March is National Nutrition Month, a time to spread the knowledge of healthy eating and to encourage a healthy lifestyle. As the warmth of early spring gradually replaces winter’s chill, it’s also a good time to replace high-calorie comfort foods with nutritious and healthier food choices.
Posts Categorized: Health and Wellness
Choosing a healthy meal in college can be hard sometimes when you’re not sure how to prepare a meal on your own in the first place. By having the Guiding Stars program at UND, choosing a healthy “starred” meal is simple. Each dining center strives to put one “starred” item on their menu for every meal served. One star is good, two stars are better and three stars are the best nutritional value. These “stars” are located on the food item’s green label.
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. It is well documented that folic acid plays a role in preventing neural tube birth defects. Whether you are pregnant or planning to become so, a consistent intake of enough folate (folic acid) can help reduce the risk of birth defects such as Spina Bifida. That’s not it’s only benefit, of course–folate supports good cell health for all people of all ages. With the Guiding Stars Food Finder tool, you can search for foods that are rich in this important nutrient. We gathered a list of 10 highly rated foods (and a few recipes) to get you started!
Meditation – just hearing that word can elicit a range of reactions. Many people have experienced a ‘meditative’ effect when engaging in an activity that involves concentration and focus. Often it is an activity that the person loves to do. When immersed in the activity, time seems to be suspended. Nothing else seems to exist except what is happening in that activity. These experiences are often random, and not necessarily possible to recreate on demand.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest nutrition news, here are a few quick reads to bring you up to speed on some of the more interesting recent headlines in the world of nutrition science and politics.
Speaking for the Guiding Stars web team, working closely with Guiding Stars has had a huge impact on our eating choices and the way we think about food in general. We’ve always spent a fair amount of time cooking together outside of the office, but thinking about food through the lens of this nutritional rating system always has us wondering: “Would this recipe earn any stars? What could we do to make it healthier without compromising the taste?”
Kudos to you for committing to a healthy diet and fitness routine! When you’re traveling, however it can be tricky to eat healthily and exercise regularly, especially since you’re in a new location with unfamiliar surroundings. Here are some useful and convenient ideas to help you keep tight, toned, and feeling great!