Senior Spotlight: Lily Provenzano
May 29, 2019
When you think of freshman year of college you often hear about “the freshman fifteen” because of changing eating habits in college. Lily Provenzano, senior this year has been very interested in different foods and going vegan in college not necessarily to avoid “the freshman 15” but mainly to help herself stay in the best shape possible.
In the past years Provenzano has been involved in athletics and a variety of extra activities outside of her school sports. She has worked on getting her spin cycle instructor certification as well as often attending yoga regularly.
In college next year she has already attained a job teaching spin classes at the colleges wellness center two days a week.
“It’s just a really good way to make a few extra bucks while also teaching a fitness class that I really enjoy and feel great after doing.” Provenzano said.
Staying healthy does not end at staying fit, she also worked on being very deliberate on what she eats and how it will help her body. She has been vegetarian for a few years now and this changes how you prepare your meals.
“I’ve been working with a nutritionist to plan and prep for this upcoming year…to make sure I’m getting enough protein and nutrients.” Provenzano said.
While most kids will be changing from their mothers food to whatever they can find that is quick and easy, Provenzano will be taking the route less traveled and learning how and what foods can help her feel and perform her best at college.
“Honestly, I feel better on a plant based diet and it’s just better for the environment I think.” Provenzano said.
Plant based diets have been becoming increasingly more popular in the past years. A UCLA study found that 1 pound of beef requires anywhere between 2000 and 8,000 gallons of water to produce, Much of this water is used in creating the feed for the cows, whether it is grass or grain (Beckett & Oltjen, 1993). Similarly, 1 gallon of cow’s milk requires 1950 gallons of water. 1 pound of Tofu requires 302 gallons of water to produce, and it requires 290 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of unprocessed oats.
All this water could be saved and used other places instead of processing foods. Provenzano has found her contribution to the environment as well as finding what works best for her.