Easy beats healthy for food choices

By Eduardo Madrigal
Flapjack Chronicle staff

Salsa Grill at The Depot.

The Depot:  KHSU plays on the background.  Students enjoy their meals, chat about classes, friends, news topics, and concerns. Is one of these concerns worrying about eating healthily?

“I don’t very much; honestly it’s just more about convenience,” said Matt McCammon, 19, an engineering major, while eating an egg muffin for breakfast behind his laptop screen.

McCammon believed he does not eat the recommended portions from each food group while on campus.
“Definitely not, when I eat at home it’s usually a lot better than at school,” he said.

McCammon said he does not worry much about caloric intake while eating on campus but he does when he is at home.

“Not at The Depot, but at my house I do.” he said. “It’s not like I measure everything out, I just make sure not to eat bad.”

McCammon also believes his friends face the same situation.

“They’re probably in about the same boat as I am,” he said. “It’s just more about trying to get something to eat quickly between classes than it is to eat something healthy.”

Jose Pasillas, 22, a business major, and The Depot employee, also believes not many people worry about eating healthily.

“There are a lot of people that do, but not the majority,” he said while enjoying his morning coffee.

Pasillas said the most popular food items sold at The Depot are quesadillas, hamburgers, pizza, orange chicken, coffee and another drinkable favorite:

“Beer.  I work at Muddy Waters, so I see a lot of beer being sold, a lot,” he said.

Pasillas said he observed that the majority of the people who make healthier eating decisions are women.  He also said he wondered how many of The Depot’s clients eat greasy and junk food and are able to keep lean figures.

“They might have a fast metabolism or they might work out,” he said. “I don’t know how they do it but I find that interesting.”

There are many greasy foods on campus but there are also better options.

“I do think there are many healthy food options at College Creek Market, and I commend the campus for offering a salad bar at all of the main food venues on campus,” said Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Jennifer Sanford, who works often with students at the Student Health Center on campus.
Sanford also spoke of the benefits of a healthier diet.
“Food fuels the brain and the body,” she said. “What we put into our systems has direct effects on our health, our moods, and our waistlines.”
Sanford encourages students that are seeking more information on healthy diets to speak to a local dietician.

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