“We Are What We Eat”

“We Are What We Eat”

Creative Writing Scholarship Essay

It’s New York City, the Big Ol’ Apple, where the streets are filled with fast food restaurants from McDonalds to Wendy’s, and even, the oh so healthy, Chipotle. However, what we don’t like to think about is how the calories build and boil till we sit on the train in the subway eating our cheesy, sour cream-filled burrito. I am that person, except for the burrito. I actually try to be healthy by getting a salad, but all is for naught, as I often buy a soda and chips too.

I’ll never forget the time I was on the R train after a long day at the university. I had bought the Wendy’s five-for-four and was as happy as I could be considering I hadn’t eaten all day. I’d waited about ten minutes for the R train to arrive and when it did, a lady and I were the only ones in the cart. She had a bag of food from Popeye’s. Immediately, from the sight of the bag’s outline of the big bucket, I thought she was bringing dinner for her family. Oh, how wrong was I.

I was eating my meal in the little corner two-seater of the old train and looked over at the woman because of the sound of movement. There she was, looking through the food and taking things out. At first I thought she was so hungry that she couldn’t wait, which is honestly an understandable thing to me. What I wasn’t expecting was for her to lay out all the food (including the bucket filled with chicken) on the three-seatter. I was shocked and in denial at what she was about to do. At that moment, I had stopped eating as I marveled at the sight of the eight course meal she was about to eat. I compared that to what I thought was bad, my five-for-four.

And so it began, she first started with the mash potatoes with gravy and fries. She began eating them in such a delicate manner that it was almost more surprising than the amount of food she was about to eat. Next, she began eating the chicken, a wing first then a drumstick then the chicken breast and so on. Looking over at me she saw my wide-eyed, open-mouthed expression and asked if I wanted some. I felt like Tom from Tom and Jerry when he marvels as to how Jerry gets away every time. All I could do during that moment was shake my head in silence. She shrugged and went on to the next item a seemingly extra large shake that had Burger King’s logo. I had turned away from her now as I felt shame at being caught, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t watching her. No, I watched as she first began with a sip and hummed her appreciation of the flavor, then she chugged it like there was no tomorrow. I swear, I have never seen someone drink something so large, in such a quantity, so quickly! It all ended with a loud slurp then the loudest burp to make a father proud. There were only three things left to be eaten: the biscuits, the cold slaw, and the macaroni and cheese. And that too was quickly demolished.

I sat there in the last cart with this lady, all alone and marveled as to how she made that fit into her tiny body. I then realized that the whole idea of dieting and not eating comfort foods is nonsense. When I asked the lady how she was able to eat all of that and not gain weight she’d answered, “Its all about exercising. I don’t diet, but stay active so that I can still eat what I like. I know it was shocking for you to see me eat all of that, but my body is used to it. I was once 350 pounds, but now I am 200 pounds. In my weight-loss process I tried to diet at first, but then I realized that I was slowly killing myself. So, I made a new way of simply exercising and eating what I like. And slowly I began to lose weight. I am not saying I never ate healthy foods, surely I did over this past year. But I didn’t stress myself out as I did in the beginning and honestly it worked for me.” I soon learned her name was Cynthia and she was going back to school to become a nutritionist. From that day forward I never took the last train cart again.

Despite my learned lesson on not taking the last cart, I also realize those Hollywood movies are even more bogus than I thought. They show women of impossible standards that not everyone is going to meet with the addition of photo-shop that makes people feel bad about themselves. People like Cynthia, a Popeye’s loving woman, who didn’t do Jenny Craig or the military diet, but still lost weight and ate what she loved are inspirations. It’s unfortunate that society doesn’t promote these actions that allow you to eat as you wish with some limitations and still love yourself without the pressure of trying to be someone that your not. In a way, we are all what we eat, yet it can not be truly seen by the shape or size of our body.

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Seven Tasty Coffee Drinks Without The Coffee Taste

I'm pretty sure my body is 90% coffee and soon, yours will be too.

Though I don’t understand it, there are a lot of people who don’t like coffee. Many people still want to have the coffee to wake them up, learn to like coffee, or want to hop on the bandwagon of enjoying a coffee treat from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, or Wawa (the overall best). So, here’s a list of seven drinks that include coffee, but don’t taste like it, to help you transition from a non-coffee drinker to an active one.

1. Coolattas from Dunkin Donuts

A Coolatta is basically a frozen flavored drink. Most of them contain coffee, so getting that boost of caffeine without the coffee taste is easy with this treat. It comes in caramel, vanilla bean, mocha, Oreo, and more.

