Rosie Dhaliwal, a gealth promotion specialist for SFU, emphasizes the importance of maintaining good nutrition while completing a post-secondary education.
"It comes down to your ability to concentrate and perform well on your assignments or other tasks for the day," said Dhaliwal
in an email to The Peak.
"It will enhance their academic success, their overall health, and save them money," says Dhaliwal
"Your money will take you way further if you are preparing your own meals rather than purchasing them regularly.
I can't emphasize enough that 80 per cent of chronic diseases are preventable through low-cost strategies such as eating well and active living."
Even with nutritious options on campus, there are things students can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle without relying on the university's dining services.
According to Dhaliwal
, students should be eating every three to four hours; consuming balanced meals (one quarter of the plate is protein, one quarter is carbohydrates and the remaining half is comprised of fruit and vegetables); and carrying around portable snacks like plain nuts, seeds or fresh fruit.
As students delve deeper into another semester of long days and short nights, Dhaliwal
reminds them to enjoy the experience when it comes to food.
"Food is part of a lot of social events throughout the semester," she
says, "[but] I like to use the 80/20 rule - 80 per cent of the time we stick to guidelines from Canada's Food Guide, but 20 per cent of the time we allow ourselves a treat and we enjoy it."