I would disagree with Carl on one minor point, but agree on most everything else. If losing, I would keep protein up to no less than 1g per lb of lean mass. Protein is thermogenic and is one of your best allies if losing weight. Aside from that, the previous posts are great.
Make use of the cafe as much as possible, don't skip those meal. You need to be careful, however, mass produced foods, like school cafe's tend to use a lot of bad fats and simple carbs to stretch things and give some flavor. If you have the choice between the mystery meat and gravy or chicken, go chicken. I also recommend making sure you eat huge at breakfast, primarily because it is harder to mess breakfast up then other meals. When I was in school, b'fast was the best meal, food wise, of the day. It is hard to screw scrambled eggs up.
Before leaving home, see if Mom and or Dad will stock you up from Sam's, Costco or Bj's. buy tuna, natty pb (best deal is at BJ's), jerky and nuts.
As far as protein. I am an advocate for a blend. I use Gaspari's Myofusion ( I love the chocolate). Don't buy it locally, it is expensive retail around here (There is a place on Holland Road that has decent prices). M&S is having a great sale right now, check there and pick up 5 - 10 lbs of it, or something else. Syntrax Matrix is pretty good as is Dymatize fusion 7. Keep some bananas and oats in your room, beg for a bullet blender or knock off and you can quickly and easily make your own mass gainer. Banana, some oats, some protein little water and ice, blend a few moments and viola.
College dining just provides you an opportunity to be creative. Just like anywhere else, stay away from the processed junk and focus on good whole foods at least 3 times daily. Supplement as needed.
David, Husband, Father, Pastor
(Yasen Miroslav Zavadil)
2014 100%RAW American Challenge, May 31, 2014:
Deadlift 375 PR
Total - 843 at 50 yrs 199.6 lbs
Shooting for a 900+ total for next meet. (see quote below)
"If there is nothing you can improve on, your standards are too low!" - BAMA Strength Coach Scott Cochran
1Co 9:27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified