Healthy dieting

Students who diet usually aren’t aware of what the benefits of diets actually are, and how to diet without harming their bodies.


When dieting, people often turn to healthy foods, such as apples. In return, they expect to lose weight quickly, without knowing what results certain diets actually have.

Catherine Analla, Staff reporter

Diets have always been something that people have tried for weight loss, health benefits, or just to see what it would be like. The benefits of long-term, healthy diets, can have a positive impact on people, despite what some might say.


Vegetarianism is a diet that is something that has had more light shed onto it, due to animal cruelty and the extinction of common animals, and people have been attempting to spread it to anyone who is willing to try it.


Senior Remy Terbrock has been a vegetarian for almost two years, and she is very proud of her choice to cut meat out of her diet, such as having  more energy for daily tasks.


“I didn’t eat much meat, and [vegetables]  taste good, and you wouldn’t be spending as much money. Meat is really expensive,” Terbrock said.


Along with Terbrock, senior Sophie Gitlin experienced what occurs throughout the change in eating, with vegetarianism and veganism as well.


“I chose to become a vegetarian- I was actually vegan for two years, and after that a vegetarian for one- because the way the food processing industry operates was very unappealing for me and kinda grossed me out,” Gitlin said.


Often, when people are thinking about changing to a different diet, they hold onto their current want for the food they eat, such as meats.


“My substitutions for meat consists of vegetables and soy, and it’s so that I can get my protein,” Terbrock said, “I feel like it’s really easy, because there’s so many different types of substitutions, and most of the substitutions that are made taste like meat.”


Gitlin had similar substitutions to Terbrock’s solutions, but with a much more common product.


“I ate a lot of tofu. I would also eat Kale and nuts to make up for some of the nutrients I didn’t receive from cutting out meat,” Gitlin said.


Another diet, which is not as common, called Intermittent Fasting, is one taken up by sophomore Sam Cole.


“It consists of one eating period, of however many hours you want, and one fasting period of however many hours you want,” Cole said. “You either skip dinner, or breakfast, and you fast that entire period until your next meal- when your body is not producing insulin, your body runs [faster], and it’s actually very healthy for you.”


Vegetarianism, veganism, and intermittent fasting are all very different, however, they share one similarity- the positive change in emotional health.


“I have more energy,” Terbrock said. “And after I used to eat meat, I would automatically pass out and go to sleep most of the time, because whenever I would eat meat, it was usually dinner time- now I’m not as tired and I feel better.”


Cole agreed with the amount of change that occurred within his energy, and many more positive aspects, and that the diet has helped him more than it’s been a nuisance.


“It’s definitely helped me, it’s given me major memory boost, and fat loss as well,” Cole said. “I was in a lousy mood, I was socially anxious, I was depressed, and now, it’s great. I feel awesome. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.”