Junk Food Lessons
Friday, March 01, 2013
This week was the busiest in the entire school year. Since I took over the dying German program at my high school 7 years ago and revived it from 45 students to 120, from 3 classes to 5, I've been tirelessly promoting it. This week was our Enrollment Fair, where we invited the 8th graders to our school and advertised all the academic and extracurricular offerings, hoping to attract many of them. (Our district has open enrollment, so this is crucial every year.)
For me, that is the most important day of the year to let people know about our program. My students and I made 250 treat bags with candy and fliers, decorated the area with 45s, CDs, and posters (the theme was Rock Star), and manned the booth for 1 1/2 hours to talk about the fun stuff we do, including the biannual exchange with Germany. At the end, we were exhausted, but we got lots of positive responses.
I knew it was going to be exhausting, so I gave myself permission to slack off a bit on my plan. I didn't exercise until tonight, and I did have some junk food (chicken nuggets, school lunch, a chicken burrito, and a convenience store sandwich - nothing terribly bad, but still carb heavy and not exactly healthy).
Here is the interesting part: I picked some of my formerly favorite items, but they didn't even taste that good to me. The nuggets tasted artificial, the chicken burrito too floury, and the sandwich, even though it was good, was way too much; I could have done with half of it.
So, the moral of the story: After eating healthy foods for a while, junk food really doesn't taste very good anymore. I'm really glad I allowed myself to have some junk food this week, otherwise I would have kept craving it. Now, it's not even appealing to me anymore. Tomorrow I'm buying fresh fruits and veggies!