Diet Tips For The New Year
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Diet Tips For The New Year

Simple Tips to Help Achieve Your Diet Resolutions for 2017

Many things happened in 2016 that I think we all want to forget. Famous stars passing, a stressful election, and for some unlucky students, possibly the freshman 15. I know we all want to forget it but those pounds unfortunately carry over.

If you are like me, then you want to make some changes for the better. Here are some diet tips that can have a big impact on your health this next year and get you ready for bathing suit season!

  • Cut the soda and energy drinks. I know that early classes suck, especially if you are like me and you don't like coffee. However, replacing these with water will have a huge impact on your diet. Look at it in a numbers kind of way. Each soda bottle you drink is roughly 180 calories and approximately 50 grams of sugar. So if you had two bottles of soda a day that you cut from your diet, you lose 2,520 calories and 700 grams of sugar. It adds up real quick.
  • Watch the fruits and the fruit juice! I know what you're thinking. "I thought fruits would be a good substitute for candy bars and soda!" You aren't wrong; replacing some junk food with fruit is a great idea... when it's not done in excess. Fruits are sweet because they contain natural sugars. A couple of servings throughout the day are great, but when you eat too sugar that you don't burn off, it turns to fat.
  • Salads don't always equal healthy eating. Sure it sounds great in theory: veggies in a bowl... what could possibly be bad about that? It's got to be healthier to eat a side salad than a thing of fries right? Well not every salad is healthy. Time for more numbers! The average salad from a restaurant contains over 500 calories, most all of which comes from the fatty dressing (honey mustard, ranch, the good stuff). An average order of fries contains roughly 520 calories; they are practically the same. However, using light vinaigrette or limiting the portion of dressing down to the recommended two tablespoons can greatly increase the healthy aspect of that salad. If ya do that, then you are good to go!
  • Substitute deserts with better substitutes. For me, a meal isn't complete without something sweet to eat. Unfortunately that cake does not contain some magical healing properties. It probably contains 240 calories and 50 grams of sugar. It's the same concept as the soda; it all adds up over time.
  • Portion control! This is the single biggest tip for dieting. Any good food can turn into something unhealthy if it's eaten in excess. Websites like can give you a great look into what portion sizes you should be eating to have a healthy diet.

These tips are here to promote the healthier you this year! Let's start this New Year off right!

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New Year, New Me

What to leave behind in 2016.

As 2015 comes to a close, we can't help but reflect on everything the year brought. There were highs and lows, love lost and love found, passes and fails, basics and fuck boys, and even some baby steps in the general direction of discovering who you truly are. While the general New Year's practice is to create a resolution, I prefer to focus my energy on layers I can shed. Instead of attempting a "to do" list for another year, how about focusing on what you want to leave behind in 2015?

1. Negativity
In this busy world, it's easy to let our anxiety beat us down until we feel like giving up. There is no room for that negativity--nothing but more negativity will come from putting yourself down. So pick yourself up and lose that negative attitude. No matter the outcome of what you are trying to accomplish, the point is that you tried.

2. Fears
While we're on the subject of our psyche, we need to also stop being afraid. Stop being afraid to try, afraid to love, afraid to leave, afraid to change, and afraid to live. Everything you've ever dreamed of is on the other side of fear. It's on the other side of the new year.

3. Walls
This one may strike you as odd, but let me explain. You've built walls in so many area of your life. You may have been hurt before and built a wall around your heart. You may have been rejected and built a wall around your dreams. We build walls in hopes to keep ourselves safe, but all they are actually doing is keeping us from being as happy as we deserve to be. If you tear down these walls before the clock strikes midnight on NYE, the opportunities will be endless.

4. Comfort
I'm not talking about your favorite pair of sweats or the blankie you've had since you were little. You may have gotten too comfortable in a routine and stuck with it despite it not being the best thing for you. This is your one life and it's too short to continue doing things that you don't want. Whether it's a relationship, job, or the city you live in, just because you are comfortable doesn't mean it's good. Leave the comfort zones in the past and open up room for adventure.

