Eating healthy, wholesome meals can be particularly challenging while navigating the long hours, massive amounts of studying, and stressful clinical schedules of medical school. We as health professionals tout the importance of eating healthy to our patients, but this doesn't always result in self-care. We understand that it can be difficult to start or maintain good habits; let us help. Below are some ways to help incorporate healthy foods and eating habits into your daily routine, as well as basic information on nutrition, healthy recipe websites, and guides to eating well in Boston.
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+ Eating well - what does that even mean?
- Thoughtful Eating Tool Kit: The Thoughtful Eating Tool Kit created by Sargent Choice Nutrition Center outlines a step by step guide of what, when, and how to eat “thoughtfully” and healthily. Everything from how to snack thoughtfully, to tips on meal planning is outlined for you.
- How to Read a Nutrition Label: The FDA makes a quick guide on exactly what the percentages and numbers mean on a nutrition label in relation to what is considered healthy and recommended.
- Packaging Claims, Translated: Ever wonder what “low calorie” or “low fat” actually means? The American Heart Association breaks down what these food packaging claims, as well as others, actually translate to.
- BU Sargent Choice Nutrition Center: Boston University's Sargent Choice Nutrition Center aims to provide evidence-based nutrition counseling to BU faculty, staff, students, and the Greater Boston community. They provide everything from nutrition counseling, to blogs, to workshops and seminars for groups and individuals!
- Sargent Choice Recipes: BU Sargent Nutrition Center’s blog features a plethora of healthy recipes. They even try out their recipes in their testing kitchen on the undergraduate campus and get feedback from students, because “healthy” doesn't have to mean “bland and nasty.” They also make shopping easy with a pre-made healthy shopping list. Check it out!
- The Test Kitchen: Want to keep up to date with the newest healthy recipes the chef's are trying in the test kitchen? Check out their blog. It's loaded with healthy eating and shopping tips as well!
- Dana Farber Eating Well for Wellness: Dana Farber Institute’s “Eating Well for Wellness” Recipe archive with a variety of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- AHA Recipes: The American Heart Association not only gives you an archive of recipes, but also makes available how-to videos and articles to explain and simplify your cooking process.
+ Eating healthy in boston
- Boston Magazine's List: 10 Healthy Restaurants Opening in Boston. From an artisan oatmeal café to two more Dig Inn locations, get excited for these healthy restaurants coming to Boston in 2017.
- Boston Food Trucks: Boston Food Trucks can offer students healthy options for lunch and dinner. Food trucks are conveniently located across the street from the medical school on Harrison Ave. Check out the Boston Food Truck Calendar for various locations and times for food trucks in your area.
- Farmer's Markets: Looking to purchase healthy, local food near you? Check out this map of all the farmers markets around Boston and find the closest one near you.
- Boston Public Market: Located at 100 Hanover St at the Haymarket station, the Boston Market features 40 local farmers, fishers, and food entrepreneurs selling fresh food sources right here from Massachusetts and New England. The Boston Public Market puts a focus on educating the public on food sources, nutrition, and preparation. In addition to vendors, there is a demonstration kitchen that give hands-on cooking demos, lectures, classes and more.
- Lunch, anyone?: A series on BU Today featuring reviews of lunch spots around Boston. They do all the leg work of yelping and researching for you.
- Cooking Matters: As recommended by our friends at BUSM SNAAC, Cooking Matters is an organization dedicated to eliminating child hunger through education and skills development. They have worked with SNAAC in the past and provide great info about food insecurity.