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Eat Healthy

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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.

 

 DCU Community Garden

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.

 Your relationship with food

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.

 On Campus Support Services and Resources

 


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

A Lust for Life Nutrition                                                
http://www.alustforlife.com/section/physical-health/nutrition-physical-health