There Should Be More Dairy-Free Options In All Restaurants

There Should Be More Dairy-Free Options In All Restaurants

Call me crazy or out of context, try me.


Hey everyone, so this week I've been having a hard time sleeping at night. While trying to get myself to shut down after a long day, I've been scrolling through Pinterest until I drop my phone straight onto my face.

From scrolling through dairy free recipes, I started thinking about the limited options that we lactose intolerant people have in restaurants. Have you ever thought about that? Instead of us having to dodge every meal possible that might contain milk, why can't we have a few dairy-free meals to choose from?

There are times when I am craving pasta that's dairy-free or even pizza and I simply don't want to knock an hour or two out of my day JUST to craft a single meal. I was looking through all kinds of recipes for this and it involves a great deal of work if I say so myself.

What if I want to have an option of ordering these foods to-go from a restaurant of my choice? That would be sublime for me! I can imagine that I am not the only college student in the world who does not have time to make a dairy-free sauce JUST for that single meal. It is a craft, it involves lots of ingredients that poor college kids cannot afford, and it is time-consuming.

We busy college students have very little free time and to be honest, none of us would enjoy dedicating that free time to cooking a complicated meal.

I am always on the go and I would love to have more choices when it comes to eating out, especially from a restaurant. This could also help when I am out with friends. It is sometimes embarrassing being the only one getting a salad out of my group or having to make special requests. Can others relate to this? I know I cannot be the only one!

Honestly, this would take a lot of weight off of lactose intolerant college kid's shoulders in my opinion! You don't realize how relevant this topic is until you're the one sitting there rummaging through every menu of every restaurant you go to, searching for something that won't hurt your stomach!

When this thought came to me whilst trying to fall asleep, I couldn't help but want to write about it. I want to have an open discussion with other lactose intolerant individuals and see what they think about this.

There are so many people who either choose to avoid dairy or people like me who have to avoid it, therefore I don't see why reinforcing more lactose-free meals would be an issue.

If you can relate or know anyone who is lactose intolerant, feel free to share this article with them and/or have them message me about it. I want to hear as many voices as possible to ensure that I am not alone on this thought. This is such an interesting idea to me and to actually see it come to life would be a dream come true.

It could sound so annoying to people who can tolerate dairy but trust me- this would be groundbreaking for lactose intolerant/dairy free eaters to see this movement take place. If you have any questions about living the dairy-free life, please message me on Facebook!

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The Unspoken Dangers of 'Mukbang' Culture

Ever wondered why you can't stop clicking on these addictive, self-made eating shows?


Unless you've been living under a rock for the past five years, you've probably heard of the internet trend commonly referred to as a mukbang, or "eating show." These self-produced video clips typically involve one hungry individual, their filming device, and an obscene amount of delicious foods.

Though these broadcasts originated all the way from South Korea (hence the foreign vocabulary), the growing popularity of eating videos has taken the internet by storm. Nowadays as you scroll through YouTube, you'll find an outrageous amount of uploads with titles like "10,000 CALORIE PASTA MUKBANG," "EATING EVERYTHING ON THE MCDONALD'S MENU," or "THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE."

Popular 'mukbangers' such as Peggie Neo, Megan McCullom, and Steven Sushi have made a sizable profit off of their viral eating shows, some collecting tens of thousands of dollars in revenue.

So, what's the big deal you say? You order a large quantity of food, indulge in said food, film yourself completing this menial task, and upload to the internet for money and fame. On the outside, this may seem like a luxurious lifestyle, but behind the camera lens sits an individual battling their own demons and influencing the world of social media to partake in their harmful behaviors.

Mukbanger Livia Adams ("Alwayshungry" on YouTube) has opened up about her unhealthy relationship with food in the past, praising herself for fasting several hours in order to justify her over-indulgence on camera.

Similarly, internet sensation Trisha Paytas claims to diet and starve herself for weeks just to be able to satisfy her subscribers with epic mukbangs, which are essentially binges.

In all actuality, these social media celebrities are negatively impacting (and possibly triggering) vulnerable viewers.

Many fans only see the highlight reel of YouTubers shoveling bowls of cereal or boxes of doughnuts into their mouths, yet remain completely unaware of what truly goes on behind-the-scenes. Messages saying:

"I'm on a diet... watching this is giving me some sort of satisfaction, like as tho I ate, you know?"
"I watch these videos because I know I physically can't afford to eat like this because I gain weight too easily."
"When having an eating disorder, watching Trisha's mukbangs is sorta comforting in a way omg"

flood the comments sections of Paytas' videos. Quite obviously, fans young and old are heavily influenced by this content and continue to support these creators to fulfill a self-destructive need.

Additionally, famous mukbang accounts never seem to include the painful after-effects of their ginormous feasts in videos. Fitness model Stephanie Buttermore flaunts her slim physique just days after consuming over 10,000 calories for a challenge, giving the impression that her previous overindulgence had no repercussions on her health whatsoever. Because Buttermore is a trained, athletic young woman, she was able to quickly bounce back after a series of workouts and low-calorie meals.

On the contrary, if a sedentary woman of about the same age were to attempt this challenge, she would most likely feel sluggish, irritable, bloated, stomach discomfort, and even vomitous post challenge. Eating regularly like this could lead to bigger issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, because topics like these aren't glamorous and attractive to subscribers, mukbangers often edit them out.

Now don't get me wrong. Though not everyone who uploads a mukbang to the internet has an eating disorder or an evil agenda, they have to realize the kind of audience they're appealing to. This generation is more susceptible than ever to emulate the actions and words of their favorite celebrities. Young boys and girls look up to successful adults, and influencers should be remembered for the change they inspired, not the disease they encouraged.

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