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Help! College Student Eating Nothing But Marshmallows!
Robyn Openshaw, MSW
- Nov 02, 2015 -
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My daughter Emma is a sophomore at SUU. Not too long ago, she texted, “Mom! Something must be done! Aaron is trying to save money at the end of the semester and won’t buy food! He is eating only what’s already in his cupboard. He ate these marshmallows for all three meals today!” I wrote back, “SOS, intervention time! Do I need to send money?? Tell Aaron “healthy food is WORTH THE MONEY!” When I was a sophomore in college, I once tried to live on $10/week by eating nothing but bananas and Top Ramen. I was having vertigo problems and I would fall off the sidewalk walking to class. I kept getting sick. There was ringing in my ears and I had terrible headaches. Later I would learn that eating monosodium glutamate (MSG), like what’s in those cheap ramen noodles, causes neurological problems including all of those symptoms. When I stopped eating it, I never had those symptoms again. No one at the student health center seeing me and billing my parents’ insurance connected the two, though. I figured it out myself years later. Here’s what happened when I stopped by my daughter’s apartment on my way to a hiking weekend with friends. The video quality on my cell phone is terrible, but this is our intervention to help poor Aaron break free of his marshmallow coma. College students need good food, too! Moms! Comment below to give Aaron some ideas and a mini-lecture!