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Monday, March 1, 2021

Plant Based Eating: Wellness Tips

Monday, March 1, 2021 | 2:16 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , No comments

Plant based recipes can be delicious and because they are made from vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and lentils:

  • they provide plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals
  • they are great for your health and the environment

Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or just incorporate plant based meals sometimes -it is beneficial for your health and the environment to eat more plants.

There is no shortage of flavor in plant based foods and plant based diets often provide high quality foods with more vitamins and minerals while minimizing animal products and processed items

Adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet is not only healthy, but can also lower your risk for chronic diseases

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

What healthy eating means and what it doesn’t

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 2:55 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining No comments

 #WellnessWednesday with Registered Dietitian Christine (MS, RDN, CSSD)

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Healthy eating can be different depending on how you grew up, food preferences and food choices that work for you. It’s about creating a balance with a variety of foods from all the different food groups (grains, proteins, fruits, veggies, dairy or non-dairy substitutes as well as desserts- yes they can also be included in the balance). Healthy eating also means choosing foods that you like and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Paying attention to hunger and fullness cues

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 2:54 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining No comments

 #WellnessWednesday with Registered Dietitian Christine (MS, RDN, CSSD)

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Hunger and fullness is a great way to be in tune with what your body needs. However, sometimes you get busy and ignore these hunger signals and/or we get distracted scrolling on our phone and not pay attention to when we are comfortably full. Think about being in tune with these signals, honoring fullness and decreasing distractions to be more in tune with fullness.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Mental Health and Nutrition

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 2:52 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining No comments

 #WellnessWednesday with Registered Dietitian Christine (MS, RDN, CSSD)

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Nutrition can play a role when it comes to mental health. The way that nutrition plays a role is when you skip meals – because you are busy, stressed, or have a decreased appetite – most often you feel hungry and this can impact your mood, increase irritability, decrease concentration and focus. By fueling your body throughout the day with meals and snacks, it can help mood, decrease irritability, maintain concentration and focus. If you take medication for your mental health and the medication decreases your appetite, consider eating a meal before you take your medicine and setting reminders to continue to eat throughout the day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Eating consistently during the day

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | 10:54 AM Posted by Northeastern Dining No comments

#WellnessWednesday with Registered Dietitian Christine (MS, RDN, CSSD)
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Eating consistently during the day is important to help to maintain your energy level and to help you stay focused throughout the day. Consider keeping snacks (granola bars, piece of fruit, pretzels, dry cereal etc.) handy when you know you are busy and may have a long period of time between meals. Paying attention to hunger signals during the day, this is your built in reminder that you need to eat!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Mindful Eating vs. Distracted Eating

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 10:52 AM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , , , , , No comments

 #WellnessWednesday with Registered Dietitian Christine (MS, RDN, CSSD)
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Consider practicing mindful eating versus distracted eating by putting away your devices during a meal. You may find that you enjoy the meal more because you are paying attention to the smell, taste and texture as well as being in tune with your feelings of fullness!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

National Seafood Month

It’s National Seafood Month! October is all about sustainable seafood around here. Everyone knows that seafood is an excellent component of a healthy diet, but overfishing, bycatch, and seafood fraud can make it challenging to decide which fish to eat. We asked our partners over at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program to share some advice for buying seafood that has been fished or farmed responsibly. Your seafood choices are critical to a healthy ocean, so grab a Seafood Watch guide or the app, and let’s go shopping!


To find the right seafood recommendation, you’ll need to know three things: the species (what kind of fish is it), where the seafood is from and how it was caught or farmed. For example, if salmon is on the menu, find out if it's Atlantic, Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink, or Sockeye salmon. Next, ask where it’s from and how it was caught or farmed. Sometimes it can be hard to find out how seafood is caught or farmed. Often just knowing the country of origin will tell you whether to buy a product. Also, check to see if we have recommended an eco-certified option. If in doubt, choose a different Best Choice seafood.


Many businesses have already made commitments to sustainable seafood. Shopping at a restaurant or grocery store with commitment means that you can do your research before visiting and be confident that what is offered meets your sustainability expectations. If you have access to a local fisherman, that’s another great way to learn more about the seafood you’re buying and the people that harvested it.


The easiest thing you can do is ask the question: "Do you sell sustainable seafood?" By doing so, you help drive change in the marketplace. The more businesses hear support for sustainable seafood, the more interest they have in providing it as an option. We encourage you to thank the businesses that sell sustainable seafood and ask those that don’t to visit


Whole fish may seem outside the comfort zone of home chefs, but it is more affordable, versatile, and is less likely to have fraudulent labeling. If you have our Seafood Watch recommendations handy, whole fish can be a great way to guarantee you’re getting the sustainable product you paid for. Finally, if whole fish is available, ask the store to clean, gut, and portion it for you.


In North America we mainly eat five seafood products: canned tuna, shrimp, tilapia, salmon and pollock. Considering Seafood Watch has recommendations for over 300 species, that is a very limited menu! Next time you buy seafood consider trying something new: from arctic char to clams to seaweed, there are hundreds of Best Choices for you to explore!


1. Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program.

Written by Julia Jordan