Your LMU dining program provides health and wellness support. Wellness is a special topic because it means something different to each person, we all have needs that are uniquely our own, and we love celebrating this diversity! We have resources to help support and connect you with options that meet your needs, whether you have food allergies, celiac disease, are an athlete, are interested in plant-based options, or are interested in general health and wellness topics. Our goal is to help create a positive health culture where your food choice options and eating habits aid in increased mental and physical health, personal and academic growth, community, and a joyful college experience.
Support for students is availible on topics such as:
- Food allergies, celiac disease, diabetes, or other special dietary needs
- Eating healthy on campus
- Vegan and vegetarian nutrition
- Weight management
Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions by contacting Claudia Ramirez.
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Your guide to dining with food allergies here at Loyola Marymount University
A variety of items made without gluten are available across campus. Just check the menu on display to find an item that suits your needs. If you need assistance please ask a manager
Menu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products. Look for this logo on menu items at all of out locations or ask any manager.
Vegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey. Look for this logo on menus at all of our locations. Vegan items are available at all of out locations and in the stores or if you don't see it just ask a manager.
Basics to help you succeed
- Eat regularly – When you get to school, take time to figure out a meal pattern that works for you – this may look different from how you previously ate at home! Aim to eat every 3-4 hours or focus on three meals and a few snacks daily.
- Focus on the five components of a satisfying meal
- Carbohydrates, Protein, Fat, Volume, and Pleasure
- Not only does the body want carbohydrates, protein, and fat for a satisfying meal, but it also wants enough volume and pleasure to feel full.
- Volume – How much food you need to feel full and energized isn’t static! For the most part, you’ll want to feel a slight roundness or full sensation in your stomach without feeling physical discomfort.
- Pleasure – think tasty sauces, finishing a meal with something sweet, adding cheese, different herbs or spice blends, or adding flavor boosters like crumbled bacon, toasted nuts, olives, or sun-dried tomatoes.
- Try new foods – likely you’ll have access to foods you’ve never tried before; try them out! College is a great time to learn your personal food preferences.
- Avoid labeling foods as “good” or “bad” – and instead acknowledge the nuances of food – energy, a form of self-care, a way to connect with others, pleasure, cultural expression, etc.
- Engage in joyful movement - movement can increase energy and help you decompress mentally and physically.
- Identify ways to relieve stress – listen to music, schedule study breaks with friends, and try a guided meditation through apps like Calm or Headspace.