Battle the Drunchies, Save Your Waistline

BY KATE HALLER // NOV. 17, 2014 //

It is that time again. The cold weather is back, the holidays are upon us, and everything is seemingly pumpkin spiced.

Fall is officially here, and so we think we have every excuse to eat processed sugar and stay bundled up in bed. But like everything, comforts should be enjoyed in small doses.

Everyone knows that alcohol consumption isn’t the only place “party” calories come from. In fact, it’s the “drunchies”—drunk munchies, that is—that hit your waistline the hardest. It’s the late-night pizza, or the fried food the morning after.

When the weather gets cold, we tend to stay inside more. And when we’re inside, we tend to eat and drink more. The key is to do so wisely, so you don’t plump up like a Thanksgiving turkey.

Next time you are at a grocery story, pick up a few things to replace your next drunchie fried chicken feast. Try nuts and dried fruit. Or, if you are craving a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, try an egg white omelet with vegetables.

For those nights when you get home and want a pint of ice cream, pick up some frozen yogurt to keep in your freezer. Lastly, stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, and stay away from Gatorade and sodas. They’re loaded with sugar.

If you must treat yourself, enjoy an occasional hot cocoa. I’m sure you can even get it pumpkin spiced!




Eat Right to Stay Tight

BY JOE LOPOPOLO // OCT. 10, 2013 //

Eating healthy to keep your body looking right can be tough for college students everywhere. But always remember, you’re in control.

Students at Curry College have access to a great cafeteria and multiple off-campus options to find healthy and affordable eats.

The McDonald's grilled chicken sandwich has just 350 calories. Order it with no bun and mayo, and you've knocked that number down to 100.
The McDonald’s grilled chicken sandwich has just 350 calories. Order it with no bun and mayo, and you’ve knocked that number down to 100.

If you don’t want the “Freshman Fifteen,” you have to think about your diet. In addition to affecting your physical appearance, poor eating habits can negatively impact your mood, mental performance, and overall college experience.

Protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats all play key roles. However, you can’t just eat anything. Focus on quality proteins such as eggs, complex carbs like vegetables, and healthy fats such as fish and olive oil.

The easiest way to do this is by taking advantage of your meal plan. Curry offers a dining experience that includes fresh ingredients and tons of healthy choices. Typical entrees include pasta, vegetables, grilled chicken and salads. In the mornings, you can also get a healthy breakfast, including egg whites and yogurt topped with granola.

For those students too busy to stop and eat, try preparing homemade meals. Stop & Shop, located less than 2 miles from campus in Hyde Park, always has sales and tons of healthy food options. Maybe you can find a roommate or friend who is willing to drive. The smartest thing is to buy in bulk, to get the best bang for your buck.

Sure, there will always be those late nights when you’re out and end up at McDonald’s or the like. That’s OK; just make smart choices. Instead of a Big Mac, go for a grilled chicken sandwich. If you’re truly serious about your health, ask them to hold the bun and mayo and wrap the sandwich in lettuce. That’s just 100 calories and, trust me, you’ll be lovin’ how you feel.

You’re a Colonel, Not Colonel Sanders!

BY BRENDAN CRONIN // SEPT. 13, 2012 //

Let me just say that I understand how hard it can be to eat healthy.

The Fruit Center Marketplace in Milton is an easy way to get healthy food. // EASYSTOCKPHOTOS.COM

We college students don’t have a lot of money and are forced at times to take what we’re given. But you can still get a decent meal—both on and off campus—that will leave you feeling healthy, not bloated.

One of the best ways to eat healthy is to cook for yourself. Before you freak out about the possibilities of a kitchen disaster, know that it’s a lot easier than it might seem.

One of the best investments a college kid can make is to buy a George Foreman grill. This lean, mean, fat-grilling machine allows you to cook personal meals that are tasty and healthy at the same time. The grill comes in a variety of sizes depending on how many you need to feed. The fact that the smaller grills are fairly cheap, at about $20, is another credit to the greatness of this culinary wonder.

Unfortunately, students living on campus aren’t allowed to have Foreman grills in the residence halls, according to page 31 of the student handbook. If you’re off campus, though, this is a great way to create your own, healthy dinner.

Buy yourself some chicken breasts or an inexpensive steak and throw it on the Foreman. Season appropriately—salt and pepper are the bare minimum musts—and you will be blown away at what you’re able to cook up. From a health standpoint, it’s great because the Foreman knocks the fat right out of your meals…literally. There is a small dish that catches all the unwanted grease from your meats.

If money is an issue, head down to the Fruit Center Marketplace on 10 Bassett St. in Milton. If you can’t find good, healthy meals there, I will personally take you food shopping and the bill will be on me! South Shore Living Magazine recently voted the place the “Best Gourmet Food Shop” in the South Shore.

The fact that there are no Whole Foods in the area is not an excuse for purchasing unhealthy food. The Fruit Center Marketplace is a perfectly fine substitute that features local produce, fresh fish and pre-cooked tasty meals.

Heed this advice and I guarantee you’ll be feeling great in no time.