A New Perspective

15 Sep

I like to think of myself as a pretty informed person, one who knows things that are going on in the world and can discuss them easily. I also love to eat. The combination of these two things means that I’m pretty much up to date on what’s going on in the food world. I know that fiber is good, as are complex carbs, and that trans fats are bad, as is high fructose corn syrup. I want to focus on trans fats today, because I just had a very informative and insightful Biology lecture about them.

Let’s start from the beginning. What is a fat? A fat is a lipid, which is just a type of macromolecule commonly found in animals and humans. Now we need fat to survive. It keeps us warm, and (God forbid) we are ever in a starvation situation–we have a back up store of energy. We all know that there are different types of fats, and this is what’s important.

The three main types of fats are saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats. Now, most people know that saturated fats and trans fats are bad. But why? Saturated fats are in fact, saturated, that is with hydrogen molecules. Saturated fats consist of cheese, butter, and essentially anything animal based. Since the body tends to almost always take the path of least resistance, it will break down the saturated fats only when it needs to. That means it’s going to break down everything else you ingest before it touches those saturated fats. Not exactly good right?

What is ideal for our bodies, is unsaturated fat. That would be your oils and such. Since they have less hydrogen attached to each carbon, the body is able to break down the compounds far more easily. The problem with unsaturated fats, is well, who wants to spread canola oil on their toast in the morning? Not me. So scientists looked for a way to get all the benefits of unsaturated fats in the usability (and taste) or saturated fats.

Enter in margarine. Through a process called hydrogenation, a unsaturated fat is taken and blasted with hydrogen gas. The thinking behind this is that one could achieve the best of both worlds. However, a new thing was created. Trans fats. Trans fats are a double whammy to the body because they not only raise bad cholesterol, the lower the good kind. Yikes. Plus, it’s even harder for the body to break down than saturated fats.

Well, people caught wind of the whole issue with the trans fats and now products must display how much trans fats they contain. However, be warned. If you are someone who has a large issue with trans fats (ie. someone with a history of high cholesterol), that 0 doesn’t always mean 0. The limitations set forward by the FDA for a company to declare 0g trans fats is .5g. That means if the product has .4999999g of trans fats, they can call it 0g. Now, for every now and then, it’s not a big deal.

But if you’re baking and cooking and eating margarine all the time, it might be something to be concerned about. The easy way to tell is to read the ingredient list for the term “partially hydrogenated”, and if that’s in there then there are trans fats present.

Now I’m just a high school student in a Biology course, so always consult doctors and such when making dietary changes.

Whew, that was a lot! But, I felt that it was really interesting. (For me at least!) Now, on to the eats! I went to dinner at the big cafeteria on campus today, so I got my dinner in stages.

Stage 1: Salad with carrots, red onion, lettuce, and a drizzle of Ranch. (I’m adventurous I know.) Served with a ratatouille panini with provolone. Enjoyed with a Diet Pepsi.

Inside the panini was squash and zucchini, and onions perhaps?

Stage 2: Some pasta in tomato-cheese sauce with mini-meatballs. I had to try it.

Honestly, this wasn't great. But I was still a bit hungry, and pasta almost always sounds good to me.

Stage 3 doesn’t have a picture. It was some fro-yo topped with a sprinkle of butterfinger and a few chocolate chips. So yummy. After dinner and class, I went to a new Pilates class and got my stretch on. I actually had a really good time and I definitely think I’ll be feeling it tomorrow morning! Post Pilates I got a three-berry smoothie from the place right outside my dorm. I have mentioned that I have a coffee shop right outside my dorm right? It’s an issue. Except right before my early morning classes. Then it’s a blessing.

Well bloggers and bloggettes, it’s about time for me to hit the hay. After I read a thirty page play. Gotta love college!


New Discovery

14 Sep

Today has been an exciting day. Okay, well exciting is a bit of an exaggeration. I found some new food places on campus. To me, that’s exciting. I’m a goof. Please accept this.

Since today is a Tuesday, I don’t have class until 6. Can I get a hell yeah? No? Okay. Maybe later then. After waking up at 10:30, I had some studying to do, I went over to Einstein Bagels. I’ve never been to Einstein before, mostly because there’s a Breuggers near my house that pretty much has my loyalty. But, I branched out. Oh, and am I glad.

This is not health food.

