You may be living away from home for the first time and responsible for your own meals. Because your eating habits play a critical role in your overall health and wellbeing, it is important that you make healthy food choices. This means that a diet consisting of a chocolate donut before class, a bowl of Lucky Charms for lunch, and pizza at midnight doesn’t quite cut it.
Avoid skipping meals. You can’t run on empty. Leave time in your schedule for meals and stash some healthy snacks like fresh fruits and veggies, yogurt, granola, or string cheese in your backpack for in between meals.
Eat a variety of foods every day. No single food supplies all the nutrients your body needs to function well. To find an individual food plan that is appropriate for you go towww.choosemyplate.gov. You will find helpful nutrition and exercise suggestions based on your age, gender, and physical activity.
Choosing a variety of foods doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming.
- Try something new at the cafeteria or at home as often as possible.
- Vary your grocery list when shopping for yourself.
- Wrap variety into one dish! Pizza, subs, vegetable salads with chicken, egg-white omelets and stir-fry are examples of food combinations that can include ingredients from multiple food groups.
You shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the number of suggested servings per food group. You’ll be surprised at how easily you can meet the food plate guide if you take a look at the serving sizes. For instance:
- ½ cup of spaghetti or rice is one serving. (1/2 cup fills an ice cream scoop)
- 1 cup is about the size of a closed fist. Typical single servings include a cup of milk, a cup of leafy raw vegetables and a cup of dry cereal.
- A single serving of meat, fish or poultry (3 ounces) is about the size of a deck of cards.
Be selective in the cafeteria (and when cooking for yourself).
No food is “good” or “bad”, it’s your total diet that counts. There’s no need to eliminate any food from your diet, simply balance your choices. Maintaining your current weight is simply balancing the calories you take in with the calories you expend. Think balance, not restriction!
|Eat fruits and veggies!|
|Cut down on fat, don’t eliminate it.
Remember, some fat in the diet is important!
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