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It’s that time of year again.

No, I’m not talking about the holidays. I’m talking about the short amount of time before the holidays, when college students everywhere are attempting to lose whatever weight they’ve gained at college before having to see their high school peers.

For most of you, that means taking on some sort of diet for the next two weeks or so. And while healthy snacking is an important part of any diet, snacking in the morning may do more harm to your diet than good.

According to a recent study in the American Dietetic Journal, those who snack during the midmorning (10:30-11:30 a.m.) are not only more likely to snack more frequently during the day, but they also lose less weight than those who don’t indulge in a midmorning snack.

What’s more, midmorning snacking may not be a sign of true hunger, but rather, mindless eating, which racks up extra calories without deterring the mindless eater from eating less at their next meal. So, if you’re feeling the urge to have a snack between breakfast and lunch, it may be a sign that your diet isn’t quite as healthy as it could be.

But while morning snacking may be harmful to one’s weight loss goals, healthy snacking at other times during the day may actually improve a diet. In fact, a study published earlier this month found that people who snack regularly eat more fruit and whole grains than those who don’t snack.

For those of you looking to add some healthy snacks to your already healthy diets, check out’s “30 Healthy Picks.” Not only does it give you 30 great options for snacks that won’t add a spare tire around your waist, but it also breaks those snacks down into two categories: salty or sweet. (I’d stick with the sweet category if I were you–call me crazy, but tuna jerky just doesn’t make my mouth water.

-Amber Brenza

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Sustenance: How CNY Feed the Community” by Kelly Bucci

Around 11 a.m. every Wednesday, the concession window in the gymnasium at St. Lucy’s Food Pantry begins serving lunch. The line that snakes around the gym moves forward, but never seems to shrink. A woman tries controlling her rowdy child, two men chat loudly in Spanish, and an old man moseys through the doors toward his place at the back of the line. “Today’s not that bad—usually the line is all the way back there,” remarks Viola Girvin, a regular at the lunches, pointing to the very back of the gym. Clad in a gray sweatshirt with messy, short brown hair, she sits across the table from her brother and next to a small, fidgeting 3-year-old boy she’s babysitting for a friend. They come every Wednesday. “Families get together, friends get together,” she says. “It’s a good thing.”

Viola lives across the street from St. Lucy’s on the Southwest Side of Syracuse. She has lived here her entire life, and for the last seven years she’s received groceries from the church’s food pantry every month. “It’s a good place to get away,” Viola says. “To sit down, relax, and enjoy a meal.”

On this Wednesday, the pantry offers turkey, macaroni and cheese, goulash, and pea soup. Viola’s burly 27-year-old nephew, Byron, sits down with a plate filled by almost the entire menu and two loaves of bread. Local bakeries donated the loaves for St. Lucy’s to give out for free. It’s pretty much fresh, Byron says. He scored a large gourmet fruit and nut loaf, which doesn’t always happen.

Byron just moved back home after living with family members three-and-a-half hours north, on a Native American reservation. He went to school and worked at a casino. But his job went downhill and he became homeless, so he called his aunt to ask for a bus ticket home. He moved back into his dad’s house on the Southwest Side three months ago. “I’m trying to get back on my feet right now,” Byron says between bites. He says he recently landed a job at Victoria’s Secret.

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“I am hungry. Therefore I am.”