College students are notorious for their bad eating habits. Buffet-style dining leads us to consume large portions of less-than-healthy food. Most of us opt for the grab-and-go meals like pizza and burgers; more often than not because that’s what is provided for us. Academic institutions tend to buy in bulk because that is the most economical option, but these products are typically highly processed and have lost nutrients to the freezing process.  

beer1We are also late-night munchers: midnight pb&j’s, Chinese takeout, bags of Doritos that taste so much better in the wee hours of the morning.

And, for the majority of us, booze is a big factor in our eating habits and weight fluctuation. In one weekend evening, an individual can consume anywhere near 1200 calories in alcohol. At 110 calories a pop, even light beers can pack pounds onto your midsection. And to add insult to injury, a person has less dietary discretion when they’re intoxicated,  so they would be more likely to succumb to the infamous “drunk munchies.”  

The best defense against these nutrition no-nos is conscious eating: making deliberate decisions that contribute to natural health. This isn’t always the easiest option, but it will benefit you in the longrun. There are a few ways of taking the organic route:

  • foodVisit your local Farmer’s Markets- Locavorism benefits you, your economy, and your earth. Stay tuned for some more info on the many benefits of buying and eating in town.
  • Check out the Natural Food section at your grocery store- Some are bigger than others, but most have a decent selection of fresh produce and organic goods. Stock up on organic snacks so that you will be less likely to scarf down junk food. Some snacks might even be locally-grown or produced, so you can hit two birds with one stone (although Naturalists typically don’t condone animal cruelty!)
  • Grow your own vegetation- Talk to your college administration or Environmental programs about starting a community garden.  
  • Make special requests- Some resident dining services might support the idea of going organic, or at least featuring some natural selections. You’ll never know until you ask! Which leads to…
  • Ask questions- You can have a better idea of what your eating if you ask about ingredients and nutrition facts. If you stick to natural foods, you will typically consume less calories and better calories, which will keep you fuller longer and healthier over-all!