Eating healthy on the go

Nov 112003
Authors: Leigh Pogue

The number of calories and grams of fat, protein and

carbohydrates may mean nothing to some college students but they

have the potential to change one’s present and future.

“It’s important to develop good eating habits early on,” said

Marcey Wlodarczak, a registered dietician at Hartshorn Health

Service. “It’s the first time that students are making their own

choices. Eating habits also affect your immunity and stress


With a limited amount of time on their hands though, some

students are challenged with what to eat that is healthy.

“Eating healthy is not important to me because I don’t have

time,” said Tiffany Ban, a junior natural resources management

major. “Plus every time I buy something healthy it goes bad.”

For meals Ban ends up eating food, mostly cookies and similar

items, from Sweet Sinsations, a restaurant in Lory Student Center

where she works.

Wlodarczak defines eating healthfully as “getting all your

vitamins and nutrients in food. It’s a diet high in whole grains,

fruits and vegetables, and low in saturated fats and sugars.”

Sam Larson, a senior history major, tries to eat healthfully by

avoiding fast food altogether and making his own lunch.

“I’m a fairly strict vegetarian so I can’t really eat a lot of

the stuff (sold in the student center),” Larson said. “I usually

just bring a sandwich and some fruit.”

For students who do eat in the student center, it is possible to

still eat healthfully, depending on the choices they make,

Wlodarczak said.

“Subway is probably the easiest to eat healthy at,” Wlodarczak


Subway offers a number of 6-inch subs that are less than six

grams of fat. For example, the Veggie Delite has three grams of fat

or the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki has five grams. The fat grams

on these sandwiches do not include cheese or any specialty breads.

Two triangles of cheddar add 5 grams of fat on a sandwich and

six-inch Monterey cheddar bread adds six grams of fat.

Wlodarczak said people should avoid cheese, soda, topping sauces

and super-sizing.

“This is where you end up with the added fat your don’t need,”

she said.

A 21 oz. Dr. Pepper adds 200 calories to a meal and a tablespoon

of mayonnaise on a sandwich adds 12 grams of fat.

While Larson thinks that Subway is pretty much the only healthy

fast food place in the student center, Wlodarczak said that it is

possible to eat healthy at other restaurants.

“It’s hard to find healthy fast food,” Larson said.

To eat healthy at other fast food restaurants students need to

pay attention to what they choose.

At a pizza place, such as Villa Pizza in student center,

Wlodarczak recommends trying to add as many vegetables as possible

to the pizza and avoiding toppings like pepperoni and sausage.

At Carl’s Jr. Wlodarczak recommends getting a side salad,

instead of fries as a side.

A large fry at Carl’s Jr. has 29 grams of fat.

In general, Subway, Chipotle and Qdoba are the healthiest fast

food restaurants, Wlodarczak said. At those restaurants’ fresh

vegetables are easy to include.

“I really do (think it’s possible to eat healthy on the go),”

Wlodarczak said. “When you’re eating you can definitely make

healthy choices.”




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