One of the major downfalls of college is missing out on all of those home cooked meals that you’re used to growing up. My mouth waters at the thought of my mom’s baked lasagna with a side of asparagus. When I’m able to travel home for the holidays, it feels great to taste something besides food off of the dollar menu at Wendy’s or the infamous ramen noodles. Just recently, things have changed and I don’t have to go far in order to eat well.
Thanks to Well WVU’s brilliant idea of cooking classes, students are able to adjust to healthy eating habits and resist the urge to eat junk food all the time. With only thirty spots available, the class filled up quickly, but I plan to attend one in the near future because I want to discover a variety of healthy foods, while becoming a better cook in the process. Students don’t think about the long term health risks that are associated with repetitive and unhealthy eating habits. Often times, fruits and veggies are never even considered. In fact, WellWVU has found that students consume only around 2 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, when they should be eating between 5 and nine servings daily. If you’re not careful, you may end up with diabetes, heart disease, and at the very least you could become severely overweight.
Choosing wholesome foods makes you feel better about yourself (working out can only get you so far) and has the advantage of keeping you well nourished. Studies show that eating foods high in trans-fats can lead to depression. Granted, indulging in your favorite cheesecake once in a while is okay, but it’s not a good routine. With that in mind, I’m going to try to gather a few friends to go to the next cooking class because I don’t remember the last time I ate three healthy meals in one day. I’m also not the best cook in the world, so it would be nice to learn from the best (and it’s free)! Students need to start familiarizing themselves with healthy lifestyles and this is the perfect opportunity to start. So in closing, put on your apron (or chef hat) and start combating fast food.
If you’re interested in attending a class, you can fill out a form by visiting WELLWVU COOKING CLASS.