Sunday, December 6, 2009
Can all men be like this? Most likely not - I believe they call that cynicism.
Well, I was quite a little snacker today, especially since I was in and out of the library.
The chilly temperatures made my ginormous cuppa peppermint-flavored joe lukewarm on my walk over to start studying. Many servings of Stacy's pita chips were consumed along with Sabra's roasted garlic hummus... which I bought on sale at Publix:)
Post-studying dinner consisted of leftover fajitas and a Clif bar for dessert:)
As for now, it's back to the books. I can't wait to be an old woman tonight and hit the hay early after a long day:)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
It has been quite a day- Hurricane Ida has remained pretty stagnant unfortunately, and it's still raining juuust enough to put a damper on the evening.
P.S.: Happy Veteran's Day! I've been keeping them and their families in my thoughts today. Thanks for fighting for our freedoms:)
Meals today were uninspiring and very collegiate. See what I mean? Great Grains (mmmMMMmm the expensive cereal of my childhood was bogo at Publix) ... in a drinking glass. However, when the milk poured it went down the sides slowly & kind of reminded me of the way Guiness settles in its glass... even though I'm NOT a fan of such heavy beers... I prefer fruity ales:)
This... times two:
And a Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna bar pre-Gilmore Girls/John and Kate Plus 8 treadmill time.
Hope your night will be just as fun!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Today, I will leave you with a small food re-cap of what I've eaten, with a special foreign highlight of what may be the most delicious, indulgent treat I've met to date.
Back to Julie & Julia- But, first and as promised... (drum roll, please)
Krowka!!! Theeee most delicious Polish treat known to man- it's called cream fudge here but tastes more caramelly (looove inventing words) and has a chewy center... wonder what this is like drizzled over oats?
And, yes, that is Christmas tinsel you see lining my kitchen island as of November 10;))) Does Michael Buble have a holiday CD?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The recent uproar over the possibility of what some have called socialized medicine is rapidly dividing society into two competing sides, much like the debates that revolve around abortion. It seems nearly impossible for the outcome of Congress' votes to balance the current system in relation to what the media has most likely exaggerated the possible health care option's outcome to be.
Where do you stand on this debacle? This article breaks the information down for the every day person. It lists some on-going problems and offers solutions to the reader. It helped me take a more confident stand on my beliefs.
As with all media outlets, news coverage is sure to differ based on whether the source is a more liberal or more conservative medium. A good example of two very different information sources is the Fox News Web site in comparison with The New York Times.
I chose one specific problem to highlight, to show how it was covered in two very different mediums, to describe what angle the story was covered with and whether or not it was covered fairly.
A major problem regarding health care reform is the amount of uninsured Americans.
Liberal newspaper articles I have read tend to be on the side of the underdog employee who works two or more jobs, yet can't seem to make ends meet. As a result, this person ends up living paycheck to paycheck to be able to pay the bills and put food on the table for his or her family.
I find it hard to say they shouldn't be standing up for the everyday American. Our nation's families are having an even more difficult time paying bills, considering the current economy, especially after making cutbacks that the current economic situation has led most of us to do.
According to this article, "13.4 percent of adults in the 18-64 age group had no health insurance" for over a year.
Conservative papers and sites seem as though they tend to turn a colder shoulder to the hard workers left hoping they don't end up sick: The Fox News Web site showed its true colors in the following articles regarding the health care reform debate:
- This article argues about their lack of action, and
- This article discusses the amount privately insured families pay for the uninsured.
The above articles have a major factor in common. Each was covered from a supposedly biased angle that proves how the two media outlets, Fox News and The New York Times, have remained biased over time, and how that has enormously affected many peoples' opinions.
Even though I did not inject my opinions into this article, I am impacted daily by debates that occur in Publix regarding the reform, and customers freely injecting me with their opinions (often with a sarcastic tone or a smirk added for emphasis) as they pay for Gator merchandise.
One thing is for certain: no matter which way healthcare falls, it will remain a heated topic in society for years to come.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The tangled web between the three elements can certainly be referred to as a tangled one. Depressed women in their mid-20s were more likely to struggle with alcohol later in life, and that those women were likely to become obese.
The doctors also found obesity and depression to be related subjects.
Alcohol is a dangerous substance for anyone. Peer pressure can cause female teenagers and even tweens to begin to guzzle booze. The bad habit often continues well through college, where social situations and stress can further trigger feelings of needing to drink.
As fun as happy hour can be, hitting the bars night after night has now officially been proven destructive in terms of your happiness and waistline.
Bottom line: Addictions start early, so monitor your mind and body's health.
The next time the next time a night out turns into a bar crawl, remember that a glass of wine with the girls has the potential to turn into shots ofnd can affect your life in ways unbeknownst to your present "5 o'clock somewhere" state of mind.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Group conditioning classes, held outdoors and often in the early mornings, and involve "logs, wheelbarrow and sandbags as circuit machines, Pilates equipment and other gym staples."
The low-tech devices, some of which is borrow from the Soviet Union, and medicine balls, which the trainers make by filling "an animal bladder with water or sand" revert back to workouts before the four-minute workout was invented.
Could a shift back to older devices have something to do with the downward shift in the economy? Could the "classic" workout bring comfort to those reminiscing about the old days?
