Whether you may know it or not, Fontbonne University is a mission-based university, where majors are born and created to help the surrounding community in which Fontbonne resides. From my perspective, we are always constantly trying to create new ways to help the community in which we live, whether that is through volunteering opportunities like World Food Day, raising money for organizations in which a particular club is involved, and much more. We strive to help others around us.
Now I can say from experience that with switching my major over the past summer, I really learned about a particular department that is designed to help people. Though yes, my last major was designed to help people as well. First I was a Speech-Language Pathology major, which is designed to help those with a speech and or language difficulty and provide therapy or any help necessary. Now with my new field of choice, family & consumer sciences, there is a much larger spectrum of how I can help my community.
“Family and Consumer Sciences is both a Discipline and a Profession that focuses on an integrative approach to the reciprocal relationships among individuals, families, and communities, as well as the environments in which they function” (Kato & Elias, 2015, p. 11). This is a quote from right out of one of my textbooks for Family Consumer Science, Foundations of Family and Consumer Sciences. I learned more about my major on a surface level this semester, though earlier in the semester, and am completely pleased with what I have learned thus far. I await so much more to learn about my field as time passes on.
Though, in general, Family & Consumer Science seeks to help those in need and find ways to better help communities as well as the individual in need, as well as the environment within a community. It also creates ways to better help the environment since all parts of the bigger picture impact each other at one time.
I’d like to share with you all my great volunteer experience for my Dietetics Internship Program. In the early part of this semester, I was charged with a catering project for the graduate students admission ceremony on November 6. I and my other three classmates were required to come up with food for the events. As we are all majoring in Dietetics, definitely we would come up with some healthier as well as delicious food options for the event. I enjoyed this catering event a lot because the catering staff was giving us a lot of freedom to choose what foods we could make for the event. And we had the chance to prepare all the foods and cook and display them nicely. Although honestly it took us a lot of time for planning, and estimating how many servings we would serve in the event, it was just a fabulous experience that allowed us to do this catering event for real and serve for one of the professional academic events for school.
I wanted to share this volunteering experience with you all because I want to say school is definitely a good place to learn. As I haven’t had catering experience before, but I am glad and honored to participate in this event since I could learn. When you did something wrong, no one would criticize you as they all knew you were learning from it. So, I definitely encourage you all, especially the undergraduate students, to be active and take initiative to participating the school activities. Don’t be afraid to explore!
Today, I want to talk to you about a little concept called “nutrient density.” This refers to the number of nutrients per calorie in a food item. Example: the nutrient density in 50 calories of strawberries is much higher than in 50 calories of Doritos. The strawberries give your vitamins, minerals, fiber, ect, which Doritos do not.
This is also where the term “empty calories” comes from. In the Doritos for instance, you are not getting any vitamins and minerals while still getting the calories from carbs and fats.
So, as you continue your journey of a healthier lifestyle, ask yourself how nutrient dense your food choices may be. Here is a little helpful tip: whole foods have the most nutrient density.
Examples of whole foods are raw fruit, vegetables, oats, and meats. An apple is considered a whole food, while apple juice is not.
Not to say non-whole foods are off limits, just try to make the majority of what you are eating is a whole food. That way you can be sure it is minimally processed and you are reaping the most nutrient benefits!
Nutrient dense foods are how you can get the most bang for your buck! It is all about the quality of the calories, not the quantity!
This post was previously posted on my blog, The Wholey Trinity. For more nutrition and health information, go to www.thewholeytrinity.com!
“What classes are you taking next semester?” I am starting to hear that more and more. It is weird for me not to have any classes next semester due to finishing up this semester. So much is happening to me both in school and outside of school. Becoming the President of the Residential Hall Association and finishing up in December are just a few of the school changes. I get to drive again on the 19th of this month since I didn’t have anymore seizures, and I am adopting a dog. I wouldn’t be where I am at without Fontbonne. This place and the people here helped me succeed in life.