What to eat at college?

By Beerlilly Latest Reply 2010-08-14 01:08:50 -0500
Started 2010-08-08 23:33:19 -0500

I'm going to be going back to community college in less than 2 weeks. With working and going to school; I sometimes don't have time in the day to pack a lunch or a snack. The cafeteria food is either left out sitting for hours or its all packaged foods. Does anyone have any ideas to help me out?

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Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-08-14 01:08:50 -0500 Report

Happy day Beerlilly,
Try purchasing a small insulated shoulder cooler where b 4 u leave ur rm. u can pack some good treats for yourself & b able 2 eat thru out the day. This way u save time money & want be anxious for anything. Which God tells us not 2 b just pray to Him in supplication w/thanksgiving & let him know the desires of our heart. Remember that u r blessed & highly favored in the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

RAYT721 2010-08-13 23:16:26 -0500 Report

When I was in college in the 70s I majored in joint rolling. Did I say that? I wasn't diabetic so food wasn't the main thing on my mind. Now as I think back, I can so relate to the experience(s) you have ahead of you. You can attempt to change the menus within the school cafeteria but it's probably an uphill battle. Your best bet is to find options that fit your lifestyle and healthstyle. The most important thing is prior planning. You probably should consider bringing foods from home that your mind, body and soul appreciate. When you think about things like calories, fats, sodium and other concerns, it's important to develop a menu plan that works for you. Your food choices are essential. Think about healthier options like protein (fish, lean meat, eggs, protein bars); calcium (low fat cheeses, low fat dairy); low carb (limit bread, rice, potatoes, pasta; veggies (salad or sides) or make them healthier choices; healthier snacks (popcorn, sun ships, baked lays); and things like nuts, healthy oils, oatmeal,whole grains, etc). You can reach your goals but you have to set them and that means knowing what you mind, body, soul and glucose meter appreciates. Steer clear of the bad stuff. Replace things with healthier swaps that will consider your health, safe food storage, and everything/anything that will make you strive for education, motivation, inspiration and … a new you!!!

Beerlilly 2010-08-13 22:03:50 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reply. I have to try some of everyones tricks. The only things is that I have some food allergies; so I'll have to avoid some snacks.

monkeymama 2010-08-09 23:05:52 -0500 Report

I am a very busy wife, mother of three, and a nursing student right now. I have been using protein meal bars (Luna and Special K), protein shakes, Special K cereal bars, and the fast & simple stuff. I am also using Propel and bottled water to drink as I need to. It has really worked wonders for me. If it is a late night study session, sugar free jello, sugar free pudding, almonds/sunflower seeds, 1-2 cups popcorn (natural), and what ever else might be low carb'd. i do have my nights though, where the snack thing will creep up on me. I hope this has given you a few ideas to help you. Best of luck in starting the new semester in college.

Diane987 2010-08-09 09:23:42 -0500 Report

Betty is right, you have to make time at least one day out of the week to prepare meals you can grab and go for the rest of the week. You can buy pre-cut veggies in a grocery store and package them in baggies. I would carry the tuna packaged in those pouches rather than cans with me when I was always on the go. It may cost a little more but it will save you time. Small containers of greek yogurt are easy to carry along with you when you are on the go. Eating healthy isn't always the easiest thing to do but it is essential for a diabetic to find the time to get it done. Best of luck in college, study hard.

bettymachete 2010-08-09 07:25:21 -0500 Report

All I can say is you have to find a way to take some time to get those meals and snacks in. My kids have busy schedules er go I have a busy schedule. What saves me time- for breakfast is fix 5 days worth of Irish Oatmeal- I keep fresh blueberries and bananas. I buy bulk almonds/ dried wasabi peas and separate them into snack size bags and freeze. String cheese, yogurts. If I am on top of things, I fix lunches the night before, for grab and go the next day. If you are faced with going fast food, the key is watching the carbs. I will grab a grilled chicken sandwich I ask them just for no bun or sauce and extra pickles, most the time they look at me funny or get this simple concept wrong but I still ask..lol. If no chicken then a hamburger but still no bun. I no longer go for the salads because the preservative wash that they have the salad mixture in, has a sugar in it. I wish you the best during this busy time, try not to stress too much! :)