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Whole Assorted Foods

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Vanessa0 Comments

The last time I went to a Whole Foods was when I was about twelve, and it was a big store in Omaha. My mom would take my sisters and I to eat sorbet after ballet lessons. I always thought the food was a little costly, but back then I wasn’t quite aware of what the cost of things were. But the food was high quality and there was a lot of variety available from what I remember. Most recently, I went on a Monday, around 4 pm. It wasn’t packed, but it wasn’t empty either. There were mostly women, some with children, but there was a man in a suit and another man who looked like a motorcyclist. However, the people who were stocking produce and doing other work in the store were much more stereotypical, more hipster. After taking in the people, I turned my attention to the products. The first area you walk into when coming into the store is the produce, which is the largest group of organic food. Their way of arranging the produce was …

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Obesity: An Issue of Habits

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion by Vanessa2 Comments

Obesity is a disease where a person’s calorie intake and activity are out of balance, and can develop into non-contagious diseases such as metabolic syndrome. Obesity has become prevalent in the US over the last 30 years. What is most alarming is the rate of obesity in children. The CDC reports in 2011-2014, obesity in children ages 2-19 was at about 17%. When they break their age range into smaller groups, the data is jaw dropping; ages 2-5: 8.9%, ages 6-11: 17.5%, ages 12-19: 20.5% (Ogden, Carroll, Fryar, Flegal, 2015). I believe that this shows that bad habits of eating an unbalanced diet and/or lack of activity are being formed even at a young age, and most likely will stay with the new generation for their lifetime if they continue. I believe it’s the job of the parents and doctors in partnership with schools to encourage good habits in the new generations, and these are a few ways the government can help. The US has gotten used to huge portion sizes. This has even been used for marketing a brand, …

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In # 1: You are what you eat by Vanessa2 Comments

I think my food preferences reflect who I am accurately. I’m fine with eating things I’m comfortable with, but I will never shy away from something I haven’t tried. I think my mom is who is responsible for this daredevil part of me. I remember various times when she’d try to get me to eat something I’ve never tried before, whether it was something she had made or it was at a restaurant. She’d say to me, “It’s really good Vanessa, just have a little taste, and if you don’t like it, you can leave it.” There are things I am hesitant to eat, such as chocolate chip cookies made with cricket flour. I think suggestions to oneself, such as “this is going to so gross, eating ground up bugs” are very powerful and I could keep myself grossed out by thinking about what is in it or I could just try it and decide if I like it or not. I grew up on a corn and soybean farm, and I remember every summer my dad coming back with …