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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Healthy Habits to Consider this Spring Break


Spring-15When school is in session, there often just isn’t enough time to work on a healthier lifestyle. Eating oatmeal and a banana for breakfast? With a smoothie to drink? Many college kids don’t even spend time eating breakfast at all, whether that breakfast is a three course feast or a bowl of cereal with possibly expired milk. The nice thing about living such a hectic lifestyle is that when a break comes, the world seems to move in slow motion. Even if you’ll still be working a job over spring break, the lack of school will likely transmit itself into little gaps of time that you suddenly have no clue what to do with. While this sudden freedom may be short-lived, you might be able to use the time to implement some healthy habits into your lifestyle that will last even when you return to the books. Continue reading

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Eating to Combat Anxiety


liz-lemon-have-it-all-650x362The first week of a new quarter is notoriously stressful. It’s hit me like never before this winter (though it probably feels that way every time), and I expect that the majority of my fellow students are currently feeling like butter spread over too much bread (because the world needs more LOTR references). I’ve written about less concrete ways of dealing with anxiety before, but just like certain foods can help us to concentrate, certain foods can also help us in the fight against stress. Continue reading


Foods to Jump-Start Your Workout


officeFirst of all, if you workout regularly, hats off to you. Now hats back on so I can type with two hands. While exercising can be a great way to work up an appetite, our bodies (obviously) aren’t capable of as much when we’re low on fuel to begin with. This can lead to a shorter workout followed by a huge meal with calories that we don’t get the chance to make healthy use of. Therefore, the merit of eating a little while before a workout might be greater than we think. To go deeper with it, there are certain foods that make for optimal pre-workout grub: Continue reading


Eating as Ourselves


leslieDo you perform any rituals before you eat certain foods? This could be something as elaborate as a dance across the living room with socks on your hands pre-oatmeal, or something as simple as tapping your fork against the plate before digging into spaghetti. If you do practice such routine, you probably think of it as inconsequential, not something that directly affects the meal you’re about to eat, simply a personal quirk that feels right to you, for whatever reason. As it turns out, individual rituals performed before the act of eating have been shown to actually improve the taste of the food you’re about to consume.  Continue reading


Eating Healthier for Less


keep-calm-and-help-me-i-m-poor-12A lot of people (including the writer of this post) would like to eat healthier and more organically than they do, but find the task to be economically unfeasible. The frugal thing to do is to buy six packets of ramen for a dollar, then add imaginary bits of carrot and stir them in with the noodles. Yum yum. Real, fresh fruits and veggies are costlier to come by, an expense that seems impossible to mix with an already strained budget. If you’re eligible for a SNAP EBT card, there’s a super cool program going on called “fresh bucks” that could assist you in your pursuit of non-imaginary produce. Continue reading