If Not Celiac, Then What?

Humans have a long and complicated history with gluten. Celiac disease was first described in 1888 and identified as early as the 1000 CE. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where gluten causes an immune inflammation in the small intestine, leading to discomfort. Celiacs need to completely and permanently avoid any form of gluten in their diets. Though not incredibly common, people have paid a lot of attention to this gluten-free lifestyle.

A Foodie’s Trip to the Doctor

What do your teeth, brain, mood and gut all have in common? Unsurprisingly, it turns out one answer is almost everything. They are, after all, interconnected and essential aspects of your body and life. The other, often overlooked answer, however, is food. The COVID pandemic put into perspective how little control we have over certain parts of our health, but quarantine was sobering, proving we don’t have to be “an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows” us.  In fact, the decisions we make about our food give us resounding leverage over our health.

Shortage. COVID-19. Not Again

Shelves are empty, supply weak, prices heavy. There’s a shortage throughout the nation already. Shoppers are nervous, but on the surface they’re not calm or ready. Personal Protective Equipment and toilet paper, stand aside; it’s meat’s turn to have a shortage. Or is it?

A Spicy Take on Chronic Pain

One of my earliest memories is of being five or six and having my father, a spicy food fanatic, make me eat one of the dried chilis that comes in kung pao chicken. That was the day I learned that the best antidote to a mouth on fire is not water or even milk, but mouthfuls of plain, steamed white rice. It was also the beginning of my own descent into what my mother felt was madness. From then on, my dad and I were like a cult, only instead of a god we worshipped capsaicin. We went to fancy hot sauce stores on vacation.

PIETSCH | In Defense of Fashion Knockoffs

“Ppl knocking each other off lol,” quips the nonchalant Instagram bio of the account @diet_prada. An angry undertone is palpable in the account’s ironic humor, however. The owners of the account, and the 1.1 million users who follow it, have had enough. Diet Prada has been popularized — and trademarked, according to the account’s name on Instagram — as a term referring to knockoffs in fashion. Within the account, a garment that resembles Prada is exposed as a cheaper rendition that leaves behind a toxic aftertaste.

Simple Tips for a Healthy Diet

However, there are some easy ways to keep on track with your health goals, especially if there is no time to meal prep or cooking for yourself.

A Thin Body in a Fat World: The Disconnection Between the Ideal Body and What We Feed It

There is a clear disconnect between what is considered the “ideal body” and the food that is available and affordable for that body. Magazines continue to print covers with abs carved like Greek statues, yet even on Cornell’s campus, a salad with less than 500 calories is nine dollars and a veggie-less sandwich with over 1000 calories is six dollars. So what is a broke college student, a single mom with two kids or a child experiencing food insecurity going to choose? They’re going to McPick 2 for two dollars because that’s half the price of a salad, even though it’s twice the risk for cardiovascular events — and I’m not talking about the heart efficiently pumping oxygenated blood throughout the body.