My father always said that there are two ways to live. You can live to eat or you can eat to live. Food is an important part of our family traditions so we all tend to lean on the “live to eat” side, as do many others. I have tasted many different flavors, combinations, and textures and have learned that, if prepared well, anything can be good. Despite the variety of tastes available to us, there are two flavors that are craved the most among humans: salty and sweet.
There is such a strong attraction between these two flavors that often drive our love of food. I have these cravings as much as the next person, and over the years I have finalized two intriguing observations of this phenomenon:
Photos by Madison Herel and Words by Kiersten Utegg
It was finally January—the first month of the year, the first month of a new semester, and the first month for new beginnings. Many people around the world kick off the month of January with good intentions, the most popular being the effort to stay healthy. I made that New Years resolution myself this year. After coming home from college for winter break, eating my mother’s delicious meals that ranged from sizzling salmon to lean meats accompanied by lush, colorful vegetables, I realized just how terrible my college diet had become. I exercised almost every day and hardly ate any processed foods at home and by the end of my three-week stint, I felt more energized and lively than I had in weeks.
The life of a typical student rarely revolves around what’s healthy: staying up into the early morning hours, waking up just in time to make it to your 8:00am class, pulling all-night cram sessions for that exam tomorrow, and partying Thursday evening through Sunday morning aren’t usually the recommended activities for a sound mind and body. Along with this lifestyle comes a laissez faire attitude towards food—an “I’ll take what I can get for the cheapest I can find it” outlook. Unfortunately, this stance is not terribly conducive to a nutritious diet, and consequently the average college student isn’t getting the nutrients he or she needs most.
While we here at TasteBUds might be a little obsessed with cupcakes and all things deep-fried, every once in a while we like to look around and see what the healthier half of the foodie kingdom is up to. We’ve all seen our fair share of popular diets and cleanses, each one eventually fading into obscurity. However, over the past few years two dietary movements have been embraced with unprecedented gusto and are gaining traction with the general public.