Health and Wellness

Bulk Shopping Saves Calories

These days, it’s rare that I visit the grocery store more than once per week. There’s the time factor, to be sure. The cost savings associated with limited grocery shopping are also real. But I’ve found that infrequent shopping trips also have a health benefit.

When I stick to my list and don’t pick up junk items, it’s easy to stay on track. Simply stated, if the junk food’s not in the house, I can’t eat it!

Yes, I could easily get back in the car and visit the plethora of corner convenience stores, but the Walmart loyalist in me won’t allow willful acceptance of massive price markups.

What About Perishables?

I’ll admit that produce doesn’t do well when it sits around for a whole week. To combat rot, I instead buy fruits and veggies at the mid-week Farmer’s Market downtown. I can support local farmers and keep my waistline in check at the same time!

Sure, there are other downsides, too. But once-weekly grocery shopping has thus far contributed to my maintaining a healthier lifestyle, by preventing temptation to give into old cravings. ■

by Raul Lisneski
Health and Wellness Editor
Residential Life Magazine

Food and Dining, Work and Occupation

Two by Four

A friend I’ve known since grade school is an aspiring actress. She was an “extra” as early as age 16, and has had bit parts in a few TV shows, and a movie she says is set to come out this year.

She recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of a career in acting, and I know she’s going to make it. She came home for Christmas break, and we got to talking about the sacrifices that are sometimes necessary to get good roles. She’s facing one of those decisions right now.

One for the Team

fat woman considering whether she should overeat or exercise
Think it over

The studio wants her to gain 30 pounds. Now, this girl has been fit for as long as I can remember. She was a cheerleader in high school, and taught aerobics part-time once she turned 18. She always eats right and pays attention to her figure. Don’t get me wrong. She’s not a huge dieter, and she’s not vain. She just likes to keep fit and healthy. So I was floored when she said she’s probably going to gain the weight!

She brought up an interesting point, though, by saying that people gain and lose weight every year and don’t even think about it. She says she would be ‘smart’ about the weight gain, and not pig out on junk food to get there. Then, after the film is over, she plans to get right back down to where she is now. She said it’s a good role and she needs to make a name for herself, so has decided getting fat is worth it in this case.

For Love of the Job

I just think it’s interesting. I mean, I tend to put on at least 15 pounds in the winter (during what I call the “fat/sweater months”), and I don’t get anything out of it but a sour mood and bad attitude. At least she’s going to get paid, and hopefully this will open the door for something else.

I know her, and I know she’ll get the weight off, too. She does what she says she will. I just think it’s a different way to look at things. Kind of a reverse New Year’s resolution, I guess, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

by Samaris Nuñez