Mindful Eating

Mindful Dining on Campus
Queen’s University Hospitality Services is committed to creating a healthy environment for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. Mindful is our health and wellness approach that helps choosing healthy choices second nature! This initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in messaging so you can make mindful choices.

Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the dietary guidelines including calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and fibre for a variety of meals, soups, and desserts that were created by chefs and registered dietitians.  Look for the Mindful apple icon in our dining halls, Queen’s retail brands and our online menus to find healthy and delicious menu items offered at each meal. 

Queen’s Hospitality Services offers many choices to meet your needs. Watch for icons for the following around campus:
Vegetarian: Menu items that are lacto-ovo which may include eggs and/or dairy products. Items do not contain fish, poultry, meat or meat products.
Vegan: Menu items that do not contain meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.
Gluten Free: Identifies menu items that are made without ingredients containing gluten. Please note: We cannot guarantee items made in-house are gluten-free due to the risk of cross-contact. If you have celiac disease or a gluten allergy please speak with a chef or manager about safe dining options.

For General Information on Eating Well Visit:

Health Canada
Health Canada is responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. They ensure high-quality health services are accessible and works to reduce health risks.

Eating a nutritious and balanced diet is one of the best ways to protect and promote good health. You can find the recently revised Canada’s Food Guide that not only focuses on what to eat, but also about where, when, why and how you eat.

Some key aspects of the new Food Guide includes:
Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and protein foods (mostly from plants)
-Being mindful of your eating habits
Cooking more often
Enjoying your food
-Eating meals with others
-Limiting highly processed foods
-Making water your drink of choice
-Using food labels
-Being aware that food marketing can influence your choices

Other Health Canada resources include information on food safety, food labelling, food allergies and other food related topics.

Unlock Food
Formerly EatRightOntario.ca, www.unlockfood.ca provides bilingual information on nutrition, food and healthy eating along with recipes and healthy eating tools. The posts are developed by registered dietitians using the latest research. Some helpful links while at university include:

Making Healthy Fast Food Choices at School

University life and healthy eating – can these two co-exist?