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Dining Hall 411

Navigating the choices in the dining halls can be a tricky task. Below we've included a few quick tips for balanced eating. If you would like more help planning a balanced diet with dining hall choices, check out the Carolina Dining Services nutrition page.

  • Listen to your body. Pay attention to your hunger cues. Eat when you’re hungry and don't eat if you aren't hungry. Eat slowly and deliberately and be aware of how full you are so you don't overeat.
  • Head to the Carolina Dining Services website ( to check out all the menus for the day. Pick the foods you plan to eat ahead of time to help you stick with a balanced eating plan. Try using the plate method!
  • Drink water.
  • Eat a side salad before your meal so you can cross your veggie requirements off the to-do list for the day.
  • Try new foods for a change. If you go for pizza or cheeseburger every day, try the eggplant parmesan, tofu stir fry or garden burger today.
  • Skip dessert sometimes or share with a friend.  Or, better yet, have fruit for dessert!
  • Take home leftovers.