5. Toxic people
You can't judge a relationship based on how long you've known someone. You can meet someone today that cares for you more than someone who's been in your life for years. You shouldn't hold on to people that make you feel small. Love should always be unconditional, whether it's a significant other, friend, or family member. Cutting ties with those who don't love you unconditionally or treat you with respect will open up room for people with better intentions.

They saying "new year, new me" has always been hard to stick to for the entire next year. I believe that changing up how we think about ourselves leading up to the new year can help us become better versions of ourselves. Instead of taking on a checklist, just lighten your load, and hold on for the ride of your life in 2016.

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The Eight New Year's Resolutions Every Girl Made...One Month Later

Let's be realistic here...

Every girl makes them--unrealistic New Year's resolutions. This year, You vowed to:

1.Stop comparing your body.
You may be envying that girl's flawless abs, meanwhile all she's thinking is how she'd kill for some regular-sized nostrils like yours. Every girl's got something they don't like about themselves, so even though your "nail beds SUCK" and you've got "man shoulders", the girl on the other side of the room is ogling over your perfect [fill in the blank]. You swore you'd see yourself through those eyes this year, which you did, at least for the first week of 2016 until you scrolled through the slew of winter-break-in-Barbados pics. Good God, come on! She can't be THAT thin and have THOSE boobs! That's just not fair!

2.Stop drunk texting.
For many of you, the consumption of alcohol may lead to dietary choices to be immediately regretted come morning. Or you may be like me, and when your cheap alcohol content runs high and your inhibitions low, your preferred vice is the drunk text, paired nicely with regrettable dietary choices. Well STOP IT. You realized if you were waiting to text this guy until your body was in the state where peeing your pants and hugging strangers is normal behavior, it was better left unsent. Funny thing is, resolution No. 2 was much easier when snuggled up in your hometown suburb... then came the first week of classes and 5 shots in, just one "heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyzyyyyy" didn't seem like such a bad idea after all.

3.Rein in that online shopping.
Yes yes, I know Tobi is having a sale, but honestly when are they not? You put your foot down this Jan. 1: This would be the year of a perpetually loaded bank account. But... but... the annual New Year's sale, you earned it after that hangover! Martin Luther King Day Sale, come on, you had no choice, it was for the sake of MLK! The Third Tuesday of the Year sale, how could you resist?! After all, if Econ 101 taught us anything, aside from how to muffle your cries in public, it's that a healthy market needs consumers. We were just doing our civic duty here.

4.Stop putting the effort in with people who aren't doing the same.
Freshman year taught you that making new friendships takes effort, and a lot of it. But when the dining hall dates, conversation initiations, and ugly Snapchats were solely coming from your end, you knew to leave that could-be-bestie in first semester. Time to put energy into two-way relationships where you're appreciated and your presence enjoyed. But Beth has really good connections and how were you expected to land a winter formal date without her masterful liaison? Being overly nice never hurt anyone, right?! That's a better resolution, anyway.

5.Take the interesting class over the easy A.
When you break it down, each course you take in college will cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars, depending on where you go. So while, yes, a pristine GPA may be the goal, you wanted to put (at least a few of) those big bucks to use. This was your year to consider a course that may challenge you, interest you, at the very least allow you to use some critical thinking. It sounded nice anyway...until class registration came around and everyone knows you can't get into med school without a 4.2, let's be real. Sure, you got a 5 in AP Spanish, but you can never be too well prepared for an introductory level course, right?

This bears repeating. (See resolution No. 1.) In case you already forgot, which you probably did, you really vowed to stop doing this--especially if you spent your eve at one of those clubs where a BMI 18 was required along with the cover charge (and somehow you managed to slip in past the bouncer.) Still working on this one.

7.Go to office hours.
Your professor wants to put a face to the name and you want him to get to know you better than just the girl who he occasionally catches watching baby animal videos in lecture. Last semester you had no idea what the fuck was going on in class; and chances are, the professor did. This time around, you decide it can't hurt to pop in. You were going to anyway, you really were, but as it turns out, the material isn't the problem anymore, your professor is just an asshole...In which case, hitting up that senior kid who doesn't wear socks but offered his 24/7 tutoring services proved the superior route.

