Campus Noms: Eating Healthy and Staying Nourished

I've been a vegetarian for almost twelve years now and I was a bit worried about surviving on dorm food when I came here. Practically everyone I know kept saying how hard it is to eat right in college, how much weight people gain during freshman year, etc. It's hard enough making sure I get enough protein every day, let alone worrying about calories, fat, sugar, and everything else that adds up when you eat delicious food that's probably really bad for you...

But when I got here, I realized that I didn't have to stress so much about every single meal. I still check the menus and try to ensure I have well-balanced meals, but RPS does a really good job of offering a variety of items at each location around campus. Collins is a traditional dining hall and I really like going there whenever I can, but there are a lot of other places in and around campus with great food. Some of the classroom buildings have good snacks, coffee, etc., while Wells Library and the IMU have cafes and more restaurant-like places.

I know there's always talk about the Freshman Fifteen, but honestly it's really easy to avoid with healthy food choices and even just walking around campus and staying active. Being a college student does not mean you are going to be unhealthy! And from the vegetarian perspective, I personally believe that IU is doing a great job to feed us well.

P.S. Speaking of food, here's a random but fun little clip featuring a very happy Cookie Monster!

About The Author
Lindsay StoneIU Class of 2015

IU sophomore studying speech and hearing sciences and psychology. Movement Exchange at IU marketing director, PALS therapeutic riding volunteer, VIDA Spanish theater participant, and club member of the IU Equestrian Team. Future speech-language pathologist.