Writing Exercise #5

Prompt: What choices do you make in terms of food/nutrition/product use and consumption that may have an impact on your microbial communities? Consider choices that are intentional and choices that are perhaps non-intentional.

As a college student I find it hard to keep up a healthy and consistent diet, I unintentionally eat a lot of fast food and best believe I always beat myself up for choosing Mcdonalds over a healthy salad at Market of Choice. Unfortunately due to a crunch in time, lack of money, and an unhealthy eating schedule I choose the cheapest most filling meal rather than a healthy meal. It took a little bit of research to find that, “diet full of high fat and high sugar foods – items found in most fast foods – can lead to an unhealthy gut microbiome.” Who knew right?! It’s no wonder why my stomach is always upset with me. Intentionally, I always aim to be healthy by meal prepping or buying from local businesses around Corvallis. When I have weeks of healthy home cooked food I notice multiple positive changes both physically and mentally this is because all the fresh produce (Vegetables and fruits) and low fat food makes for a diverse gut bacteria which has been associated with leanness, as well as protection from many diseases.


Curley, C. (2021, April 22). How fast foods harm your gut microbiome. Healthline. Retrieved October 31, 2021, from https://www.healthline.com/health-news/fast-foods-harm-your-gut-microbiome-what-you-should-eat-instead#What-to-eat-for-a-healthy-microbiome.

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