Message Boards » Food and Nutrition

TOPIC: Tips to Avoid Eating Out?

 
Ic_disabled_photos
Topic has been inactive for 30 days or more and images have been disabled.
Display All Images
April 22, 2013 10:32 AM
Hey guys,

Full time student here finding myself eating unhealthfully
out and about because I often get stuck for time. Usually it
comes down to a study versus prepare a decent meal dilemma
And I invariably end up at the likes of subway or eating pizza
for lunch.

Any suggestions be they behavioural, time management, or simple
And fast meals are welcome ;)

Cheers,
Ceru
April 22, 2013 10:38 AM
Do you have healthier resto options nearby? Cafés can offer really great chicken or fish wraps, salads, soups, etc.

Also, leftovers are your friend! If you can find time once or twice per week to just cook up a storm and then refrigerate or freeze the leftovers, you will save yourself lots of time further down the line. I like making huge pots of soups, sauces, and chili for this purpose.

Smoothies are good way to go as well. I make protein shakes with whatever fruits I have on hand and some whey protein powder. The protein helps keep me full until my next meal.
April 22, 2013 10:44 AM
Eating at home is ALWAYS best and probably least expensive. Try taking time out on a Saturday to cook your meats... for instance bake a few chicken breast, or salmon, shrimp etc. It doesn't take long and you can do it while you study and that should be enuff to last the week! You can even freeze it too, that way you can prepare it how you want it. For example: as a sandwhich, over a salad (bag salads), with veggies. There's a host of ways to spin it.
  12425581
April 22, 2013 10:45 AM
Avoid eating out?

Dude, it's supposed to be enjoyable. It's something you should do with your friends and loved ones. I would say avoiding it is just plain antisocial.

Just get it done.
April 22, 2013 10:46 AM
I have the same time problems. I'm an older student (went back to college for a different degree), plus I have a job and a dog to walk. I also HATE to cook, LOL.

I eat a lot of lentils, which you can buy dried and then cook a couple of meals in advance. They take about 30 minutes to cook.
1 cup of lentils to 2.5 cups of water, bring to a boil, then cover with a lid and simmer until done.

Chop veggies ahead of time to add and keep them in containers in the refrigerator -- onions, carrots, broccoli, etc.
I add the veggies near the end, turn the heat off, leave the lid on for 5-10 minutes, and they're done.
One exception: butternut and acorn squash are great with lentils. Cook them with the lentils from the beginning.

Lots of protein, inexpensive, and easy to make. No recipes. I add salt for seasoning.

Editing to add you can get a rice cooker, cook up brown rice in advance, and add a little of that for variety.
Edited by HollisGrant On April 22, 2013 10:50 AM
  41792553
April 22, 2013 10:47 AM
Dude you are in college! We are young! You need to eat out as much as possible while it is still very easily accessible.
April 22, 2013 10:50 AM
Please don't avoid eating out!
April 22, 2013 10:52 AM
Tell her it's a religious thing.
April 22, 2013 10:53 AM
QUOTE:

Please don't avoid eating out!


This and when you do make sure you give a big tip.
April 22, 2013 10:55 AM
Eat out but keep it within your calorie intake, ditch the guilt!!!!!
  34700480
April 22, 2013 10:55 AM
I pack my lunch every day and carry it around in a small cooler that fits in my backpack.

I make sandwiches in sandwich thins.
I make a huge salad with lots of veggies, some meat (today is tuna) and a smidgen of flavorful things like feta, olives, and or craisins.
I have celery and dips.
I have fruit and nuts.
For really long days, I include a hot meal, either left overs or lean cuisine.

I make sure I have enough to get me through the end of the day. I have fallen short a few times and I always regret my choices when I do.
  6560859
April 22, 2013 10:57 AM
QUOTE:

Please don't avoid eating out!


