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Food is the Perfect Reminder

In # 1: You are what you eat by Gerardo3 Comments

When I was little, all I ate was whatever I wanted and at that age, that means a lot of sugar.  Growing up I was a big kid so I was always being bullied over it.  When I got to high school, I kept eating the same junk I was eating but I decided to start working out to see if it would do something.  It helped but I didn’t get the results that I wanted.  I started researching on eating healthy and I decided to drop all junk food.  Changing how I ate changed me completely.  From being a really shy person, I started feeling more comfortable with myself.  Eating healthier instantly had an effect on how I felt and acted throughout the week.  I was never a responsible kid but with these changes, I felt better and had more energy to do more things. Skip to about 2 months after I did the changes and I’m working 65 hours a week, waking up from Monday to Friday at 4 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 a.m.  …

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Eat like an athlete

In # 1: You are what you eat by Yixin3 Comments

Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are, nowadays increasingly people is considered about what eating habits and food preferences they have, so do I, so how did I form my eating habits and food preferences? Eat like an athlete is what I insist on as my basic eating habits since I was a kid until now. When I was a child, my parents were extremely care about my health, for example I was required to drink milk everyday, although I was not sure why I needed to drink it at that time, besides that, my hometown is a modern and coastal city which is located in southeast part of China, so seafood was indispensable in three meals a day for my family. Meat, especially beef, was also one of my favorite foods, the elders always say eating beef can make me more powerful, therefore, my parents cooked beef almost every day. Until I went to primary school, I found that my body diathesis was much better than other peers, I could run faster, jump higher, …

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Vietnamese Street Food On My Mind

In # 1: You are what you eat, Food and Culture by Thanh0 Comments

I am always grateful for being born and growing up in Vietnam, a country that is best known for the famous Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup). Besides Pho Bo, Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) is also an another signature dish that everybody loves. But do you know that Pho Bo and Banh Mi are served as street food in Vietnam, not like in fancy Vietnamese restaurants here in America? When I first came to the United States, I craved a big bowl of hot noodle soup, but I had hard time finding an authentic-taste Vietnamese restaurants in Lincoln. Some of my friends recommended their favorite Vietnamese restaurants in town, but for some reasons they don’t taste too excellent to me. Spending almost 6 years in the US, travelling all around the country, I then realized one thing that Vietnamese food here missed is the “street atmosphere”, which is the spirit and soul of Vietnamese culture. Authentic Vietnamese food is not supposed to be fancy or served as high-end dishes. Although it’s street food, it is still very healthy and nutritious because …

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A Little New Will Never Hurt You

In # 1: You are what you eat by Sydney2 Comments

I was raised in a rural town were my family’s operation was – a feedyard. Growing up on a farm/feedyard in rural Nebraska has really shaped me into the person I am today, and most definitely shaped my eating habits. Needless to say, I was raised on hamburger and steaks. It was a lifestyle where vegetarian was not an option. It was meat and potatoes. I was a child that was not fond of anything green, especially peas. You could say that this is just a picky eater but one thing that was never an option to me was dairy products. Growing up one of my favorite family traditions was our Mt.Oyster feed at the Nightcrawlers bar the end of every march. To this day I still enjoy introducing people to our Bader family “chicken nuggets.” I saw the full circle of this event from the branding, my personal job was tackling the calves. Then came the seasoning and breading of the Mt.Oysters. Then the finale of it all was the feed. It still occurs the end of every March, …

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Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner… All the Time.

