When the Dining Halls Finally Close – Real World Eating Olivia June 30, 2015 Daily, Lifestyle As a recent college grad, I can confidently say that I ate my way through my last few weeks (ok fine the whole last semester) of college. How could I turn down pasta from the local Italian restaurant when those were the last days I could eat it? Yet, upon entering the real world, especially during the summer, it’s time to finally get back on track and start eating right. Plan out your Meals The number one thing I would stress is being on a schedule. I prefer to go food shopping every Sunday so that I am able to plan out my meals for the upcoming week. If Sunday doesn’t work for you then pick another day of the week but from experience I’d say picking one day and sticking with it is the best. My next tip would be to hit the gym. I’m sure you’re thinking that’s a no-brainer but after a long day of work it’s the last place you want to be and sometimes that workout just slips through the cracks. Not only will your work out help you get back into shape, but it’ll also help you to clear your head and feel much better. Deliver yourself Lunch Eat in, don’t go out for every meal. As tempting as it is to go out (or order in) for every meal you’ll save calories and money by dining in more than you dine out. Making a salad for lunch and bringing it to work as opposed to getting a $10 salad every day makes a difference. Of course you’re normal and have social obligations but if you’re ordering more from seamless than you’re cooking just because you’re lazy you should probably make the switch. Finally, don’t obsess. Getting back into a normal routine takes time. Don’t crash diet because you want to lose a crazy amount of weight before your big plans for July 4th. That won’t help you in the long run and will only place more stress on your already crazy post grad life. With all that being said, NYC has some of the best food in the world. So set aside days to try different things. Just remember, everything in moderation!