2. Any kind of Mocha Coffee (or caffe mocha)

A mocha coffee tastes like subtly coffee flavored hot chocolate. One of my favorite mocha drinks around the holidays is a peppermint mocha, because it tastes like a chocolate dipped candy cane, which is perfect to get anyone (even a Jewish girl like me) into the Christmas spirit. If you like hot chocolate, a mocha is a good way to transition into drinking regular coffee.

3. Vanilla Latte

A vanilla latte is one of my personal favorites. They can come hot or iced, and though they contain a good amount of coffee, it tastes like you dipped a sugar cookie into coffee.

4. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha

After going to Starbucks with a friend, she forced me to try this when she ordered it, and it was fabulous. She described it to me as a drink for people who don’t like rich chocolate. It’s a really creamy drink that tastes kind of like white hot chocolate.

5.Starbucks Frappuccino

Don’t even get me started on Frapps. The amount of flavors they have is amazing, and it’s basically one of the best beverages ever. My favorite is the double chocolate chip, because you get a rich chocolate flavor with crunchy chocolate chips inside. SO good. They also have caramel, vanilla, strawberry, cinnamon, green tea, and pumpkin spice and toasted graham cracker during the fall season (just to list a few).

6. Chai Latte

A chai latte tastes like tea with milk, infused with spices. It is definitely something people either love or hate, but if you like that spiced flavor, I would recommend it.

7. Caramel Macchiato

I have never tried one of these, but people LOVE them (not to mention the drink is beautiful). In simple terms, it is steamed milk topped with foam, topped with espresso to create a luscious, caramel, layered coffee drink.

So to those crazy people out there who don't enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning, or a mid-day iced coffee in the summer, try these drinks and soon you'll wake up craving a cup of coffee like me.

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What You Should Have For Dinner, Accoridng To Your Zodiac Sign

Specific foods to implement into your diet, based on your zodiac.


We all know how telling our zodiac signs can be — whether we want to admit it or not, there are traces of our zodiac that we demonstrate daily. Often less thought about, our individual zodiacs call for specific foods. Fire signs might benefit from a cooling cucumber, while air signs might need some extra root veggies, like carrots or beets, to stay grounded. Water signs might have tendencies for alcohol, but need to lean towards water. Earth signs might feel drained of energy if they are lacking in calcium. Targeting your zodiac through your diet can allow for optimum health is areas that previously fell short. Listed below is each zodiac sign with recommended foods for a well-balanced, unique, diet.

1. Capricorn

As earth signs, it's important to take good care of the bones - foods rich in calcium are recommended.

Oranges, kale, oats, spinach, lemons, and peas are all great sources of calcium.

2. Aquarius

Being of the element air, Aquarians rely on the circulatory system. Avoiding sugar and implementing blood-sugar balancing foods is recommended.

Walnuts, almonds, cashews, spinach, pear, carrots, and celery are all great foods to help with the blood sugar!

3. Pisces

fresh sliced beetroot on wooden surface

Pisces are ruled by the element of water, so attention should be brought to the blood by enriching the diet with iron.

Beets, onions, dates, spinach, and grains are all great ways to implement more iron into the diet.

4. Aries

As Aries, ruled by fire, it is best to include "cooling" foods, as well as calcium!

Cucumber, kale, lentils, beans, spinach, and bananas are all good options for Aries.

5. Taurus

As earth signs, Taurus need to protect their bones, but also their thyroid.

Implementing salt, specifically Himalayan or Celtic, as well as celery and cranberries can help support the thyroid and the skeletal system.

6. Gemini

Gemini, ruled by air, require foods that are focused for the lungs. It's usually best for our Gemini friends to avoid sodas and coffee to keep their nervous systems running healthily.

Spinach, peaches, green beans, and onions all support healthy lung function.

7. Cancer

As a water sign, Cancers need to avoid an abundance of sugar and alcohol and increase their calcium.

Implementing watercress, spinach, oats, and kale can be very beneficial.

8. Leo

Leos are ruled by fire and require a high carb diet that supports the nervous system.

Asparagus, lemons, spinach, and celery are great foods for a Leo to incorporate into their diet.

9. Virgo

As an earth sign, Virgos need to support the digestive system. Increasing fiber can be very beneficial.

Bananas, apples, avocados, spinach, and oranges are great foods for Virgos.

10. Libra

As an air sign, Libras needs to support the nervous system. Avoiding coffee and alcohol can be beneficial for a Libras diet.

Spinach, grapes, oats, almonds, apples, avocados, and corn are great foods for Libras to implement.

11. Scorpio

As a water sign, it's best for Scorpios to avoid alcohol and replace it with water!

Cherries, oranges, figs, spinach, onions, watercress, and avocados are great for Scorpios.

12. Sagittarius

As a fire sign, Sagittarius individuals should support their livers - limiting alcohol and over-intake of sugar.

Beets, lentils, quinoa, plums, tomatoes, and bananas are great for a Sag.


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