8.Read a book.
When was the last time you read a book that was not assigned? Chances are, it was sometime between 3rd and 6th grade. So maybe it's time to peruse your recommended page on Amazon for a Kindle book to read. You can even download it instantly... so, there's really no excuse. Believe it or not, the new year has included lots of leisurely reading time thus far between the extra course load, new part time job, planning of your sorority's annual fundraiser, and applying to internships. [Insert sarcastic laugh here.] This post will surely meet this year's reading quota... right?

This was supposed to be your year! You rang in the year of the dragon! Or is it the rat? You sought out to learn something interesting, tuck yourself into a good page turner, and flaunt what you've got... but January had different plans for you. Perhaps it's time to make some more realistic expectations for ourselves next year.

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5 Easy Vegan/Vegetarian Dishes to Make in Your Dorm Room

Simple dishes that work for hardcore vegans to Meatless Monday converts.

Contemplating trying veganism or vegetarianism? Even if it's just for a Meatless Monday, check out these five simple recipes (that aren't lame salads) that will inspire both your health aspirations and your tastebuds.

1. Avocado Toast
This is the staple vegan/vegetarian dish, as I'm sure you've noticed if you follow any food bloggers or Instagramers. Get creative and try different toppings, or keep it simple with just some salt and pepper. I'm a fan of Red Hot and Old Bay as toppings.

2 pieces of toast (or rice cakes)
1 ripe avocado
Seasoning or toppings of choice

Halve avocado and spread on toast with a fork. Season and enjoy.

2. Quinoa Salad
Like avocados, quinoa is one of those essential vegan/vegetarian staples. It's another recipe that you can personalize and change up however you like. I like cooking quinoa and then adding raw bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, and onion with some garlic and lemon juice, but the possibilities are endless.

1 serving quinoa
1 cucumber
1 large tomato
2 bell peppers
1/4 cup onion
2 clove garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Prepare quinoa per instructions on package. Crush garlic and add lemon juice and olive oil. Chop all other ingredients into small pieces and mix into quinoa and lemon juice mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold.

3. Veggie Tacos
This is a really easy dish to make and great if you're dining with a mix of omnivores and herbivores. You can add or subtract ingredients (like meat, cheese, and sour cream) to accommodate everyone, and the basics of rice, beans, and sauteed peppers are a breeze to make, and inexpensive to buy.

vegetable broth
2 bell peppers
1 onion
cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
can of black beans
corn shells

Cook rice as instructed on package, substituting vegetable broth for water. Slice peppers and onions. Saute onions and peppers in olive oil and add cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to taste. Warm black beans. Serve with salsa and guacamole.

4. Baked Chickpeas
A great snack food that's actually good for you. A can of chickpeas, some olive oil, and whatever seasoning you like to make these crunchy and addictive bites.

1 can of chickpeas
olive oil
seasoning of choice

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse and dry chickpeas. Roll chickpeas in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and seasoning of choice (I like old bay or curry powder). Bake for 40 minutes or until chickpeas are crunchy.

5. Vegetarian Coconut Curry
So you may be picturing a million spices and a huge vat of bubbling liquid--don't worry, that's not what this is. It's surprisingly simple to make a quick vegetarian curry, with just a few ingredients.

1/2 chopped onion
1 chopped bell pepper.
1 cubed sweet potato
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 2/3 cup coconut milk.

In a large pan, saute onion, bell pepper, sweet potato, broccoli, and ginger in coconut oil until vegetables are tender. Add coconut milk and curry powder. Bring to a boil and then lower and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Serve alone or with rice.

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Can We Please Get Rid of the New Year, New Me Bullshit?

A new year doesn't necessarily have to mean a new you.

Everyone is saying it, Snapchatting it, Tweeting it: "New year, new me." And while this idea has likely helped improve the lives, well-being, and mindsets of many, it is not the only solution or avenue to self-improvement. You don't need a new year to reinvent yourself.


