The Smart Student's Guide to Healthy Living: How to Survive Stress, Late Nights, and the College Cafeteria


Fight the Freshman Fifteen, Sleepless Nights, and Other Pitfalls of College Life

Welcome to college life. It's full of possibilities — and pitfalls. Cafeteria food is awful, but there sure is a lot of it. And you can eat as much (or more) of anything — and everything — as you want. And in a single year of study, you can grow a gut that will haunt you for the rest of your life. No one in the dorm is going to tell you when to go to bed, and you can wear each all-night cram session...

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Fight the Freshman Fifteen, Sleepless Nights, and Other Pitfalls of College Life

Welcome to college life. It's full of possibilities — and pitfalls. Cafeteria food is awful, but there sure is a lot of it. And you can eat as much (or more) of anything — and everything — as you want. And in a single year of study, you can grow a gut that will haunt you for the rest of your life. No one in the dorm is going to tell you when to go to bed, and you can wear each all-night cram session like a badge of honor. But on two hours of sleep a night, the circles under your eyes will make you look like a raccoon before midterms — which you'll then probably fail. And exercise — what's that? Say hello to thunder thighs and saggy bat-wing arms.

Sound awful? Good. It's supposed to. But take heart: With the simple advice you'll find in this book, you can eat right and get the sleep and exercise you need to excel academically and creatively. You'll get the straight story on how to avoid the freshman fifteen, and learn how to make good choices in the cafeteria and make smart snacks on those few useless appliances they allow you to keep in your room. You'll get tips on fitting regular exercise into a busy class schedule and getting enough sleep without being the only one who never — NEVER — makes it to the latest of the late-night parties.

  • Eat smart to fight the freshman fifteen, food allergies, and fatigue
  • Prepare smart snacks right in your dorm room — without burning the place down!
  • Get enough sleep without missing out on too much late night fun
  • Build the body of your dreams with smart exercise tips
  • Make the grade without succumbing to stress
  • Includes delicious dorm-room snack recipes

The Smart Student's Guide to Healthy Dorm Living is a must for any parent sending their student off to college. The book is packed with practical tips for healthy eating. It helps answer the questions I hear from college students every day. This book is the answer to helping teens stay healthy and fit as they transcend the college years into adulthood. Hats off to M.J. and Fred Smith for giving students and easy-to-read survival guide to healthy eating at college.
-Ann Blocker, RD, LD, CDE, director of nutrition at Veterans Memorial Hospital and nutrition consultant to Luther College, in Decorah, IA

A great book, so practical and useful-fantastic!
-Jane Hasek, MSN, Ed.D., chancellor emerita and distinguished professor at Allen College in Waterloo, IA

I've lost another two pounds this week. I know that I'm losing it through exercise and diet. My stamina in exercising is increasing while my appetite is decreasing…I feel that I am working harder and longer without being any more tired. I really enjoy exercising and feel great doing it. My mood is better because I feel better about myself.
-Andy Wannigman, student

I have been using the tips in the book and have a success story. I feel great! It's that plain and simple. I feel better about myself. I'll continue this plan next semester. I liked the results a lot and I hope to get more of the same the longer I participate…
-Dana Roberts, student

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Shari Fesko
Students getting ready to head off to college would be well advised to take along this information-packed guide to living healthy on campus. Registered dietician M. J. Smith and her college senior son Fred combine their knowledge to create a user-friendly resource aimed at college students. The Smiths tackle everything from diet and exercise to stress and organization in a very conversational tone. They gave this book to a variety of students to preview and comment on before publishing, and their insightful observations are featured in sidebars throughout each chapter. This reviewer is currently trying one of the two healthy eating plans, and although it is aimed at college students, the Whole and Colored Food Diet is something that anyone can try. The second plan uses a chart of A, B, and C foods often found in college cafeterias, with A being the best foods to choose, B the sometimes foods to choose, and C the eat-as-few-as-possible foods. The Smiths try to encourage their plan as a "healthy lifestyle" and not a temporary diet. Their suggestions for how to fit exercise into a busy schedule and a small living space should also prove helpful to students. The authors include a variety of recipes organized by how much kitchen equipment students might have available to them, and all are simple and easy to follow. The advice in this title is sure to interest both high school and college students and is highly recommended for school and public libraries.
Library Journal
When at least one of your parents is in the medical profession, it can be assumed that you have been acculturated into a lifestyle that involves healthy eating and exercise habits. That will not absolve you, however, of the potential to pack on the unwelcome "freshman 15." In The Dorm Room Diet, Oz-whose physician father coauthored the popular You: The Owner's Manual and You: The Smart Patient-writes openly and engagingly on the subject of eating well and staying fit as a college student. She outlines her own experience as a first-year student and includes an exercise plan described with simple line drawings. One of the eight steps of practical advice she offers deals with how to become informed and prepared and how to stay focused on getting healthy. In The Smart Student's Guide, registered dietitian M.J. Smith (fellow, American Dietetic Assn.; Diabetic Low-Fat and No-Fat Meals in Minutes) and her son, Fred, a college senior who put on the freshman 15, instruct readers on getting the most they can out of the college experience while remaining healthy and happy. The book's strengths are its two different food plans, extensive sections on sleep and stress, and 40 recipes that can be prepared in the dorm. Oz's voice is clearly heard in her book, which is focused on diet and exercise, whereas the Smiths' book feels more like advice coming from a parent or professional, as stated facts are backed with citations to research. Both are valuable in their own right and are recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections with a focus on YAs.-Beth Hill, Univ. of Idaho Lib., Moscow Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572244740
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 690,720
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Smith graduated with honors in 2003 from Clayton Ridge High School. He served as president of the student body. During high school, he participated in choral and instrumental music, speech, drama and golf. Fred is going to be a senior at Luther College in Decorah, IA and has a double major in communications and political science.

M.J. Smith, RD, FADA, is a registered dietitian and fellow of the American Dietetic Association. She is licensed to practice dietetics in Iowa and has spent twenty years teaching families how to make food choices to manage disease and foster daily vitality. She has written twelve books about nutrition and health, which together have sold more than 400,000 copies. Her book Diabetic Low Fat and No-Fat Meals in Minutes won a National Health and Wellness Bronze Award from the National Health Information Awards Program. Another, Brand Name Low Fat Meals in Minutes, was a Doubleday Book Club selection and sold more than 100,000 copies. Smith's work has appeared in USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Shape, Ladies Home Journal, Better Homes and Gardens Hometown Cooking, Essence, Good Taste, Diabetes in the News, The Lutheran, Today's Health and Wellness and many health and Midwest regional publications.

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