What you eat gives you energy throughout the day and is important to maintaining overall health. Whether you're eating at one of the CSB/SJU dining options on-campus, eating in area restaurants, or cooking for yourself, these tips will help you maximize your nourishment!
Do eat a variety of foods: The Center for Disease Control recommends making half of your daily food intake (i.e. half your plate) fruits and vegetables. They are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that contribute to good health, keep you functioning at your best, and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Your intake must also include a variety of grains, proteins and other nutrients that are essential to health and well-being. By maintaining a variety of foods in your intake, you will have enough energy to learn in class, have fun with your friends, and participate in all the other things you have to do!
Do be careful of rigid rules about your food: There is no food that is inherently "bad" or "good". If you notice that you have rigid rules about what you allow yourself to eat, you may wish to consult with a dietitian, medical provider, or psychologist to ensure that you are nourishing yourself properly and are not too strict about your food.
Do listen to your body: Try to pay attention to your body's cues and eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full. Notice how the foods you choose effect you. Do they give you energy? Do they make you groggy? You may need to slow down and practice mindful eating in order to effectively listen to your body.
Do consult with a dietitian: It can be tricky to transition to eating on-campus. From the wide variety of choices, to a different eating culture, to an unregulated schedule, college can be a stressful place to learn how to eat on your own. Luckily you have access to a dietitian to help you make choices that will promote your health and help to protect you against the stress of college.
Do eat first if you plan to party: If you plan to consume alcohol, having food in your stomach, particularly proteins, fats and dense carbohydrates, slows that absorption process and can help avoid some of the less pleasant effects of alcohol.