Don’t Overdo it In the Dining Hall

September 1, 2011

Meal Plan & Dining Halls, Tips

I realize that one of the glorious things about college is having so many options all at once in the dining hall. At first it’s awesome. Like you can have chicken marsala with mashed potatoes along with a loaded salad and a slice of pizza, and top it off with a brownie and some ice cream. I know it sounds amazing now, but your body won’t be too amazed after awhile haha.

Whether we want to believe it or not, dining hall food is fattening. They want to please their audience, so the food is made for college kids lol. So my advice is to take it easy. Don’t go overboard.

In Neilson, there are like 9 different sections. It’s exactly like a buffet: there’s the entree, sauté, Asian/international food, the deli, cook-to-order pasta, pizza, a salad bar, desserts, and coffee/tea/ice cream. There are sooooo many choices. What I started doing toward the end of the year was counting calories because there are lots of unnecessary calories in the food. There’s a nutrition website that gives you the menu and nutrition facts for every dining hall. It’s helpful to look it and know exactly what you’re eating. I loved the cook-to-order bar because you got to choose a pasta, vegetables/chicken and a sauce to go in them. It is what it is and you know what you’re getting. I think Busch has the same thing and the new dining hall on Livingston will, I heard.

So at all costs try to avoid the freshman 15. Watch what you eat and don’t let the freedom of having whatever you want get to you. It’s tough, but you’ll thank yourself 2nd semester when you start getting cravings for homecooked food.

To sum it up: you have a buffet-style dining hall. That doesn’t mean it should be all you can eat, all the time

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