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In the midst of preparing for final papers, final exams and final materials to hand in, some of us are also saying our final goodbyes. This may be my final semester at the big TU, but it doesn’t mean that I will forget where I started. I started as a health food junkie and I’m leaving here as the same.
Through my numerous articles, I’ve given you a gift—some hearty healthy eating and exercising advice to snack on! My hope is that you took some of my knowledge and incorporated it into your own life.
It seems that along the way, we usually learn something about ourselves. For me, I’ve learned that even though you may feel the burn while working out, you should never give up. This pertains to life as well. You should never give up on your dreams and accomplishes just because someone tells you that you can’t because guess what ladies? You can! You can lose that weight. You can eat fruits and veggies instead of downing that entire carton of ice cream. It’s about portion and self-control.
Here’s a secret to share-- I’ve struggled with weight all my life. From being rail thin in elementary school to thicker in middle school to feeling confident in college. I’ve progressed in such a rapid manner and now, I feel confident in my own skin.
While most of us grab fast food before heading to a class to avoid the ever embarrassing stomach growl in a quiet lecture setting, we don’t stop to think whether our meal is doing any good for our bodies. But how are we expected to decipher the healthy from the unhealthy options when we have so many other school related woes on our plates?
To solve all this good vs. bad food ordeal, I spoke with Julie Rhule, a Registered Dietitian on campus and asked her what her best recommendations for healthy food options are.
“Fruits and vegetables are not only a great source of vitamins and minerals, but fiber as well. Whole grains are a great source of fiber and carbohydrate, lean protein such as beans, chicken, turkey and fish maintain muscle in our body, healthy fats omega-3s and water for proper hydration,” Rhule says.
We all like to believe that we eat healthy by devouring an apple from time to time. But that whole “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” thing might just be true if we apply it to all types of healthy options – veggies included.
Unsure of what foods to avoid or, at the very least, keep in moderation? Rhule gives us some simple dietary no-nos.
“Sugar, fried foods, bad fats, soda, red meat in excess, fast foods, foods containing a lot of preservatives and highly processed [are bad for you]. Sometimes for certain individual’s, dairy can fall in this mix,” Rhule says.
Is there such thing as “the one?”
Everyone throws around this idea of “the one.” Who are we kidding? There can’t be just one person that comes into our lives and creates a special feeling inside of us that we don’t want to let go. How could there be just one person that rocks our world? We’ve seen instances where couples get married thinking the other is the one, but divorce a few years later and then find their true soulmate. But doesn’t that defeat the purpose of believing in “the one?”
“I can't imagine being without my husband and I would consider him to be my soulmate,” Maria Fuqua, an English major says. ”Although if he died or if we did get divorced I think I would try my best to believe that there was someone else out that that could make just as happy or more happy then he did.”
We may marry someone believing in this notion of 'the one,' but as Fuqua mentions, if your significant other passes away, you must move on and find someone else. But, in a way, wouldn't that mean that you're almost as compatible with someone else as you were with your first husband? People may mistake this term 'soulmate' for "compatibility." Let's face it; you get along well with some people and not so much with others, that's the way it works.
"I think there are certain people that are compatible with you, but I think life choices effect if you will ever meet certain people who are compatible with you," says Fuqua.
Every New Year's you hear that D-word coming out of everyone's mouth. They try to commit to it, but somehow, it falls short. You know, diet? Noelia Blanco, Social work major would know, after all, she’s tried it. And, this year, dieting is one of her resolutions.
“I do want to get toned and cut back on sweets,” Blanco says.
For a while, her and her brother followed a diet book that supplied recipes, but gave up because they had to purchase the food.
“We had to cook certain foods.” Blanco says. “It was [just] more difficult to cook meals.”
Now-a-days, there are all types of fad diets such as the Jell-o diet which according to livestrong.com, dieters claim that you can lose up to 20 lbs. in 20 days by eating only Jell-O. I mean, that sounds like an ideal diet to me, only consuming this dessert, but where’s your protein and the fat that you need to make your body full? You need to eat some fat in order to burn it off!
.Instead of listening to that current list of quirky diets to lose those few stubborn pounds, try these tips on for size.
1. Drink more cold water. There are no calories in water and instead of choosing that lemonade, which is mostly made up of sugar, substitute it for water. Throughout the day, sip on cold water to fill yourself up.
2.When you go to Fresh Grocer, always check the food labels. Otherwise, you’ll have no idea how many calories are in that bag of chips you buy on a regular basis.
Let’s be honest, not all of us can be a size two or look like Jillian Michaels (hello muscles!). But what we can do is accept who we are instead of trying to alter ourselves or beating ourselves up.
Try this on for size - embracing who you are despite your weight can score you some serious happiness points. Truth is, the most confident girl in the room, despite her size or appearance, is usually the most fun to be around.
“Being heavy and being thin does not really matter all that much, as long as it is the body you just naturally have, it is perfect for you,” Ceena Ford, an English major says. “As long as you are treating your body right, loving it and keeping it healthy, you are perfect.”
It’s in front of us all the time, magazines, reality shows, and the media telling us how to dress and look. It’s no wonder girls lack self-confidence.
But, instead of listening to what everyone says, let’s focus on how truly beautiful our own individual flaws are. That freckle on the tip of your nose? It’s actually quite adorable. And that semi-crooked smile is so totally endearing.
