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Preparing For The Stuffing

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

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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5 Healthy Meals for College Students – Brought to You by BookRenter™ and ZocDoc

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Eating well while you’re in school can be a challenge for a myriad of reasons: it’s expensive (I’m looking at you, Whole Foods, you temptress); there aren’t enough hours in the day for extensive prep time; and dorm rooms don’t usually have the necessary appliances to create that gourmet experience.

That’s why BookRenter partnered with ZocDoc to create five healthy, quick meals on the cheap to add variety and protein to your daily food consumption.

Each meal:
• Is less than 500 calories
• Costs under $3 per serving
• Takes 30 minutes or less to make
• Requires only a microwave

These quick and easy ideas are sure to satisfy your hunger pangs, wallet, and other limitations. So get to cooking!

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Fitting In Fitness

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The beginning of a new school year is a busy time between catching up with old friends, making new ones, and trying to find time for schoolwork while the weather is still nice and the lake is calling your name. Oh yeah, and you’re supposed to remain fit during all of the craziness? Yikes.

Making time for exercise is actually a lot easier than you think! Here are some simple ways to squeeze some fitness in during those busy college days:

1. Schedule It

Instead of telling yourself you will work out tomorrow, set a specific time of when. Schedule a time after your last class of the day, for example, and try to make it in every time you have that class. Or, wake up extra early for an early morning workout. If you have a set time to work out, it will feel like it is a part of your busy schedule and will become habitual.

Female College Student Riding Gym Bike Fitness Exercise

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2. Fitness Class

If you sign up for a fitness class, you will feel obligated to attend! These classes typically only take an hour of your time and offer a full-body workout. Most university gyms also offer group fitness classes that have a variety of ways to exercise (kickboxing, cycling, etc) and are less than an hour.

College Girls Doing Zumba Fitness Class At Gym

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3. Workout Buddy

Going to the gym is always easier when you have someone to go with. They will be encouraging you on those days when it would be easier to sleep in, rather than hitting the treadmill. Plus, the time spent will go by faster!

College Guys Working Out Together At The Gym Workout Buddies

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4. Athletic Club

Most colleges have a ton of athletic club sports or intramural teams you can join. Not only is it a great way to stay in shape, it’s a great way to meet people. Along with that, if you make friends on the team, you will want to show up to see them. Win-win!

College Guys Playing Intramural Sport Football Fitness

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5. Interval Training

Doing intervals (short, intense workout bursts with frequent rest versus one long workout) is a great way to get a lot more sweaty in a lot less time than a normal workout. This can work for weight training, the treadmill, or whatever.

Female College Student Doing Jumping Jacks Outside Fitness Interval Training

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Although it may seem like you are too busy to exercise, it is important and really not too hard to find time. There are multiple ways to find ways to make it fit, depending on your schedule and what you what to achieve. You need to fit in time for fitness!

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The Power Of A Nap

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Loni Gibson Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

With classes in full swing, you may be finding it a bit difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Don’t feel guilty about a power nap before you start studying, there are many benefits associated with sneaking in a decent nap before class or starting homework.

1. Memory

Napping improves your working memory associated with completing complex tasks where you actually need to pay attention. While you are sleeping, your memories are moved to the neocortex and become stored as long-term memories.

Young Girl Thinking Memory

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2. Perception

Naps improve your sensory perception, meaning when you wake up your walls are brighter, your Chipotle smells better, and your Dr. Pepper is that much more refreshing. Napping also loosens and refreshes your web of ideas and helps fuse everything together. Think of it like re-fragmenting your computer; this is what sleeping does to your brain.

Young College Girl Waking Up From Sleeping Refreshed Memory

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3. Health

Sleep deprivation increases the stress hormone, cortisol. Too much cortisol weakens your muscular and immune system, increases glucose intolerance, adds abdominal fat, and decreases levels of growth hormones and testosterone in your body.

Healthy College Student

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4. Normal Functioning

Piling homework on with no sleep actually decreases your productivity. Sleep is required for normal daily functioning, especially for the life of a busy college student. So do yourself a favor and take a quick nap every now and then. You won’t regret it.

Male College Student Falling Asleep On His Homework

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Anyone sleepy yet?

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How To Manage Stress In College

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

College students are under a lot of pressure at school. Shelling out hundreds of dollars for each class we take really puts the pressure on making sure we pass, otherwise we not only wasted money, we wasted time. And finding out we didn’t pass a class, or an important test, can only add to the stress. It can be a vicious cycle.

Whether you are going to be a freshman in college this fall, or you are just continuing on as an undergrad, there are plenty of ways to help manage your stress levels this school year.

1. Essential Oils

Lavender is one of the best scents to have around you in the morning, before a test, or even before you fall asleep at night. It’s known for its calming capabilities to decrease anxiety and provide a natural stress relief. You can inhale the scent through a diffuser, you can squeeze a few drops into a warm bath before bed, or you can add a few drops to your morning/evening cup of tea. Essential oils are available at most health stores.

Lavendar Essential Oil Aroma Therapy

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2. Breathing Exercises

I know, I know. Breathing techniques don’t usually get an overwhelmingly positive cheer. Most of the time, that is because a lot of people have trouble forcing themselves to pause and really focus on their breathing. In a yoga class I took this summer, I learned a really helpful technique: alternating breathing through each nostril. SHAPE magazine explains this technique here.

Girl Practicing Breathing Exercises

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3. Take Care Of Business Early

When I was in college, often times I worried about having enough time to get things done. I was working two jobs and always had at least three classes to manage. Early on, I figured out that getting homework or studying done early was the key to not feeling overwhelmed and preventing stress headaches.

College Student Doing Math Geometry Homework

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4. Get A Massage

Check your health center for massage deals they have for students. Usually it will cost a lot less than going to a regular massage clinic in town. At my campus, it was about a dollar a minute, sometimes less! Your campus also has counseling centers, which can be really helpful if you just need to someone to talk to about your worries. Counselors always have great insight.

Male College Student Getting Massage

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It will also help that in addition to all of this, to eat healthy, get in exercise (even if it’s just a brief walk in the evenings), and go to sleep early! Do not cheat yourself on sleep! When you are tired and not taking care of yourself, things tend to seem worse than they are since your anxiety increases as your patience decreases.

Stress is not good for your health, so treat yourself to some relaxation and be sure to take it easy!

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