Eating on a Budget
Handouts - Tips, recipes, ideas, and more
- Budget Eating Swaps & Tips
- Menus for Eating Less Than $50/Week: a Menu for Omnivores and a Menu Vegetarians
- Simple, Cheap and Easy Food Pantry recipes highlighting foods from UC Berkeley's Food Pantry
- Recipes from our UHS nutrition team
- Ten Tips for Eating Better on a Budget
- The HealthcConsequences of Undernourishment
- Affordable Groceries Near UC Berkeley Campus
- Cal Dining meal points budgeting chart
- Campus Microwave Map
- UHS nutrition events, including FREE food/cooking demos and nutrition education sessions.
- Struggling to pay for food? UC Berkeley can help! Undergrad and grad student food assistance program.
- Don’t go hungry! Cal Fresh (food stamps) program
- UC Berkeley Food Pantry: The UC Berkeley Food Pantry project is a direct response to the need among the student population for more resources to fight food insecurity—the lack of nutritious food. The Food Pantry provides emergency nonperishable food to UC Berkeley students while they explore campus food security resources. Find more information and hours on their webpage.
Mindful eating means purposefully paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the experience of eating. It is about noticing and appreciating the many aspects of the food itself AND how your body responds to it. Does your mouth water when you think of a certain food? Do your tastebuds respond the same way to the tenth bite as the first? Does your stomach feel empty or full? What thoughts and emotions do you have about the food? Awareness can expand to factors beyond ourselves, perhaps to the energy required to grow, harvest, transport, and prepare the food that’s on your plate. It is amazing what we find out when we really pay attention to. You don’t have to be a meditation master to eat mindfully—although practicing on a regular basis strengthens your “mindfulness muscle.” You can start today, next time you eat, with a simple mindful moment: before you dig in, put down your fork, sit back, take a couple of deep breaths, and notice whatever’s there—thoughts, feelings, physical sensations. Notice the food in front of you and, if you want, your surroundings. A five-course meal at a fine restaurant or a granola bar in the car can be eaten mindfully. This simple practice interrupts the autopilot mode in which we so often eat. It creates some space for you to make more conscious choices about what, how, and how much you’ll eat. In that space, wonderful things can happen!The Center for Mindful Eating website.
Positive Body Image
- 10 steps to positive body image
- Take the “No Weigh!” pledge to declare independence from a weight-obsessed world
- Every body is different – listen to your body
- 10 “Will Powers” for improving body image
- Body Peace is a student group at UC Berkeley dedicated to promoting positive body image on campus, raising awareness for eating disorders and body image issues, and learning to love and accept ourselves as we are.
- Healthy Body Image Program
Eating Disorders & UHS Resources
- How to build a balanced meal
- Individual nutrition counseling is available with Toby Morris, UHS Clinical Dietitian, for any nutrition-related health issue. Schedule an appointment by calling (510) 642-2000 or online at eTang. Call Toby at (510) 642-5075 with questions. Find nutrition appointment fees online here.
- Schedule a health coaching session with UHS Health Educators. Coaching sessions offer the flexibility of one to four hour-long informal sessions to assist in creating a plan with specific goals and assess progress towards those health goals. Book online.
- Find general nutrition information on the USDA's Choose My Plate website.
- The Berkeley Student Food Collective is a great source of local and organic produce and groceries on campus.
- Anonymous mental health screening