The starving student: The “eat better” New Year’s resolution

Joshua Medicoff

“I’m going to eat better this year!”  

You’ve heard it year after year, whether it’s a personal goal or an acquaintance’s, and most often the resolution falls short. If you’re like me, it’s January 2 when a resolution cracks and you spot the leftover Christmas cookies in the kitchen cupboard.

So to all of you who have been starting your day with green smoothies and having salad for lunch, don’t be surprised when your body is craving salt and sugar later in the day — it’s natural.

The “eat better” New Year’s resolution is certainly one of the most popular decrees one makes to themselves and it’s a good idea. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is not only great for your physical health, but also your mental health. However, cutting out all the “bad food” is not the way to approach the “eat better” resolution. Your body needs carbohydrates and sugar, and there are certainly healthier alternatives to eating chips and bread all day long or solely eating vegetables. A bad diet can be seen in energy levels, the way a person learns and retains information as well as overall happiness.

If you are one of the millions — probably billions — around the world who have pledged yourself to eat better in 2017, don’t join the fad diets such as cutting out gluten or becoming vegan because it’s trendy. Do what is best for your body and what works for you. Also, remember to indulge because a world without treats is a world I don’t want to live in.