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Pistol Pete snacks on the sidelines.
Pistol Pete snacks on the sidelines.

It's Not All French Fries and Milkshakes

Monday, November 6, 2017

Oh, hey. Look who made it to November.

That was easier than you thought, huh? Getting up for that 9 a.m. is rough, but you’re still here.

How’s your body feeling tho?

If the #Freshman15 is a little too familiar for you, we want to give you some words of advice.

Cardio burns more calories than complaining.

Only you can motivate yourself to make a change to make gains.

Something as simple as making a switch from riding the bus to walking to class can make a world of difference. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can increase mental health and grade performance.

#DYK: OSU also has a discovery trail designed to keep students active while looking for Pistol Pete sidewalk markers on campus? You even get a prize for completing it. Who doesn’t want a prize?

Millennials and avocado toast

Foods with unsaturated natural fats (such as avocados) are a surprising necessity in a healthy diet. Before you buy an entire bin of avocados, you could also try:

  • Canola oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Edamame
  • Beef jerky

Exercising is important, but nutrition is 60 percent food, 40 percent exercise. #SorryNotSorry

If you don’t know the first thing about a healthy diet, University Health Services offers nutrition counseling. A registered dietitian can help you develop a practical meal plan to meet your specific needs.  

And … OSU has one right on campus at your disposal. From gluten-free and allergen-friendly to low-carb, low-cal, you can get a personalized nutrition plan.

The Department of Wellness, which includes the Colvin and Seretean Wellness Center, has a calendar to keep you updated on what’s going on with #America’sHealthiestCampus.

Portion control, portion control, portion control

Here’s a basic tip: Don’t go back for seconds just because you aren’t stuffed. Portion control might sound like a dirty word, but the simple truth is it’s the easiest way to keep the freshman 15 at bay.

The to-go box exists for a reason. If you save some of your food for later, you also save money on another meal. #winning

It’s probably best if you don’t stuff your face during the holidays.


We know, college kids have to cherish every homemade meal they get, but you can make it through Thanksgiving without five plates of stuffing or pie.

When you’re home for the holidays, don’t throw nutrition out the window and lie around all day. Potatoes look way better on your plate than on your couch. Keep yourself moving and your portions under control so you have #noregrats when you come back to Stilly.

There’s an app for that

Counting calories and measuring out portions sounds exhausting, but there are actually several apps that help with nutrition.

Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app tracks what you eat and your exercise so you don’t have to. #Blessed.

Put reminders in your phone to drink water will help you get in your eight cups a day.

University Dining also has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to show you food options that aren’t ramen or mac and cheese. Follow them for the scoop on special meals, free samples and events.

The 🍊 Choose Orange program is designed to help students make more nutritious decisions while on campus, so take advantage of that meal plan while you still have it.

Seriously, any upperclassman will tell you how lucky you are to have it.

Staying healthy is honestly easier than you think. We want to see some healthy Cowboys! Show us your nutrition ideas and recipes using #iamokstate.

See you next time! As always, Go Pokes!

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