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Spring springs new diets


As snow starts to melt and temperatures start to rise, spring brings cheerful thoughts of flowers, sun, and people not having the fear of getting pneumonia every time they step outside. The new season is also bringing something else for Staples students: new diets.

Participants of a 2005 study conducted by Ockene and published in the journal Nature consumed an average of 86 more calories per day in the fall, as compared to the spring.

Students have also made this change, swapping out heavy food for lighter food as spring approaches.

Sarah Rountree ’14 said that she tends to eat more in the winter because her body needs more calories to compensate for the cold weather.

Nica Wardell ’15 said that her change to lighter food was not an intentional decision.

“No one probably makes a conscious decision and says, ‘it’s the first day of spring, time to cut back on the calories.’ It’s more natural than that,” she said.

However, for others, the decision to exchange comfort for nutrition was more deliberate.

Reni Forer ’15 is a lightweight rower, which means that she has to be under 130 lbs for races. For the spring season, she has to adjust her diet to make sure that she doesn’t gain too much weight while still remaining healthy.

Douglas Raigosa ’16 said that his activity level dictated his decision.

“I am more active in the warmer temperatures, [so] the greater calorie intake is preferred,” he said.

Jessica Chachra ’16 said that she changed her diet simply to avoid processed foods and gain a healthier lifestyle.

Lastly, for others, spring is just a warning that swimsuit season is right around the corner.

“The only reason I see to change your diet is to get ready for bikini season,” Olivia Troy ’17 said.


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From the time she could talk, Claudia Chen ’16 was always keeping herself busy whether it was scoring points on the tennis court or writing stories and poems. At a young age Chen ’16 knew she wanted to be a writer. She would write poems and stories on whatever she could get her hands on. She said, “One time I tried to write a novel and I was so excited”, Chen ’16 said while laughing, “70 pages into it and I swear it made zero sense.” This her second year writing for Inklings and she couldn’t be more excited to bring her love of writing to Inklings. She believes that Inklings is a great opportunity to practice her writing skills in a realistic sense. When Chen ’16 isn’t writing you can find her on a tennis court. She hasn’t played for Staples tennis but she’s hoping to in the spring. She likes to de-stress on the tennis court and have a good time. She sounds like your all-American girl but that’s not the case. Her parents were born in China resulting in Chen’s first language being Chinese. It doesn’t just end there; her grandparents come from Austria. She loves the idea that she comes from so many different cultures. As hard as Chen ’16 works, she wants to make the most of junior year and have a good time being an upper-classmen. As hard as she works on her serves in tennis and critiquing her writing skills she says what she hopes to get out of life is, “It sounds cheesy but I want to know that I made a difference in at least one person’s life.” That’s a goal we should all strive for. Claudia Chen ’16 could not be more excited for what her junior year holds.

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