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Chia Seeds: The Power Food

2/6/2014

If you’re like me, you’re used to seeing daily uploads on Instagram of “#cleaneats” meals. One thing a lot of these food-grams have in common is the inclusion of chia seeds - and there’s a reason why. Actually, there are plenty of reasons! These gluten-free seeds are a power food packed with benefits that can easily be added to any meal, from smoothies to salads. Here’s a list of some (but definitely not all!) benefits of adding chia to your diet.

1.  Feel Full Faster

While any diet needs to be supplemented with healthy eating and exercise, the chia seed is excellent in helping to maintain a healthy body weight. When soaked in water, chia seeds retain 8-9 times their weight, and forms an interesting gel coating. This increase in size and weight and gelling action helps you feel full faster and keeps you full for hours. The trytophan (an amino acid also found in turkey) helps to regulate appetite, sleep, and improves moods. Oh, and FYI: Chia seeds are flavorless, which means you can add them to virtually anything without sacrificing or altering flavor!

2. Omega-3 Oil

If you’re a vegetarian or don’t like fish, it’s hard to find an alternative source for omega-3 to improve heart and cholesterol health. Well, search no longer! The richest plant-source for omega-3 oil is found in the chia seed. Also, by weight, chia seeds actually contain more omega 3 than salmon!

3.  Guilt-Free Baking

The Power of Social Media: Amanda Todd’s Lasting Impression

12/3/2013

The Power of Social Media: Amanda Todd’s Lasting Impression by Alexie Evans

A young, pretty girl comes home after her schoolmates beat her up and logs onto her Facebook account. Everywhere she clicks, all she sees are hateful posts about herself: “She deserved it,” says one. “Did you wash the mud out of your hair?” taunts another. “I hope she’s dead.” Fighting back tears, she locks herself in her room, grabbing a pair of scissors, which she uses to create another bloody line across the canvas of her skin. After months of feeling attacked, ostracized, and hated, the young girl feels she has no other option. She decides to take her own life. Amanda Todd was only 15 years old.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth across Canada, accidents being the leading cause. With a rate of over 500 youth suicides a year, why was Canadian teen Amanda Todd’s suicide so highly publicized, while every other teen suicide seems to be ignored? What makes her case so different than every other? Since her death, more than 600,000 Facebook users have ‘liked’ Amanda’s memorial page.

Amanda’s story is a complex one. It is a story that people can relate to, since many young people are bullied or suffer from mental health issues. Christie Pflug, an 18-year-old student who has suffered from anxiety herself, says Amanda’s story is one that would get a reaction — whether that attention was good or bad. “Publicity is publicity,” says Pflug.

12 Makeup Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

4/21/2013

 

We've all been guilty of at least one of these makeup mistakes. Learn what the most common beauty mistakes are and how to fix them!

1. Not Using A Primer

This is #1 for a reason! Applying a primer to your face first allows your foundation, concealer, and eyeshadow to glide on smoothly and last longer. Otherwise, makeup may settle into your fine lines and creases, making you look older. Try Victoria’s Secret PRO Airbrush FX line of primers.

2. Applying Foundation with a Sponge or Fingers

Foundation brushes are better than sponges not only because they waste less product, but they are also much better at blending - giving you a more natural and less cakey appearance. Make sure you regularly wash your foundation brush, and always choose a brush with synthetic rather than animal hairs. Eco Tools makes great brushes that are not only great quality, but are also well-priced.

3. Applying Concealer Before Foundation

The whole point of concealer is to hide and lighten blemishes and other imperfections. If you put it on before foundation, it blends away and gets cancelled out completely! But also be careful of applying the “reverse raccoon eye”, where the skin under your eyes looks too light. Concealer should be no more than one shade lighter than your skin. Use a brush to dab on a cream concealer like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil. Follow with powder.

4. Wearing an “All-day” Sunscreen

Western U Down Under

4/1/2013

Looking for something to do this upcoming Wednesday, April 3rd? Well Mustangs, search no further! Brought to you by our very own Samantha Clarke, the Med-Syd Formal Lounge will be transformed into the best Australian-themed party in London: Western U Down Under!

Fourth year kinesiology student Samantha Clarke is currently a finalist in a contest that Campus Perks and Tourism Australia are holding to win the opportunity to be a Travel Blogger on a 17-day trip to Australia. In order to win this title, Samantha is bringing “The Best Jobs in the World” Campaign to Western University. There are six fantastic jobs offered in the campaign, including:

Samantha Clarke

4/1/2013

 

Looking for something to do this upcoming Wednesday, April 3rd? Well Mustangs, search no further! Brought to you by our very own Samantha Clarke, the Med-Syd Formal Lounge will be transformed into the best Australian-themed party in London: Western U Down Under!

Fourth year kinesiology student Samantha Clarke is currently a finalist in a contest that Campus Perks and Tourism Australia are holding to win the opportunity to be a Travel Blogger on a 17-day trip to Australia. In order to win this title, Samantha is bringing “The Best Jobs in the World” Campaign to Western University. There are six fantastic jobs offered in the campaign, including:

Nicole McFadden

3/7/2013

 

Well Mustangs, it’s happening again. One of our own, Nicole McFadden, is following in the footsteps of Western alumni Liz Trinnear and is vying to be the next MuchMusic VJ. Nicole is from the tiny little town of St. Joachim Ontario. At 22 years old, Nicole is in her fourth year at Western in a collaborative program with Fanshawe College where she takes both MIT classes at Western, and practical classes at Fanshawe where her class runs the radio station 106.9 The X.