Are you seeing this?! Alright, I’ll admit it. This isn’t exactly a healthy breakfast. In fact. It’s probably the exact opposite. This is a cinnamon sugar bagel with honey almond cream cheese. It was utterly delicious and I enjoyed every bite.

After some carbalicious fuel, I headed off to the library to do some notes. Bio notes. I love Bio, but I hate notes. I’m the type of note taker that has issues not writing everything down, so it takes me forever. In fact, I’m still not done.

Post notes, I decided to get some lunch. I explored and found a cute little place that makes your salad fresh right in front of you.

OH. Hello salad. Funny meeting you here.

This salad was amazing. It featured spring greens, carrots, red onion, chick peas, cucumber, blue cheese, cranberries, and some balsamic vinaigrette. Served with a Diet Pepsi. Obvi. Can I just emphasize how delicious this salad was. IT WAS SO GOOD. Alright. Glad I got that out.

I guess it’s time for more notes. Sigh…

You could do better

13 Sep

Today has not been my day. But, it’s really my own fault. I was up too late last night, and ended up not going to my 8 am chem class. (Speaking of, what was I thinking?! AN 8AM CHEM CLASS? Not my best idea.) I woke up in time to shower before my first class at 11, but my plans to get a bagel for breakfast fell through. I didn’t have enough time, so I just sat through my class with a grumbling stomach. Sad.

After class I rushed to get some lunch. I got a feta & hummus wrap (I know I’m exciting), but this time I got some soup. It was chicken rice, but with a Mexican flair. It was delicious.

Oh hello desk surface, it's been awhile since I've seen you.

Post lunch & digestion I headed off to my Biology lab. We had a quiz which I’m pretty sure I rocked and then we looked at cells on microscopes. Am I the only one that thinks that kind of stuff is awesome?! I love it so much. Once I got out of my Bio lab, I was going to get some dinner with my friend at the big cafeteria on campus–but she already ate! Ugh. I ended up going to the little caf right outside my dorm (HELLO CONVENIENCE!) and got a stirfry.

This stir fry is just another reason I love my school. I got a tofu stirfry with carrots, peas, snap peas, bamboo shoots, baby corn, red pepper, green pepper, and vegan teriyaki sauce. Say what?! Way to go college! Unfortunately the rice options were white or fried. But baby steps. Baby steps. I got some white rice and didn’t finish it.

Drizzled with Sriririririratchachacha

Also, how cool is it that they have Sriracha?! YUM! I enjoyed this slightly spicy meal with some water.

Reppin the school.

Well, now I’m off to a three hour long history lecture. With a full belly. If this class wasn’t really interesting, I’m sure I’d fall asleep. After class I’m watching the Lifetime movie “The 19th Wife” with my friend. We have an addiction to bad tv.

Toodaloo loves!

Song Reference: “Do Better”–Say Anything

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

12 Sep


Hello blogging world! Welcome to my new blog. My name’s Amanda and I’m just another college girl out in the world. I guess I should add a little bit about me. I’m eighteen, legal babyy, and a freshman in college. My major is Biomedical Sciences, which is just fancy talk for Pre-Med.

I live in the Great Lake State, that’s Michigan for those who don’t know. I stayed in-state for college, however my school is way on the opposite side of the state from where my home is. Everyone hold up your left hand and look at the back of your hand. Now imagine about halfway down between the pinky knuckle and your wrist. I go to school there! Now, way over where your thumb connects to your hand, that’s where I call home. Michigan’s a nifty state.

Well I guess I should progress onto what I ate today. This is a food blog after all! However, since I’m a newbie and all…I forgot to take a picture of my breakfast. I promise I’ll get better! But for the breaking of the fast, I had some Special K Yogurt and Berries with some 1% milk. Yum.

I actually have some pictures for lunch!  My campus actually has really good food, THANK GOD! For lunch I munched on a whole wheat hummus & feta wrap. It was stuffed with all types of veggies like cucumber, olives, red onion, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, tomato, and banana peppers. YUM! Then I had a side salad with a squirt of some Caesar dressing. Oh, and a Diet Pepsi.

Veggies, YUMM

This was all eaten at my desk, because 1) It’s the only table I have in my dorm, and 2) I wanted to Skype with the boy. Speaking of the boy, if you can see the pictures in the background you might be able to spot him. He’s the tall one! Enjoy the assorted pictures of my senior prom, homecoming, and at a beer garden in Germany. Assortment, the spice of life.

Well, I’m off to study my ass off. Have a good one!

Song Reference: “Closing Time”–Semisonic