Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Half Marathon and Healthiness

Hi everyone!

I'm still having a wonderful time at culinary school, and I thought I'd give an update on what's going on around here.

If you didn't notice the new Team In Training box to the right, you should take a look! I'll be running the Walt Dsiney World Half Marathon in January to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My dad was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and working with Team In Training seems like the perfect fit for me to be able to do something productive to help others in my dad's and my family's situation.

In order to run the half marathon, I'll obviously be having to train. A lot. It's proven to be more difficult than I thought it would be, but it can only get better as I keep running!

As far as staying healthy in college, it's been easier than I was expecting, although I usually fall victim to late night snacking. But at the dining halls, I can always go to the salad bar, eat fruit salad, make whole wheat toast, slice apples with peanut butter, and eat their veggie soup/entree options. I went to Target the other day, where I bought individual SmartPop popcorn, strawberries, grapes, greek yogurt, carrots, and pita chips to keep me happy and healthy. I also bought individual cups of Kashi Go Lean cereal on amazon, which is amazing, because now I won't be tempted to eat an entire box of cereal in one sitting, which I know I could.

I still love my classes, especially nutrition class. I'm doing a presentation today on the Mediterranean diet! Did you know that people in the Mediterranean actually tend to eat more fat than Americans? The difference is, their fat comes mostly from plant-derived olive oil, whereas ours comes from animal-derived sources like butter and meat. Olive oil is lower in saturated fat and higher in monounsaturated fat, which has been proven to help treat and prevent heart disease. The Mediterranean diet also places an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and grains, since mediterranean countries tend to have ideal crop-growing environments, and places less emphasis on meat (especially red meat) and dairy.

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