“The Freshman 15”

We had a great question from a Camp Endeavor alumni who is getting ready for college and a bit nervous about the dreaded “freshman 15”.

Does this happen? Yes, to some.

Does it have to happen? No, not at all.

Why does it happen? Late night studying and snacking; buffets of food; drinking(also illegal) and pizza runs after parties.

How to prevent it:

  • Eat like you did at camp (hello salad bar!) Fill up on veggies, choose a lean meat or protein and a whole grain or sweet potato
  • Remember the portions that you learned at camp and think about how your plate should look
  • Feeling like pizza? Have one slice and then round out your meal with a huge salad!
  • Breakfast: 2 slices of whole grain toast with peanut butter; 2 eggs and 1 slice of whole grain toast; 1 serving cereal with fruit and milk
  • Lunch/Dinner: build your own wraps or sandwiches with lunch meat, veggies, mustard and serve with veggies and dip; make a big salad with tons of veggies, lean meat, a serving of beans or nuts and low-fat dressing; 1 serving of pasta (about 1 cup) with salad
  • Snacks: microwave popcorn; frozen yogurt (3/4 cup); trail mix (1/4 cup); granola bars; whole wheat bread and peanut butter; Amy’s frozen burritos
  • Workout! Hopefully you will need to walk a decent distance to class but look at this as every-day activity and not a workout. Head to the gym/rec center 4 times per week. This is the time to try out aerobics, spinning and other classes, they are usually included with your membership


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