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Now that most of us are done with midterms (for some of us, at least until we come back from spring break) and our minds are free from thinking about exams and papers, I wanted to write about a small problem that some of us face regarding our eating habits.  Many times we crave foods but avoid eating them because we think they are unhealthy. Other times, we stick to those foods because we think we may have no other alternatives. I think we should all be aware that for many of our unhealthy cravings, there are alternatives. Sometimes we need our comfort food, and the happiness we receive from eating what we crave. I constantly try to find alternatives when I cook. For example, I know I can bake some foods instead of frying them, and still have it be very appetizing. Recently, a friend of mine was having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but she clarified that it was a healthy peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  The sandwich was made with whole wheat bread, natural organic peanut butter, and natural fruit preserve. Natural peanut butter comes with all the goodness of heart healthy monosaturated fats without the trans fats. Also if the fruit preserve comes with no sugar added, it is so much healthier than the jams that come with artificial flavors and coloring. So you see? We can have a very healthy peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  The key is learning how we can make these foods healthier. Good resources to learn about better ways to eat and prepare our foods can be found in many health magazines or books related to food and health solutions. 

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