Organic Food This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

      Growing up I never got to have chocolate milk or soda. While other kids brought grape jelly sandwiches on Wonder bread, I had whole-grain bread with turkey, cheese, lettuce and Dijon mustard.

These days, I make more of my own food decisions and I choose to eat healthy: salads if I can, juice, and organic food. Despite this, I cannot help feeling a little abnormal about how I grew up. Granted, I am not sorry that the idea of healthy eating was instilled in me at an early age. I know many who say they are trying to lose weight yet choose fries, soda and a bag of candy for lunch, which makes me shake my head and want to rip something apart (a common reaction to ignorance).

But during my teenage years, I find myself irrationally floating toward Gushers, Fruit Rollups, and sometimes - out of morbid curiosity - Spam. I think it’s an odd type of pent-up childhood junk-food deprivation trauma. Having been denied all these processed, more-chemical-than-natural foods, I seem to be trying to compensate with cravings that hit at the oddest of times.

The first semester freshman year I was in algebra, the class that interested me the least. While zoning out, a craving hit me between the eyes like a drunken bat strapped to a lead propeller blade. Breakfast sausages, I thought. I must have breakfast sausages! By the time the bell finally rang, I was so limp from deprivation that my friend drew a sausage and had me follow it out of the classroom.

I made a frantic call to my mother, begging her to pick up sausages on her way home. The next day, I carried a Ziploc bag of said sausages with me the entire school day, just in case.

Thankfully, such a craving has not hit again and, except for going through a Spaghetti-O’s phase, I’ve been basically process-free, and like it that way.

My healthy eating habits are one of my greatest strengths, and that’s not going to change. I may have felt weird sitting in the cafeteria eating whole grain as a kid but now, when the national media is screaming about childhood obesity, I can take a bite of my organic tofu salad, and smile.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 7:31 am
i love this so much!
rheame said...
Aug. 24, 2013 at 9:06 am
wow, just wow! i think i need to learn a lesson from you .though i am nnot obese,i think i need toget healthier  
DarkEyes said...
Dec. 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm
"a craving hit me between the eyes like a drunken bat strapped to a lead propeller blade." Lol, loved your comparison! It surprised some laughter out of me. I'm the kind of person who loves eating junk food and sugary drinks, but i have a good sense of where to stop, and exercise often. I admire your eating habits, that would take some stregth for me. Great job!
shapeshifter56 said...
Nov. 12, 2012 at 12:36 am
Oh my gosh! I know exactly how that feels! My mom has always been way into healthy eating! So, I know all about organic, non-prossed, chemical free eating! One of my sisters was found to be allergic to gluten when I was in first grade, and that was a real eye-opener for my family. Many different foods and ingredients were eschewed from our diet, and so I totally know what you mean about eating differently than everybody else! And I can definitely relate to that whole "junk-food deprivation ... (more »)
shapeshifter56 replied...
Nov. 12, 2012 at 12:38 am
Oops. I meant "processed" not "prossed". Definitely got a little excited there lol.
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