This is something different today. This is my rough draft of the culinary article I’m going to submit to the paper. It’s kind of boring. I don’t know. Well here it is.
I’ve always loved food. Ever since I knew what food was, I loved it. Now, you might be thinking, “Everybody loves food. Big deal.” Do you see the heavens open up when you bite into a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Have you heard choirs of angels sing when you smell chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven? I do. I really love food.
In every good relationship, there is an unseen, but completely tangible factor at play. That factor is respect. Until recently, I was a jerk to Food. I abused him. I ate whatever I wanted, and expected Food to be okay with this. He wasn’t. I wasn’t getting any exercise, and I knew I needed to change my lifestyle, but I didn’t know how to begin. Truth is, starting isn’t the hard part. The hard part is staying on the right path. I could go on and on about the annoying parts of living healthy that I faced, like going to Applebee’s and so desperately craving chicken fingers but opting for a “550 Calories or Less” meal, but that’s boring.
Something I think all eighteen-year-old girls can relate to is the sheer terror we all feel when someone brings up the notorious Freshman Fifteen. I’m only a freshman, but I know that sticking to a new, healthy way of life can be hard. That’s why you have to take it one day at a time.
What I mean by this is don’t look at the big picture. Don’t say to yourself, “I want to lose thirty pounds.” Instead, say, “I want to lose one pound this week.” Set healthy goals for yourself. Instead of getting a cheeseburger, cheese fries, and a cupcake at lunch, swap out the burger for a turkey sandwich, and maybe the cupcake for a side of fruit. Let me give you a few tips that any Arcadian can put into action.
- You have something to read for class. Bring it to the gym. Sit down on a bike, pedal, and read.
- Walk everywhere. I mean it. If you need soap, walk to Walmart and back. Kistler, Thomas, and Dilworth kids: walk up and down the dangerous hill on your way to the Commons.
- Every day, treat yourself. Do you really love the chocolate chocolate chip cookies from the chat? Well, you can have them if you eat grilled chicken and salad for dinner.
- Don’t waste your calories on drinks! Drink water! Save your calories for food! I’m begging you!
- LIMIT YOUR CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE. I am asking you of this, friend to friend. You know that big spot in the take out container from the Dining Hall? Don’t fill it with pasta.
And most importantly, stop eating when you’re full. Eat what you like, but don’t go crazy. Enjoy your food the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.