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Get answers to your nutrition & healthy eating questions.
Call us toll-free† at 1-877-510-510-2 to speak directly with a Registered Dietitian.
Many students come to university prepared to have fun, study hard, stay up all night and sleep all day. Changes in your normal routine and eating habits and the freedom to indulge in lots of food with the swipe of a meal card can lead to some poor choices. Use these tips to help you make good choices and stay healthy.
Here are some reasons why maintaining good eating habits is important while away at school:
Supersizing your meal may seem like a good deal but it won’t help your health or waistline. For example, a typical portion of meat, fish or poultry should be about the size of a cell phone. A reasonable portion of pasta should be about a cup, not the usual 5-6 cups that restaurants serve. Need more help with serving sizes? Check out Canada’s Food Guide or call EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2.
Choose water, milk (even chocolate) and 100% fruit or vegetable juice when you’re thirsty. You may be choosing energy drinks to keep you awake in class, or a can of pop because it’s cheapest - but these drinks are not the healthiest choices.
*Did you know? If you drink one can of regular pop everyday, after a year you will have drank the equivalent of 77 cups of sugar!
*Tip: The caffeine in energy drinks may help you stay alert but other ingredients like medicinal herbs usually have no scientifically proven benefits. Energy drinks are often higher in calories and more expensive than healthier beverages.
If you have energy drinks, you should not consume more than 500 ml (2 cups) of energy drinks per day and they should never be mixed with alcohol.
Read here for what you need to know about energy drinks and caffeine.
Even with a busy schedule, it is possible to make time for healthy meals. Have breakfast (even if you wake up late) and don’t be too busy studying to grab lunch or dinner. Eating regularly will boost your brain power and keep you from giving in to unhealthy snacks and late night pizza deliveries.
Whether you’re living in residence or off-campus, keep healthy snacks with you so you’re not tempted to visit the vending machine. Here are some delicious and healthy choices that are also easy to grab as you head out the door.
Some snacks need to stay cold (like yogurt and cheese). Freeze a water bottle the night before and throw it in your backpack to keep your food cold.
At university you will learn a lot both in and out of the classroom. It’s also about having fun and having new food experiences. Try unfamiliar foods or prepare your favourites in new ways. Pizza and fries are fine sometimes but making mainly healthy choices will help you make the most of your university experience.
Do you have more questions about healthy eating at school? Send an email to an EatRight Ontario Registered Dietitian or call 1-877-510-510-2.
Dietitians of Canada – a number of interactive tools are available, such as:
Health Canada: Check out the new interactive Canada’s Food Guide to help you figure out how many servings of each food group you need and what is a “real” serving size.
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