In # 1: You are what you eat by Emmalea0 Comments

I am your typical Nebraskan: the one that grew up in a small town, surrounded by cattle, on a ranch, in a county that houses the second most beef cattle in the world.  My lifestyle has been greatly influenced by my upbringing, I have always been surrounded by cattle (literally – we have a feedlot right next to our house).  I am extremely passionate about the beef industry and always will be.  My dad, who is a veterinarian and a rancher in Broken Bow, has instilled this passion in me my entire life.  Our family would consume beef at least five days a week. We have a freezer that is always stocked full of ground beef, steaks, roasts and more. Of course, we would consume our fair share of chicken or pork, but beef has always been our staple food. Prior to coming to college, I never realized how much the beef industry was scrutinized or looked down upon.  During my first few weeks here in Lincoln, a friend of mine said, “I love Chipotle because they only get beef …

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The Food Network Taught Me

In # 1: You are what you eat, Leftovers by Brandon1 Comment

There are many ways food has influenced my life. Originally food was introduced to me by my mom as she always made the best spaghetti, breakfast for dinner and honey mustard roasted chicken thighs. Throughout the years she has always cooked, and always found a way to keep making new different foods to keep me eating.  Suddenly, my mom is taking night classes to get her master’s degree which meant I would now have to cook dinner for myself, after school, and football and track practice. It’s not like I’ve never cooked before, but I’ve tried a few times and had very little success. The first night she had class she previously made oven roasted turkey leg with bell peppers and onions with a side of rice. The delightful weigh the onions and bell peppers lend all their flavor to the succulent turkey leg was divine. What I didn’t know is that this will be what I cook next week when she has class. The night comes, my mom leaves all the ingredients for me and I begin; boiling water, …

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Never Take Food For Granted

In # 1: You are what you eat, Leftovers by Cade1 Comment

Food is so easy to take for granted when it is always available. Think about it. In the United States, it is rarely unavailable to the average human and we are able to eat theoretically whenever we please. Unless you’re a wrestler. Wrestlers always have this time from October through March when they are “cutting” weight and fasting in order to make their desired weight class. This practice has allowed me to appreciate food on a different level. When something gets taken away from a person, it makes that thing so much more valuable and cherished. When food is taken away from a person, it gets appreciated fully because that person constantly thinks about it. The food a wrestler puts into their body during this fasting time is ever so important. The way they choose their food depends on when the weigh-in is. If the weigh-in is a week away, their diet would be different than if it was two days away. A typical diet a week out could consist of many carbs for a sustained energy source along with …

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Traveling Taste Buds

In # 1: You are what you eat by Cody1 Comment

As a child and teenager, I was never a very picky eater, although there were a few things that I would have never touched with a ten-foot pole. I was always mortified by the texture of mushrooms, put off by the flavor of liver, and terrified by raw tomatoes. In this stage of my life, I would always make a fuss if any of these foods were served to me at home. However, when I went to live in Germany for my gap year, after graduating from high school, the idea of these foods being in my meals changed completely. Honestly, in the beginning, the only reason I started eating these foods was that I was always taught to eat any food that is served to you from unfamiliar people. Since I was living with a host family that I had only just met, I decided not to be rude, and I gave some of these foods a try. Amazingly enough, I didn’t hate it; I actually started to like the foods that I once hated. While living with my …

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Food Desert

In # 1: You are what you eat, Assigned Posts by Danyan0 Comments

           In the current age, there are variety factors playing an non negligible and irreplaceable role in our eating behaviors. Inevitably, different cultures, religions, regions, incomes, sexs, and ages influence what we eat insensibly. Indeed, the statement of “you are what you eat” is popularized for a reason. However, in my opinion, it is not an absolute truth. Several weeks ago, I read an article about Food Desert which shocked me.          Food Desert is used to describe an area that lack fresh vegetables. Based on its geographical condition and city construction, most food suppliers and manufacturers are hard to transport these food products to that area. As time goes on, the problem of food supply is gradually increasing. This directly causes the shortage of fresh vegetables, fruits, and other healthy food for resident’s daily life. Therefore, in that case, consuming ready-to-eat food or processed food becomes the best choice and a common phenomenon in the Food Desert. However, most processed food will result in lackness of nutrition which is extremely important and necessary for human body. In addition, the fact …

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Food is my life saver, literally.

