Nutrition for College Students With CF
Learn tips and tricks for staying healthy on campus.
CF students need extra nutrients
College is full of new experiences, from living in the dorms to taking classes, meeting new friends, and of course, making your own decisions about food and nutrition. If you have CF, you’ll need to work harder than your peers to manage your diet.
Here are a few tips to ensure you’re getting the proper nutrients to maintain your health, energy, and focus:
- Plan your meals – If you’re commuting, rather than living on campus, make sure you have a plan for your meals and snacks throughout the day. Tip: try a combination of bringing and buying your snacks and meals throughout the week.
- Pack snacks – Always keep healthy snacks such as nuts, trail mix, or meal-replacement bars in your school bag. That way, you’ll always have access to food wherever you are in your day and on campus.
- Get the big meal plan – For CF students living on campus, opt into the larger meal package. Your calorie needs are much higher than your peers without CF, so you’ll need access to more food throughout the day.
- Keep easy-to-cook food in your dorm – Make sure you have a stockpile of foods such as peanut butter, instant oatmeal, canned pasta, and others that are easy to prepare and will tide you over until the cafeteria opens.