It’s Well.i.am Week! This is the perfect time to address the eatWELL component and show you guys how easy it is to incorporate healthy eating choices into your daily life in order to make it become a part of your lifestyle!
Have you heard about the cooking demos being offered at the RAC?
Yes? No? Not sure?
Well, there are cooking demos being offered at the RAC! – These demos provide you with new ideas to add to your diet. They’re healthy and nutritious options that you may not have thought of yourself. You get to learn how to make yummy food and then sample the finished product!
Here’s the schedule:
Everyone always seems to talk about how they want to start eating healthy. Many try it out, but some don’t even know where to begin or have the wrong idea about what eating healthy actually means. I had the chance to ask Brianna Dumas, a senior nutrition major and the Fitness Program Assistant at CRI, a few questions about her healthy lifestyle. Brianna is a student at GSU, not a professional, but she provided us with a lot of valuable information and easy steps to take to head in the right direction of committing to a healthy diet!
How do you personally define a “healthy diet?”
A healthy diet to me includes a balance of meals that include moderation, lots of colors and fresh foods. As college students, we tend to aim for quick and tasty meals, but never take time to time to appreciate fresh options. We have to remember that quick and easy doesn’t always mean processed! Also, we all are busy and forget to pack that snack or something yummy for that midday craving, but skipping meals is never good! When your belly makes funny noises and says, “I’m hungry,” then you know it’s time to eat. Make the time to feed your body; we can’t ignore the hungry feeling!
What are some easy ways for students to get into the habit of eating healthier?
I think the most effective, yet really easy way to make a habit is to precook meals. Sundays, after I go grocery shopping, is my most productive time in the kitchen. Cooking something on Sunday and throwing it in some TupperWare makes mealtime quick and easy. This is a lot healthier and more cost efficient than running through the nearest chain everyday. Also, students must remember that it’s the small changes that make the bigger difference. Choice is key when out to eat with friends, in the grocery store, and just in life in general! Choosing grilled chicken over fried, a salad over fries, or even fruit for dessert- everything counts!
What was your turning point in deciding to lean into a healthy eating lifestyle?
The turning point in my life where I figured out that “I was what I ate” was just over a year ago. After declaring nutrition a major, I began to look at food a little different. It wasn’t until the summer before my junior year that I decided to become a vegetarian. Instantly I had to replace my animal protein with grains, beans, or veggies. What started out as a one month, self-experiment, turned into a lifestyle choice. I still can’t ignore how awesome I feel eating a fresh meal.
Do you think eating healthy always means becoming a vegetarian or eating organic?
Absolutely not! Going vegetarian or vegan is a personal choice that for the most part has a lot of thought behind it. Also, while eating organic is less harmful to the body and environment, organics are not always available or in our budget as college students. Like I said, healthy choices are just that: choices. A healthy meal is more than just calories and fat, and I think that is what most students are mainly concerned with. While both of those are extremely important factors in a meal, factoring in how nutrient dense a product is weighs very heavily on choices made. Adding colorful options to every meal helps pack in all the vitamins and minerals you need!
How do you keep up with eating healthy on a college budget and schedule?
Believe it or not, eating healthy is NOT expensive! Beans cost about $0.90 per can! Knowing how to buy in season and local can really help save on your budget as well. The way I look at it: Pay a little extra now for yummy, healthy food… or pay in the future when you are suffering from all sorts of lifestyle choices. What would you rather pay for? Food or prescriptions?
How have the past cooking demos gone and what do you expect from the upcoming demos?
The demos have been a great addition to the schedule here at CRI! We have had two so far with great success. We have had students try both greek yogurt and kale! Everyone seems really excited to try new things and I think everyone loves a free snack! Our next demo will be October 11th in the RAC lobby– “Rethink Your Drink.”
Compare healthy and not-so-healthy drink options such as frappacinos, smoothies, and lattes. Learn and taste a healthy alternative with our smoothie samples. Thursday, 5:30-7:30 pm in the RAC Lobby
What’s your favorite part about being involved with the cooking demos?
I think my favorite part of the demos is exposing new and nutritious foods to students. We are trying to demo things that students wouldn’t typically pick up at the grocery store in hopes we will expose them to something they really love!
Be sure to check out the Rethink your Drink Demo this week as well as the other cooking demos taking place throughout the remainder of the semester! Don’t miss out!
See you guys in the RAC Lobby!