Ask yourself this: other than having a thin frame, what’s the difference between skinny and heavier women? When it comes to studies, morals, skills and personality, weight is clearly not a factor. And after a while, looks fade and bodies start to sag (sorry ladies). If you have a 4.0 GPA or an outstanding personality, it doesn’t matter what numbers show on the scale.
It was only a couple years ago, at the ripe age of 15, that chemistry major Cassandra Benner consumed her first green tea weight loss pill. But why?
“Whenever I looked in the mirror, I thought I looked disgusting,” Benner says.
Lets be honest, losing weight is no picnic. And while Benner’s had first-hand experience with this product, she declares that she didn’t notice anything different after a month of taking the pills.
“I kinda gave up.” Benner says. “I went back and forth [whether to buy another set].”
In the end, she decided not to. She realized it was a mistake.
“It was stupid and I regret it,” Benner says.
Now-a-days, more and more females and males are turning toward weight loss pills to quickly shed pounds. You’ve seen those commercials with the Kardashian gals and their “Quick Trim” to assist with weight loss, but March of this year the gorgeous duo was sued for allegedly making “false claims” about the benefits of the product. So why would you waste money purchasing this supplement just because a celebrity is pictured on the label?
“People are so desperate to lose weight that they’ll do anything,” Benner says.
With only a few free periods of YOU time during the day, spending them working out would be a total bummer. Sound familiar? Well, ladies, you must be willing to set aside a little bit of time for exercise to get those fantastic health benefits that come with it.
“You feel relaxed and happier,” Accounting/Finance major Libingwan Cao says. “Your body feels more at ease.”
Plus, let’s be real – you totally want that hot beach body you’ve been working on all summer to stay in top-notch condition, right?
“It’s important to be healthy in general and look good,” Biology/Sociology major Melissa Lester says. “Your clothes fit better when you exercise more.”
Remember, you don’t necessarily need to go to the gym for exercise. You can fit in some killer cardio other ways. And, trust us, these alternatives can be simple and fun.
1. Ride your bike. At least two to three times a week, bike to school instead of cramming on the L waiting for the next train to arrive. Plug in those headphones and jam out to that hot new artist and you won’t even realize you’re burning tons of calories.
“I love you.”
You hear those words all over campus uttered by couples who stand hand and hand gazing into each other’s eyes as they say goodbye before heading off to class. The couples spend all their free time together engaged in study or making out. You just know the two are in love by looking at them. There are dozens of songs written about it and focused on it.
It’s powerful, painful, exciting, absurd, and indescribable. You just have to feel it in order to truly understand. But, when it comes to being “in love” or simply just “love,” what is the difference?
“Being in love to me means you love this person more than anyone on the planet and you would do anything for this person you are in love with,” Sarah Bracken, Elementary Education major says. “Loving something just means having a strong passion for it.”
You can love anything from food, shopping, to working out. It’s easy to “love.” But, the feelings that stem from actually having love for another person is much stronger. Along with love comes commitment, dedication, patience, caringness and comprise, amongst others.
“We are usually more general when we speak of love, but pretty specific when it comes to being in love,” Rachel Thome, Psychology major says.
Love is defined by the little things another person does for you, such as opening doors, buying cute things that made him or her think of you or sending you a caring text asking how your day is going. When it comes to girls, we don’t need a lot, just your touch.
It’s hard to eat healthy when you can smell the delicious aroma of sweet and greasy foods from a mile away. With a ton of lunch trucks to choose from and barely any time to prepare healthy meals, class work and homework tend to take precedence over nurturing your body. But the benefits of eating nutritious meals are well worth the extra work, and trust us, you too can improve your dining habits.
“You have one body,” English major Emily Rupert says. “Give it what it needs and not what your tongue wants.”
According to livestrong.com, roughly 3.2 percent of all new cancer cases are estimated to be associated with obesity. That’s about 41,000 new cases of cancer each year, the National Cancer Institute reports. So, in the long run, poor eating habits can affect a lot more than your waistline.
Typical scenario: you’re late for a class and quickly purchase a pretzel at Annie Anne’s. Without even realizing it, you just consumed 310 calories and you’re not even full. Easy alternative? Grab a handful of whole wheat pretzels to dip in honey mustard and pair it with a fruit cup instead. To motivate yourself, just think about how you’re benefitting your body.
This is the first step to eating healthy -- watching what snacks you consume on a daily basis. When it comes to meals, you should plan ahead. If possible, make your own meals the night before class, like a grilled
If you’ve ever been through a break-up then you know the excruciating feeling that comes along with it. But the next step is just as painful because you must choose to either stay friends or part ways from your now-ex. Do you have a good enough relationship that you can continue a friendship or should you sever ties completely?
“I feel that, at the time, [remaining friends after the breakup] seemed like the right thing to do,” Nikki Kaytus, a history major said. “It was a big adjustment for me because I still felt attached to him. We share the same mutual friends.”
Kaytus, who dated her ex for three years, took the route of staying friends after their break-up. But constantly being around him only reminded her of the days they were together, making it hard to cut herself off emotionally.
“When I look back at it, it probably wasn’t a smart idea. We were still physically connected, so that made it a lot harder,” Kaytus said.
It’s a difficult decision because break-ups are messy and who wants to further complicate them by continuing the friendship? Most of the time, girls don’t end up becoming friends with the ex, like Tara Singapuri, a psychology major.
“Almost all of my exes tried to be friends with me after some time, but I just don't see the point,” Singapuri said.