By: Hannah Pallotta
In college, we often find different ways to celebrate diversity. This extends to our diet and the types of food we eat. On Oct. 16, 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded. In addition, on this Oct. 16, we celebrate World Food Day. Here on Malone’s campus, you can find vegetarian, vegan, and even gluten and/or dairy free diets available to students through AVI. Stephen Wirick, associate professor of exercise science, teaches nutrition here at Malone and shared some ways to eat healthy around campus.“The best thing a student could do, if you want a simple way to improve your health, is to drink more water,” Wirick said. Water is an important part of any diet and is simply what our body wants and needs to be able to function. Wirick recommends drinking a bottle of water in the morning right before you start the day.“It’s one way to get things rolling for your metabolism for the rest of the day,” Wirick said. Wirick said that adding items to your diet is much easier than cutting back. AVI does a good job of having salads, vegetables, and fresh fruit available for students. “Mindless Eating” is a book that Wirick reads in his nutrition classes and recommends for everyone to read. “It illuminates the marketing, the environment that we live in, and our access to food,” Wirick said.Jacob Hayward, junior pastoral ministry major, is a vegan here at Malone and shared his experience with the way he eats while on campus. “You definitely develop a respect for vegetables, and any vegetables provided [by AVI] you take,” Hayward said. While at times there are limitations on the types of food you can eat, there are benefits that come along with being vegan. Hayward said that he sleeps better, thinks clearer, and is more energized throughout the day. Part of the reason why Hayward is vegan is for the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects. He encourages veganism as a lifestyle. “It makes every part of your life intentional,” Hayward said. Malone has a dairy free and gluten free fridge set up in the cafeteria for students who eat a gluten or dairy free diet. Becca Parkhurst, senior community and public health major, and Hayley Ellers, sophomore zoo and wildlife biology major, shared their tips and tricks on eating a gluten and dairy free diet here on Malone’s campus.“Potatoes by themselves are gluten free, but if you fry them with things that have gluten, it gets in the fries, and it’s just as bad,” Ellers said. She said that she can’t have a lot of fries at fast food places because of this. “There are [warnings] on labels saying that this product is also made at a factory that handles gluten,” Ellers said.Ellers said people with Celiac’s Disease have a very high sensitivity to gluten. There are all kinds of sensitivities to gluten. Some people have more allergy related symptoms to gluten as opposed to stomach pains. However, there are pills that people can take to gain the correct enzymes so that their bodies can handle some gluten and lactose. “I think the harder game is trying to find a way to avoid both,” Parkhurst said on eating both a gluten and dairy free diet at the same time. Over time, Parkhurst has managed to find different substitutes for the food that she would eat that had gluten.“A lot of it is getting over that initial hump,” Parkhurst said. “At first it was really hard to get used to not eating bread or anything that has any kind of wheat in it. That was a really big learning curve.”There are lots of ways to eat healthy here at Malone, but it’s all about being aware of the food we are eating. Being able to add healthy foods to a diet is already a way to improve eating habits and it makes us feel good. This World Food Day we can try to be more aware of the foods around us here on Malone’s campus and start by taking one step at a time to healthier ways of eating.
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