Saturday, November 26, 2011

Food Fight

Ah, the Food Pyramid
Is it just me, or does it seem that food guidelines are always changing?  If you live a busy life, it is extremely difficult to keep up with what is healthy and what will harm your body in the long run.  On top of that, it is difficult to eat healthy with our quickly moving lifestyle.

Lifestyle, I think that is a factor that a lot of people leave out when considering eating healthy, exercising and dieting.  I know that I forget to think about it.  The perfect lifestyle would include multiple hours a day to run, lift weights, prepare fresh food from a garden and eating REAL food.  Sadly, we don't all have that, and if you do consider yourself lucky!  I have the issue of living in a dorm with no stove and I am at the whim of the cafeteria for what my meals will be.   Let me tell you they don't pick the healthiest food, they pick the quickest food.

Going back to the Food Pyramid I see that I usually am missing out on a couple servings in each category, which is unacceptable.  The funny thing is that my school had an Academic Symposium on food and healthy lifestyles last year, yet it is still difficult to live the way they recommended.  So I decided that I am going to attempt to come up with a "cookbook" of sorts to help out anyone interested, but mostly college students.  It will take a while, and any additions will be added to the list with the contributor cited, but I want to find a way for money and time strapped people have healthier foods.

Before I end this post, I wanted to link to a book that I did read last year that got me more interested in health and food.  In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.  I would recommend picking up this book if interested in how food has become unhealthier, and the western lifestyle has made food not really food.  It is a quick read, and you won't regret it!



  1. It's really hard to eat healthy at college. My college had the buffet-style caf and it did have a salad bar, but even when I ate healthy meals it's just so easy to constantly snack.

  2. I know! I feel like I need more than just salads too, but that is pretty much the one healthy thing there. I do plan on buying more food from the grocery store that I can prepare in my room.

  3. It was tough while in college, but I took advantage of the sandwich and salad bar to counter act all the grilled cheese and fries that were offered. Michael Pollan has another book " Omnivores Dilemma" that seriously changed the way I eat and look at food. I'll have to check out In Defense of Food.

  4. I think I have heard of that one, I will need to pick it up the next time I am at a book store!