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Trust me, I get it. A new year is a milestone, a fresh slate--and people want to make the most of it. Think about it: You survived all the crap that was thrown your way in the last year, and you deserve to make the next year one that you will be proud to look back on. But Jan. 1 isn't the only day that you should feel motivated to cut off toxic people, limit bad habits, or get rid of things that no longer benefit you as a person. You should you cut off the negative aspects of your life any time or day that you choose, not just with the new year.

In college you will probably have one-night stands. You will meet--and bond with--people in bar bathrooms or in class and never talk to them again. But don't let the people who left scars on your soul last year do the same in 2016, or any year. In five years will it matter that at midnight on New Years you kissed a champagne bottle instead of an actual person? Nope, if anything it's a great story.

While cutting off people in your life that weigh you down, also focus on the possibility to invite new people in. I met my best friend at a concert attended by 2,300 other people, and while it was a little unusual to spark up a friendship in that setting, it was one of the best leaps of faith I have ever taken.

And keep in mind that just because January passes does not mean that your chance to better your life is gone for 2016. You are allowed to leave anything or anyone that doesn't benefit you, no matter what the date. You are worth it.

Make 2016 the year of adventures. Make it the year of exploring. It should be the year of new people and new experiences It should be the year when you leave the bad people and things behind and find the good ones. Make it the year of you. You've made it to 2016, treat yo' self, no matter what the date or year.

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4 Unexpected Challenges of Becoming More Health Conscious

Changing my habits has made me feel much better.

I made the choice about a year to start eating healthier and exercising almost every day. I had constantly looked at people who nommed on their Greek yogurt and talked about their yoga classes and admired their healthy resolve and flat stomachs.

I finally made the choice, and there have been some not-so obvious challenges that I've had to deal with since making this lifestyle decision.

Challenge #1: My family worried about why I wanted to be healthy.
This is one challenge I did not see coming at all. When I started having apples every day, forgoing ice cream, or at least having smaller amounts, my mom was concerned that I was becoming obsessed with my weight.

I will admit, at the start, that absolutely would have had merit, but now I eat healthy because it's better for me. Another added bonus is that I can eat more of it because the food has less calories. Losing weight along the way has just become a bonus.

Challenge #2: I had to combat a a sugary pantry inventory.
I still live with my parents, and they are still buying for everyone in the family. I will go in to grab some whole wheat bread, and see some fudge striped cookies right next to it. Before I really cracked down on saying no to excessive sugar, that was an issue. Most of the food I have now has to be in the fridge because it needs to be refrigerated, so I try to avoid looking in the pantry.

Challenge #3: I started to judge other people and their food choices.
When I first started eating really healthy, I became arrogant. I would look at other people's plates and compare them to my own. I would think I was so much better than them because I had made the healthy choice for a meal.

I realized almost immediately how arrogant I was becoming, so I made a quick change. From that point on, I had to adapt a different mindset and remember not to compare myself to others.

Challenge #4: I had to overcome my super pickiness in regard to food.
I am a super picky person, so finding healthy foods that I actually liked was a bit of a pain, but when I did find a food that I liked, I latched onto it. The only problem I encountered in the beginning was that I didn't have a whole lot of variety, so I was eating a lot of minerals and nutrients, but I would miss out on some others because I didn't like those foods. The hunt for healthy foods was arduous, but it was worth it in the end.

Since I have made this change, some good things have come out of it. I feel better about myself for picking healthier foods. I've become less sluggish because I have been eating energy efficient foods. I have also lost a lot of extra belly fat. I've become physically stronger from exercising more often and I like the feeling.

Lastly, I've noticed that I'm now a healthy role model for people look up to. My family has started to eat a little bit healthier thanks to my new eating habits. Some people have asked me how I made the change to live healthier. To that, I say, you just have to start. Don't plan the beginning of your journey, just jump in. Make what sacrifices you can and do your best. You don't need to impress anyone else other than yourself.