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Find out beforehand what appliances are allowed in your dorm — mini-fridges, microwaves, George Foreman grills, etc.

You'll perform better in class if you've eaten something, and never go into an exam on an empty stomach. Something with protein in it — such as peanut butter, string cheese, milk or yogurt — tends to keep you satisfied longer.

Don't waste money on energy bars, health drinks or supplements. There's no evidence that they're any better than regular, healthful food.

Carry snacks in your backpack — peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, mini-carrots, bagels — so you're not at the mercy of the vending machine.

If you have a kitchen, eat dinner at your apartment. If possible, share cooking duties with roommates; you'll have more incentive to put the time and energy into it.

If you are cooking on your own, make one-dish meals that reheat easily and last for more than one meal — taco soup, shepherd's pie, tuna casserole, teriyaki stir-fry, chicken enchiladas, etc.

When you shop, divide meat into single portions before you freeze it. It's easier to thaw one hamburger patty instead of a whole pound of meat.

Avoid snacking while studying, so you don't develop the habit of needing something to munch on to stay focused. To cut down on snacks, have a good dinner.

Focus on fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. They are satisfying, filled with nutrients, and most people don't eat enough of them. Plus, many of them take little to no preparation.

Don't use food for an energy boost if rest is what you really need: A nap may do more for you than a snack.

The pressure to be thin can cause young women to starve themselves. Remember that food is fuel, and you will function poorly at just about everything if your body isn't fueled adequately.

Get your mom to write down her favorite recipes — or pick up the phone and call her for instructions (she'll be thrilled!).

Use the cafeteria to get the foods you don't get during the rest of the day — at least one fruit and one vegetable, lean meat, bean dishes or whole grains such as whole-wheat dinner rolls or brown rice. Drink low-fat milk or water instead of soda pop.

The salad bar is a good option if topped with lots of vegetables. Limit yourself to one good protein source — lean meat, eggs or beans —and one high-fat topping — cheese, regular salad dressing, bacon, guacamole or sour cream.

Find other ways to socialize besides eating out or parties with lots of refreshments. Check out campus concerts, drama productions and other activities, or organize Frisbee or volleyball events.

Make time to exercise. Take advantage of the campus rec center, sign up for a physical ed class, or join an intramural sports team. These are a great way to meet new people, too.

Sources: BYU nutrition professor Diana McGuire; author Melanie Douglass; college students