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Eliana’s Advice: Addictions, exercise, and home-cooked meals

Published: November 8, 2013
Section: Opinions

Dear Eliana,

I am always so hungry, but I just can’t seem to find good food to eat. I never seem to have time to go to Sherman, and the pre-made food is just not up to my standards. How do I feed myself?


Dear Hungry,

I understand where you are coming from. There is all of this food on campus, but none of it has the good old taste of love in it. Sometimes you just have to try everything in the C-store before you find the one pre-made dish that is you like. If all else fails, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and cereal, because those things are all very hard to ruin. If you really wanted to, you could also buy your own food to keep in your room, and if you have a microwave, you can cook practically anything in the comfort of your dorm. Most buildings also have a kitchen you could use for more complicated things. I think your best bet is eating simple food, buying your own groceries and teaching yourself to cook so you can make some food you know you love. Keep eating!


Dear Eliana,

Ever since this semester started, I have become slightly more addicted to Diet Coke and cigarettes. I know that neither of these things are healthy, but now that I’ve started I’m having trouble stopping. How can I stop my bad habits and are there any alternatives?


Dear Addicted,

College can be stressful, so everyone finds ways to keep themselves going. I am not an expert on smoking or addictions, so I would strongly recommend the Health Center or a doctor. However, lots of students turn to coffee, which really isn’t very healthy for you, but the caffeine might help. Too much of anything is going to be a problem, so you just need to be careful and monitor yourself. Don’t give up on trying to stay healthy!


Dear Eliana,

Now that it is winter, it is getting way too cold to walk all the way to the gym or basically go outside at all. How can I stay in shape when it’s really cold out?

-I Need Exercise

Dear I Need Exercise,

In the winter I would suggest changing your workout to exercises you can do in your dorm like sit-ups, push-ups and other activities that don’t require equipment. The internet has many suggestions. If you’d rather go on a treadmill, some of the dorms have a few that would more likely be closer to you. Or you could just run to all of your classes.


Dear Eliana,

I waste a ton of time on social media like Facebook and Twitter, but I don’t even feel any closer to my friends. I’m worried that social media is actually making my social life worse. What can I do?


Dear Antisocial,

I understand how addicting those types of websites can be, and too much screen time can become a problem. To start, I would suggest limiting the amount of time you spend on social media a day. Make sure you are using all the extra time this will give you to interact with your friends in person. Once you actually get closer to your friends, you probably won’t feel as strong a need for the internet. You just need to put in some extra effort.


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