Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Freshman 15...

...7 tips to avoid it

I posted earlier today about kids going back to school and what that means for families, moms in particular.  But I'm reminded also that some "kids" are off to college for the first time ever.

For Freshmen, this is a new way of life, away from the structure of home and family meals.  Thus, the dreaded Freshman 15 enters the picture. Often this added weight occurs not just in the first year of college, but in the first two years and is attributed to stress, increased alcohol consumption and poor eating habits.

You can avoid the Freshmen 15 by following the 7 tips to choose healthy foods:
  1. avoid eating when stressed, while studying, or while watching TV
  2. eat slowly
  3. eat at regular times and don't skip meals
  4. keep late-night snacking to a minimum
  5. watch the size of your portions and resist going back for additional servings
  6. steer clear of vending machines and fast food by keeping  healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables on hand in your room
  7. replace empty-calorie soft drinks with water or green tea
At the University of Florida, the Student Health Care Center offers Nutriton Services to currently enrolled students as no cost. Nutrition Services may address:
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Vegan and vegetarian lifestyles
  • Gluten-free living
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Tips for a busy college student
  • General nutrition information
They also offer a free downloadable Gator Grub Cookbook with healthy recipes for college students. Check with your school for similar services.

Be proactive this year and take control of your health!  For weight loss or weight maintenance tips or a free weight loss consultation, contact me.

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