I have a morning schedule that I stick to pretty religiously. I wake up early, workout, eat breakfast, and then catch up on my favorite form of reading: food blogs. It may not seem like a super fun thing to do, read food blogs that is, but it is truly enjoyable. The blogs often feature new recipes, workout tips, comical anecdotes, and spectacular photography. Since I am the author of my own food blog, I find inspiration from these other blogs, ways to adapt recipes to college life, and healthy living tips. These are not your grandma’s blogs, many are written by young adults, fresh out of college. The way I see it, these blog authors are the big brothers and big sisters that I have never had. They are a means to prepare for the future without having to first undergo the torture of learning a life lesson, which is how life goes more often than not. It is time to change all preconceived notions regarding food and health blogs with my top five recommended blogs.
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You’ve all heard of it, dreaded it, and probably been told that it will ‘round out’ your college experience. Upperclassmen swear that weight gain is unavoidable as the typical freshman watches the scale climb from 5, 10, 15, topping 50 pounds over their starting college weight.
What is it about dorm food that is so appealing? The variety of foods you have available in the buffet lines? The unmistakable quality of university board costs? The sheer mass of quantity of food swirling around the dining hall? Read More
After attending college for two semesters, I’ve noticed a certain trend among my fellow scholars. Seemingly, they don’t know how to eat well. Although vending machines are easily accessible and junk food found in convenience stores is cheap, healthy eating is just as accessible as unhealthy eating. Here are a few ways to stay healthy (and avoid gaining extra pounds) while attending your establishment of higher learning:
- Use Moderation
I know you don’t want to give up the junk food just yet, so take a slow pace. Instead of two cans or more of soda pop a day, try just one and whenever you’re thirsty drink some water. I often see college students carrying around water bottles all day which is a good habit to have. So take that first step and trade your two bags of potato chips for one, and a stainless steel water bottle for your venti-sized Starbucks cup. Read More
At most colleges, cafeteria food gets a majorly bad rap. Certainly not without cause—most of the pasta tastes like shredded Tupperware, and the vegetables seem to be served post-mortem. This poor preparation of most “healthier” items on the menu probably goes a long way toward the accumulation of the dreaded Freshman 15. Why? Because it’s a lot harder to mess up cookies and ice cream.
This semester, however, I inadvertently stumbled upon the perfect solution to this problem. As the end of the year approaches, I thought I’d share my secret. It’s called fraternizing with the dining hall staff. First of all, most of them are seriously cool people you should probably get to know. Second of all, if you make friends with the most culinarily-inclined member of your cafeteria’s cooking force, there’s no telling what doors of deliciousness will be opened to you. Read More
I’ve gone bananas. Literally.
Campuses tend to be divided when it comes to dining hall food – the ‘love it’ camp, or the ‘hate it’ camp. Then there’s me – in the ‘banana’ camp. As a college student with an allergy, dining halls are a puzzle of things that I can definitely eat, definitely not eat, and probably can’t eat. And so I happily munch away at my safe food.
Safe food: cereal, soy milk, sandwiches, salads, peanut butter, apples, oranges – and bananas. Bananas, bananas, bananas. On any given day, I most likely have at least 3 bananas in my fridge (they stay better longer that way), and have probably eaten at least 4. My friends recently debated whether I have an obsession or a hoarding problem; perhaps an addiction.
But before it seems as though I’m a lone thief, snatching bananas off the tables, it’s important to note that Boston University provides fruit for students in the dining hall and I also have banana-stealing cohorts that fuel my addiction. My friends will bring bags and stuff them into their coats! We’re trying to set a record – so far it’s 11 bananas at one time.
College is perhaps the first time when we get to thoroughly choose the food we eat everyday. We don’t have Mom to push broccoli on our plate; we have access to every kind of food at every hour. We know the mantra of how many fruits and veggies to eat a day, how much exercise to get, but sometimes, it’s just not realistic. We try to juggle classes, extra-curriculars, jobs and friends, all while attempting to steer clear of the infamous “freshmen fifteen.” It seems like there’s either a success or a failure when it comes to eating right and making good choices.
But why does that have to be? The only reason I tend to (excessively) eat bananas is because I’m allergic to the cookies and cakes. But believe me, I think it’s important to eat those things too. A balance is never perfectly balanced; it’s the act of trying to do it that makes life interesting. We should enjoy what we eat – whether it’s a brownie or an apple – because after all, food gives us the energy to write that paper, ace that midterm, walk to class, and everything else.
In our generation of hyperconsciousness about calories and body image, it’s important for us to understand and respect what it means to have a healthy lifestyle: yes, eating our fruits and veggies, but also our cookies, and fries, and candy.
After all, if we all eat too many bananas, there would be none left for my fridge.
Jennie David is a 19 year old sophomore at Boston University majoring in Psychology and minoring in English. She is a member of NSCS and Psi Chi and is a dual citizen of both Canada and the US. She has Chrohn’s Disease and is the chair of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada’s Youth Advisory Council. Her career goal is to be a pediatric psychologist for chronically ill children.