Meet Tarini, our UTSG Dietitian!

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Meet Tarini, our UTSG Dietitian!

Hello!

My name is Tarini, and I am the Food Services Registered Dietitian at University of Toronto, St. George campus. I am also a University of Toronto graduate, which makes this role especially exciting for me. My role is very diverse, and I am determined to ensure that students are provided with a wide variety of nutritious options on campus.

Having been a university student for quite some time, I can identify with those who are constantly bombarded with exams and assignments, and may leave nutrition on the back burner. However, there are simple strategies you can apply to help establish a healthy eating pattern, which can in turn enhance your overall health and your performance at school. Here are a few tips to help you get it right this year!

Start your day with breakfast. It provides your brain with fuel to help you concentrate and stay alert. Eating a healthy breakfast is also associated with improved appetite control. For busy students, this can be as simple as yogurt and piece of fruit. If you live in residence, you’ll know that these are readily available in the dining hall, so be sure to take advantage of this!

Include nutritious snacks between meals. This can prevent excessive hunger and poor food choices throughout the day. Pairing carbohydrate and protein sources, for example whole-grain crackers and cheese, or apple slices and peanut butter, is ideal for providing energy and satiety until your next meal.

Eat well-balanced meals. Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits, one quarter with whole-grain foods, and the other quarter with protein foods. Keeping these proportions in mind as a general guide can help ensure you meet your nutrition requirements.

Stay hydrated! Make water your drink of choice to meet your fluid needs throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and inability to concentrate, so be sure to prevent this by keeping a water bottle with you, and refilling at the water stations across campus.

If you would like more nutrition information, or if you have a food allergy or intolerance and need help navigating the residence dining halls, please email me at dietitian@utoronto.ca. I would be happy to connect with you!

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