Healthy Eating In College

It's Time To Get Real About Real Food

Hey college students, the fake food gig is up

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From as early as elementary school, we learn a few things about college. First, college is expensive. Second, college is fun and a lot of people can't handle themselves. Third, Ramen Noodles are a diet staple. Sadly, all three of these truths pretty much hold up. What we fail to recognize though, is that that medical bills can quickly add up to more than college tuition. At the rate we're eating... that's exactly where we're going. It's time to get real about real food in college. It's not as expensive or as challenging as you may think to eat great food while at school.

Brace yourself, there are some things that you may not know about Ramen Noodles. The quick and dirty (literally) behind Ramen Noodles is pretty disturbing. Here's what you need to know. Ramen Noodles have eight grams of fat per serving and four grams of saturated fat which is over 40% of your daily value (yikes). A single serving of Ramen Noodles contains more than half of the sodium that you're supposed to consume in an entire day. Here's the worst part, a package of Ramen Noodles is actually 2 servings. If you're eating a full package, you need to double the nutrition information. Last but certainly not least, Ramen Noodles contain a large amount of TBHQ. What's TBHQ you ask? Great question! TBHQ is a byproduct used in the petroleum industry. If you're wondering how our bodies digest such a chemical, you're on the right track. The human body cannot digest TBHQ and therefore these lovely chemicals make a long-term home out of your once healthy stomach.

So I know what you're thinking because I have thought the same thing many times before, I eat Ramen Noodles because they're super cheap and I can't get healthy natural foods within my budget. Well, I don't know about you but something about the fact that undigestible chemicals are marketed to college students and low-income families seems to be a whole other conversation. This may or may not directly correlate to the fact that the U.S. is ranked #1 on the list of most obese industrialized countries. Sounds like a crime against humanity to me. That being said, eating healthy in college is actually way easier than you think.

Nuts, seeds, and dried fruit are not too expensive in bulk and have a long shelf life, keep those things in your dorm room rather than chips and candy. Splitting a Costco or Sams membership between an apartment of students often times ends up being inexpensive and bulk quantities of great food are able to be purchased at low cost.

Stockpile fruits in your backpack while leaving the dining hall. Fruits are natural, healthy snacks and after all, you're already paying for them. Bring a reusable water bottle with you EVERYWHERE you go. Drinking water has more benefits than can ever be listed but more than anything it'll keep you from drinking your calories.

Peanut butter and LOW SUGAR cereal are inexpensive and provide a great source of protein. Keeping a jar in your room of natural peanut butter for an extra boost of protein.

Last but not least, the love of my LIFE, aka Trader Joes, is way less expensive than Whole Foods, provides great discounts, and has a TON of healthy options. If you play your cards right, you can end up leaving Trader Joes with great dinner options at a low cost.

This is only the beginning of the healthy food in college conversation. There are a million ways to make smart choices while at school. If you're going to take anything out of this article remember that good food comes from the earth and Ramen Noodles are killing you. College is like having training wheels for life. Develop smart habits now and they'll remain true forever.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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To Those Who Feel The Need To Tear Down Others, Take A Seat

You have no right to hurt others because you don’t agree with them.

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I recently wrote a super controversial article, which I'm honestly very proud of. In the comment section, there were plenty of people criticizing me because of what I believe in, mainly because they didn't believe in the same thing as I put out there.

I would just like everyone to know that the people that write for this amazing company are just that — people. They are real, they have opinions, and they have feelings. There is nothing different about them than you. Would you like someone commenting hate on your Facebook post or anything like that? No, no you wouldn't. When you comment rude things on something that someone worked long and hard on, you are just being rude and inconsiderate of their feelings.

If you just go to the comments to leave a rude comment, you can write it down on a piece of paper and throw it away. You're being a bully. These writers more than likely will go to the comment section, just like I did, and will be hurt by your arrogant, inappropriate comments.

Ever heard of if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

If you don't agree with me that's fine, but that doesn't give you the right to deliberately go and try and tear me or anyone else down. You're just being rude and you have no reason to be, all I did was write an article on something I believe in.

Also, don't let anyone rude enough to do this tear you down or diminish your self-worth. There are people out there who are still kind and caring, don't listen to the negativity this world brings. Just keep doing what makes you happy, because in the end, that's all that really matters.

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