For quite some time, research has told us that our physical activity and food habits determine our health, not the number on the scale. In spite of this, the media continues to place an intense and unrealistic focus on weight and physical appearance. That focus tends to become even stronger during certain times of the year. In January, we are bombarded with ads encouraging us to set weight loss goals as New Year’s resolutions. Come summer, we are told that we will not look good in that bathing suit unless we lose weight.
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Congratulations on completing another semester at the University of Guelph! With exams now finished, I hope that you can take some time to relax, visit friends and family, and enjoy delicious food this holiday season. While the holidays are meant to be a time of relaxation, multiple holiday meals plus the transition from living in a student environment to travelling or living with your family again can be very stressful for many students. If holiday stress is something you struggle with, try changing your approach to the season this year to bring some joy back to your holiday.
In addition to eating your fill of home cooked goodies, I hope that you were able to find some time to rest, relax and catch up on much needed sleep this Thanksgiving long weekend.
As the semester ramps up and deadlines approach, I see many students begin to sacrifice sleep. I don't deny that a late night might be necessary from time to time to put the finishing touches on a big project. Consistently short changing yourself on sleep, however, may mean that you have more hours to devote to school work, but you will be less efficient while trying to complete that work.
With exams now over, I hope everyone takes some well-deserved time to rest and relax before jumping into summer endeavours!
I wanted to take a moment to thank all U of G students for their participation in Nutrition programming offered through Health Services and the Education & Promotion Centre this year. Your participation, enthusiasm and feedback are very important to our programming.
New activities run this year included:
Students engage in many activities that demand their time and attention – from lectures, to clubs and social events. Sometimes it can be hard enough to find time to feed yourself and get in a decent amount of sleep, never mind exercise.
Money is a concern for many University students. While eating well can have a significant positive impact on energy levels, concentration, and performance (both academic and athletic), getting everything you need on a budget can be challenging.
Canned legumes (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, etc.) are a nutritious and affordable source of protein. Including legumes rather than meat a couple days per week can reduce your grocery bill substantially. The problem for many students is that they are not familiar with how to prepare legume dishes.
To make the most of your days on campus – meaning sustained energy levels, concentration and a cheery mood – it’s crucial that you fuel your body. This requires planning ahead, packing a lunch, and packing snacks to munch on during the day. This is often easier said then done if you commute to school or are simply on campus for long hours without access to a fridge. Try the suggestions below to ensure you meet your energy needs without risking spoiled food.