You’ve heard about the daunting “freshman fifteen,” the expected weight one could gain when entering the first semester of college. But this does not just apply to freshmen their first semester — this applies to all of us and carries on throughout our time in college and beyond. The extra weight we put on can happen for a number of reasons — being thrown into a new environment, an increase in stress, or even drinking.

Of course, these all contribute to gaining the freshman fifteen, but even moreso, when these factors take their course, it is easy for us to choose what’s quick and easy when it comes to food. The freshman fifteen should not discourage us, but rather encourage us to become more aware of what we’re putting into our bodies.

Eating healthy is not all about weight loss or about having a figure to meet societal expectations, but rather a choice we make for ourselves to prolong our health (including physical and mental vitality).

By choosing to eat the right foods, those with nutrients and that give us energy, we can become more successful in school, work, and in extracurricular activities.

A healthy mind and a healthy body will help us to achieve the goals we have all set for ourselves this semester. After all, we are what we eat.

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