The Pros And Cons Of Healthy Eating

The Pros And Cons Of Healthy Eating

Willpower... Enough said.
Sarah
Sarah
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For the past two weeks, my roommate and I have been taking on the impossible. Or what I like to think of as impossible. And what might it be?

We haven't been eating dairy, bread (anything with gluten really) and sugar (or limited amounts under 10g).

And boy has it been interesting. There are many benefits from eating healthy... As well as many cons. So, I thought I'd share with you all three pros and cons from taking on this "lifestyle." Who knows, you may just want to try it!

Pros

1. You feel great.

Not only do you feel great about yourself and your choices, but physically- you feel amazing! I now have more energy in the morning, and rarely feel sluggish or dragging. Fueling your body with raw, organic, and healthy foods is not only great for your appearance, but also your overall well being!

2. Your cravings change.

Now, I am excited to eat healthy (and honestly wouldn't have said that a long time ago). Thinking about new and fresh snacks, from basil hummus to roasted carrots, is a fun challenge to get in the kitchen, as well as fuel my body!

3. You're proud of yourself.

Having will power to turn down potato chips and ice cream is hard, trust me. But making good choices, one meal at a time, is rewarding in itself. You're proud of yourself, simple as that!


Cons

1. Sugar withdrawal is real.

Sugar is like an actual drug, and no, I'm not exaggerating. According to healthline.com, sugar is one of the most "dangerous drugs" of our era. So the moment you say goodbye to all those wonderful sweets, headaches and a little bit of "hanger" may follow!

2. Willpower... Enough said.

You sit down at a Mexican restaurant, and here come the unlimited chips and queso... And the tears follow. Eating out, going to the grocery store, or passing by an ice cream store is hard. Fight those cravings! Trust me, it's worth it!

3. Your choices are limited.

Honestly I never realized how much food is packed-full of excess sugar and sodium. Greek yogurt for breakfast- seems healthy, right? Many yogurt brands have over 22 grams of sugar, and according to the American Heart Association, women should have around 25 grams of sugar a day.

Seems a little tough, right? Well, get a friend to help you along this journey to a healthier lifestyle. You won't regret it!


































Cover Image Credit: www.healthydietadvisor.com

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I've seen customers snapping at workers, getting angry when things don't go their way, and leaving huge messes around the store that employees have to clean up. Retail employees have to work hard on their feet for very little pay, and they deserve to be treated with kindness for the work they put in.

Here are 6 times that it's OK to treat retail employees with anything less than respect.

1. Never

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Retail employees are trying their best to help you out – customer service is the main part of their jobs, and they really do make an effort to help customers find what they're looking for, even when they ask for something unreasonable. Snapping at employees isn't going to speed up the process.

2. Never

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Contrary to popular (and bewilderingly misguided) belief, retail employees have very little control over the contents of the store. If the shirt you wanted to buy isn't in stock in your size, it's not the employee's fault. I repeat: it's not the employee's fault! They're just the bearer of bad news and can't fix the situation for you.

3. Never

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Retail employees do have to keep the store clean, but that doesn't mean that customers should feel free to make a mess. When you leave trash in the store and a tangled heap of clothing in the fitting room, they're the ones who have to clean up after you.

Also, when you tear up a display looking for your size, someone has to refold and reorganized all of those clothes, and can you guess who that has to be?

4. Never

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Many retail employees have to work terrible hours, what with overnight shifts and having to open the store early in the morning or close it down late at night. Most of them are exhausted and are doing the best work they can on that amount of sleep.

5. Never

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Keep in mind that yelling at a retail employee when you get frustrated does count as verbal abuse, and it is never acceptable. This makes a huge impact on retail employee's days (as one would expect being yelled at by a stranger might entail).

6. Never

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Even if you're feeling frustrated about something, please stop for a moment and continue to treat the employees trying to help you like they're human beings. No one deserves to be mistreated at work.

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College Students Have 4 Main Food Groups

Be sure to get these foods in order to have a successful and healthy college career.

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As Buddy the Elf mentioned in "Elf", the four main food groups for elves are candy, candy cane, candy corn, and syrup. Now, it's time to forget about what they taught us in health class about nutrition because what a college student eats is way different from what we relied on in high school. Our health teachers in high school told us fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy were the food groups humans needed to be healthy. However, college students have a different food group and lifestyle that what we learned in our health class. Here are the four food groups you need in order to survive college:

1. Energy drinks

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2. Coffee

Are energy drinks not your favorite? If so, then coffee is an essential for college. Whether if you are into iced coffee, lattes, decaffeinated coffees, or black coffee, there is a coffee out there for everyone. Also, you can choose to brew your coffee at home with a coffee maker or a keurig, or make a Dunkin or Starbucks stop before class. Coffee is great for staying focused during class and completing homework projects and assignments outside of class.

3. Gum

Remember in grade school how teachers did not like when you chewed bubble gum? Well in college, it's totally different. You can chew as much bubble gum as you like and nobody can judge you for the amount of gum you chew! From the traditional mint flavor bubble gum to more obscure ones, there is a flavor for everyone to chew on. This is perfect for getting through boring lectures, and it makes you more focused. Plus, you can be a good person and share your bubble gum with others. It is a way to spark up a conversation, and a way to stay focused during your college career.

4. Microwave meals

Let's face reality, most first year college students come into the semester with little to no cooking skills. Thus, microwavable meals become an essential. Whether you are tired of the on campus dining food, or do not have enough money on your meal plan, these become your best friend (again, not the healthiest choice, but you have to do what you have to do sometimes). From ramen, mac n cheese, and popcorn you can make almost anything with the push of a button on the microwave. These meals are great because they are not time consuming, your meal will be ready in a few short minutes as opposed to cooking a meal over the stove or oven. Just remember to brush up on your cooking skills so you can start cooking as you transition out of college.

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