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5 Morning Musts For A Successful Day

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Mornings can be tough, but they don’t have to be! Check out my five “morning musts” for a better start to your day!

1. Stretch

Stretching first thing after waking up has many benefits. Along with relaxing your body and muscles, stretching in the morning also relaxes your mind and improves your circulation. This allows you to begin your day in a calm and relaxed state.

Morning Stretching

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2. Eat Breakfast

It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason. Even if you are one of those people who don’t like to eat in the morning, try it! It’s important to start the day off well-nourished. If you do not have time to sit down and eat in the morning, grab something for on-the-go like a piece of fruit, granola bar, or juice. 

Good Morning Breakfast

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3. Drink Warm Lemon Water

We’ve all heard that lemon water is beneficial for our bodies, but have you heard the many benefits of drinking warm lemon water on an empty stomach? It does wonders for your digestive system and flushes out toxins!

Warm lemon water

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4. Prioritize

Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed at the beginning of the day if you feel like you have too much to do with too little time. The trick is to make a list, whether it be on paper or in your head, that roughly schedules out when you will complete each task that day. This way you can feel more organized and can calm down knowing you have a basic idea of how your day will go. 

To-Do List

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5. Slather on the SPF

Protect your skin! Always remember to apply sunscreen. Wear broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays all year round, especially in the warmer seasons as more of your skin is exposed. For those who wear makeup, you can skip the process of applying sunscreen by using makeup that already has SPF in it. 

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Do you have any ‘morning musts” that you can’t go a morning without? Tell us in a comment below!

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Quick Fix For A Swimsuit Body

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Summer always creeps up on us a lot faster than we’re prepared for! I’ve together a few quick fixes that can help you slim down and shed those few extra pounds to help feel comfortable in that swimsuit!

1. Cut-Out Unnecessary Sugar

You should definitely add this to your routine anyway, but to kick start your slim down, this is a must. Throw out sugary cereals, soda, candy, and anything that is unnecessary for your diet. If you must add something sweet to your diet, grab a piece of dark chocolate!

Say No To Sugar

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2. Substitute With Fruit

For every meal, replace a normal carb for fruit. I started doing this a few weeks ago, and without tough workouts, I’ve already seen results. Instead of toast, have a bowl of fruit. Instead of potatoes, have some fruit. Stock up on a wide variety of fruit so you can change it up every meal!

A Bowl of Mixed Fruit

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3. Add A Workout

Now, for me, this is the hardest one to add because of my lack of time. But, even if I have 10 minutes, I’ve started going outside and running sprints back and forth on my front lawn. Something is better than nothing, so at least drop down and do 10 pushups!

Quick Workout

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4. Drink More Water

This is probably the most important thing to do because it will keep you full longer, flush out toxins, and keep you hydrated. If you’re really on crunch time, try drinking about a gallon a day until your event. If you’ve got time, at least drink 8 cups, but shoot for more!

Female College Student Drinking Water Outside

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These tips have helped me, especially when I have a special event coming up! Tailor these to fit your needs, and you will start to look and feel great!

What tricks do you have?

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6 Ways To De-Stress

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We all have those days where it seems like there’s not enough time (or coffee) to do everything you need to do. Whether it’s finals, a hard day at work, or even just a particularly stressful day – knowing how to relieve some of your stress can be beneficial to your health, not to mention your sanity. Try some of these methods the next time you need to relax:

1. Take A Breath

If you start to feel the pressure, stop and take a deep breath. Breathing deeper brings more oxygen to your brain, which can help reduce tension and relieve some of that stress. It will also give you a moment to mentally take a step back from the situation.

Female Taking A Deep Breath Outside

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2. Talk It Out

Call your best friend or someone you enjoy talking to. You can feel a lot better after talking about everything that has been bothering you. Sometimes the person you talk to can even give you helpful advice.

Talking With Your Best Friend To Relieve Stress

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3. Go For A Run

Running can help clear your mind and give you time to yourself and away from any stress-inducing factor. In addition to being a stress reliever, it doubles up as some added exercise! The Endorphins your body produces during exercise will reduce stress, improve your sleep, and ward off anxiety. Make time to take a short jog or trip to the elliptical.

Going for a run to relieve stress

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4. Think Positive

Make a list of things you’re grateful for. People who focus on the positives are less likely to be impacted by stress. Write down a list of things you’re grateful for and remember to focus on these things at times you are feeling down or overwhelmed.

