Healthier Food, Healthier You

The path to eating healthy starts now with these small steps


Abby Perez

Starting eating healthy begins with simple knowledge of food.

Ella DeSpain, writer

The temptation to indulge in unhealthy foods and drinks presents itself every day. However, by making a few easy changes, it is easy to eat, guilt-free, without sacrificing any of the taste.

In order to live a healthier lifestyle, one should replace french fries as the default side dish. Many restaurants have the option to order fruit cups, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli or other delicious options. Eating a wider variety of foods also decreases cravings for one certain type of food. Putting more thought into what side dishes should accompany a meal, improves health in the moment and works to break unhealthy habits in the future.

Ice cream tastes amazing after any meal, but it contains high amounts of processed sugar. Frozen yogurt tastes just as good and leaves the conscience guilt-free. Making the switch from ice cream to frozen yogurt or low fat/ low sugar ice creams is a small switch with a big impact. From Orange Leaf to Walmart’s Great Value brand, there are all kinds of healthy, inexpensive frozen desserts to choose from. The Braums menu, for example, includes low-fat or low-sugar options in a variety of flavors and some no-sugar-added frozen yogurts. These kinds of desserts offer the option of healthier habits without compromising the flavor. Living a healthier lifestyle means cutting down on processed sugar of all kinds, not just sweets like ice cream.

“I always try to order water because soda has so much sugar, which I know is going to hurt me later when I go to work out,” junior Jewel Baer said.

Soda dominates the modern student’s drink choices. Every restaurant makes several kinds of soft drinks available, but significantly less abundant are alternative, sugar-free options. Most restaurants offer water, which is usually free, but some people feel that their drink choices need a little bit more excitement than plain water. Sparkling water, lemonade and tea can all take the place of a sugary, tooth-rotting Coca-Cola. Soda, in general, contains 39 grams of sugar. Lemonade, sweet tea and sparkling water usually contain 25, 22 and 0 grams of sugar, respectively. Most soda brands also offer diet, low sugar or low caffeine versions of their drink that, if offered in restaurants, would no doubt make a significant impact on the health of customers.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean restricting oneself beyond reason or cutting out favorite foods and beverages. Small changes can make a big difference and making the switch from grease to greatness is not as difficult as one might think.