Step One: Comment Cards

Change is not easy. Especially when you’re trying to change something that is completely out of your control. For me, approaching the food service department at my school has been a scary step that I know I must take if I ever want to be healthy at school.

And it all starts with a comment card.

I know this isn’t much, but it’s my way of approaching the problem mildly before I jump into the craziness I have planned. (I’ve been composing an email of complaints for a few weeks now. I won’t send it until it’s perfect; I need them to take it seriously.)

So here’s my comment card, front and back:

ImagePLEASE offer more healthy options! I don’t want to eat the disgusting fried food everyday and the salads are redundant. I would love to see a wider variety of… (con’t on back)

ImageVegetables and fruits. Especially SPINACH, strawberries, blueberries, etc in their natural form. Fruits (not the “fruit salad” full of nutrient-lacking melon) would be amazing for on salads.

ImageIt would also be great to have more vegetarian sandwich options. The “wheat bread” isn’t 100% whole wheat, so it is tasteless. And it would be fabulous to have spinach, avocado, bell peppers etc for on sandwiches. I will not eat the meats because they contain nitrates and sodium in excessive amounts.

ImageAlso, it would be great to have almond milk available as an alternate option to soy milk. Soy milk is full of hormones and it has more calories.

So I don’t know how seriously they will take me. I did provide my name and email address on the front so if they do reply, I’ll provide details. If not, I’ll write more comments until they do.

I tried to back up my requests with nutrient information, so hopefully that will give more incentive to make some changes. I know there are other vegetarians/vegans/gluten-free people at my school who would like to see some more options for those of us who choose to eat healthy. (I’ve seen their comment cards.)