Nutrition Blog

This nutrition blogs features thoughts, tips, and videos from our student Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOW) and UHS Registered Dietitians.

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Home Cooking Basics

December 18, 2018
Watch three videos on home cooking basics with Nutrition Outreach Workers, Nikki and Katie.

Gratitude and Mindful Eating

November 21, 2018
As campus take a little holiday hiatus this week from the busy Fall semester, I invite you to slow down and make some time for gratitude. But firstly, what is gratitude? Gratitude is being able to appreciate what gifts and benefits you presently have in life.

NOW Blog - Mindful Eating

October 24, 2018
Have you ever found yourself eating unconsciously while you’re mentally writing a to-do list? I know I have! As a student, it often seems like there’s not enough time in the day to eat. Between midterms, work-study commitments and essay deadlines, eating can become an overlooked and rushed afterthought. However mindful eating can transform mealtime into a refreshing and stress-relieving act. To eat mindfully is to bring non-judgemental awareness to the act of eating, to notice both the food and our body’s sensations while eating. It’s an invitation to slow down in order to relax and appreciate our food.

Eating on a Budget/College Edition

April 10, 2018
As a college student, it may be difficult to balance your budget with your busy schedule and desire to eat healthfully. You need to make sure you fuel that beautiful brain of yours with a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. People often think that healthy eating means spending a lot of money, but that does not have to be the case! Check out some of these tips on how to eat nutritious foods while on a budget.

Nutrition FAQ Videos

January 23, 2018
The NOW (Nutrition Outreach Workers) answer frequently asked questions!

Body Image Blues

February 9, 2018
UHS Registered Dietitian Toby Morris talks about fat talk in the workplace and everyday life and resources to combat it.

Ask NOW: Five Healthy Tips to Improve Your Study Sessions

October 13, 2017
They’re here before we know it; midterms are upon us. For many students, this means prioritizing studying over healthy habits. But exams don’t have to make us set our health aside. There are healthy habits that everyone can pick that not only contribute to overall health but may also improve your brain power while studying. I think I speak for most of us when I say I would like my brain to be working as efficiently as possible when I’m hitting the books. These tips are twofold: they contribute to your health and could help improve your cognition.

Ask the Dietitian: Mindful Eating

October 17, 2016
Q: What is mindful eating? And is it really practical for busy college students? A: I believe that learning to eat mindfully is the key to lifelong healthy food habits. Mindful eating takes practice but it’s not complicated and it doesn’t require lots of time. To understand how mindfulness applies to food, it’s important to first define mindfulness itself.

Ask the Dietitian: What is the best way for college students to prevent the Freshman 15?

September 15, 2016
Q: What is the best way for college students to prevent the “Freshman 15?” A: Ain’t no such thing. The “Freshman 15” is a catchy phrase that was probably created to sell magazines. A meta-analysis of 22 studies including more than 5500 participants showed that college students gained an average of only 3 pounds. That’s a normal and expected weight gain for a student in his or her late teens. We measure growth in kids and teens on growth curves.

Ask the Dietitian: Fat Talk

February 9, 2017
I ate so much junk food this week, I feel like I gained ten pounds! How can I get more willpower?