We Want Our Lunch!

How are us students supposed to focus on our work when we have an empty stomach screaming at us? Why are classes an hour long when lunch is only a half an hour long? In six hours of working hard, we are allowed only thirty minutes for a lunch break. In this short thirty minute time period, we also have to use the restroom, wash our hands and stand in cafeteria lines to receive our food. In France and other countries, students are allowed one to two hours to enjoy their meals. U.S. lunches should be extended.

Hunger affects students capability of the work we produce. USA Today says hungry students are more prone to behavior problems, stomach aches, headaches and are less able to concentrate in class. Forty percent of high school aged children skip breakfast in the morning, due to minimal getting ready time, says PBA 30. With no breakfast there is a loss of energy and math scores are lower. These children cannot meet their daily nutritional needs and keep their bodies at a healthy weight.

If lunches were extended, we would have enough time to sit down and eat the daily nutrition we need to fight off illnesses and not miss a single school day. Research shows that eating food really fast can lead to actually eating more calories, enjoying the meal less, and feeling hungrier an hour later. What ever happened to sitting down and just enjoying a meal? Healthier foods usually take a longer time period to eat. Consuming more calories of the wrong fats leads to obesity. A third of children (25 million) are overweight. This is shown by government statistics.

It is not just students who would enjoy a longer lunch period. Many of my teachers have agreed with me that a change like this would be very beneficial. If we had a longer break during lunch, there would absolutely be less chatter during classes and periods such as extra help. Student would have more energy to put into their work, less illnesses, better over all grades and a more enjoyable school day.

 

History of Food: Pasta

The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.

 

If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.

 

Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.

 

Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.

 

Is Hollywood Running out of Ideas?

Movies. That word could get anyone excited. Who doesn’t love to spend a couple hours at the movie theater, eating popcorn and watching a new flick. There are so many different genres that could suit anyone’s taste. Whether you enjoy horror, comedy, action, etc. the movies is a great way to get away. However, it seems that Hollywood may be running out of good ideas.

I don’t think that I am the only person who has noticed this dilemma. Lots of people have complained how “stupid” and “overdone” Hollywood’s new releases are. For example, a movie coming out soon is called “Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters”. Doesn’t that sound just a little cheesy? There have been so many parodies of classic stories already made, but adding a monster theme to it? Wow. I will not seeing that movie.

There have also been way too many releases of old movies in 3D. I’m not going to lie, I love a good 3D movie, but if every movie released by a film company is a re- release it gets a little bit old. I don’t think that a re- release pulls in as much profit as a fresh movie, but that is just my opinion.

One more thought. I used to enjoy those funny, animated animal movies when I was a little kid. But whenever I see one of those trailers on television, it looks like the exact same movie. The same old tired plots and jokes flash across the screen. But wait! Adam Sandler and Katy Perry voice the animals! Wow that is a MUST see!

Hollywood, I feel like I have seen half the movies that have not been released yet. Can you please stop the sequels and prequels and come out with something new? That hasn’t been done yet? If this is the movie business today, what will it look like in the future? It would not surprise me if when I’m an adult they’re making Madagascar 16. Can’t wait to pay and see that!