Seminar educates students on healthy diets

By Jenna Pomaville
Digital Content Editor   

Kaitlyn Busam, assistant director of admissions at Rochester College hosted a wellness seminar on Oct 22. The seminar was centered around popular diets and whether those diets are sustainable or not. The diets discussed included keto, ancestral diets, Whole 30, vegetarianism and veganism.

To start off the conversation, Busam explained what keto is. The keto diet allows a person to eat nuts, seeds, berries, green vegetables, some non-green vegetables, oils, meat and dairy. The biggest component to keto is avoiding carbohydrates: no pasta, bread or sugar.

Busam said the keto diet is not very sustainable. Carbs are still important to a person’s diet because it gives our bodies the energy that it needs.

The next diet discussed was the ancestral diet. The foods surrounding this diet are similar to what cavemen and our ancestors had available to them. A person can eat vegetables, tart fruits, nuts, wild meats, coconut and olive oil.

This diet cuts out all of the processed foods, sugars, sweet fruits and juices, grains, breads, dairy and extracted seed oils. While the diet is not horrible, Busam said it is not sustainable because dairy is important and gives our bodies nutrients.    

Whole 30 was the next diet mentioned in the seminar. Many students acknowledged that they knew of others who had done this diet and that it worked well for them. It is a good diet to use if a person is trying to limit their sweet tooth or other bad eating habits because it is only a 30 day challenge.

With this diet, people can eat whole foods. However, Whole 30 eliminates sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy and dairy.

While the diet does help people break bad eating habits, it is not sustainable. Busam said in the long run, Whole 30 will fail because the guidelines that are given are unrealistic and not exactly healthy for everyone.

The next diet was something everyone in the room was familiar with: Vegetarianism. Vegetarians can eat anything except meat, poultry and fish..

Busam said being a vegetarian is a sustainable diet as long as the person knows how to get the right amount of protein in their meals. To become a vegetarian, make sure to do research and know how to pair meals together to get the right amount of protein.

Veganism was the last diet discussed in the seminar. Vegans do not consume anything made from animals. This means that aside from not eating meat, vegans avoid all dairy and animal products.

Busam said she understands the motive behind why people choose to be vegan, but said it is not sustainable at all. There is not enough protein in foods that are not made from animals to be considered a healthy lifestyle for humans.

While there will always be new diets emerging, researching these diets is important in making sure we are doing what is best for our bodies.

These simple and short seminars provide students with knowledge that they may not have known before. Seminars vary in topic, which makes the experience interesting for students.