Christian, a 19-year-old college student with CF, offers these suggestions for other students:
- Get the unlimited meal plan — this is very important.
- Always keep easy-to-prepare foods in your room such as canned pasta (Chef Boyardee®), high-calorie frozen dinners and crackers for peanut butter.
Frank, a 23-year-old with CF, says:
"I regularly eat chicken breasts and lean proteins to keep myself healthy. I also eat a lot of foods that have Omega-3s in them such as salmon and other natural fatty acids. I like to get a lot of my nutrition from foods like whole wheat grains.
Complex carbs are absorbed better and you have more body fuel throughout the day without spiking your blood sugar, which can be an issue with people who have CFRD.
I generally don't eat too much junk food and have a minimal soda intake. I usually stick to water or a sport drink on a daily basis, which has made a huge difference in my health. Eating nuts and fruits is also a huge factor to staying healthy.
The way I look at it, food is medicine and we need to take our medicine. We need to eat proper diets and not necessarily loads of junk food. However, I find sometimes you have to cheat a little bit or else you'll not want to eat the proper foods on a daily basis.
One of the things that inspired me to eat healthily was to get out of the monotonous grocery stores and go to local markets, where you can see all the health food together. Having a good sense of what you are supposed to be eating just makes you feel better about what you're doing. "