Dietitian's Blog

Should I cut out dairy?

We are constantly bombarded with a list of foods that we should include and foods we should avoid. It seems that the newest food trend involves banishing dairy from our diets. With so much information out there, many individuals feel at a loss in terms of what to believe. I don’t blame you!

So really…should I cut out dairy?

Unless you have an allergy or medical condition that requires you to avoid a specific food, I don’t believe that any food should be cut out completely.

Exam Survival

Exam season is just around the corner (don't worry, so is summer vacation!). Aim to make the most of your final two weeks on campus by making sound food choices that will support energy levels, concentration, focus, and retention of all that information you've been trying to cram into your brain!

Love Your Lunch

We can all agree that being a student is pretty great.  Flexible schedules; few real-life responsibilities; living away from home – it sounds amazing!  However, our bank accounts tend to tell a different story.  Between tuition, rent, textbooks, and entertainment, our budget for food can be pretty tight.  As we all know, the food on campus is amazing, but without a student card, it can get expensive to constantly purchase meals on campus.  Bringing your own lunch to campus may seem like a pain, but trust me, it’ll save you valuable dollars that you can spend on books or clothes, or saving f

Thinking about using My Fitness Pal?

Using an app to track your food intake and activity level may sound helpful but may actually be hurting you. Apps like My Fitness Pal and Lose It! draw people in by claims that the app will make you “successfully lose weight and keep it off”. The truth is these apps can cause you to become so out of touch with your body that you become robot like; inputting everything you eat and all of your physical activity, planning your day around how many calories you have consumed and how much exercise you have done.  This is not a healthy or sustainable way to live.

Finding your way around the snack bar aisle

Snack bars can serve as a portable and quick snack between classes. Some brands offer really great nutrient-dense options that will give you lasting energy and other brands are more like candy bars. How can you tell the difference? How do you know which brand is right for you?

It’s a good idea to include a snack between meals if your meals are more than three or four hours apart. Snacks help prevent hunger and a lull in energy between meals.

Wondering how to best fuel around exercise?

Is getting into a new exercise/sport regime a part of your New Year’s goal? As important as it is to be active, it is just as important to fuel yourself so that you have enough energy to perform your best! 

Pre-Workout Fuel

The energy we ‘burn’ during a workout (i.e., carbohydrates, fat, and protein) is not from the energy that we consume prior to exercise, but rather the energy that was obtained and stored 24-48 hours earlier. 

Food eaten a few hours before exercise helps maintain blood sugar levels and prevent muscles from tiring out easily.

Confused about how to eat healthy?

Healthy eating can be confusing. Or at least we've made it confusing.

Book store shelves are stocked full of books promising a recipe for health and weight loss. You can find limitless information online to support a variety of different dietary approaches - paleo, gluten free, vegan, raw. So what's real? and what's best?

Kick that Cold to the Curb

It’s that time of year again, Gryphons!  The weather begins to get colder, the leaves fall off the trees, and autumn slowly turns into winter.  After surviving long nights in the library and what felt like never ending midterms, you wake up with a stuffed up nose and a cough that doesn’t seem to want to go away.  You head off to class wishing instead to be back in your bed, and once there, you realize that you’re not alone; most of the class is coughing, sniffling, and blowing their nose throughout the entire lecture.  So what exactly is causing all these colds, and is there any way to prev

The Versatile Avocado

The avocado - a bit of a health wonder. It’s considered a fruit, but it’s also a fatty one, unlike most fruits we know, so how good is it for us? And what ways are there to eat avocados?

Although avocados are high in fat, they contain mostly “good” fat – monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat is associated with lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol. It can also help reduce inflammation in the body.

Avocados contain 9.9g of monounsaturated fat, 1.8g of polyunsaturated fat, and 2.1g of saturated fat per ½ an avocado. 

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