Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

What We Eat?

College is a great experience, but with college comes a lot of responsibility. Trying to juggle work, school, and clubs, all while eating healthy and working out. I find it very difficult to always do this, but I still try to stay on top of it. Like today, I have been going since 7:30 am and will not be free until midnight. At midnight, I am planning on going to the rec and working out not because I like to stay up that late, but because it’s the only time available.

At the house I live at, the four of us try to cook together, but it usually only works once a week because we all work and have different schedules. Basically, finding time to cook is HARD! I love to cook and usually cook every night, but it surprises me how lazy some people are.

I went over to the sorority house yesterday to make taco salads with a friend and she said it was the first time she cooked a real meal since moving in…thats 5 weeks!!!!! Anyway, I guess I enjoy it more than others so I make time for it.

I thought it would be very interesting to sit down with my three other roommates and ask them what they ate today (and what they are going to eat for dinner). We all have very different views on working out and eating healthy and I am curious to see if you can pick out who does what. Let me know what you think each person is like.

Lu

breakfast: banana, peanut butter and crackers

lunch: grilled cheese, spinach salad

dinner: rolls, salad

Me

breakfast: coffee, pear

snack: crackers

 lunch: turkey sandwich

dinner: chicken, green beans, baked potato

Lauren

breakfast: cereal

lunch: nothing

dinner: chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, apple

Sam

breakfast: eggs, juice

lunch: mac and cheese, fruit, dessert

snack: apple

dinner: perogies, onions, chicken

Torie Nicholas
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  1. Do you have a little extra time on the weekends?

    Do all of the prep work for a week of cooking on a Saturday or Sunday so you can throw it all together in the evenings, since it’s the chopping, etc. that usually takes the most time.

    You could also make up casseroles (not always bad for you, just watch the ingredients!) or soups (especially good with the cool weather coming in) that can be quickly reheated.

  2. Torie
    What about buying bags of lettuce and veggies that are already cut up? Make a big salad and add a microwaved sweet potato or canned tuna or chicken. I also think you can be eating some kind of energy bar (with less sugar) during the day and some string cheese + nuts for protein.

    I don’t think you have to work out every day especially when you start at 7;30 and go to the gym at midnight. Cut yourself some slack. Rest is very important.

  3. My comments – I don’t think any of you are eating enough food or the right food to sustain yourself all day long.

    Lu

    breakfast: banana, peanut butter and crackers (substitute 1 piece of whole grain toast for crackers)

    lunch: grilled cheese, spinach salad (add an apple or piece of fruit)

    dinner: rolls, salad (don’t eat the rolls and add a sweet potato/microwaved) + small cup of nonfat fruit yogurt

    Me

    breakfast: coffee, pear – (You need protein/hard boiled egg, cheese sticks, microwave turkey sausage – maybe 2 proteins)

    snack: crackers (don’t eat these plain, add some nuts + yogurt)

    lunch: turkey sandwich (add a piece of fruit)

    dinner: chicken, green beans, baked potato

    Lauren

    breakfast: cereal (and fruit)

    lunch: nothing (Eat something! Cereal is not enough to carry you through the day.)

    dinner: chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, apple

    Sam

    breakfast: eggs, juice (1 slice of whole grain toast)

    lunch: mac and cheese, fruit, dessert (what about small salad or steamed veggies or carrot/celery sticks instead of fruit?)

    snack: apple

    dinner: perogies, onions, chicken (plus green vegetable or small salad)

  4. I have class from 11 to 5 without a break so it is hard to eat a full lunch. I usually bring fruit and veggies, but it is still hard to pack enough food.

  5. I find all these menus hard to believe – maybe for one day, but not as a general rule. None of you mentioned snacks! You should eat many times throughout the day and healthy snacks make a big difference so that you don’t binge when you get too hungry.

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