It’s that time of year again, time to go back to school! Which for some means creating a new health regimen or planning out your health goals to help keep you focused while in classes. This may lead to a new diet you’ve seen floating around on Facebook or maybe it was featured on the Today show. Maybe, something you came across at your gym, either way most diets today force you to limit or restrict food groups.
First of all, let’s all agree that the lack of carbs and fat isn’t all sparkles and unicorns. A diet or eating regimen that deprives you of the food you love, is not realistic nor is it pleasant. And, recent research has shown that, “if you associate negative feelings with a diet to start, you will just continue those negative feelings," says Kiviniemi.
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So, what works? What does “healthy eating” even mean?
Now that we know dieting doesn’t work, and that every diet isn’t meant for everyone, we can look at what does work. A truly healthy diet contains a BALANCE of food groups and ALL the nutrients necessary to promote good health. Let’s face it, nutrition can be extremely complex so it’s important to know that a healthy diet may vary based on individual's specific needs, genetic makeup, environment, and health. Remember, eating healthy isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of deal. If you’re an athlete on a sports team, your nutritional needs will be different than those of some of your friends who are sedentary. If you’re not sure how to eat best for your body or are struggling with your relationship with food, talk to an expert aka your campus dietitian, Yemila Lowry. Talk to your dietitian about what eating habits are best for YOU.
Remember, a healthy diet consists of making choices about what to eat and how much one eats with the goal of improving or maintaining good health. You can absolutely accomplish your health goals at the Osprey Café; where there’s a plethora of healthy choices on a daily basis. Need more info? Ask Yemila or check out https://www.dineoncampus.com/unf/.
As Always, Stay Healthy Ospreys,
Yemila Lowry, RDN
 Planning versus action: Different decision-making processes predict plans to change one’s diet versus actual dietary behavior. M Kiviniemi, C Brown-Kramer. Journal Health Psychology 2015.