Trying to eat healthy as a student can be a challenge! Factors such as living away from home for the first time, a limited budget and time pressures may lead to poor and erratic eating habits, such as an increased intake of processed foods and takeaways and a low intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. Learning to eat healthily is a life skill and can have positive effects on your energy levels, concentration, weight management and academic success.
In this section we share our top tips to help you eat healthy at university. There are links to healthier options on campus as well as websites with great cooking videos and recipes! DCU also has a Community Garden where you can get fresh produce for small donation or you can learn and practice growing your own food! Make healthy eating a priority for you and you will reap the benefits in the short and long term and start to love food again.
The ethos governing this initiative will be that it is an open, all inclusive community garden that will be utilised as a resource for teaching, research, education, training, recreation and community engagement. As a community garden work is undertaken jointly and reward is based on time committed to the garden. Your time spent in the garden is recorded by you in the Garden time record book in Shed II – it is your responsibility to record your time accurately. Garden Tasks will be displayed on the Notice board in Shed II – if you have completed a task please cross it off the list.
A good relationship with food and a healthy weight are central to your physical and emotional well-being. It is not un-common for young people in a new environment to experience troubles with eating; but it is important to address this before it seriously impacts health and wellbeing. Here are a few tips of things to look out for and to recognise when you may need some advice.
- Feeling out of control around food
- Binge eating or compulsive eating
- Attempting to compensate for eating by vomiting, using laxatives, exercising or restricting
- Feeling restricted in life activities because of body size or feelings about one’s body
- Feeling like weight loss will be a solution to unhappiness or uncomfortable situations
- Experiencing negative thoughts and feelings about appearance or body size
- Fearing weight gain
- Having body measurements determine someone’s mood or feelings about themselves
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, or have other worries about food or body image, it may be helpful to seek further information, advice, or help from the Student Advice Centre.
U & Healthy Eating Steps Booklet https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/students/ssd_stepsguide_nutrition_low.pdf
Eating Disorders http://www4.dcu.ie/counselling/eatingdisorders.shtml
DCU Community Garden http://www4.dcu.ie/ocoo/sustainability/dcucg.shtml
DCU Restaurants Food Charter www.dcu.ie/catering/food-charter.shtml
DCU Restaurants IHF Happy Hear at Work Award, www.dcu.ie/catering/healthy-eating.shtml
Off Campus Supports & Useful Websites
Irish Heat Foundation Recipes www.nodrama.ie
Spunout.ie Healthy Eating http://spunout.ie/health/category/healthy-eating
Safe Food Recipes http://www.safefood.eu/Healthy-Eating/recipes.aspx
Learn to Cook http://www.studentcooking.tv/
101 Square Meals Cookbook by Safe Food & MABS http://www.safefood.eu/SafeFood/media/SafeFoodLibrary/Documents/Healthy%20Eating/101-Square-Meals-Cookbook-Feb-2015.pdf
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