You Are What You Eat

| By Lisa Stoll |

Every day, thousands of college students hungry, but unable to afford food.  Those who can afford food, might not have enough money for a nutritious meal.  (Ramien, anyone?) But what does that mean for WCCC students?

First, nutrition is essential to the way the human body functions.  Remember that saying, “You are what you eat”?  Well, that’s a biological gospel.  The body functions based on energy, performance, concentration, sleep, and how your body heals are all dependent on what fuel you put into your body.  Harvard Medical School also points out that “what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood”, according to Eva Selhub, author of the blog “Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food.  When someone is hungry, a student is not in any mood to be learning, listening, or studying.  In fact, the brain could even suffer long-term effects from consistent hunger.

As college students, food as fuel is absolutely vital.  It is what promotes success at WCCC and throughout life.  Not only is it important to think about what fuel provided to the human brain, but it is also vital to actually have fuel (food) available.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created the following “Food Pyramid” to provide a guide what we are expected to eat on a daily basis.

Catherine Marcuccilli, nursing student and member of the Student Nursing Organization (SNO), at WCCC has some suggestions.  According to Marcuccilli:

  • “Grow your own vegetables.  If you either don’t have enough land space, or prefer not to dig up part of your lawn, consider container gardening.  Any produce you can grow yourself is a cost savings on nutrient dense food.
  • Focus on low cost, yet nutrient dense food.  Consider eggs, black beans, garbanzo beans, chick peas, and lentils as protein sources, with less reliance on more expensive meat.  For those of you who don’t already eat meat, I’m sure you already utilize other protein sources.  So, regular omnivores can concentrate on a more plant based diet, which can be pack with nutrients.”

Remember, it is easy and cheap to go to the vending machine to purchase potato chips and soda as the first meal of the day.  However, the fuel that that breakfast provides will not sustain a student throughout the day.  Eat healthy to promote success.

The following websites will provide some more information about healthy eating and college students:

http://www.stayhealthy-stayhappy.com/2011/06/28/25-ways-to-eat-healthy-on-a-college-budget/

http://www.healwithfood.org/articles/eating-healthy-college-student-budget.php

http://ihelploan.com/blog/2015/02/10/eat-healthy-in-college/

http://www.hercampus.com/career/money/top-10-healthy-foods-college-budget

 

 

 

 

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