The holidays often introduce a myriad of options in desserts and other homemade meals for students traveling back home, making it easier for people to eat unhealthy and forget about the large portions on their plate.
However, with the start of a new year and the absence of these homemade meals for students returning to school, many have considered the establishment of healthier eating habits and a semester of conscientious meals.
Along with these newly established new year’s resolutions, some students have determined that part of their plan this year is to detox their body from all of the unhealthy things they ate over the holidays.
Lindsay N. Wine, senior health science major, has recently started to detox through a gluten-free diet. Her diet is now void of anything containing gluten, flour or wheat. She will also stop drinking coffee, soda and consuming sugar.
“I eat lots of salads, fruits and vegetables, but because a lot of people eat gluten-free foods now there are more gluten-free options in stores if you’re out and want to pick up something that’s quick but still healthy,” Wine said, “and, also no processed foods.”
After following the diet for more than three weeks, Wine mentioned that there are many more changes to the body, not just weight loss. She noted that she had an increase in energy and felt much better overall.
Other students, not fully detoxing their bodies, have started new plans to begin eating healthier and avoiding harmful foods.
While Jo Ichull-Ingya, mechanical engineering major, does not normally detox, she does make sure to eat moderately during the holidays and also tries to stay away from any sweets.
“I eat because I am hungry not because I want to eat. Over the holidays a lot of people seem to let themselves go and then need to detox but by watching what I eat and eating healthy and small portions and also drinking water, I have realized don’t need to detox after the holidays,” Ichull-Ingya said. “It helps (and) I actually lost almost 10 pounds over this winter break by doing that.”
Ichull-Ingya said she has already been able to see the difference it has made in her life to start eating healthier.
Similarly, Alyssa N. Parker, senior health education major, is also concerned with her health. She is currently working on a New Year’s resolution that will further help her change the way she eats and drinks.
“I am currently on a soda-free diet, not drinking soda for the whole year, just drinking healthy things like iced tea with no sugar in it, water, etc. Also, eating healthy meals, not a lot of fast food and am starting to work out,” Parker said.
“When I eat right I have a lot more energy and being healthy now will prevent chronic diseases in the future.”
A common conception students all across campus have had is the opportunity to start over and establish new habits this year.
Most popular among these new challenges is eating healthier and sticking with a new diet that will develop into something greater in their lives.
They have already seen some of the changes and will continue to push to accomplish their set goals.