Resist the urge

Julia Maher
Staff Writer

Many freshmen come to college and are overwhelmed with everything the school has to offer. There’s a large number of people, a new living environment, and of course, tons of parties and food. There are many dining facilities on campus that students can go to and get as much food as they want. It can be difficult to make healthy choices.
friesSometimes the french fries are just too tempting to resist. Freshmen are not used having all the options that are available in the dining halls and they take advantage of it. Everyday I walk into the dining halls and see my peers loading up on unhealthy food such as pizza, burgers, ice cream, and cakes then complain about how much weight they’re gaining.
The solution to this problem is simple: learn self-control. Ignore the unhealthy food. Instead head to the salad bar. There are plenty of healthy options to choose from. Just because there are the unhealthy options there, it does not mean that you have to take them. You decide what you put into your body. The food you give it is your energy source throughout the day.
Your body will crash and burn if it is given foods with high sugar and fat content. Your body is a temple and is meant to be treated well.
Everyone should be conscious of the food they put into their bodies. Although eating unhealthy food is a major problem when it comes to the “freshmen 15”, alcohol is another large contributor. Typically freshmen tend to drink a lot more than their older classmates. This is their first year living on their own sometimes, the freedom can get to them. The drinking can become excessive for some. Alcohol has a high amount of calories and can also cause the consumer to eat more after and before drinking. Some drinks even have as many calories as a meal. One 12 oz. can of beer alone has 150 calories and just 1.5 oz. of vodka is 96 calories. Working out and eating right can easily be canceled out by drinking.
When attempting to live a healthy lifestyle, excessive drinking should not be included. There are so many other beverages out there that you can drink that have little to no calories. Just because it seems like everybody is drinking, it does not mean you have to partake. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to. Do not let anyone pressure you into doing anything you do not want to do. Living a healthy lifestyle is important and by eating right and avoiding alcohol it is possible.