Making food choices can feel difficult, considering the conflicting messages in the media, confusing information on food packages, or if you’re running short on time.
Here are four quick tips to help you nourish your body in a way that makes you feel good.
Honour your hunger
It sounds simple, but it can feel tricky. If you are busy or are used to ignoring your hunger cues you might not notice them until you are feeling hangry—where you’ll eat anything in sight. Honouring your hunger means catching those cues before you get to the over-hungry stage. A quick tip is to eat a meal or snack every 3-5 hours so that you can focus on the important things, like studying and connecting with friends.
Enjoy a variety of foods
Find foods that are enjoyable and satisfying to you—yes all foods! Some days you may want something hearty and comforting, and other days something fresh and light. Letting your body guide you in enjoying a variety of foods helps you nourish your body with a variety of nutrients. Not all foods are nutritionally equal and that’s ok! Food isn’t just fuel—it’s a celebration of culture, connection with others, comfort and more!
Try plant-based proteins
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing! Eating plant-based proteins—like beans, peas, lentils, tofu, nuts or seeds—can help our environment and your wallet.
Delicious plant-based meal options include falafel dishes, lentil curry, marinated tofu and vegetable stir fry, and bean-based veggie burgers.
All three residence dining halls offer lots of plant-based meal options. Explore with your taste buds and add plant-based dishes that you enjoy to your day.