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Hint 3: Avoid free food offerings if you don’t need

As these have calories. And lots of unwanted ones.
Its best to buy your own or make your own.
Except RUSU’s free breakfast of course.
And their free snags. Now who can say no to healthy snags on the barbie


Its not fun to feel anxiety.
About 1 in 3 students have anxiety around exam times. There isn’t a reason for this it just happens. But RMIT doesn’t care about anxiety or other mental health problems.
Today I just did a survey and told them just that.

Anxiety can be felt when students have had something happen to them all of a sudden or it could be for no reason.

Students it helps to see a counsellor sooner rather than later. If you see one of RMIT’s ones they’d usually be able to write a reference for you should you need special consideration.

It is normal for you to be anxious when RMIT has decided to hold an exclusion hearing during the semester hampering your studies and making you feel like you are in limbo land.


Realfoods new bento boxes and the cooking class

The RUSU Realfoods café’s ‘Real Soul Food’ cooking class was held on the evening of August 14 in the RMIT City Campus Foodcourt. It was very stormy weather outside so the ‘winter warmers’ recipe theme was even more appropriate. We started off with a few housekeeping things and samples from a sponsor of the event: E3 Live (which is a nutrition supplement product based on blue-green). The café co-ordinator Lucy then thanked the Realfoods volunteers who came to help out on the night and Aditi (the RUSU Environment Officer) and the special guest chef presenter Julie Mitsios was introduced.

Photo by Anthony Branson- realfoods volunteer

Chef Julie spoke about her carerer and love of food, and introduced all the recipes she was going to make. These were simple ones where there is not a lot of cooking but mostly blending and chopping. Julie used to be a pastry chef. After a while she decided that she didn’t like using animal products so she started investigating healthy eating options. Her sister also has type 1 diabetes and that’s what got her started on being vegan chef.

Prizes were drawn throughout the night and people won great items such as a mini veggie garden, a dvd and a book. We also got a goodie bag, full of stuff like fair-trade tea and the RMIT Catalyst magazine.

In the intermission, there was dinner, drinks and desserts for sale. I had a bento box ($10) and brown rice sushi ($3.30 a piece). I loved both of them. The bento was really good and filling and the two flavours of sushis were both nice. I liked the apricot one the most as it was fruity and I love fruity stuff.

Many thanks to Lucy and her volunteers for putting this on and for what a success it has been. I look forward to coming to more of these events soon and I hope all of you can come to the next one as well.

better health channel

Here’s a really good website that students should go to. Here it has all the information on staying healthy, avoiding food poisoning  and some remedies for coughs and colds.

how to avoid food poisoning when going out

To make sure that you don’t get food poisoning/gastro or any other illness after you have gone out check out my tips. You don’t want to end up in hospital nor do you want to miss your exams. Most restaurants do the right thing, but there are quite a few that break the food handling rules. You can have a look at my worst restaurants page to give you an idea.
You should always plan your restaurant or cafe before going out. have a look on for some of the latest restaurants in Melbourne. Type in your street or you can search by suburb. See what people say about them. If the majority say that they don’t like the place, don’t even bother. If you are on Facebook, consider joining Top Melbourne Restaurants, a group that is known to discuss good restaurants/cafes and bad ones. See what they recommend is good. Have a look at people’s blogs as lots write about Melbourne and Melbourne food places.
Some tips to consider when going out:
1) If the restaurant/cafe looks dirty, don’t even bother going in. Chances are they’ll poison you with their food.
2) Do people wash their hands after touching money/bins/eating/drinking/going to the bathroom? If not chances are you’ll get food poisoning. Best to stay away. They’re supposed to wash hands after they have done these things
3) Do the prices look to good to be true (for example: $1 for a plate of 20 dumplings)? If yes, then chances are that they are made really badly or done unhygenically.
4) Is anyone who is sick working there? If so chances are you’ll get their illness.
5) Has the food that is supposed to be cold been out for more than two hours? If so chances are you’ll risk getting salmonella (a food borne illness)
6) Are people touching food with their bare hands? If so it is best to avoid the place. They should use tongs to avoid giving their germs to everyone.
7) If it is a buffet place (ie one that is self serve) are there adequate serving equipment? If not don’t touch the food. Chances are someones already touched it with their hands  or their dirty spoon and put their germs in the food.
8) Is the toilet clean? If not chances are that the kitchen is not clean and your food might be infested with bacteria.
9) Can you see the kitchen from where you are sitting (only available at some cafes and restaurants)? If so, this is great! You can see how they are handling your food.
10) Has the food been thawed properly? If not there’s a good chance you’ll get food poisoning. Food is supposed to be thawed properly before serving it.
11) Is the food warm enough and cooked through? If not you might risk getting gastro or food poisoning. Food is supposed to be really warm at 65C-70C. If the food is cold, tell the wait staff. The meat should not have any red blood coming through it- if it does don’t eat it and tell the wait staff.
12) Is the food handling certificate and license displayed at the front of the restaurant? If not then they could be operating illegally.  To operate a food business the place must have a licence and everyone needs to have a food handling certificate. Best to stay away.
13) Are there rats/insects/cockroaches and other pests everywhere? If so, it is best to go elsewhere, as rats and their droppings, insects and other pests make you really sick.
14) Check for hairs, dirt and dead skins in the food before eating it. If so don’t eat it.

