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Fighting the Freshman 15 in College

By Debra Rodzinak 

Many college freshmen find themselves gaining the famous freshman 15 -- the 15 pounds that new college students seem to put on their first year away from home.  Follow these tips and you could save yourself those extra pounds and stay healthy.

Portion Size

Keep track of the amount of food you are eating, even if it is healthy.  Proper portion size allows for a better way to control the calories consumed. 

Change It Up 

When eating at the cafeteria, avoid going back to the same foods over and over.  Change up the foods chosen from one day to the next to get all of the nutrients needed.

Eat Breakfast

Begin each day with a healthy, well-balanced meal when you wake up.  This ensures that the day is off to a good start.

Snack Healthy

When studying in the dorm room, it is easy to “graze” on chips or candy if it is around.  Instead, stock the dorm room with healthy foods like fruit or granola bars.

Drink in Moderation

College parties are famous for heavy drinking and morning hangovers.  Alcohol contains empty calories, so avoid overdrinking when out with friends.

"Stress" Eating

College can be stressful with impending exams and hours of research.  Instead of snacking, take a walk or meditate to relieve stress.

Drink Water

Water can keep a person feeling full and boosts concentration.  Keep water handy at all times and stay hydrated during the day.

Caffeine and Sugary Drinks

The occasional double shot grande iced caramel macchiato with extra whip cream is fine if it is not the regular morning drink order.  If it is difficult to give up caffeine and sugar completely, replace every other drink with water.

Fruits and Vegetables

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is not only a tasty way to achieve the vital nutrients a body needs, but they help keep the caloric intake down when compared to starchy fries or gravy soaked mashed potatoes.

Junk Food

College life is fast-paced, and finding time to eat a well balanced meal can be difficult.  When running from class to class, it is easy to grab a quick bit to eat.  Try to find time to sit down and eat a well balanced meal.

Skipping Meals

When time is running out, it is easy to skip meals.  Instead, prepare meals beforehand to make it easy to find time to eat.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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