Food

New Year’s Foodie Resolutions

Quench couldn’t let the turning of a decade go by without setting some extra-special foodie resolutions.

Veganuary

Words by Ellie Hutchings

For the last couple of years, Veganuary has had a surge in popularity. As a vegetarian already, it seemed only natural that I give it go. I know a handful of people who’ve become full-time vegans after trying Veganuary and, for me, that’s all the more reason to give it a go. With the rise of climate action since the formation of Extinction Rebellion, I’m becoming ever more conscious about eating an environmentally friendly diet.

Plus, this plant-based New Year’s resolution will go hand in hand with kicking a long-overdue habit of eating out – time to save the student bank account!

Cutting the Carbs

Words by Muskan Arora

I’m sure we’ve all been there with our resolution lists at the ready for the new year, but with the turning of the decade, I felt it was time my list included an extra-ambitious foodie resolution. I’m cutting the carbs. Cliché, I know.

As students, I’ve realised how ignorant we become of our health as we get in the habit of eating so much junk food. It may fill us up, but junk food is starving us of nutrition and instead dumping a large amount of extra carbs and fats onto our bodies. It also increases the chances of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver diseases and obesity, especially among the youth.

Eating junk food once in a while is fine but it’s always better to eat nutritious food. With this year’s carb-cutting, not only will I lose weight, but I’ll also make my body happy.

French Cuisine

Words by Peter Wolinski

Being classically trained in French fine dining doesn’t really pair with student life. So far I haven’t juggled the two very well, being on a student budget and all. I basically live off spag bol.

In 2020, I’d like to get back to cooking the finer things again and be able to cook French food as much as possible within the bank balance. I’m thinking luxurious sauces, pints o’ cream with added butter, maybe even some game from local markets.

A slightly more reluctant, yet I’m sure relatable resolution, is to cut down on the weekly KFCs… Hangovers are going to need a different cure, unfortunately.

Less Processed Foods

Words by Sarah Belger

A general plan to ‘eat healthier’ in the new year can be difficult to stick to in practice as everyone has different ideas about what they consider healthy. It can therefore be easier to focus on one unhealthy aspect of our diet, which for me is the high quantity of processed foods that feature. Cooking with fresh ingredients, whether they’re stereotypically ‘healthy’ or not, is likely to improve our diet.

Instead of sugary breakfast cereals, try porridge with fruit and honey; choose homemade chips instead of frozen; learn to make a simple pasta sauce rather than relying on packet sauces. What we’re eating doesn’t have to change, but dedicating a little more time to home-cooking could make a world of difference to our health.

Vegetarianism

Words by Luke Griffiths

The goal for this year is vegetarianism. The desire for change has come from the impact our eating habits are having on our environment: from mass farming and deforestation to poor animal culling practices. The arrival of the new climate change centre in Cardiff, along with the addition of the Extinction Rebellion Society, has really emphasised the need for change.

However, cutting meat from your diet is a big adjustment and so to increase the likelihood of success, this goal will not be achieved in one day, but over the course of the year. To begin with, I have identified my main meats: beef, lamb, chicken, pork and fish. I plan to periodically eliminate these meats from my diet one by one throughout the year.

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