Working at 106.9, Nicole is never out of things to do with the three rotations her class goes through each semester. She’s either reporting on issues happening in London, creating both audio and visual documentaries and talk shows, or news casting every hour. “News casting is my favourite rotation!” Nicole says. “It’s fun having people message you to say they heard you on the radio.” On top of all this, she’s also required to submit one story per day on this rotation. Besides the heavy workload, Nicole has had great opportunities working with 106.9, including interviewing a producer of “Dragon’s Den,” a Western alumni who has written for “Family Guy”, and most recently a Holocaust survivor. “The best thing about this job is that you meet normal people every day that have crazy cool stories to tell! You never know someone until you sit down with them for 10 minutes and truly ask them about themselves.”

The Big O: Everything You Need to Know About the Female Orgasm

3/2/2013

 

Yes, it happens. And girls, admit it - when it does happen, we love it. It’s a feeling better than taking a cold shower after a long, hot day. Better than digging into a plate of food after a juice fast, and even better than finding your cell after frantically tearing your house apart.

But what exactly is a female orgasm? Why do only 25 percent of women achieve one all the time during sex, while more than 90 percent of guys do all of the time? And what can you do to get an orgasm more easily? Compared to the male version, the female orgasm is one of nature’s most interesting and complicated phenomenons.

And guys - don’t worry. We won’t tell if you “accidentally” clicked on this link.

What Is It?

In technical terms, an orgasm is a complex psycho-physiological process that is based on the corresponding processes in the brain. Now, for all of us who don’t speak psychologist, orgasms involve two things: when a woman is turned on, muscle tension builds up around her pelvis, and during an orgasm, this tension releases. The second thing that happens once this tension is released is a flood of hormones. When these two things happen at the same time, intensely pleasurable feelings are felt mainly around the genitals, but also can be felt all over the body. 

Bell Let's Talk Day

2/11/2013

 

This upcoming Tuesday, February 12th is the third annual "Let's Talk" day, sponsored by Bell. For every text message sent and each long-distance call made on this day by Bell customers, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health related initiatives. For those who aren’t a Bell customer, 5 cents will also be donated for every tweet that uses #BellLetsTalk and every Facebook share of Bell’s Let’s Talk image.

The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is part of the Bell Mental Health Initiative, a $50 million multi-year national program in support of mental health. Anti-stigma is one of the key components to Let’s Talk day. In addition to raising funds for mental health initiatives, the campaign is strongly addressing raising awareness and encouraging Canadians to openly participate in discussions surrounding mental health. Olympian Clara Hughes is once again supporting this campaign, having struggled with mental health issues herself.

The Facts:

12 Ways to Relax During Exams

12/12/2012

 

With finals luring closer and closer it’s hard to NOT stress out over how you’re going to find time to fit studying for each exam, let alone stressing over how well you’ll actually do on them. It can be hard to find time to relax during this busy exam season. Luckily for you, I’ve compiled a list of 12 ways to relax even when you’re pressed for time!

1. Get enough sleep

This may seem like an obvious one, but there’s a reason this tip is top on the list. When it comes to doing your best a sufficient amount of sleep is absolutely essential. Don’t get yourself caught up thinking that staying up till 3 am staring at your books will help you. It won’t. A well-rested night will!

2. Prioritize

It’s easy to want to do the simple tasks first and save the dreaded ones for last. Resist this urge! Make a list of to-do’s and order them from most important to least important. By getting the hard tasks out of the way, you’ll save yourself a lot of worry. Writing your tasks down also makes it easier to see how much you need to accomplish by your deadline.

3. Drink tea

Being an avid coffee drinker myself, it’s hard for me to admit that coffee will only get you so far. Tea, especially herbal tea, still provides the hot, comforting feeling of coffee, but it won’t make you dehydrated and jittery.

4. Write a worry list.

Sarah Kimber

11/15/2012

 

Who knew Western University was home to its very own Taylor Swift? Sarah Kimber, a second year criminology student, is also an aspiring country-pop singer from Aurora Ontario. She is currently competing to win a 20-minute opening set for Tyler Ward, a YouTube sensation who is known for his flawless covers of popular songs. 

Tyler is looking for openers for all of his shows on his North American tour, and Sarah entered her cover of Taylor Swift’s “Red” for his Toronto show at the Sound Academy on December 20th. Artists are competing through the website Topblip.com. Contestants all go through a number of rounds - the winners are determined by a team of judges that is 1/3 fans, 1/3 Tyler Ward’s Management, and 1/3 Topblip. At the moment 52 people are in the competition with Sarah currently coming in at fourth.

Sarah has been singing ever since she could speak. She started playing the guitar when she turned 14 and also started to write her own songs around the same time. “My first time performing was when I was 4 years old on my balcony while all my kindergarten teachers who I invited were watching me from the driveway,” she laughs. Sarah has performed at her high school talent shows, coffee houses and I recently had her first open mic experience at Carey’s Bar and Grill in London.