I'm starting college next fall in the lovely state of Vermont, and I just hopped on the banana wagon. I reaallly want to keep following 811, but I'm a little concerned of how I'll get my hands on bundles of fruit because I'm going to be completely dependent on the dining halls for food. I was just thinking of stocking up on fruits and veggies by taking them from the dining hall haha. But I was wondering if anyone else had suggestions as to how I can keep going. =) Also, since my school supplies mostly locally grown produce, I'm quite worried that there won't be enough raw fruits and veggies during the winter!
Same thing that has been working for me, I have been suggesting this to others and no one has complained it's a bad idea, bicycle and a backpack or trailer, go search for any place that sells or might have fruit and greens. First ask about over ripe fruit that they might give away for free or cheap, go to farmers markets and try them early in the day to see what they have, maybe buy some of what you think will sell out too fast, and also check later when their about to close up and see if they will give stuff away.
Foraging sounds like so much fun, try that, not sure whats in Vermont, Cape Cod where I am seems devoid of wild food :(
Is there a way for you to contact other students who may also be interested in eating well while at college? You could all get together and pool your resources. Start a small student food co-op? I was wondering if there is anywhere on the college website you could post a notice?
So long as you have the all-you-can-eat dining halls, you should be able to grab fresh oranges, bananas, and apples and there might even be a fruit salad station. I'd ask someone who works there if there is any sweetener added to the fruit salad. There should also be a salad bar. If the fruit isn't ripe, try asking someone who works there what they do with the overripe bananas and ask them to save them for you. Even though conventional fruit isn't best, it's still a heck of a lot better than your alternates.
Also, it's better to eat white rice or another no-oil, no-salt added grain than starving.
The dining hall at my school has bowls of bananas and apples!! You might be able to sneak fruit out if your school allows backpacks in. Consider buying bananas in bulk. They are the cheapest fruits and high-calorie so they are most worth your purchase!!
Come on! No stealing "You might be able to sneak fruit out if your school allows backpacks in"
With bananas and dates being so cheap in the USA just make the primary calorie source bananas and dates with other, more expensive, veggies and fruits serving the purpose of completing your macro and micro nutrient needs.
If you're paying $10 a meal or more (which most meal plans are!) they are definitely making money off of you, so it's not stealing :)
$10 per meal! That's $900/month! Insane!! 811 can be done so very much cheaper than that.
For any in this situation, is there any way you can opt out of the food-program? If so, that $900 could be spent living high and mighty on the fruit wagon! :D
I know most universities require you to choose a meal plan if you live on campus. I'm off campus now luckily and can buy only the foods I want! :)
It honestly depends on the college, but most meal plans only cost around $600 per semester. I have never heard of a college charging much higher than that.
@Vera Chan: Tell the authorities you're 811 and that it's because of your religion or something (if you say it's because of your health they will ask for a doc's note). There is a girl on youtube, in college, getting more fruit than she can handle at only $575 a semester. She just orders through her school and it comes to her cheap. I spend that much money in just two months. This lasts her 5.
There are a couple of vids on Youtube on how to stay raw in college.
Buy dates online, and bananas by a box. All you will need is blender, so you can make datorade. The hall will have some fruit, but bananas are always not ripen at all. I would not eat those. You can also eat potatoes, rice and beans with no condiments added. especially no fat and salt at all. The salads should not be a problem
I Loved the foraging idea, but what about those of us who don't have a farmers market/wholefoods/freshmarket. My school doesn't have a food hall either haha but I've heard of wholesalers (just search google for vermont wholesaler) that might be a good way for you to get fruit at a good price.