I want meat!

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    Sep 26, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    It's been a little over a week and all this American college dining plan is providing me with seems to be nothing other than an endless supply of cheap processed carbs.

    I swear this entire week I've felt so bloated

    I think the fact that there are protien shakes and bars on every corner and they are mainstream and therefor cheap and the fact that this place has a 3 gyms twice the size means i should be a good opportunity to make some progress.

    The only thing that's holding me back is not having a good basic diet. I've taken to pouring skim milk down my neck with every meal, I think I'll be switching from cereal to eggs in the morning as it's the only real guaranteed opportunity to get some protein. I also seem to be able to negotiate a turkey sandwich with twice the turkey. but that's about it.

    But I'm starting to pine for an my usual minimum of 1 meat heavy meal of the day. I know shakes and while they are good and I use them and can really pack in the protein if I throw in an egg and skim milk but it's not the same as an actual meal you know

    I passed on todays offering of fried chicken and mash it looked 3 parts bone, 2 parts bread crumbs one part chicken and instead downed 2 slices of pizza and a large milk.

    Any suggestions
  • pelotudo87

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    Sep 26, 2008 5:40 AM GMT
    Yeah college cafeterias are hard. Maybe you could go for salads with chicken or steak, or sandwiches? If there's grilled chicken breast, that's always a good option.

    It's kinda hard to make many recommendations because I don't know what your cafeteria is like. But yeah the protein shakes would be a good idea. A protein shake and some natural peanut butter would be a good protein meal--and you can keep that stuff in your room, too. And if you have a small refrigerator, maybe some milk, too, and some yogurt/cottage cheese?

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    Sep 26, 2008 10:50 AM GMT
    I can appreciate your thinking about a decent steak, or chicken breast or fillet of fish. Good Luck with the fare of college cafeteria food. I think you are spot on: I wonder if your food is processed with extraordinarily high sodium/high fat content as well.

    Can the kitchen give you details on the food, i.e. breakdown the protein etc.

    do you have a minifridge at the dorm? a microwave, a blender? a common kitchen?
    cottage cheese, tuna, salmon, non-packaged sliced meats (cut at the deli). protein powder. fresh fruits.

    Care package from Mom. Eat as clean as you can. Some suggest a seefood day-eat all the food you see 1x per week.



  • Sayrnas

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    Sep 26, 2008 12:53 PM GMT
    Just to throw my two cents...You could add flax to some things. Lil sprinkle here, some more there...That's a good deal of Omega 3s and some protein. Not a huge dose, but enough maybe to help ya out.

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    Sep 26, 2008 1:41 PM GMT
    Gosh, that's right...I remember fighting for a little meat at the meager a la carte counters on the student meal plan.

    Get on Craigslist in your area and find a cheap mini-fridge (as suggested above). Get all the cold-cut meats you can stock and make salads and sandwiches at home to supplement your meal plan.

    But really, the protein shake supplement isn't a bad route either. Some of those shakes are actually meal replacements, and supply a good percentage of RDAs.

    If your cafeteria has a salad bar, fill up the bottom of the bowl with meat, and pile greens on top (to hide them from the bean-counter at checkout)...I remember they always charged more if my salad had meat on it. Diced turkey and ham seemed to be the items that were going to break the cafeteria's economic back.
  • Timbales

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    Sep 26, 2008 2:43 PM GMT
    If you tell the cafeteria that you have a specific dietary need, they should be able to accommodate you. You can always lie and say you are gluten intolerant.
  • Aquanerd

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    Sep 26, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    Find out where the Football team eats, there is bound to be Meat on their menu.
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    Sep 26, 2008 4:07 PM GMT
    I LOVE the title of this thread. LOL!
  • Aquanerd

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    Sep 26, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    AMT87 said

    Any suggestions


    Sorry, just read your profile. Are you still in Ireland?

    If so...

    ...your screwed.icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 26, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    Oh yeah the salt thing is a big thing too, I would rather less but i can deal with it. A lot of the other European students find the food too salty to actually eat. Things you don't actually expect to be salty either my friend tossed her ceaser salad the other day.

    It's weird I've never seen fruit look so good and taste so bad, the over swelled waxed apples and tomatos are twice the size but ick! Your organic food is our normal food in europe, our organic food tastesno different and is slightly dirtier

    Little chance of a care package what with postage and customs. My apartment has a fridge plus a stove but I've slowly been building up stolen food hall cups and plates etc. I'm comtemplating a blender but it's not a good Idea to spend the cash fitting out my kitchen to actually cook in if it'll have to be chucked after a year.

    I'm not going to be whiny I mean the choice of food here is way better than my home university but it's the food you can tell everything has to be cheap and filling which means m=nothing but carbs literally
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    Sep 28, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    im impressed at how much thought you are giving your meals/ nutrition, given you're only 21. i remember i went through grad school at 24, surviving on an rotation of ramen noodles and microwave lunches. occasionally, i'd 'treat' myself to taco bell if i got an A.

    the course load, part time work and my GPA kept me on my toes unable to think of anything else.

    good luck with search for meat. oh, and school too.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 29, 2008 7:46 AM GMT
    sundayswim saidim impressed at how much thought you are giving your meals/ nutrition, given you're only 21. i remember i went through grad school at 24, surviving on an rotation of ramen noodles and microwave lunches. occasionally, i'd 'treat' myself to taco bell if i got an A.

    the course load, part time work and my GPA kept me on my toes unable to think of anything else.

    good luck with search for meat. oh, and school too.icon_biggrin.gif


    In Ireland I have 15 hours of lectures, 3 hours of small group work, 12 hours of lab work and a 32 hour a week job as a retail supervisor

    In California I have 7 hours of lectures, 6 in the lab and 2 hours of discussion.

    That's going from a 64 hour week, to a 17 hour week I have nothing but time this year. I'd like a job but the wages are shit, retail staff are abused plus the university won't allow me because they gave me the scholarship and want me to concentrate on studying.