Today's Update: Monday, March 29

March 29, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, It may be just because I’m hungry as I write this (and it’s not dinner time yet), but I’ve been thinking a lot about what I eat lately. I was talking with some friends this weekend, and they were saying the same thing – that with the change in season, it might be a good time for a change in wellness habits. 

People have joked about putting on the COVID-19 (pounds), and this has certainly been a stressful year which can lead to less than desirable eating habits. That’s why I was interested to see that the Student Life Student Wellness Center (SWC) is putting on a series of webinars to provide a better perspective on our options. 

One that caught my eye is about intuitive eating, on April 14. Janele Bayless, Wellness Coordinator for Nutrition Education in the SWC, points out that we get a lot of different messages about what and how we should eat. It seems there is some new diet out every week, and what’s considered “healthy” changes all the time.  

The experiences and habits we develop over time can influence our food intake and impact the ways in which we eat, leading us to be disconnected at times from what our bodies need or want. Mindful eating can help us identify internal cues such as hunger, fullness and satisfaction, and become aware of additional factors that influence our eating such as stress, boredom, comfort, enjoyment and social experiences involving food. If you want to get back to the basics of eating more intuitively and becoming more in tune with your body, this webinar might be helpful.  

I’m also seeing people moving to incorporate a more plant-based diet into their lives. They tout the impact on their health, finances, animal welfare and environment/sustainability. I’m not quite ready to give up my pepperoni pizza, but I can see the benefits. Janele is also offering a webinar on plant-based diets on Wednesday, March 31. She’ll explain what’s involved and how to get all the nutrients you need when adding more plant-based options in your food intake.  

You can sign up for the webinars online: I am sure they will be Scarlet and Great.  

Bon Appetit!