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5. Music

Music can have a major impact on your feelings. Listening to happy and soothing music can help lower stress levels from evoking positive emotions. Put together a playlist of songs that make you feel happy and relaxed that you can play at any instance of stress.

College male listening to music to relieve stress

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6. Chocolate

How about having some chocolate? Who wouldn’t want to eat chocolate to throw their worries away? Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, which are not just good for preventing heart disease, but also are great for minimizing stress.

Eating chocolate to reduce stress

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Yesterday, I was walking across the street, getting pelted by the typical springtime Oregon rain and thinking about how many things I had to do. I got to the other side of the street and this random guy looks up, smiles at me, and says, “Don’t worry, smile! It’s not all bad! Stressful moments will always be there, but just remember that there is always something to be happy about and these moments will pass.

How do you relieve your stress?

 

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The 5 Benefits of Coconut Oil

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I was on the Paleo diet a few years ago, and although the majority of that didn’t last long (no sugar, grains, or dairy), I did take one good thing away from that experience: coconut oil. Most people negatively associate oil with greasy food, but coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits:

1. Coconut Oil Has “Good” Fat

Coconut oil consists of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), which are fatty acids. Don’t see the word “fat” and panic –  these fatty acids have a different form of metabolizing than the long chains of fat that are found in cheese or steak. MCT’s go straight to your liver from the digestive tract, where they’re converted to energy or Alzheimer’s-fighting ketone bodies. This good fat balances out our hormones, our thyroid, and our blood sugar levels, as well as lowering the bad cholesterol.

Coconut Oil

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2. Energy Boost

In a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the MCT’s are proven to give you a 5% increase in energy. This means that by doing nothing but adding coconut oil to your diet, you can burn approximately an extra 120 calories per day!

Energy Boost Jump

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3. Fight Infections

The next time you are not feeling very well, try taking a spoonful of coconut oil. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid and Monolaurin – both of which are natural antibiotics.

Female College Student Not Feeling Well

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4. Summer Body

Although it seems counter-intuitive to eat fat to lose fat, the unique way that coconut oil is metabolized can result in an appetite-reducing effect with up to 256 fewer calories in a day! The unique metabolizing factor also leads to a decrease in abdominal fat, which (as anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight, ever, knows) can be difficult to lose.

Fit Summer Body

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5. Lotion / Hair Conditioner

Coconut oil, being an oil, is obviously going to be moisturizing. This, combined with its anti-bacterial properties and delicious coconut scent, makes it the perfect way to soften your skin or hair.

Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner

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If you haven’t tried coconut oil, I highly recommend it. So, what are you waiting for?

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Preparing For The Stuffing

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We all know Thanksgiving is infamous for making us feel sluggish and bloated. We may even incidentally gain a few pounds from holiday meals and then feel guilty for eating all of that wonderfully delicious food. For the past couple of years, I discovered a way to make my Thanksgiving meals more enjoyable by preparing for a giant feast. About two weeks prior, I have done a small “almost diet” to balance out the weight gain. I want to share the four steps I take to prepare my body before I hit that huge bowl of stuffing!

1. No Soda

UGH, I know, this isn’t easy. Soda has become a dominant drink for our consumption, especially for college students. I’m a huge diet coke drinker, and even though it is diet, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a ton of sugar. I cut it out completely and stuck to sparkling water. I always lose a few pounds just from that alone!

Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Cans

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2. No Fast Food

Again, as a college student, fast food is sometimes the answer to all my problems, but a few weeks before turkey day, I lay off. Even if you get a prepared salad, it will have twice as many calories as if you were to prepare it yourself at home.

Fast Food Hamburger Fries

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3. Drink Water

I’m a pretty decent water drinker on a regular basis, but during this season I quick it up a notch. I drink about 8 bottles a day, and I add lemon because it is an amazing natural detox.

Glass of Water

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4. Add Some Exercise

I go up and down through phases of exercise, and definitely around midterms I hit a lull. So, for the few weeks before the holidays I make sure that I at least walk 1 mile, do 50 pushups, sit-ups, and a plank every day. It really doesn’t take that long at all, and it’s amazing how great your body feels just from that small amount of exercise!

Girl Doing Sit Ups Exercise

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I encourage you to tweek this list and make it your own, but I promise it will make your Thanksgiving meal (and the following upcoming holiday meals) that much more enjoyable knowing that you are aware of your body’s limits and that you are taking care of it!

Just remember that it is normal for everyone to add a couple of pounds during the colder season, especially when big heavy meals

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