Back to school time!

It’s September again, the beginning of a new school year. Healthy school lunches have generated heated discussions lately. Childhood obesity is a growing problem. The nutritional quality of the National School Lunch Program has been criticized by many, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was a TV hit, and most recently a USDA study determined that students who eat lunches provided by the National School Lunch Program are more likely to become overweight.

Unfortunately, it will probably take years for policy changes to improve the National School Lunch Program. For now, families can take charge of their health by packing healthy lunches to bring to school and work. Kids who enjoy eating healthy food can then set a good nutritional example for their friends and teachers in the school cafeteria.

Rose LoPiano, a young nutritarian student, took this idea one step further – she spread the word in her school about healthy eating by writing an essay about the merits of her high nutrient diet, called “A Better Choice Today, Longer Life Tomorrow.” This essay helped to earn her a place in an honors English class for the 2010-11 school year, and probably influenced many of her classmates.

Thanks to Rose for allowing us to reprint her essay here on Disease Proof! Great job, Rose!

A Better Choice Today, Longer Life Tomorrow

                Our society today is fueled by processed foods, animal products, dairy products, and sugary substances. The Standard American Diet which is based on the foods listed above is killing our people. Currently, eighty-five percent of the nation’s healthcare costs come from diet- related illnesses such as strokes and heart attacks. The only way to combat that and the Standard American Diet is to become a nutritarian. Nutritarians strive to consume more foods  with skyrocketing nutritional values, and food that is beneficial to their health. It is pivotal to make the change to a nutritarian lifestyle because of the harmful effects the Standard American Diet has on individuals, more energy from nutritarian eating, and it promotes health and longer life. It may seem challenging to eat  little else but nutrient dense foods, but the lifelong benefits it promises are worth it.

                The first key reason to being a nutritarian is to avoid the lethal effects the Standard American Diet has on individuals. By consuming a low intake of unrefined plant foods on that diet, the immune system becomes weakened. Therefore, frequent illness and premature death can occur. A diet consisting of animal products, pasta, fried food, and sugar are the building blocks of disease. Secondly, by eating foods without nutritional value and no antioxidants, waste products build up inside cells that lack necessary material needed for proper function. The average American consumes only seven percent of their calories from nutritional foods. Furthermore, adding fruits and vegetables to the Standard American Diet is not enough. To be a true nutritarian, individuals must make nutrient dense foods such as green vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes the center of their diet. Abandoning the Standard American Diet and becoming a nutritarian will increase one’s energy and productivity levels.

                A nutritarian lifestyle also gives individuals more energy and drive to complete tasks throughout the day. Firstly, being a nutritarian increases one’s stamina. Therefore, one will have more vigor to exercise and fully enjoy recreational activities. Secondly, being a nutritarian reduces fatigue which plagues many working people throughout the day. Empty calorie foods on the Standard American Diet makes one feel sluggish and lazy. Most importantly, nutritarian eating improves bodily functions, increases brain power, and promotes health.

                Lastly, being a nutritarian promotes health and combats disease. If individuals follow the eating routine of a nutritarian exactly, many diseases can be prevented and combated. Diseases such as type two diabetes, heart problems, strokes, cancer, and circulatory impediments can be healed and reversed. Furthermore, one can maintain a youthful complexion, age slower, have vigor and stamina, and live much longer. These results are proved and supported with years of medical studies and thousands of success stories. Because of eating those foods strictly from nature, one’s health can be preserved, and diseases can be reversed and healed.

                In conclusion, being a nutritarian can benefit one’s health incredulously. It is vital to be a nutritarian rather than a victim of the processed and fatty eating of the Standard American Diet. If one looks closely at the first letters of the words “Standard American Diet,” it spells out the word “sad.” That is completely true. This diet most Americans are on deters their health completely. Even though nutritarian eating can be difficult to switch to, it can taste delicious and gourmet with extra effort. Secondly, nutritarian eating satisfies every craving of the body. Backed by medical research, this way of life is the key to living longer without disease, illness, or the use of prescription medications. By eating food strictly from nature only, one can add up to twenty more years onto their life. It is never too late to become a nutritarian. If one wants to enjoy life to its fullest, being a nutritarian is the way to achieve that goal.

