Summer: The Perfect Time to Try Something New

Well, we did it. Summer is nearly here and we’ve made it through another semester. In January, I posted about ways to start the semester stress-free, the benefits of sleep and how to eat healthy while busy and on a budget. Hopefully, you used some of my tips this semester and made your life just a little bit healthier. If not, no hard feelings – summer is a great time to get a new health plan started.

Read the rest of this entry »

Nutrition News: High Arsenic Levels Found in Organic Foods

I Don’t Remember Ordering Arsenic

In an attempt to eat healthy you grab for the organic version of a favorite food, but be careful.

A recent study by Dartmouth University showed high levels of arsenic in organic foods and baby formula that list organic brown rice syrup as a primary ingredient. Arsenic is linked to cancer, chronic diseases and developmental effects in children.

Read the rest of this entry »

Saving Time with Slow Cookers

Okay, fine. I’ll admit it. I am a 21-year-old that uses a Crock-Pot and vehemently believes in its greatness. Slow cookers are wonderful for people on the go. Simply spend 20 minutes or so preparing the ingredients, put them in the cooker and leave it for several hours while your food cooks and you get on with your daily activities.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Power of Sleep

Sleep deprivation. To student and many others, getting the recommend amount of sleep every night is nearly impossible. Life often gets in the way, and as everyone knows, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. If you haven’t done so before, think about what cutting out sleep does to your body.

Read the rest of this entry »

Simple recipes to stay healthy

Thinking about nutrition is hard when you’ve already got so much else on your plate. School, work, family and social agendas often make eating healthy a last priority, but getting the right nutrition can increase your energy and health.

Read the rest of this entry »

Schedule Your Stress Away

The time has come for spring semester classes to start, and like most students, I have spent the week denying winter break is over.

 Professors and instructors often use this week to read syllabi and outline course requirements. Students, in turn, put off buying books and reading assignment schedules. While chances are nothing will be due until the next week, or maybe later than that, I want to encourage students to get organized now to avoid stress in the future.

Read the rest of this entry »

Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen

The “freshman fifteen” is dreaded by most incoming college students. However, I foolishly thought I would be immune to such a cliché thing. I mean, how hard could it be to stay semi-healthy at college? I found out the hard way that it is beyond difficult. I am going to avoid mentioning, just as any girl would, exactly how much weight I gained in my first two years of college, but just know extra pounds definitely appeared. Almost all of my weight gain happened within my freshman and sophomore years.

Read the rest of this entry »

Develop Lifelong Healthy Habits

Looking back, I can honestly say college was when I was at my healthiest. Reading recently about the Freshman 15, the condition so named when students gain up to 15 pounds their first semester in college, I wondered why I did not fit the norm. The Freshman 15 is not a disease or virus, but due to a drastic change in eating habits. That’s when I realized I made a drastic change, but for the better.

Read the rest of this entry »