Dining Halls

  • Try not to arrive “starving” so you can make informed, healthy food choices.
    • Eat balanced meals and snacks throughout the day.
    • Eating every 3-4 hours keeps you energized and helps to stave off hunger.
  • Make sure to hydrate before and after meals.
  • Aim to give yourself 30-45 minutes to eat.
  • Familiarize yourself with all of the food options before selecting what to eat.
  • Choose water or milk over high sugar drinks (soda, tea, lemonade, juice).
  • Try to avoid being distracted while eating (on the phone, texting, watching a show, etc.) so you can focus on enjoying your food.
  • Eat slowly – it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to signal to your brain that it’s full.
  • Quite the impulse to go back for seconds by waiting 10-15 minutes to identify if you’re still hungry.
  • Select high protein foods at every meal (meats, tofu, beans, legumes, yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts, and seeds).
  • Load your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables!
  • Create a balanced plate of - 1/2 fruits and vegetables, 1/4 protein, 1/4 whole grain and a small amount of healthy fat.
  • Try a new entree at least once a week to experiment with what you like and dislike.
  • If you are having a hard time creating a balanced meal for yourself based the options available to you, then speak with the foodservice staff. They are available to accommodate any special food requests or suggestions you may have.

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