it. At first I wasn’t eating very well until I realized how much I spent when eating out all the time. I also noticed I was gaining a little bit of weight. I then decided to start eat the food my dad was preparing for me and packing my lunch. I saved money and pounds that way. I also started taking healthy snacks like fruits and veggies to work with me to munch on during the day. I avoided that unhealthy and starting working out at the gym 3 times a week.

 
Jul 5, 2010 3:11pm

savemekaizer savemekaizer
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I feel your pain… I’m a 3rd year student at Louisiana Tech. I’m an out-of-state student, so going home for the weekend isn’t feasible (860 miles!)… and like many college campuses, they serve pretty nasty, unhealthy food. They cook a lot of their vegetables with bacon, which not only makes them taste funny, but they now have an oily sheen that leaves a nasty residue in my mouth. :/
I have a feeling that if Tech wasn’t a commuter campus (the vast majority of people go home over the weekends) they’d pay more attention to nutrition… But, alas, I have to make do with what I have.
On the plus side, I’ve started going to the gym every other day with another friend of mine… I get about 575 calories in each session! :)

 
Nov 30, 2010 7:20am

robertavasquez robertavasquez
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That’s typical school food. Most of them insist that they are very concerned of their students’s health and diet. But the food they mostly serve proves otherwise.

:(


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