First things first: all of your preps need to go into the refrigerator within two hours -- and just one hour if your room temperature is 90 F or higher -- of coming out of the oven. Letting them sit out any longer puts you at higher risk of food poisoning. Food-borne illness causing bacteria can proliferate so quickly that they actually double every twenty minutes! Your delicious and lovingly prepared preps can become little toxin bombs in very little time, so please please please be careful to put it into the fridge quickly.
Plan Ahead to Avoid Getting Derailed
Find a day that you're well-rested and refreshed to do your weekly grocery shopping. Make a list to avoid forgetting important ingredients or impulsively throwing random items into your shopping cart. Don't go shopping while hungry – that's a recipe for disaster and overspending! If you make sure you're shopping when your stomach isn't grumbling and you don't feel rushed, you'll be more likely to adhere to your shopping list and your healthy weekly meal plan.
Browse the outer perimeters of the grocery store to stock up on fruits and vegetables. When it's time to navigate the inner aisles of the store, stay focused and stick to the staples that you planned for. Make sure you set aside some treats, however, so you don't feel like your diet is a dull and unappetizing; you'll be more likely to stick to it if you give yourself a good selection of satiating and pleasurable foods.
What Foods Should a Diabetic Eat?
Those suffering from type 2 diabetes will need to take extra precautions when choosing foods to eat. Research has found that individuals living with the disease seem to thrive when they have a diet that is rich in fiber and green, leafy vegetables, and foods that have a low glycemic index. Try this example meal plan for type 2 diabetes!
As you compare notes with friends and neighbors who have college age students of their own, it doesn't seem to matter if the student attends school on the West Coast, the East Coast or somewhere in the Midwest. They are very likely to wage similar objections to why they cannot possibly make healthy food choices on a budget:
- Grocery shopping takes too much time.
- Grocery shopping costs too much money.
- Healthy food doesn't taste that great.
- Frequent snacking is a necessity, especially to fuel those late-night study and cram sessions.
- There are too many temptations on campus (such as too many high-carb menu items in the dormitories and too many burger and pizza places in town).
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