Nutrition for a broke college boy

  • tbeaux

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    Jan 05, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    So I am going back to college on the 12th and I am kind of wondering how can I eat like I did when I am home there. At home during the break I spent most of my time cooking good healthy food and working out..now here is the difficult part, applying that to my life in college, especially in a dorm. I use the dining halls, and try to eat the healthiest stuff there (which isn't much) and i need to invest some money into my snacks like apples and peanut butter and almonds and what not ..but does anyone have any advice on how to stay nutritionally healthy while living in a dorm?


    thanks,
    Tim
  • JackSilver

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    Jan 05, 2010 5:44 PM GMT
    I'm living in a student residence myself and I think it's hard, but not impossible to eat healthy. I'll tell you what I do, but I don't it's the best solution.

    Breakfast is either oatmeal or bread. I cook the oatmeal with milk, and when it's bread I just have a glass of milk. Sometimes I have fruits to go along, pears or bananas or apples. I sometimes eat this for lunch as well.

    Which ever meal I make (breakfast or lunch), I eat the other at the campus canteen, which is ok, but I don't consider it healthy.

    Dinner's the hardest. My hall's canteen serves really oily food, so I only eat there when I'm way to tired (or lazy) to cook. Good thing we have a kitchen on every floor. I'd cook myself some pasta or soup or salad.

    Sometimes I would just make a sandwich of lettuce, peanut butter, mayonnaise and cheese, occasionally with ham or eggs, if I'm not that hungry.

    The only thing I can do to keep my weight and figure from becoming a disaster is exercise, a lot.
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    Jan 05, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    idunno what ur cafe serves, but for breakfast i have oatmeal, bowl of fruit 2 hours later, for lunch they serve sushi, but be careful i just get the salmon roll (just salmon rice and seaweed, and i try to get it with brown rice) then a vegetable 2 hours later, then for dinner grilled chicen and a bowl of veggies,


    then i go home get stoned and eat a bunch of bad shit....
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    Jan 05, 2010 6:51 PM GMT
    Vegetables and almonds are good to keep on hand. Whatever you do - don't do what we did when I was a student.....Top Ramen. Avoid that stuff! There's gotta be a place in Hell for all that starch and salt!
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    Jan 05, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    Get the meal plan at the cafeteria.

    Carbs are generally cheap. Grits, pasta, oatmeal, potatoes, rice, can all be had on the very cheap. Good, slow, dense, carbs (starches) are one of the best things that you can do for prolonged energy and good brain function. Eat your complex carbs.

    Good protein is more expensive but many stores are now competing with Walmart for meat prices, and quality, so, if you watch the specials you should be able to get protein on the cheap. You'll have to have good protein to make any gains in the gym.

    Often, the best time to buy meat is about 15 minutes before 9:00 p.m. as that's when they want to move dated stuff, or, on Mondays, after the weekend specials.

    With some intelligence, you should do fine.

    You'll want poly and mono unsaturated fats. The cheap way is through peanut butter.
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    Jan 05, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    waxon saididunno what ur cafe serves, but for breakfast i have oatmeal, bowl of fruit 2 hours later, for lunch they serve sushi, but be careful i just get the salmon roll (just salmon rice and seaweed, and i try to get it with brown rice) then a vegetable 2 hours later, then for dinner grilled chicen and a bowl of veggies,


    then i go home get stoned and eat a bunch of bad shit....


    LOL. Must be from Texas, judging from the bad writing and life style.
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    Jan 05, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
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    waxon saididunno what ur cafe serves, but for breakfast i have oatmeal, bowl of fruit 2 hours later, for lunch they serve sushi, but be careful i just get the salmon roll (just salmon rice and seaweed, and i try to get it with brown rice) then a vegetable 2 hours later, then for dinner grilled chicen and a bowl of veggies,


    then i go home get stoned and eat a bunch of bad shit....


    LOL. Must be from Texas, judging from the bad writing and life style.


    yee haw
  • tbeaux

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    Jan 06, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    I'll have to give some of that a try... I have a better schedule now so it's much more possible..

    We have very good dining halls at Mizzou, but still it has its unhealthy stuff. I guess I am just gonna have to eat more apples, bananas, and oatmeal, and what not.

    Thanks very much!
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    Broccoli
    Spinach
    Romaine lettuce are veritable green vitamin pills!

    Oh and this may surprise you, it did me, but celery is a good source of vitamin C

    For more foods, see http://whfoods.com/foodstoc.php

    And this site... http://www.nutritiondata.com/ ... has this neat feature:

    proteinchart.jpg

    It shows the protein profile of a food...in this case, brown rice. But what I think is neat is...notice at the bottom, you can click to find food that have protein profiles that complement that food. This would enable you to eat a complete protein diet, without having to eat more expensive meat everyday. As examples: bread and peanut butter = complete protein, and beans and rice = complete protein. This may help your budget. Or even as you go thru the line in the cafeteria.
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    I'm in a fairly unique position here as I cook for the flagship dining hall at UNL. You may remember us by our upset win against your football team this year. icon_biggrin.gif

    Do you have a standard line, or are you buffet style? Mizzou's a pretty nice school so I'm betting you've got a buffet setup.

    There are healthy options there, but you have to dig a bit. We get a lot of complaints about our menu not being healthy and it really confuses me.

    Anyway, if you can give me some more info as to what your hall offers, I could try to help you out a bit more.
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    Jan 06, 2010 6:20 AM GMT
    Go Big Red
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    Jan 18, 2010 6:06 PM GMT
    What I did when I was in the dorms was invest in a small Foreman Grill (or something similar), a microwave, and a rice cooker. Standard meals would be something like grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli and brown rice. It's cheap and quick and you can make enough for a few meals so all you have to do is reheat for your next meal.