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Treat yo’self

Many of us have already failed to make our New Year’s resolutions come true, especially about diets or exercising. Diets and exercise are particularly hard when it’s well below freezing outside and all you want to do is enjoy your electric blanket. Even if you have been snacking on Doritos while binge-watching “Bates Motel” on Netflix, it’s important to remember that it’s still the beginning of the year,.You have quite a while to make yourself proud this year.

Personally, I think New Year’s resolutions are just destined to fail. It seems like every time I try to set goals for the new year, I’m so hard on myself that I just get discouraged and give up. It’s important that we all remember that we need to be patient with ourselves and to not punish ourselves with painful diets or going too hard at the gym.

My mantra when I’m trying to eat healthier is, “one good meal won’t make you lose weight, and one bad meal won’t make you fat.” It’s important to find a good balance. The last thing you want to do when trying to diet is to take away all of the foods that you most enjoy.

I have never–and will never–consider salad a meal unless there’s a chicken breast involved in it. It makes me cringe when I see girls Many of us have already failed to make our New Year’s resolutions come true, especially about diets or exercising. Diets and exercise are particularly hard when it’s well below freezing outside and all you want to do is enjoy your electric blanket. Even if you have been snacking on Doritos while binge-watching “Bates Motel” on Netflix, it’s important to remember that it’s still the beginning of the year,.You have quite a while to make yourself proud this year.

picking at salads they clearly don’t like as they sigh about their diet. Dieting shouldn’t feel like a prison sentence. You should still eat foods that you like and treat yourself every now and then.

I’m no nutritionist, but I believe the best way to make yourself feel good and to treat your body right is to limit your alcohol intake. I’ve never woken up hungover and thought, “wow, I’m really glad I did that.” Drinking not only causes a lot of shame and confusion, it’s incredibly bad for your body. I like to get tipsy from time to-time and have fun, but that shouldn’t be a weekly thing. It’s easy in college to lose track of just how much you’re drinking in a week. Last semester I limited myself to one night of heavy drinking every two weeks. Not surprisingly, I lost a bit of weight. On top of that, I felt better and more positive.

Finally, the most important thing to keep in mind when pursuing your health-related New Year’s resolutions, is a goal . It’s easy to set marks such as, “I want to lose ten pounds by spring break.” However, a more graceful solution is to not focus on the numbers on the scale, but to focus on the way you feel. If you feel weak or displeased with yourself, find ways to create positive feelings. I’ve found that doing yoga and eating something that tastes good and is good for me always makes me feel more at ease.

If going to the gym or eating a nutritious meal will make you feel better, do that. If you’ve had a bad day and all you want to do is eat a big bowl of ice cream, do it. One bad meal and one bad day won’t completely ruin your goals, so long as those goals are centered around your happiness.

 

 

Campus dining eating your brain?

It’s no secret that students and campus dining have a bitter-sweet relationship with one another. This semester is my last at RU, but my first with a meal plan. As I sat down to consider whether or not this was a smart move, I reflected on my ability to remember a packed lunch, my long commute and what the general fare at Dalton consisted of.

It may surprise some that I decided a meal plan was a great investment — despite the options of Dalton or Dalton for most meals.

In fact, the importance of not just breakfast, but all meals, is anything but overrated when it comes to school. While Dalton may not provide the greatest presentation of their healthier options (most prominent seem to be the heaviest, carb-loaded options), they do supply students with the kind of healthy foods we need to succeed.

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“While Dalton may not provide the greatest presentation of their healthier options (most prominent seem to be the heaviest, carb-loaded options), they do supply students with the kind of healthy foods we need to succeed.”

In order to perform well in the academic setting, your brain needs the right foods. As the brain is 60% fat, it also needs good fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 oils. These good fats keep the brain strong and flexible, as well as energized. However, when students choose trans and saturated fats, they push out the good fats and block the brain from functioning at its full potential. Instead of going for creamy Chicken Alfredo, choose the baked fish to promote brain function.

While carbs and fats are a concern that many students learn to take control of, sugar seems to be a harder temptation to battle.

Sugar is the main source of energy for our brains. Unfortunately, many seem to not realize or to simply ignore that this constitutes as a powerful drug. It comes with an energetic high and a crash that can’t simply be fixed by starting the cycle over again with another dose. Instead, consume  small amounts of natural sugars (like those in fruits) at breakfast and snack time. Pair them with more filling whole-grains and fiber (which slows the absorption of sugar) to make a meal that will allow you to stay focused through a full day of lectures and homework.

However, none of these choices will do nearly enough good if you forget the most important ingredient for academic success. Water is one thing that Dalton does a decent job of promoting — particularly with their new fruit infused ice water. Held in the vacuoles of your neurons, water assists in circulation and waste removal. Even slight dehydration can impact academic performance. The least one can do to prevent it is to keep a bottle with you throughout the day. Fill it first thing in the morning and make sure to finish it before bed. If you can repeat this process several times during the day you’ll have A’s in hydration and (hopefully) in class!

Freedom from the freshman 15

Most college students are aware of the “freshman 15,” or the weight that new college students put on in their first months on campus. Many people argue that gaining the 15 pounds is inevitable for freshmen, due to their adjustment to college, the fast food options on campus, late night snacking and lack of exercise. Hectic class schedules cause students of all ages to neglect the gym and grab the most convenient food they can get their hands on, which is usually fast food. It can be difficult for college students to maintain their normal weight if there are barely any healthy eating options around campus. Continue reading Freedom from the freshman 15

Wild Greens: Big salads, big taste

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

A common complaint for on campus dining last year was, “Man, I wish there were some place on campus that offered healthier food besides the fried stuff we eat everywhere else.” Looking around campus this year, you may have noticed the Radford University community is rapidly growing and making changes. One of the most noticeable is the new restaurant that has taken the place of Wild Ginger. Wild Greens, as it is now called, is a Subway-esque eatery located in the Bonnie Hurlbert Student Center that allows you to choose one of their specialty salads or the option of creating your own. They offer soup, as well as many different types of salad mixes, toppings and dressings for your dish. You also have the option of adding grilled chicken or steak, tuna or chicken salad, as well as a bread stick on the side to complete the deal. All of these options help you create a meal that is truly your own.

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

As a new restaurant on campus, the line to eat there can sometimes be a bit intimidating, but it’s definitely worth the wait. If you find that you don’t have time, you can always grab one of their ready-made sandwiches prepared with ingredients as fresh as your salads. If you find that you want something a little sweet to top off your healthy meal, they also have desserts such as tiramisu and hot fudge cake.

Wild Greens is a welcome option to the meal choices on campus and offers a fresh alternative for students’ meal plans.

“I really enjoy the new salad bar,” junior Kate Fisher said. “It’s a quick, healthy option that’s great for a busy person like myself. It makes eating healthier much more convenient.”

Judging by the occasional long line, it would seem that most of the student body agrees.

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

Wild Greens is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., noon through 1 a.m. on Saturday and noon to midnight on Sunday. If you haven’t tried it yet, or even if you have, be sure to stop by between any of those hours to get your healthy food fix!