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Supersized movies reviewed

By Emma Fullerton

Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock’s five-time award winner, does not disappoint. This film is[image] supersize me
based around Spurlock’s quest to eat nothing but McDonalds for a month. For thirty days he must eat three square meals a day, must try every menu item once, and if asked must
Supersize. In addition he is only allowed as much exercise as the average American: walking only 5000 steps per day (approximately 2 miles). 

Before beginning the diet Spurlock was confirmed by three doctors to be above average health, 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 185.5 ponds.  He vomited during lunch of his second day, had bouts of depression, head and stomach pains, lost sex drive, and by the end he weighed 210 pounds.

This film mixes his personal experience with facts from doctors, nutritionists and personal trainers. Though Spurlock offers an exaggeration of the fast food lifestyle, his facts were accurate. 
I give this film 4 out of 5 stars.




Food, Inc., Robert Kenner’s three-time award-winner, takes a shocking look inside America’s

fast food industry. The filmmaker talks to the planters, farmers and animal-raisers who work [image] food inc.for major corporations like Monsanto Company, Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods and Perdue Farms. 

Interviewees expressed their disdain for the unnatural conditions fast food industries use to maximize profit. The documentary uncovers chickens with legs that can no longer support their own weight, cows that are forced to stand in their own waste and conditions that cause diseases such as salmonella and E. coli. 
Food, Inc. is a call to action, encouraging individuals to fight these corporations despite the lobbying power they wield in Congress. The film’s bias is created by the fact that these corporations refused comment. The only fast food representative who spoke on camera was fired soon after. 
I give this film 4 out of 5 stars.

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Tips to eat healthy at fast food restaurants

By Wes Brown

 1. Don’t super size your meals. Get regular portions if you can and eat a snack at home.

2. Don’t put extra condiments on your food. Extra things like ranch, honey mustard, BBQ sauce and ketchup are high in fat and calories.

3. Choose grilled instead of fried chicken. Greasy fried chicken can cause breakouts.

4. Drink water instead of soda with your meal. Soda has sodium and a lot of calories in it. Water helps you stay hydrated.


Local grocery stores offer even healthier ways to shop

By Brittany Huffman and Danielle Taylor

Austin and the surrounding area is one of the best places to find a variety of healthy, organic foods. There is a plethora of stores that offer options for any health-conscious shoppers.

Sprouts has a wide variety of foods: meats, fruits, sweets, vegetables, organic foods, and lots more.  The inside of the store looks like a farmer’s market. It feels like a big farm but doesn’t smell like one. The service is great. They charge by the pound. Some things are very expensive and some are cheap and good quality. The range is from $2.99 lb- $14.99 lb. People who like to be really healthy would most enjoy the foods sold here. They are located at 110 North Interstate 35 in Round Rock and are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. I rated them 4 out of 5 stars.

At Central Market they have catering and they serve many different kinds of food. The store also has live music that plays in the café center. Central Market has 700 varieties of fresh produce. They offer 150 varieties of seasonal organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. This store has many option and varieties that you can pick from. There are two locations on Lamar Boulevard; one is 4001 North, and one is 4477 South. They are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, and the café is open from 7 to 9 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Whole Foods Market has many choices of fruits and vegetables. They get their produce from local farmers. The store has varieties of cheese that you can pick. They also have tons of bulk food you can choose, from beans to seeds. There is also a plethora of coffee and tea that you can pick from. This store has many different healthy options. Their flagship location is at 525 North Lamar Boulevard in downtown Austin. They have cooks in the store who will prepare your food on the spot. They also have plenty of outdoor seating and an ice skating rink on the second floor. There is a second location at 9607 Research Boulevard. Both locations are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

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