Rose LoPiano

April 30, 2010

Grade 8

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DebbieSLP - September 15, 2010 1:19 PM

WOW, Rose LoPiano, what a great essay! I wish it could be reprinted in every middle school and high school newspaper around the country. Better yet, reprint it in every college and commercial newspaper too!

Kids like you make me have great hope for the world's health future. You're a star! :-)

Emily Boller - September 15, 2010 1:21 PM

Hi Rose,

Congratulations on the essay! What a wonderful opportunity you've been given to eat for health and establish great eating habits at such a young age. Your future health destiny is off to the best start possible, and you are an important role model and voice to your peers (and their parents!)

Keep up the great job!


carfree - September 15, 2010 2:29 PM

It's a beautiful essay for an 8th-grader. However she should look up the meaning of "incredulously". I'm sure that's not what she meant. Otherwise very intelligent and well written.

Tina - September 15, 2010 4:37 PM

I hope you will study nutrition like Dr. Fuhrman did and choose a career where you can make a difference in people's lives. It sounds like you have the passion. Go with it girl!!

Matt - September 15, 2010 7:54 PM

Great job Rose!! I never knew that you were such an amazing writer. keep it up!

StephenMarkTurner - September 16, 2010 8:01 AM

When I started reading the post I started right at the essay. I simply assumed it was Dr F writing, for a good bit. Nice, Rose.

Cheers, Steve

CJ - September 16, 2010 10:19 AM


Thank you for writing this essay. I have given a copy to my grandchildren to read and I feel it has much more value coming from a peer than hearing it from "grandma."

Kim - September 16, 2010 11:23 AM

Awesome essay Rose! This message needs to be repeated over and over an over until everyone fully gets the message. I have full faith that your generation will do just that!

Peter - September 16, 2010 11:44 AM


What a great essay. I would like to email and/or print it out and give it to the program director at my son's preschool. I am not happy with the food they provide and hope that an essay from someone like you will help. The school routinely has things like Frito pie, macaroni and cheese, and animal crackers or cheese and crackers for snacks.

Best wishes for a bright future and congratulations in getting into honors English class.


Nick & Agatha - September 16, 2010 3:15 PM

To our teen Nurtritarian. friend....Congrats on your essay....we are sooooo proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joan Grealis - September 16, 2010 4:45 PM

Rose- How wonderful that you have so much good knowledge so early in life. You have a bright and healthy future ahead of you. Congratulations!

Anita - September 17, 2010 5:42 AM

Hi Rose

I love the title for your essay (as well as the essay itself). Thank you for the reminder that the quality of our health is a result of the choices we make.

It is encouraging to see someone so young being wise enough to make choices today with the long term in view.

Good for you!

Anita (in Australia)

MIke Rubino - September 17, 2010 6:15 PM

Wow ! Fantastic! Imagine an 8th grader with more common sense on the health care issue than the President and Congress put together. [This is non political in that it applies to both sides of the isle.]. Put Rose in office and we could save the nation billions per year on health care costs.

Arnell Burghorn - September 19, 2010 5:46 PM

Thanks for the great essay Rose! What impresses me the most is that you are not afraid to be yourself and make your feelings known on the subject of what you eat and why this is important to you. You obviously have great self esteem and realize that it is more important to enlighten others on the truth rather than do what everyone else does and perpetuate the myths surrounding the subject of nutrition. Congratulations for telling it like it is at 13; you are a real leader. All the best! Arnell

Kristine R Treat - September 21, 2010 7:45 PM

Go Rose go, great job, stick with this, keep on learning and continue to share what you know. Share your favorite meals and recipes with your classmates and teachers. Learn how to grow your food too. You have a wonderful opportunity to make a huge difference to the world you live in. Research the environmental impact on eating a plant based diet too.
Keep with it my friend,
Kris treat

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