I am always hungry. Every day, when I come home from school, I am famished, needing food. Typically, as soon as I walk through the front door of my house I head straight for the kitchen, were I treat myself to a large snack. I then continue to start my homework for about an hour and a half and then at 7:00 pm my family and I sit down for dinner. Usually, I eat two helpings of dinner, and then have a small bowl of ice cream, or a piece of fruit. After dinner, I complete the rest of my homework, and then head straight for the kitchen, were I fetch myself a snack and go sit by the fire with my dad and read the newspaper, or study Spanish vocabulary words. If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed that in the span of three and half hours, I find a way to have two snacks and two helpings of dinner. Some of you might be saying, “How, in the name of God, do you need that much food!?” I would respond by saying, “I just get really hungry!” In fact, those of you who think I’m crazy, are not alone, due to the fact that my mother and father are constantly bugging me about how many snacks I have. Every night at dinner, my parents always ask me to have another helping of food, and tell me that I’m not allowed to have snacks later and I need to fill up now. I say, “Okay” and have another helping and am completely full at the end of dinner. For some odd reason, about an hour later I always find myself hungry again, craving a delicious snack. Sometimes, when I go to the kitchen to get a snack, my dad will say: “Sam, you’re not getting a snack are you? If you are hungry, you need to eat more dinner!” I am like, “dad, I ate so much dinner, how could you possibly want me to eat more? I am just always hungry!” I tend to win these arguments with my dad, and continue to eat my snacks. Recently, I began to notice that some of the snacks I am eating are not the healthiest of choices. For example, yesterday, I came home and had a banana split with hot fudge and sprinkles. And after dinner, I had a bag of salt and vinegar kettle chips. Actually, as I write, I’m eating a bag of cheese curls from whole foods, with a glass of orange juice. As you can tell, I don’t always make the best decision when it comes to choosing my snacks, but in my defense, these foods taste the best! Two months ago, I had the same argument when my parents came to me to inform me that I was eating too much junk food and I had to stop. My parents and I made a deal, and it was as follows: for one whole week, when I came home from school I would have to have a healthy, natural, and substantial snack. The options varied from a piece of fruit to dinner from the night before and I was strictly prohibited from having a bag of chips, or excessive amounts of ice cream with hot fudge. By the end of the week, I found myself much more energized and happy. Unfortunately, the next week I returned back to my usual diet and by the end of that week, I found myself irritable and tired. My parents helped me to understand the differences in the diets, and helped me notice the differences in my moods and energy levels. After that, I realized that it was time to make a change in my diet and to start to eat healthier. I have found, ever since, the my energy levels have continuously risen, and I feel much better when I wake up every morning. As you probably noticed above, I have recently fallen off the wagon and have begun to eat more and more unhealthy. Starting tomorrow, I am going to climb back onto the wagon, and am going to have a healthy snack when I get home. I challenge you to monitor your diets and hopefully, you will make the changes necessary, resulting in you feeling better!
Hi! I’m Sam Breault! I’m 15 and I attend the Fenn school.