Dinning halls…you either love them or hate them.
Honestly, I thought I would hate them going into college but they really are not that bad.
Most schools do a decent job at rotating the selection of foods to choose from and keeping the food/serving utensils sanitary – after all, a school wide out break of salmonella does not sound too appealing.
So now – tips on surviving the dinning hall experience:
1. Walk around to scout out your options before loading up your plate – some dinning halls post their menus online too
2. Skip the soda – normally I do not advocate restricting foods but I encourage you to pass up the carbonation and stick with water or tea
3. PORTIONS are key – try using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate to keep your portions in check
4. Honor your cravings – if you want some ice cream then go have some ice cream
5. Listen to your hunger cues – you don’t have to eat everything on your plate; stop when you are full
6. Pace yourself – don’t feel you need to eat everything you like at one meal; the waffle maker will still be there tomorrow 🙂
And now some dinning hall hacks:
1. Bring containers and fill them with wholesome foods to keep in your room
2. Get creative – add chicken from the deli to a salad, veggies from the salad bar to a wrap or make your own bagel pizza at the pasta bar
3. Bring a mug a fill it with milk (then you don’t have to buy it from the store)
4. Produce can get expensive so grab some on your way out the door
5. Take advantage of custom orders – my school offers a made to order omelette station in the morning and a deli station for lunch and dinner