Students choose between healthy, cheap and convenient – The Parthenon
Should I go to the McDonald’s drive, or prepare a healthy and balanced meal at home? Marshall University students face this dilemma on a daily basis in addition to academic work and course success.
“At home, you can prepare a healthy meal compared to fast food restaurants that lack healthy menu options,” said Amy Gannon, EdD, RDN, LD, assistant professor and undergraduate dietetics program director at Marshall University. “Students should aim more for whole food options rather than fried foods.”
Marshall students, like most students, have a limited budget while graduating. Students mostly work part-time to pay their tuition fees or to pay their rent each month. This leaves students on a tight budget where their only option is a fast food meal for less than $10 or unhealthy cheap options at the grocery store.
“Fast food may be cheaper right now, but in the long run it can cause diabetes or other health problems,” said history teacher Chris White.
Students with an on-campus meal plan have Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, La Famiglia, Steak ‘n Shake, and a few more options. Meals a student uses for breakfast, lunch, and dinner also come with the option of a soda or other sugary drink.
“The high-fructose sugary drinks that many college students drink are a high source of calories and provide no other nutrients, alcoholic or non-alcoholic.” said Gannon. “College kids move from high school where they play sports and exercise to a more stationary lifestyle where he intends to bring about a change in their figure.”
The Harless Dining Hall on campus has signs to let students know the number of calories in whatever they choose to eat and whether it’s a vegan or vegetarian option.
“You won’t have to worry about counting calories if you’re eating naturally, in the grand scheme of history, our food consumption habits have changed tremendously over time,” White said. “We eat things that have been designed to overeat for the past 50 years, especially with food additives that make foods so desirable that are molecularly packaged in such a way that it’s hard for people to s ‘Stop.”
Choosing healthy food options can be even more difficult for students living off-campus, as they are tasked with preparing their own meals while balancing schoolwork and personal life, but careful budgeting and planning can make a way of life possible. healthy life for these students.
“A much more sustainable cycle would be if we could eat like our hunter-gatherer ancestors did or like they do today. If we look in nature and start looking for food to eat, we won’t find sugar, the closest we would find is honey,” White said.
The iced coffee drinks, sweet desserts and Baja Blasts that many students consume daily are high in sugar.
“Nature has all these built-in buffers, fibers, biting insects to protect access to sugar because it’s so rare in nature.” said White. “We would rather find seeds, nuts and animals where there are only two ingredients in all, which are high in energy and contain fats and proteins.”
Whether a student lives on or off campus, choosing healthier options from what to consume daily is a challenge on top of everything else a student faces. Students who wish to change their diet must learn the discipline and ask themselves what is the best food option for them.