10. "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - Gil Scott-Heron
11. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Aretha Franklin
13. "Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone" - Bill Withers
14. "It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World" - James Brown
16. "Feeling Good" - Nina Simone
When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.
Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.
Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.
Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.
The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.
Thank you for showing me how to love.
From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.
Thank you for making me strong.
Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.
Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.
I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.
Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.
1. Smoothies (if offered)
Smoothies (especially ones made fresh) have many vitamins, minerals and nutrients which lead to a great way to start your day.
2. Peanut butter & banana on whole wheat toast
Peanut butter contains both healthy fats and proteins. Paired with sliced fruit such as bananas or apples makes for a delicious and filling breakfast.
Oatmeal contains fiber, antioxidants, protein and nutrients. Add toppings such as cinnamon, sliced fruits, nuts, or chia seeds to further add to the nutritional value.
4. Avocado & eggs
A meal of eggs and avocado offer both protein and healthy fats.
5. Yogurt parfait
Make your own yogurt parfait with yogurt, granola, honey and fruit.
I am not a nutritional specialist, just an experienced residential student. I understand how hectic the daily life of an undergraduate student is. Sometimes dining halls do not have the most healthy options. These are just 5 healthy ideas to get your creativity flowing (with the limited choices available).