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Self-Help Tools: Nutrition

Good Eating Habits

Being away from home and eating in the cafeteria or cooking your own meals can be confusing. It can lead to too many high fat choices such as pizza, chilidogs, fried foods, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, etc. We have all heard of "the freshman 15", the extra fifteen pounds that are easy to put on the first year of college. Some students may even get involved in some form of disordered eating. Good eating habits doesn’t mean that you can’t eat your favorite foods. All foods fit in a healthy diet. It is what you eat the majority of the time that makes a difference. Try to eat a well balanced diet and incorporate more fruit, vegetables and whole grains and try to stay away from processed and fried foods. Decrease your intake of fats, especially saturated fats. However, remember that low-fat and nonfat food can still be high in calories. In addition eat a variety of food since no single food can supply the amount of nutrients that we need. Also, eating right and exercise goes together. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day on most days. If you are confused as what or how much to eat call the counseling center at ext.4210 and make an appointment to see a nutritionist.