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Living Healthy at DePaul

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The kind of healthy lifestyle that I lead: I can tell you that I had 2 cookies on my lap when I took this picture.
If you’ve basically anything that I’ve ever written for DeBlogs, you know I love my food. I’ve probably said the phrase “This would be better if it were fried” over 70 times in the past two years. In fact, one of my top five favorites foods is deep-fried cheese curds​ (I’m from Wisconsin). A few months ago, I literally sent a letter to DePaul Dining Services​ asking them to bring back the Burning Love burger, which is topped with pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo, and deep-fried jalapeño poppers. Because I’m so influential, they brought the burger back (just kidding, they emailed me back and told me it was already scheduled to be the special for the week of Valentine’s Day). But when I’m not eating Nutella​ out of the jar with a spoon, I try to live a healthy-ish lifestyle. And DePaul and Lincoln Park make that pretty easy.

Like I’ve been saying, I’m fully aware that I literally only post about foods that are either fried or covered in cheese, but DePaul actually offers a ton of healthier options​ (and they also have recently started selling egg-free cookie dough in little cups, so I can feel like a rule breaker without worrying about salmonella​). In addition to an impressively extensive salad bar, DePaul sells some pretty delicious sushi. I generally avoid seafood like the plague, so I typically opt for the veggie rolls, which substitute avocado for crab. For those who always opt for veggies over meat, it seems like they’re always adding new vegan and vegetarian options.


How am I supposed to concentrate on working out and my healthy lifestyle when I could get a meatball sub downstairs!?
The only reason that I still fit into my jeans after eating the way I do is because of the Ray​, DePaul’s on-campus gym. They have basically anything you could ever need: a pool, a track, racquetball courts, basketball courts, weights, and tons of workout machines. The Ray also offers a bunch of group fitness options​, if that’s more your style. If you’re looking for something more individualized, you can also hire a personal trainer​. My only complaint about the Ray is that the Bean​, essentially a smoothie and sandwich shop, is basically inside the gym. More than a few people go to the gym just to go to the Bean. But the whole time while I’m jogging (most likely subconsciously trying to run away from all the fried foods I’ve eaten), all I can smell is the scent of bacon and pizza coming from the Bean. It’s brutal. Still, the Bean sells a lot of healthy-oriented food, so I'll let it slide for now. 

Especially now that it’s getting warmer out, I sometimes skip the gym and decide to go for a run along the beach instead. Just to stay more active, I usually try to walk everywhere instead of jumping on the L​. I’m just lucky that Lincoln Park is so nice to walk around and that there are so many ice cream shops within walking distance.​ It all balances out in the end.