Practice makes perfect!
April 22, 2013 10:57 AM
Make some weekly calendars and make stuff on it in advance, say on Sunday night. I've just started doing this, and it's amazing how much time is saved during the week.
April 22, 2013 10:58 AM
A couple more tips:

Boil some eggs and keep them in the fridge. One egg is about 75 calories and has a lot of protein.
I also drink a Slim Fast shake for breakfast.
  41792553
April 22, 2013 11:00 AM
Eat out if you have (or want) to. Just figure out the calorie amounts before you go and log it and eat ONLY that. My husband and I eat out too much (frankly) but I try to stay in my portions (unless I want to splurge).
  11122560
April 22, 2013 11:02 AM
QUOTE:

I pack my lunch every day and carry it around in a small cooler that fits in my backpack.

I make sandwiches in sandwich thins.
I make a huge salad with lots of veggies, some meat (today is tuna) and a smidgen of flavorful things like feta, olives, and or craisins.
I have celery and dips.
I have fruit and nuts.
For really long days, I include a hot meal, either left overs or lean cuisine.

I make sure I have enough to get me through the end of the day. I have fallen short a few times and I always regret my choices when I do.


Really good advice.
  41792553
April 22, 2013 11:03 AM
Why avoid eating out? It is supposed to be enjoyable for everyone involved, but if you personally don't like it you should suck it up and do it anyway. Avoiding it can lead to serious repercussions with friends and loved ones and make it seem like you don't care.

So just do it.

And always remember to eat clean as possible.
April 22, 2013 11:03 AM
QUOTE:

A couple more tips:

Boil some eggs and keep them in the fridge. One egg is about 75 calories and has a lot of protein.
I also drink a Slim Fast shake for breakfast.


I agree on the eggs wonderful quick and nutritious.
  17474508
April 22, 2013 11:07 AM
Although there are healthy options for eating out, I know when I was a student it's not so easy on the wallet.

Tuna pouches are great, grab one (or two) of those, a couple slices of bread, and carrot sticks.
Leftovers from: chicken, pasta, etc. Pack them up with a fresh fruit or veggie (or both).
Sandwiches in general: cheese, meat, nut butter, egg salad, add a fruit or veggies.
Hummus, if you like it, with pita bread or crackers.
Yogurt with half a sandwich and fresh fruit.
April 22, 2013 11:11 AM
backs out, not the thread i thought it was going to be. sad
  8452390
April 22, 2013 11:12 AM
If you have time to get back to your house and grab a quick bite of something (just not enough time to go home and cook a full meal), I would recommend getting a slow-cooker and making meals that way. Ten or fifteen minutes of prep, then your house/apartment smells awesome when you walk in the door and your healthy meal is all cooked and ready for you. Bonus? Slow cooker recipes tend to have a pretty generous yield, so you will have leftovers later on.

I also second the cafe suggestion....lots of little no-name places starting to get onboard with the local/organic movement and trying out fresh, healthy cuisine! Good luck!
July 5, 2013 3:53 PM
Thanks for all the replies guys! I've been off the forum for a while but I read this stuff before and its been a great help! Eating out with friends isnt really what I has issues with; its more when I'm own and stuck for time and sustenance. Anyway, loads of great suggestions; especially the stuff on lentils and other legumes!

Cheers,
Ceru
July 5, 2013 4:56 PM
I don't know why everybody's saying to go eat out as much as you want...I'm a college student currently living on my own during the summer and I'm trying my hardest to eat every meal that I can at home! Eating out makes it way more difficult to eat healthy, and I know I certainly can't afford 6-10 dollars a meal more than 1-2 times a week max when I'm having to save half to 2/3 of my paychecks.

I love my crock pot. I made some chicken chili the other day - just spent about 15-20 minutes cutting up vegetables, put them all in a crock pot with chicken and turned it on when I went to bed! When I woke up I had 6 meals waiting for me. Last time I went to the grocery store, I cut up all my lettuce, carrots, and green peppers for salads and put them in tupperware for easy salad preparation. Prepping as much as possible before you actually have to make a meal makes everything a lot easier!

Reply

Message Boards » Food and Nutrition

Posts by members, moderators and admins should not be considered medical advice and no guarantee is made against accuracy.