What to eat and drink before an exam

As tempting as it is to learn quantum mechanics while mindlessly munching on handfuls of chips, this is not ideal fuel for your brain while studying. What we put into our bodies has a huge influence on how we perform physically and mentally.  UBC dietitian Melissa Baker shares some insider information on what we should be eating to … Read more

Mental Health and Healthy Eating

Now that THRIVE month has come to a close I wanted to share one more post about the connection between mental health, because without mental health there is no health, and without nutrition there is no mental health. Let’s throw it back to basics: Some Nutrition 101.  Nutritious food is absolutely vital in everyone’s daily … Read more

Nutrition and Intuitive Eating

It’s THRIVE month at UBC, where we focus on ways to foster, improve and maintain good mental health. One way to improve your overall health and mental wellbeing is by eating!  Maddy Laranjo, a student-athlete at UBCO, has written this week’s blog on nutrition and intuitive eating to help you thrive during your studies. Last … Read more

Becoming an Intuitive Eater

It’s THRIVE month at UBC, where we focus on ways to foster, improve and maintain good mental health. One way to improve your overall health and mental wellbeing is by eating!  Maddy Laranjo, a student-athlete at UBCO, has written this week’s blog on eating for self-care and establishing a healthy mindset with food through Intuitive … Read more

Thrive By Eating Well

November is Thrive at UBC! As we navigate these difficult times, you may be feeling stressed or worried, and the isolation of physical distancing may be exacerbating these feelings.  Research points to five ways that can help promote a healthy mind: the Thrive 5 — simple, easy-to-implement ways to help support your mental health.  Eating a balanced diet … Read more

6 Tips to Cut Back Food Waste

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching fresh, delicious food go to waste – especially produce! Cooking at home leads to eating healthier meals and saves you money, but expired food can be a real source of anxiety, according to UBC Registered Dietitians Julie Stachiw (Okanagan campus) and Melissa Baker. Next time you buy fresh produce, … Read more

Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn

By Tamara Paetsch | Food & Nutrition Coordinator You don’t have to have a bag of movie theatre popcorn delivered to you. That’s right! You can make your own home-made popcorn, no packaged microwave popcorn, stove, or air-popper required. All you need is a paper lunch bag, popcorn kernels, and your favourite oil and seasonings. … Read more

Regrow Plants From Kitchen Scraps

By Egan Davis, principal instructor of the horticulture training program at the UBC Botanical Garden As we watch spring blossom outside our windows and try to minimize trips to the grocery store, UBC asked horticulturist Egan Davis – the Principal Instructor of UBC’s Horticulture Training Program – for tips on how to re-grow food from … Read more

Eating in Times of Stress

By Janyn Zoccoli Stress is a normal reaction to challenging or unsure times in our lives, but sometimes too much stress can cause negative effects. Therefore, it is important to recognize how stress impacts your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Take some time to check-in with yourself and your eating habits during stressful times. As we … Read more

4 Exam Season Snack Ideas

By Nisha Takhar | UBC Dietitics Student Exam season is a tough time for all students, perhaps more so now that students are studying in isolation. Hitting the books for many hours often leads to neglecting our body’s internal hunger cues, which can lead to stress eating or forgetting to eat altogether. To keep your … Read more