In # 1: You are what you eat by Emily1 Comment

Food is one of the most important things in my life, but not for the reasons that one might think. When I was a sophomore in high school, I was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a medical condition that causes unsafe drops in your blood sugar levels. There are many different warning signs that I can recognize when my blood sugar is lowering. First I get very weak, and then I get shaky and have trouble catching my breath. Usually by this time, I will realize what is happening, and I’ll go eat some food. However, going and eating some food isn’t always an option. For example when I’m at work, I can’t just stop helping a customer and walk to the employee fridge. If I don’t do anything to help myself when I start feeling this way, it just goes downhill from there. Next I start to get dizzy, lose my balance, and run into things. This is usually when other people (who are aware of my condition) begin to realize what is happening to me. If I still …

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Food: The Experience Machine

In # 1: You are what you eat by Trace1 Comment

To me, food has always been about a shared experience. When I was younger I grew up watching my dad cook dinner for the family and being fascinated at how he could take a few simple, cheap ingredients he found in the pantry, and throw together a meal that accomplished three main tasks, it filled us up, it tasted good, and it gave us an excuse to sit down and talk about our day. Family dinners became so important to me as I grew up and my life got busier because it kept me connected to my home, even though I spent the majority of my time elsewhere. I knew I needed to be around food a lot in my life, so I taught myself to cook. I started making simple meals for my family, some I know probably tasted horrible, but my parents ate it anyway and were extremely supportive. I soon gained a passion for cooking and researching about food, and the only way to satisfy that was to keep trying new things. So eventually I started preparing …

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Family Time

In # 1: You are what you eat by Tyler1 Comment

For me, food has always been about the enjoyment of the act itself. Eating some of my favorite foods is a big part of my life. As a human we obviously need food to survive so why would we not enjoy every second of it right? I’ve always loved the idea of trying new foods and experiencing different cultures through food. Food is one thing in this world everybody can peacefully relate to for the most part. We all need it to survive and whether you enjoy every food in the world or hate almost everything you’re guaranteed to find at least one food from each culture that you’ll love because mostly all the most popular foods Americans eat today originate from other countries. I’d say personally, food has impacted my life in more positive ways than negative. Of course not everything I eat is going to be good for me and some foods can really hurt my health in numerous ways in the long run. But for the most part I can say food has brought positive change into …

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Tell Me About It, Spud.

In # 1: You are what you eat, Leftovers by Casey2 Comments

I grew up eating family meals around the kitchen table where enough food was cooked for at least eight people every night. It didn’t matter if someone worked later or had some sort of sports practice, we made it work where we could all eat supper together at night. Most meals were meat and potato (and vegetable, usually something from our garden) type of meals.  It was a rule that everyone had to clear their plate and finish their glass of milk before they could be done and leave the table. We learned manners at the table such as: don’t start eating until everyone has their food, and no elbows on the table. When I was young, my dad did most of the grilling and my mom was the one who cooked most of the meals. She is one of the reasons why I love to cook and bake. When she was a child in her early years of grade school, she was responsible for having supper ready when her seven brothers and sisters and parents came in from working …

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Where to eat? Mamak!

In # 1: You are what you eat by Chuan1 Comment

What does it mean to be a Malaysian? Multi-raced? Different culture? Having so many holidays because of all the big days? To know at least 2 languages? I think not, in my opinion, a true Malaysian is one that thinks about lunch while having breakfast, planning your dinner while enjoying lunch, talking about supper while getting your dinner ready, and having supper with your friends at our so called ‘mamak’ which is open 24/7. You see, Malaysians love food. There is only one thing we love more than food, which is being together, and get food. If you go to Malaysia, ask anyone about mamak, I’m sure everyone can answer you, but what exactly is this mamak I mentioned? From google, it says A Mamak stall is a food establishment which serves mamak food. But to me, it is a place where friends gather after doing sports, a place everyone comes to watch sport competitions, a place to chat with your friends without getting told to leave and not to forget they serve food and drinks as well. A mamak …

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Spaetzle, and Barbeque, and Pizza, Oh My!

