Fad Diets

This fad diet is called the Mediterranean diet, it is from southern Europe and focuses on the eating habits of those from Crete, Greece, and southern Italy. This diet is based heavily on lots of plant based foods, fruits for dessert, beans, nuts, whole grain, seeds, and olive oil as the main source of fat. The main source of dairy is yogurt and cheese, for protein it Is mostly fish and chicken with little amounts of red meat. 4 eggs a week are also recommended. Also wine is encouraged to be drunken in small to moderate amounts.
The Mediterranean diet is actually considered the worlds healthiest diet which may result in its popularity. Currently, south France, Spain, and Portugal practice this diet regularly despite the fact that Portugal does not even touch the Mediterranean sea. The fact that wine is encouraged could also result in how popular it is. People who have researched this diet have also concluded that this diet is less expensive compared to western oriented diets
There are certain cons to this diet, those being that when the Mediterranean diet it being explained it uses terms as measurements. For example, the words like “low to moderate”, “often”, and “abundance” do not give exact amounts which may confuse those starting this diet. Also, wine is very encouraged in this diet, however, many people are not able to do so, like those that are underage, pregnant, or on certain medication.
Long terms effects of eating based on this diet are less risk of cancer and less likely to have heart disease.
Personally I do not think I could keep up to this diet for long, although there is a large variety of foods that are available that fit this diet I cannot see myself eating a lost of beans and greens, I think there are easier diets to follow such as the keto diet for example.xa

March-April Lab Reflection

Although this reflection is slightly different from the last due to spring break, it does not take away from the labs my group and I worked on during this past months. For this reflection I chose to reflect on the Gaufre de Bruxelles. I chose this lab because I have never been big on breakfast foods, especially waffles but I actually found these quite enjoyable compared to my past experiences with lower quality waffles such as Eggo. I think the waffles turned out the way as hoped, they had really nice browning to add a crunch, however the biggest downfall to the recipe I found was that the waffles were really rich and oily. With all of the labs I did with my group I think we always work well together. My group members were all quite familiar with the expectation for a waffle. Its always a pleasure to work with a group who will either volunteer or delegate tasks in a polite way, making the lab go by efficiently. If I had the opportunity to do this lab again I would love to experiment with this recipe incorporating it in a savory meal like with bacon for breakfast or chicken and waffles which is something I have heard a lot about and is usually highly recommended.



Does Coffee Stunt our Growth?

The age old question, does coffee stunt your growth? I’m sure everyone has heard their parents say “don’t drink coffee until you’re done growing or else you wont grow to be tall.” But how true exactly is a statement such as this one? According to a parenting website its actually not true at all. Babycenter says that although children under the age of 12 shouldn’t be drinking coffee anyways but even if it is consumed it well not stunt a child’s growth. With that being said coffee still has many unwanted side effects that an adult may want but is not meant for a child. in summary coffee is simply not healthy for a child but although it wont stunt growth, inadequate nutrition can cause a child’s growth to happen at a small rate than average. Secondly, the Harvard medical school also disagrees with this misconception. First of all there is no actually proof this is true to begin with. They also mention that most people have already reached the peak of their height by the time they start drinking coffee regularly. They say that this rumor is around due to the fact it was believed to cause osteoporosis but this was debunked because osteoporosis does not directly make people short. Although they do mention that caffeine increases the rate your body eliminates calcium and lack of calcium can contribute to osteoporosis, the connection is too slim to exactly pinpoint the cause of the problem to coffee. To conclude, the myth that coffee stunts your growth is indeed incorrect. Coffee does cause our bodies to do other things like make us less tired, more hyper, and raise our heart rate but it does not make us not grow. If you had to blame anything on your either lack of height or too much of it, it would be your parents since our heights mostly come from our genes, so keep on drinking that cup of joe in the morning!

Harvard Health Publishing. “Can Coffee Really Stunt Your Growth?” Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/can-coffee-really-stunt-your-growth.

BabyCenter Editorial Team. “Is It True That Caffeine Can Stunt a Child’s Growth?” BabyCenter, 9 Mar. 2018, www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-true-that-caffeine-can-stunt-a-childs-growth_10310763.bc.


February Lab Refletion

For this months lab review I decided to choose the biscuits and gravy. I chose this recipe due the simplicity of it, other than the cheese in the biscuits this recipe does not take too long to make. Especially with a recipe like this I can see my family and I actually eating this, of course not too often since this recipe really isn’t the healthiest option because of the fatty bacon and sausage. During this lab it was Mathew’s and I’s duty to work specifically on the gravy. I personally enjoyed this because I enjoy cooking more savory foods oppose to baking. While cooking the gravy the smell of the cooking meat was very strong which I found very pleasant however when adding the flour it took us by surprise how quickly the oils and fats thickened up. After trying our best to cook the gravy and despite following the recipe to the best of our ability our gravy did not turn out the way I pictured due to the fact that the gravy was really thick compared to most southern-style gravy this probably occurred due to over stirring while on the stove which over time kept evaporating the milk leaving us with more of a paste then a sauce as our final product. Shortly before this lab we were instructed to move table groups, in hopes of meeting and working with a new group of people, although this is an assumption, I don’t think that previous to this class any of us were really that great of friends or even friends to begin with. With that being said, this lab, being one of our first labs actually turned out pretty well from a team standpoint. I found everyone to be really nice and it was nice that none of them were afraid to start or engage in a conversation. Because of all this I found with this lab and even the other labs they were successful because we were able to delegate jobs and tasks and during every lab someone is always willing to do dishes or other duties without being asked during times where not all four people were needed for the lab. After seeing the final project I wouldn’t mind trying the other half of this lab, that being the biscuit, Yulia and Aly did a great job so I would like to see if mine could look or taste similar. However with the gravy I would defiantly want to either add more milk or time myself properly to ensure that the gravy’s overall consistency is how it is not only preferred but expected. Overall personally I enjoyed this lab because of the not only the end result but working with my group.

Safety Cheat Sheet


When cooking and a fire get out of hand, cover the fire. This will suffocate the flame and put it out. A flat baking sheet is suggested.


Pouring cold water over the burn immediately after being affect will help the burn from continuing and heal faster


Never mix chemicals unless being instructed. The results may be very dangerous

Slips Trips and Falls

Always wear suitable footwear in the kitchen, especially if carrying something hot or heavy


The proper knife grip will ensure the safest way to cut.

Heavy Lifting 

Know your limit. If you need helping with something heavy there’s no shame in asking

Food Poisoning 

To avoid food poisoning always use the freshest ingredients

Waste Management 

To avoid large amounts of waste double check your recipe to avoid mistakes


Personal Hygiene

Always wash your hands when cooking. Wash with warm soapy water for about a minute.