Fasting and nutrition in todays world

By J1 Reporter Emori Hamilton

Comparing healthy and non-healthy lunches at school Photo by Emori Hamilton

The common desire to look a certain way in today’s society is tearing down each and every person. Being as slim as possible just to fit in, skipping a meal here or there, or even changing the way you eat in general. 

3.2 precent of adults, 7.3 million people, in the United States are vegetarian or vegan; maybe because they don’t want to harm animals, their parents lived this lifestyle, or they just do it to be trendy. 

Ms. Caitlin Gaule says, “Regardless of what the reason is, it’s a good thing to be doing. I had done a lot of research on being vegan/vegetarian and switched my sophomore year in college,” Gaule said. “I started out vegetarian then became vegan, it became easier over time.” Gaule often visits the vegan resturant in town called Modern Love, located in Midtown.

There is a difference between fasting and starving yourself. Grown ups go on diets all the time, but sometimes teens look at them and think they should do it too, getting that perfect body everyone strives to have. 

Some people have problems with not eating enough, but most don’t realize that many also struggle with eating too much. In today’s world there is a McDonalds on every corner, there are 21 McDonald locations in the Omaha area, processed food everywhere you go, and jumbo size portions are considered small. Adding a large French fry for 50 cents seems like a no brainer. The temptation is real.

Food is the source of our energy, fasting means skipping a meal that you need to get through the day. The headache you get when you miss lunch or breakfast is the body telling you to eat!

School lunches are somewhat unhealthy, there are some options on the healthier side though. Sometimes packing a lunch isn’t always an option, so if you are vegan or vegetarian it could be hard to pick something you like from the lunch line. Everyday is different and has an option for everyone.  Maggie Mantini says, “I have been vegetarian since I can even remember, I pack my lunch every day filled with fruits, veggies, hummus, and more.” Mantini says, “It’s not that Marian doesn’t have vegetarian options, because they totally do! I just prefer to bring my own.”

Nutrition is essential to the human body, eating greasy fast food every day is not healthy. Having a balanced diet and exercising is important for a healthy lifestyle. 

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