Weekend Tips from Diane

Howdy from Ohio!

1. Dress up your salads

Making salads interesting is a great way to start liking salads. Growing up, I hated eating greens and vegetables; it wasn’t until CEGEP that I fell in love with them. Having a wide variety of ingredients and a tasty dressing really makes a big difference. The downside is that adding cheese, pita chips or a thick dressing also adds calories. Try mixing lettuces and spinach with thin slices of apple, pear or mango, or even blueberries. Always incorporate a crunch from crushed up pita chips, toasted pine nuts, sunflower seeds or almonds. Even though these more tasty, filling and flamboyant salads are more caloric, they also contain a lot of fibre, vitamins and minerals that you wouldn’t get otherwise.

My miso salad dressing will be posted soon, it’s amazing, just ask my roommates who always ask me to make it for them.

 2. Shop with your kids!

For all you parents out there, think about involving your kids when you go grocery shopping and when you cook. Living on campus has made me realize that young people nowadays are lacking general cooking and grocery knowledge; whether it’s how to pick good produce, price or being able to try new things. Encouraging them to be part of the meal-planning and prepareation will help your kids get interested in nutritious and fresh foods in a world where fast food is everywhere, including their schools.

 3. Uninterrupted Sleep

Letting our bodies rest is not only important in maintaining overall health but also crucial to controlling body weight. Our body needs adequate rest in order to metabolize all the energy we get from our food in the form of calories. If you’re looking to lose weight, make sure you get a good night’s sleep! One tip I have for improving one’s quality of sleep is to keep all clocks far away from the bed and out of sight. A lot of us wake up throughout the night and check how much (or how little) time we have left to rest. What’s great about not knowing the time is that we can fall back asleep not worried and anxious and get a sound night of zzzzzzz’s.

With humidity and a smile,

– D the Intern

10 Tips for Eating Out

  1. Image.phpStop eating tons of squishy warm
    white bread with giant chunks of butter before the meal comes.
  2. Always drink water; not Coke, juice or
  3. Sauce on the side (even the Hollandaise
    sauce that comes with the egg’s Benedict at Chez Cora).  A tablespoon of sauce is plenty.
  4. Grilled not fried.
  5. Think about how awesome it will
    be to have the same restaurant meal for lunch the next day.  When your meal arrives, push half of it
    aside and save it for tomorrow. 
  6. Salad dressing sauce on the
    side too.  Caesar salad is NOT a
    healthy choice.
  7. If dessert is what you are
    craving after your meal, share it.
  8. It’s the sodium, white based carbohydrates and the saturated fat that make some restaurant
    food unhealthy.  Try to avoid it.  Ask questions.  In case your wondering, poutine has all 3!
  9. You can find something reasonably
    healthy at any restaurant if you look hard enough.
  10. Don’t be shy to request a special
    order. Meg Ryan wasn’t.  Restaurants
    are usually more than happy to oblige. 
    Remember they want your business!