Going to college is a time of change and students sometimes eat in response to anxiety, homesickness and stress. Take a smart approach to your diet in order to help maintain a healthy body. Here are some tips on what to do:
- Avoid eating when stressed, while studying, or while watching TV.
- Eat slowly.
- Drink plenty of water; it’s easy to confuse hunger with thirst.
- Eat at regular times and try not to skip meals.
- Keep snacking to a minimum.
- Choose a mix of nutritious foods.
- Pick lower-fat options when you can.
- Watch the size of your portions.
- Resist going back for additional servings.
- Steer clear of vending machines and fast food.
- Keep healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables on hand in your room.
- Replace empty-calorie soft drinks with water or skim milk.
For more information on nutrition and diet, take advantage of the following tools:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
You can also call Student Health Services at (805) 437-8828 to make an appointment with one of our providers if you need personalized counseling on nutrition.