As always, Wellness Wednesdays is brought to you by the Health and Wellness Commission, a team of Daniels students who are not professionals but want to share what we know to help you live your healthiest and most well life.
This month we’re talking about nutrition. One of the hardest things about moving out of residence is losing the meal plan and having to cook for yourself. A great way to do this is to meal prep. A system that has worked really well for me is to pick a day where I know I have a good amount of free time, usually on the weekend, and cook a big batch of something. My personal favourite is chili; you can make it with ground beef, turkey, or if you're veggie try a butternut squash and black bean recipe which can be found here: http://www.simple-veganista.com/2012/10/butternut-squash-and-black-bean-chili.html (trust me, it’s so good). I’ll usually freeze half of what I make and then eat the rest throughout the week, interspersed with things that are quicker to make such as pasta, salads, and veggie burgers. Cooking can be a good and productive break to take from all that reading and model building. If you are struggling with finding the time to cook at home, the University of Toronto does offer meal plans for people who aren't living in residence. The information can be found here: https://ueat.utoronto.ca/meal-plans/.
You can also find out about UofT research on nutrition here: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/tags/nutrition
If professional help regarding nutrition is something you’d be interested in, you can make an appointment with a dietician at the Health and Wellness Centre. You can walk in to make an appointment or call, find their hours and numbers here: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc/contact-us
Stay well, Daniels