This is a sad day for Saturdays with Shal. Because in two days, it’s the end of Reading Week and back to the grind that is Daniels. But chin up everyone, this also means we are at the halfway point of the semester! To get you prepared for the final half of semester, I wanted to help you out with food locations around U of T that are handy for when you’re spending long hours at campus throughout the week. This can all be found here, https://ueat.utoronto.ca/campus-locations/ . If you find yourself always buying food at campus, I also recommend getting a meal plan (info on that is also on the website). U of T offers 57 locations throughout St. George campus to enjoy a meal. Luckily, most of these are close to the studios and 230 College. My biggest encouragement would be to prepare and pack a healthy lunch and snacks, but I’d rather have you buy meals then skip them altogether. From the Government of Canada’s website, here are some tips on healthy choices when eating out:
- Choose a healthier cooking style. Cut down on fat by choosing foods that are baked, broiled, poached, or grilled instead of breaded or deep-fried.
- Enjoy a colourful meal. Try steamed vegetables, vegetable soups, fresh fruit or vegetable salads, and berries with yogurt.
- Order healthier salads. Dark green salads are usually healthier for you than higher fat Caesar, taco, potato, or pasta salads.
- Ask for sauce and dressing "on the side." Get gravy, sauce, and salad dressing on the side and use a small amount.
- Limit sodium. Ask for your meal to be cooked without salt or MSG (monosodium glutamate), a seasoning that is very high in sodium. For Asian-style foods, ask for half the soy sauce.
- Pick a better pasta sauce. Order tomato-based pasta sauces instead of alfredo or cheese sauces.
- Choose whole grains. Order sandwiches, subs, or wraps with whole grain bread, buns, or tortillas. Choose one spread instead of two (for example, mayonnaise or margarine, not both).
- Limit cakes, cookies, and rich desserts. Get a smaller size or share with someone.
- Drink smart. Choose water, milk (skim, 1%, or 2%), fortified soy beverage, or 100% juice instead of soft drinks or sweetened beverages.
I have provided their website if you want more info. That’s it for this week Daniels, I’ll see you Wednesday for the final Wellness Month post. Stay classy out there.
Hey… hows your Saturday going? Mine’s going great. So was my Thursday thanks to our AVSSU Club Night! If you missed out I hope to see you at the next one. This is Saturdays with Shal to give you a break as you scroll through Facebook on that study break. Recently I was asked by a Daniels student how I manage to keep fit through working out four times a week and playing Tri-Campus Volleyball even with the busy schedule of a third year. My answer was simple: make time for the things that are important to you. They said, “thats deep Dr. Phil” but its true. Staying physically active and fit are important to me so I make time for those things. Now, I get it - maybe you’re not much of a sporty person or are intimidated by the university gyms but I encourage you to break out of that comfort zone! For all the intramural sports offered at U of T (yes, theres tons of them) there are different levels of competition that help everyone play to their level. Check out http://www.uoftintramurals.ca if you are interested in intramural involvement. As for working out at the Athletic Centre or Goldring, I suggest starting at Athletic Centre as Goldring is usually where the intimidating Varsity players go. Bring Tcard for access! I was also asked by another Daniels student during Orientation Week if getting involved with clubs or athletics is important because they were worried about commitment and balance. I told them that it is in fact very important, one of the main reasons being that you meet people at U of T outside of the Daniels faculty. Being in clubs and athletics introduces you to students that have the same interests as you, whereas you might not get that connection with some friends in Daniels. Well, I hope I’ve convinced you to at least consider getting more active and involved! Have a safe Halloween everyone (or if you’re like me where you don’t really celebrate it, have a good weekend). I’ll see you next Saturday. And if there’s a best time to say these next few words it would be for this weekend: keep it classy, Daniels.