Avoid The Freshman 15; Drop that Doughnut Girl
It’s that time of year! Back to school for many and if you’re a college freshman, you will find out quickly that you have a lot of freedom especially when it comes to choosing what foods and beverages to consume. Victor Lindlahr, a nutritionist and founder of the “Catabolic Diet” once said, “you are what you eat.” And there’s no doubt about it that history repeats itself and experts have tied the love for processed and junk foods and the regret of packing on the pounds, otherwise known as the “freshman 15,” back to the years spent during their first semesters of college.
I’m here to share, and scare, you with the list of foods and beverages to avoid so you’ll keep yourself and your gut in check this semester. In addition, keeping up with your studies, daily exercise and practicing moderation, you won’t have to deal with the awkward looks and questioning from your family when you go back home for the holidays.
Without further ado, here are the top ten foods and beverages to avoid:
- Doughnuts. America should run away from Dunkin’ not run on Dunkin’ Doughnuts. These doughy pastries have nothing but sugar, refined flour, artificial flavoring, and oil jam-packed with trans fats.
- Processed Meats. Don’t even think about the 711 hotdogs and bologna sandwiches. Research says meats preserved by smoking, curing, or staling, or contain chemical preservatives, are linked to the increased risk of colon cancer. These meats are packed with tons of salt, fat, cholesterol.
- Frozen TV Dinners. $1 Smart Choice and Hungry Man TV meals at your local grocery store sounds very tempting to stock up, but don’t do it. These frozen food dinners contain loads of heavily processed and high in sodium.
- Pizza. Otherwise known as the drunk’s go-to food. Just two slices of Pizza Hut pizza has over 1,100 calories, 72g of fat, 28g saturated fat, 3g trans fat, 200mg cholesterol, and 3,980mg of sodium. It’s a heart attack waiting to happen.
- Potato Chips. Stay away from the major brands (e.g. Cheetos, Doritos, and Ruffles) as they contain a high amount of acrylamide, which causes cancer.
- Diet and Regular Soda. Drinking as few as two soft drinks a week can double the risk of pancreatic cancer. In addition, the high amounts of sugar and sodium can effect the way you function, both mentally and physically.
- Instant Noodles. It doesn’t matter if it’s Top Ramen or Nissin, a full pack of these popular and cheap instant noodles contains 380 calories, 126 from fat and the rest from white flour and the heavy hitter: MSG, 1,060 mg. of sodium.
- Canned Soup. These lethal liquid preservative bombs are loaded with sodium and additives effecting the way you fall asleep and waking up feeling dehydrated.
- Ice Cream. Think twice when you’re at Cold Stone Creamery. You’re talking about over 1,500 calories in a Birthday Cake Remix. Topping it off with the brownie bites, nuts, sprinkles and hot fudge. It’s a stomach ache and temporary and longterm brain freeze ready to happen.
- Iced / Frozen Coffee. A double chocolate chip frappuccino blended creme from Starbucks has loads of calories and fat. A venti sized (24 oz.) frappuccino has 12 grams of saturated fat equal to the amount of saturated fat in a McDonald’s Quarter-Pounder!
Moderation is key. Consult with your local doctor and physician before changing your diet, enduring activities of exercise and fitness, and to address any questions you may have concerning diet and the foods and beverages mentioned above.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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