Teenage Life

Eat Your Veggies

With Mad Cow Disease, meat plants using sick or dead cattle, higher chances of getting cancer and heart disease, it’s no wonder more people are “going vegetarian”. I myself have “gone vegetarian” and it isn’t the easiest thing to do. If you’re strict, you find yourself looking at every ingredient on the food label and seven out of ten times, it has meat products in it.
Then people start to get worried about your health. Over the past few months, at least once a week I’ve heard: “You are looking paler”, “Your hair is limp-looking”, or “At your age, your body needs the proteins you get from eating meat”. I’ve heard them all. I know these facts are the truth, but I really want to stick with my meat-free diet. This article is dedicated to vegetarians who are looking for meat substitutes or for people who want to become vegetarians and need help looking for the proper nutrients.
Your body needs iron to build red blood cells, help cells work, carry oxygen to parts of your body and to help your brain function. To get a good amount of iron without eating meat you should eat dried beans, spinach, chard, beet greens, bulgar, dried fruit, lentils, nuts and seeds, eggs and whole grain products.
You need protein to help your bones develop, help repair broken tissues, and to get energy when other energy sources aren’t at hand. Good vegetarian sources of protein come from lentils, tofu, low-fat dairy products, nuts and seeds, tempeh, peas, whole grain bread, greens, potatoes, pasta, and corn.
Here are a couple of delicious vegetarian recipes that you can make at home:

Easy Four Cheese Lasagna

You will need:
-1 (16 ounce) package of lasagna noodles
-1 (26 ounce) can of spaghetti sauce
-1 pound cottage cheese
-8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
-8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
-1 cup grated parmesan cheese

What you will have to do:
-Preheat oven to 375ºF (190 ºC)
-Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until firm; drain
-In a blender or with an electric mixer, blend tomato sauce and cottage cheese together until smooth. Spoon a little of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9 inch x 13 inch baking dish. Place a layer of the cooked noodles over the sauce, and sprinkle a portion of the mozzarella, the cheddar, and the parmesan cheese over the noodles. Repeat layering of sauce, noodles and cheese. Finish with a cheese layer.
-Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and golden.

Baked Tofu Spinach Wrap

You will need:
-2 (10 inch) whole wheat tortillas
-1 (7.5 ounce) package of hickory-flavoured
-1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
-1 cup fresh baby spinach
-1 tablespoon Ranch dressing (optional)
-1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese (optional)

What you have to do:
Place tortillas side by side on a plate. Slice tofu and place slices down the center of each tortilla . Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the tofu. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for about 45 seconds or until cheese is melted.
Pile some spinach onto each tortilla and pour Ranch dressing. Sprinkle on parmesan cheese and roll tortillas. Eat and enjoy.

Avoiding butcher shop windows, trying not to lecture friends at BBQ’s, and getting through Thanksgiving dinners; it ain’t easy. Maintaining your weight, avoiding heart disease, knowing you aren’t one of those people who eats brutally slaughtered animals…it’s worth it! -Ellis Berman

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A Lazy Girl’s Experience: Training For a 5K Run
(Name Withheld to Protect the Innocent) (me)

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty lazy. I avoid extra work like the plague. However, I’ve come to understand that avoiding extra work usually creates more work or extra problems, and can be very time-consuming. (Taking off my pants before my shoes usually results in a weird, hopping dance in my underwear. More often than not I end up falling on the floor, but that’s okay, because my fall is cushioned by a pile of dirty laundry I was too lazy to bring downstairs.)
I have to admit I’m not a couch potato; I don’t really watch T.V. I do well in school if I want to, and won’t complain too much if I have to get up early for something, even though sleeping in is my best friend. But there’s something about strenuous physical exercise that I just don’t get. Especially running. If it’s not for your life, why do it? It just doesn’t make sense to me to run around in circles, losing breath and getting sweaty and tired.
All of my values, morals, thoughts and motivation can be divided into two parts of my self; my Lazy Self, and my Self-Improvement self. There is a constant battle between the two; especially when it comes to exercise. I know it’s good for you, and I wish I was more active, but my Lazy-Self is always there to tell my Self-Improvement self that it’s a waste of time and that I should work more on my slouching. My lazy self usually gets me out of most jams, like when I want to start exercising, and always comes up with good excuses to hit the snooze button on Friday mornings. My Lazy Self can usually make me feel pretty proud of my past accomplishments, which it hindered, and makes me feel good about slouching. “You’re
such a master sloucher.” It coos. “Master slouchers don’t run, it’s blasphemy to their code.”

I hate running. I don’t mind if other people do it, but I can’t. The only reason I would run would be if I were being chased by a crazy woman around a subway station, and even then it would take some persuasion. I avoid running as much as possible. I will miss buses to avoid running. I have - it’s time to face it - a fear of running.
Which is why I surprised myself and lots of other people when I let myself be persuaded into running the CIBC Run for The Cure. And then I got the idea into my head that I wouldn’t just walk the 5k, I would run it. I don’t know what possessed me, I think ol’ Lazy Self was having a nap. I guess I decided to do it partly because I wanted to get in shape, partly because I wanted to do the best I could, and partly because I didn’t want my younger sister, who has a high stamina for running long-distance, to out-run me. At least, I told myself, I would match her pace.
(At this point my lazy-self had decided to abandon me, and refused to persuade me back to my old, slouchy, self. I think it was mad).
I found a plan on the Internet that outlined how to train for a 5k run in five weeks. For example, the first week, I was to alternate every minute between running and walking for twenty minutes, the next week between running every two minutes, and so on, until I got up to a 12 minute run, 12 minute walk. That didn’t seem too bad to me;s after all, one minute was nothing, right?
I must have been really out of shape, because one minute amounted to a lot more than nothing. But I decided to keep a log to track my progress-or, which side of my brain was winning.

Week One: I started on Labour Day. Self-Improvement Self persuaded me to go for a run with my younger sister. It was supposed to last for twenty minutes; we came back after forty. This was not good. I didn’t feel it that day. In fact, I felt great!
But the next morning…

Even though my muscles were sore, Self-Improvement thought I should attempt the muscle exercises. Big mistake! By the next day, I was so sore I had to take the rest of the week off of training.

Week 2: Lazy Self thought that I shouldn’t make the same mistake twice, so I took it slow. Really slow. Actually, I only ran once. But my muscles felt better.

Week 3: I could feel the battle getting harder. I ran twice, and I did the muscle exercises, too. Lazy Self allowed me to think I was back on track until it dropped its bomb.

Week 4: I got sick. Even though I tried to get out and run, Lazy Self thought I should take it easy. The weather was cold, and my head hurt. It seemed like a good idea to stop until I was better, thinking it was just a head cold and that I’d feel better in a few days.

So far I didn’t really have much progress to report. Actually, keeping a log was rather discouraging, and made me realize how much control the lazy side of my brain had over me. So I scrapped that idea. In the end, I just decided to do the best I could at the race when it came along, and to focus on raising more money for the cause. That way, at least I wouldn’t hurt myself.

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