RUSU Realfoods

RUSU Realfoods is the only organic vegetarian place at RMIT. It is located in a corner of the City campus. Here we do chais, smoothies, chocolates, hot meals, sell pies, snacks and other goods with a friendly face. All the meals are under $10. Most of the meals are gluten free and dairy free. Anyone is welcome to visit between the hours of 11am-4pm weekdays during the semester. Occasionally we do close for meetings and stuff so for RMIT staff it might be better to phone ahead before coming. For RMIT staff you can phone in your order and well have it ready for you when you get there. Occasionally we do have events such as cooking classes which is free for all to attend.
Realfoods Organic Cafe on Urbanspoon
The last one we had was the Chocolate event where Living Earth (an organic chocolate brand) showed us how to make chocolate. About 60 people turned up and it was a fun event, marred a little bit by the fire evacuation. Some people went home when the class was evacuated.
Here we also learned how to make Chocolate Macaroons.

Some of the yummy snacks we have which you can buy for as little as $2-$6 (Sorry Lucy I took one of your back!)

Making Granola bars at the dessert class

Sunflower burgers which have veggie patties, lettuce leaf buns, tomatoes etc for $7.50. It is yummy and filling

Some of the salads we have. There’s two zucchini pasta salads in there ($6 each)

A parfait which was made at the dessert class

Some of the snacks and drinks they sell.

More yummy smoothies.

Just the pretty decor

article on exercise and good eating habits

Top Twenty tips to survive in Melbourne

1) Watch your bags
2) Go to Orientation and get plenty of freebies
3) Find housing early (Melbourne is in a rental crisis)
4) Join a few clubs
5) Don’t eat out too much
6) Make friends in Melbourne
7) Go to weekend markets as everything is cheaper there.
8) Use RMIT services- they are there to help you
9) Cancel your cards if you lose them
10) Cut your hair cheaply at a salon where there are student apprentices
11) Sign up for the Commonwealth bank, where you can obtain heaps of freebies
12) Go to a free BBQ, breakfast etc run by the Student Union
13) You have rights as a consumer and a student
14) Talk cheaply on Skype
15) Check out the back of your shopping docket for buy one get free meals and drinks
16) A student does not equal a Concession fare (as in to obtain a concession card you must be a full time local student)
17) Buy food in bulk
18) Buy fruits and vegetables in season
19) Don’t get caught in scams
20) You do have rights as an employee

Excerise tips

date: 23/3/11
For the latest exercise tips and articles check out: as they regularly have good articles.
Whilst you are thinking about exercise, why not try out this idea? If you are living close to uni, why not ride your bike all the way? You’ll save money and get fit for free. You’ll even save yourself the hassle of waiting for the next train.

tassal shop in melbourne

tassal is one brand of fish and seafood here in melbourne and they are really fresh. they have a shop in kew (about 20-25 mins from the city by tram), which always have a few specials and fresh seafood. check out this link:

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