Slender Sororities

After a week off from blogging and a weekend off from slender eating thanks to Moms’ Weekend, I’m so happy to be back with a a full arsenal of posts that I think you’re all going to love.
UT AEPhi gets slender! | The Slender Student The girls of UT AEPhi take Bar Method classes together, listen to a talk on portion control from yours truly, snack on slender alternatives, and team up for a mud run!

Healthy tips from Melissa, a freshman Alpha Phi | The Slender Student Melissa, a freshman Alpha Phi at Wash U, shares her tips for staying slender and how her sorority helps her do it!
UGA Chi O stays slender post-workout | The Slender Student

Some UGA freshmen Chi Os making slender post-workout choices in their dining hall!

UT KKG after a class at The Bar Method! | The Slender Student

Texas KKGs post-Bar Method burn!

Advice from Victoria, a freshman Pi Phi at Vanderbilt! | The Slender Student

Victoria, a freshman Pi Phi at Vanderbilt, on slender sorority bonding.Tulane Chi O throws it back to Jazzercise! | The Slender StudentTulane Chi O throws it back to Jazzercise!

Thank you to all the slender sorority girls who sent in their photos and tips. Way to rep ya crew. If your girls weren’t featured today, please feel free to send in how y’all stay slender and I’ll be sure to put you in the next Slender Sorority post! Also, a big thanks to the always awesome girls of Team Slender (Nicole, Alexis, and Cara) for helping me put this together!

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Your Slender Sorority

Have a cooking, nutrition, fitness, or totally random question for The Slender Student? Ask away!

Show me how YOUR sorority keeps it slender! | The Slender Student

Ever since bagel thins filled my sorority’s bagel drawer (yeah, we have a bagel drawer) and PB2 made an appearance on the kitchen countertop, I’ve been curious about how houses at other universities keep it slender. Indulge my nosiness and send in pictures of snacks or meals served in your sorority house that are helping promote your journey to slenderhood. Do a group of you do a workout class together? Send in a picture or tell me about it in a comment below! Frustrated by the lack of slender options available at your house? Vent that in a comment too!

Show me how YOUR sorority keeps it slender! | The Slender Student

I’ll be featuring your submissions in a future post, so start sending ‘em in! You can e-mail me at or tweet, Instagram, or Facebook me!

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House Rules

Answer this week’s new QOTW!

I lived in my sorority house my sophomore year. It was pretty much exactly like the movies– girls running around in their towels asking to borrow clothes, late night chats, and gratuitous slandering of the opposite sex. What I didn’t expect, or learn from that terrible movie Sorority Wars, though, was how food-centric living in the house would be. Food or discussions of food were inescapable, so I was always left feeling overstuffed or just bummed out.

Since I’m now a senior, those days of sorority house living seem like ancient history (despite the fact that I still eat there at least twice a week and study there more than I’d like to mention). However, a recent comment from a reader, Rachel, reminded me of just how hard it can be. So, being the sisterly and wise upperclassman that I am, I decided to come up with my 10 commandments for sorority house living and eating. They’re printable and everything. What else could you ask for? …No, you can’t borrow my Pleasure Doing Business skirt on Thursday.

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Don’t live in a sorority house but think these are good rules to live and eat by? You’re an A+ Slender Student. These rules can be taken anywhere and are especially useful in a buffet style setting (think dining hall).

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The Slender Guide to Sorority Recruitment

Sorority rush is all about meeting people, finding your place in a new environment, and crossing your fingers that you still fit into the sundress you found on sale at Nordstrom’s in June. But with the stress of making small talk fourteen times over in one day and then ranking your favorite houses, it’s enough to induce a carboload of disastrous proportions. Keep it slender with these rush day meal suggestions that will keep you energized, and ready to tell every stranger you run into what your major is!

breakfast: aim for 300-400 calories with both protein and complex carbohydrates to keep you satisfied and peppy as ever.
– overnight oats: combine 1/2 C oats, 1/2 C milk, 1 1/2 T protein powder, 1 Splenda packet, 2 oz fruit in a lidded bowl and let rest over night. Top with 1/2 C Fiber One Original cereal in the morning when you’re heading out the door to meet your rush group!
– 1 C Fage 0% Greek yogurt, 1 C Fiber One, 1/2 C fruit, 1 Splenda
– Starbucks Turkey Bacon & White Cheddar Classic Breakfast Sandwich, Ham & Cheddar Artisan Breakfast Sandwich, or Spinach & Feta Breakfast Wrap

snack I: try and stick to about 100 calories for this little snack. It should be just enough to make sure you don’t succumb to the fourth or fifth party slump.
– Weight Watchers string cheese +  1/2 oz Wheat Thins Five-Grain
– a medium banana
– a couple of handfuls of pistachios (about 25)

lunch (300-400 calories)
– 3.5 oz deli turkey, tomato, lettuce, and mustard on 2 slices of Nature’s Own Double Fiber Wheat Bread + Weight Watchers string cheese (or Babybel Lite) + small apple
– Chipotle salad: lettuce, chicken, fajita peppers and onions, pico de gallo, corn, and guac or black beans
– Potbelly: Skinny TKY (no mayo) + Baked Lays

snack II: this snack should be a bit more substantial to get you through the pointing, cheering, and jumping of the tail end of parties. 150-200 calories of a combined carbohydrate and protein will be perfect.
–  Kashi Golean Crunchy, Luna, Fiber One, Planter’s Nut-Rition, or Oatmega bars-3
– 20 oz Smoothie King smoothie (always make it skinny!), or a small Jamba Juice smoothie
– Hard boiled egg + whole grain crackers
– 1 oz Popchips + Babybel Lite cheese
– 3/4 C shelled edamame
– 6 oz Fage 0% + 2 clementines

dinner: hopefully you’re done house-hopping by the time dinner rolls around. Re-fuel with a 400 calorie meal.
– Frozen dinners: Amy’s Cheese & Pesto Pizza With Whole Wheat Crust, Healthy Choice Chicken Parmigiana, and Kashi Black Bean Mango is great for vegetarians.
Panera Pick Two Asian Sesame Chicken Salad + Low Fat Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken + Cheese Slenderdilla
** Go ahead and add a couple pieces of dark chocolate to these meals. You’ve deserve it.

- Apples can help clean your teeth and prevent bad breath, so it’s a good idea to end lunch with one.
– You’re going to be shaking hands and hugging a lot of people, so get lots of vitamin C from citrus fruits (oranges, clementines, grapefruit, etc.) to help keep your immune system strong.
– Stay hydrated and feeling full between meals with lots of water.

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