by Molly Clark '16
“Get Skinny Fast” diets from magazines and alleged “fitness” blogs are not only ineffective, but also harmful to the human body. These diets promote the idea that by following a strict cleanse for a few days, one can drop weight and be healthier.
Crash diets are popular because they promise to lead to better looking body, and rely on people noticing rapid weight loss. Many of these diets are successful and lead to people losing weight very quickly. Yet they are not designed to have a lasting effect.
When a crash diet ends, the effects are quickly nullified after one reverts to their previous eating habits. This becomes more adverse in the case of extreme cleanses which cause a massive shift in the types of food that the body intakes. The digestive system will not be able to process the same food as efficiently during rapid diet changes as opposed to gradual changes, and introductions of new foods. Significant pain during digestion is a common effect from swinging to completely different kinds of food intake.
Adverse effects from crash dieting aren’t limited to the physical aspect and can damage the dieter’s mental state. During a crash diet, people are both excited to see the results and eager to return to their favorite snacks and meals. Since these diets are not made to be effective in the long term, people notice the adverse effects from the extreme shift of diet, and begin to build a poor body image of themselves. This cycle then snowballs to more extreme crash dieting, worsening body image, and can result in mental illnesses such as bulimia and anorexia.
A large issue with many crash diets is the restraint put on macronutrients particularly carbohydrates and lipids. Carbs should be a part of your diet yet they should be complex carbs that are digested slowly. Fast-digestion of carbs is what prevents a person from feeling full after eating. Completely cutting carbs from one’s diet inhibits energy levels, since carbs are the first foods that are broken down.
Another common misconception in dieting if the idea that lipids, otherwise known as fats, should be cut out entirely. Lipids are used as energy after roughly 30 minutes of exercise and are integral to the human diet. When the human body is lacking in fats, it relies on breaking down proteins in order to gain energy. This is extremely dangerous as proteins are what allow the growth and maintenance of muscle, hair, fingernails, and other body parts.
In a regular and healthy diet, someone should not be feeling absolutely miserable and counting the days until the cleanse ends. They should instead have the feeling of having more energy because of the correct balance of calorie intake and outtake as well as proper intake of macronutrients.
In order to stay healthy, every person must examine the quantities of each macronutrient that they are taking in. A deficiency in energy or nutrients can lead to disease, fatigue, and even death in extreme circumstances.
If help is needed to achieve balance and a healthy mindset call NEDA at 800-931-2237.
by Alexa Maldonado '17
The Easter Bunny, egg coloring, and peeps; these traditions are all common when celebrating Easter in America. But Easter is a holiday that is celebrated worldwide, so how do other countries celebrate Easter?
In Brazil, huge parades are planned out, the biggest being in Rio de Janeiro. These parades are filled with blocos, Brazilian street parties. Brazilians also bring flowers to Church for a blessing. The most common flower is the Macela flower. Special because it only blooms during Lent. Easter delicacies in Brazil include clipfish, Easter Ring, and the most well-known pacoca. Pacoca is a paste that is made from peanuts, sugar, and flour.
The biggest German celebration during the Lenten season is the Oberammergau Passion Play. This play is performed every 10 years and is a thank you to God for saving the village of Oberammergau back in the 17th century. On the Thursday before Easter, it is tradition for Germans to eat foods that are green. They usually prepare chervil soup on this “Green Thursday.” On Easter Sunday, children look forward to waking up to surprises from Der Osterhase, the German version of the Easter Bunny.
Easter festivities start on Thursday in Greece, when eggs are dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ. In Greece, many traditional Easter foods are prepared. Labatha is a candy that is often given to children from their parents or godparents. Other traditional foods include koulourakia, orange sesame cookies; mayiritsa soup, consisting of rice and lamb; and tsoureki bread, which is sometimes decorated with hard boiled red dyed eggs.
Mexico is another country that celebrates the Easter season with passion plays. These plays have been going on since the early 1800’s following a cholera outbreak in Iztapalapa. On Holy Saturday, statues of the Virgin Mary are covered in black dresses to symbolize her mourning. Some parts of the country participate in the Burning of Judas, a Judas figure is filled with fireworks and set on fire in town squares. A traditional Easter dish in Mexico includes Capirotada, which is bread pudding. They also prepare Cascarones. These are not edible but they are prepared similar to dyeing eggs. Eggshells are hollowed and then filled with confetti.
Easter in Spain is full of art and historical culture. During this time, people can be seen wearing a capriote, a tall hat that masks the face. This represents someone who has just received penance. Women commonly can be found wearing a mantilla, a black laced veil. Valladolid is known for their pasos or floats. Because of this, Valladolid hosts one of the most elaborate parades in Spain. Traditional foods during this time include torrijas and pestiños. Torrijas is a bread snack mixed with milk, sugar, and other sweeteners. Pestiños are sesame flavored pastries glazed with honey or sugar.
Many different countries celebrate Easter. Even though the way they do it is all different, the meaning behind the holiday is the same, to celebrate Jesus’s life and resurrection.
An End to Body Shaming?
by Tatiana Welka '17
Is there really a way to end body shaming in 2016? Over the years as technology has been on the rise, there has been a greater focus on body shaming because of social media. If a model posts a picture in a bikini, there are always people who will comment negatively.
Banana and Walnut Muffins
by Alexa Maldonado '17
Banana and walnut muffins are a quick dessert to whip up. The recipe is very simple and they taste great! The walnuts can also be switched out for pecans or pistachios, which all taste just as good as walnuts. The total time to make these muffins is about 30 minutes. This recipe makes 8 muffins.