In # 1: You are what you eat, Leftovers by Therese3 Comments

My favorite thing about food is its ability to bring people together. Whether eating it or preparing it, food can create connections and a greater sense of community. Sharing in a meal creates such a sense of intimacy because you’re allowing another person or people to be a part of something that keeps you alive. Whether it’s first dates or celebrating holidays with family, the memories made while sharing a meal can last a lifetime. Some of my favorite memories are those made cooking with my family. My dad had four brothers and two sisters and grew up in a very old school, Catholic family. I believe that a lot of that carried over into my family of six — my mom, my dad, my three brothers and I. When I was young, up until around the age of 8, both of my parents worked as doctors, and were understandably very busy. I don’t remember a lot about what meals were like when I was that young, but I do remember that every Wednesday, we ate lunch at the food …

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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 …

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Noodles to Zoodles

In # 1: You are what you eat by Elizabeth4 Comments

If you should know one thing about me, it is that noodles are my favorite food. My family and friends know I don’t care where we go to eat as long as there is pasta there. I am literally always craving noodles. It doesn’t matter what you put on them- alfredo, meat sauce, pesto, or just butter- I love them! My love for noodles started when I was very young. My mom’s side of the family is Italian and for our family Christmas we always have spaghetti with my Grandma’s homemade meat sauce (which is my absolute favorite) with garlic bread. Christmas is one of the only times that my Grandma will make her sauce and she makes so much of it that we have left overs of it for weeks. It is so good that I am hoping to have it at my wedding, just like my parents did. I still have yet to get the recipe from her. My very first job was at Spaghetti Works in Omaha as a hostess. My love for noodles grew even stronger …

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Learning the hard way

In # 1: You are what you eat by Alexis0 Comments

For as long as I can remember, eating had always been about what I wanted to eat and when I wanted to eat it. Whether that meant eating leftover pizza for breakfast or having a bowl full of ice cream 15 minutes before bed, it didn’t matter I would eat it. Of course that all changed when I began my journey as college athlete and I realized that grabbing fast food on the way to a game didn’t always lead to the best results. Maybe it was all the careless eating I did prior to college, but my stomach doesn’t seem the handle the grease and sugar nearly as well as it used to. College forced me to actually think about what I was eating for the first time in my life. I would be lying if I said it was an easy transition to go from eating as I pleased to actually caring about what I put into my body. It was on one of my first away soccer trips my freshman year that I learned fast something needed …

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So Much More Than Food

In # 1: You are what you eat by Madison0 Comments

To me, food has always meant more to me than simply sustenance. It has been there for me to celebrate the good and reconcile the bad. Food has provided me the setting to make many memories. It was the opportunity to use my imagination, grow in my friendships with others, and share experiences I will never forget. As a kid in a rural town, food was the only activity I consistently had growing up. Sure, I played outside and watched TV, but mealtimes were a time that I could use my imagination with something more interactive. I remember my Mom making Kraft Mac ’n Cheese for my sister, Rylie, and I most days for lunch. Rylie and I would sit next to each other at the table, pretending we were at a campfire. We pushed noodles lengthwise onto the tines of our forks and sang campfire songs while “roasting” our “hotdogs” (noodles) over the roaring bonfire contained in the mac ‘n cheese pot. When I got inevitably older, food became less of a toy and more of a social interaction. …

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Treating Yourself Gone Awry

In # 1: You are what you eat by Chloe1 Comment

When I was growing up, both my parents worked full time jobs. However, my father’s job required him to travel for about a week of every month. For my mom, this week apart was particularly strenuous. Caring for a pre-teen, a sassy grade schooler, and a preschooler, was taxing enough after her long work days. Let alone having to cook for us as well, especially since we were all so picky. More often than not during that week away my dad would be treated by his company to a variety of delicious ethnic cuisine, and our mother would treat us to whatever pre-made meal was quickest. Whenever my father was home my parents would cook together and often we would all cram into our tiny kitchen, working on homework, complaining about our teachers or co-workers, and of course eating copiously. As time went on my father started having to take longer trips, to destinations further away from home. My mother, trying to cope with now three teenagers, all extremely busy with social lives and school activities, as well as one …