Well, I thought it would never happen, but I’ve decided on a college and as it turns out, I’ll be studying abroad in England for the first year.
That got me thinking, what will the food be like in England? Healthier? Less junk food? More tea? I wish there was a NuVal app on my phone I could take to the UK with me!
So, I did a little research, the websites did say that generally, people in England are very accommodating to diets, and there are a lot of vegetarians! Another website said “People in England eat more fruit and vegetables and less salt and fat, reducing heart disease and some cancers, say Oxford University experts.” So that’s really promising!
Also, tea is a huge deal over there, so I went to the NuVal website and saw that I can trade up from Coca Cola (1) to Arizona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng (35). I’m not sure if they drink a whole lot of iced tea over in Britain, but that’s a promising trade up!
One thing I will miss is the Minnesota apples in the fall, especially honey crisp apples. I suppose I could just eat applesauce, but the NuVal website informs me that Mott’s Plain Regular Original Applesauce is a 4 while fresh apples are a 96. Maybe my family can mail me a few honey crisps? They might end up as applesauce in transit though…
Anyways, I’m looking forward to trying new things and hopefully staying healthy!
P.s. Watch my “Stalker” video and trade up for health!
I feel like I say this on every post, but my GOODNESS have I been busy!
The high school play “Little Shop of Horrors” just ended, and I was a lead! The play went really well, and it’s kind of funny how it relates: it’s all about an alien plant who eats people, and my favorite NuVal® saying is “the closer to nature, the healthier,” except this time nature is eating the people. That’s kind of macabre now that I read that sentence. Oh well!
The musical was a hilarious! On Saturday we had two shows, so in between the whole cast and crew scattered to find food. I went to Val’s (burger joint), which may not be the healthiest, but keeping NuVal® in mind, I made sure to order extra vegetables for my burger! I was impressed by other members of my cast who selected Subway® because they said it was healthier. Way to trade up!!
I think that “it’s healthier” mood has really been pervading the school lately. With the spring weather, people are starting to go out and exercise more and healthiness seems to be a theme in a lot of conversations. One of my friends told me just yesterday he was trying to eat healthier so he could be his best in track. This is all very encouraging! Health is in the air!Yours, Lydia
P.s. Watch my latest video! Enjoy!
Hello! As promised, I interviewed Mr. Schulte who is in charge of the NuVal® competition at Sartell High School. Here it is!
Lydia: Tell us about the NuVal® competition.
Schulte: The concept is to encourage people to trade up everyday and to document that trade up.
Lydia: Has there been a lot of student participation?
Schulte: Actually, we were overwhelmed the first day with over 150 students who signed up for the contest.
Lydia: Do you think this will raise awareness about NuVal® in school?
Schulte: Yes, I think it forces students to juxtapose foods against each other based on NuVal® scores and nine times out of ten, NuVal scores win.
Lydia: Awesome, any final words?
Schulte: It takes time for students to trust and understand the nuances of the NuVal® system, but a contest like this helps them to see the system at work and rewards healthy choices.
So there you have it! Students can win twice by eating better and then getting a gift card!
p.s. Here is another video called NuVal® Basketball! Keeping with the spirit of winning, of course!
“You don’t have to take the edges off, it’s an UNcrustable!!” This is my favorite lunch quote of the week by my friend Jake. He is really confounded at Abbie’s practice of removing the edges of her PB&J sandwiches, even when they are manufactured to not have crust.
PB&J and a cheese stick is one of our daily “alternative” choices to hot lunch, along with sub sandwiches, yogurt and sunflower seeds (a weird combo, but apparently nutritious), and my personal favorite, salad in a box. The box is the bane of my existence because once it pops open it will NOT shut, but I like what’s inside! Everything scores pretty high: carrots, lettuce, spinach, turkey, cheese, and tomatoes. I try really hard to eat the tomatoes because I read somewhere that they reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, but let’s face it, they are the most disgusting things ever.
Today we got some NuVal® news via the PA system; there is going to be a NuVal® contest! Apparently, students are encouraged to “trade up” foods for higher scoring alternatives and record their trade up decisions on one of four posters in the commons area. Then they’ll write down their names and be entered into daily drawings for gift cards to Liquid Assets, Cherry Berry and Target! There’s even a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire! I wonder if I can get in on this, seeing as I bring my own lunch…we shall see! I will also have to question Mr. Schulte, who is running the competition, about the details of the contest, such as brackets.
I’ll keep you updated!