Many people have traded in their cars for bicycles, not only saving money on gas, car payments and insurance but getting a cardio workout on the way to the office.
The workout group economically turned a "parking lot into a workout facility" with no "airconditioning and no heater." A client researched classic boot camp-style workouts after watching the popular reality show "The Biggest Loser."
Whatever the reason, flipping a "big, old tractor tire and a sledgehammer" will work every body who dares to try the feat.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The news is music to my ears, and lungs for that matter. Just this evening, I was walking home from my anthropology class enjoying the fresh nighttime air in The Plaza of the Americas.
Much to my dismay, a fellow walker's cigarette smoke got caught in the wind and billowed its way up my nostrils.
This was not a pleasant way to start off the weekend.
The July 1 campus-wide ban will include all types of tobacco.
According to the Independent Florida Alligator, 64 percent of student voters approved the ban during the previous spring semester.
Tobacco-Free Together, an organization that is part of the Health Science Center and ShandsHealthcare, will provide information about "counseling services, self-help materials and medicines to help smokers and tobacco-users quit successfully," which can be accessed on their Web site.
Gainesville was recognized as the healthiest community in America. A smoking ban could do nothing but keep the college town in top health for years to come.
More information about the ban and resources to break an addictive habit can be found here.
*Note: This may not be the newest of news for Gainesville readers, but I was reminded about this great news in one of my morning classes.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
As I recollected the previous evening's events, which I spent tossing and turning and becoming entangled within bedsheets, I perused Anahod O'Connor New York Times article, which can be found here, where he discussed the topic.
Flu season is drawing near. Shots are $5 at the Student Health Care Center on campus. Advertisements for medicines to fight the illness are filling primetime cable slots.
O'Connor wrote that "studies have demonstrated that poor sleep and susceptibility go hand in hand, and [that] scientists think it could be a reflection of the role sleep plays in maintaining the body's defenses."
As a college student, we often get less than ideal amounts of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation states that as adults (being over 18 years of age), that we need 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Combine those 7-9 hours with school - homework and studying included, working and socializing with friends, and it seems fairly difficult to meet the bare minimum amount of required sleep.
I polled fellow students to see if the amount of sleep they got on an average night met these requirements.
On most weekdays, it was common to see they would fall asleep anywhere between 1 and 2 a.m., and woke up around 8 a.m. the next morning, averaging about six hours of sleep.
All students fell below the average, and all students claimed they felt groggy for up to three hours after waking.
With the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine flu, running rampant around college campuses, getting the proper amount of sleep is something students should consider.
O'Connor's bottom line: Research suggests that poor sleep can increase susceptibility to colds.
More time between the sheets each night equals less time sneezing through Kleeenex as the temperatures drop.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Tuesday night show is shaping up to be another season filled with contestants' struggles, painful stories and ultimately, their completion of a major goal: losing a butt-load of weight.
It amazes me to think about the holistic lifestyle change contestants undergo. Many of the contestants lost up to eighteen pounds in only one week.
Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels truly understand the keys to a worthwhile workout and subsequent weight loss.
Harper, 44, claims that the key to weight loss is to eat a pre-workout snack, as he suggested in the video of this Shine article.
The video and the article made me question: if you are trying to lose weight, will consuming calories in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner prevent you from weight loss?
While he suggests consume one hundred-calories snacks, at the end of the day, the handfuls add 700 additional calories at the least to your weekly allotment of calories.
The average 30-minute workout on a treadmill burns approximately 350 calories, and with the additional snack, an gym-goer loses some of their efforts spent on the track.
The extra snack may be the correct method for some exercisers.
However, Time Magazine's theory suggests that what you eat will affect weight loss more than hours spent regretting the super-sized meal had for dinner as a treadmill rotates underneath pounding Nikes.
Should dieters believe in the traditional "eat less and exercise more," or tack on an additional hundred calories or so each day in the hopes they will have more energy for their workouts?
*Side note: I am ALL for proper eating. However, I think that eating additional amounts of food, especially very large snacks, just to try to exercise in order to lose weight may not be the best practice. This is only my opinion. If you are exercising for recreational purposes and need a snack before a game, so be it. All I am saying is I believe that eating more to work out to lose weight may not be a successful expenditure for everyone, as I've learned from personal experience.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Mmm... Wholly Guacamole, Pinot Grigio, and (hidden, but a recent purchase) International Deight Coffee Creamer in my favorite flavor: pumpkin pie spice - hello, fall!
3. My Green Monster and I took a lovely, light study break reading Fitness Magazine on my couch. Soon after, it was back to work.
Post-Post Edit:) When I was writing my blog earlier today, the screen kept flashing "error" across the top of my computer screen.
I thought this was a really interesting addition to my last blog about Jillian Michaels's diet pills that Caitlin pointed out.
As an aspiring writer, I think it is more than fair that Jillian gets to express her point of view, even if it is through the blog world.
Don't forget, The Biggest Loser premieres tomorrow night on NBC at 8 p.m. (for all of the Eastern Time Zone-ers:)
Hope everyone is having a nice day!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I was so disappointed to find out that this wasn't just a Facebook gimmick.
The Biggest Loser trainer is actually marketing a diet pill program, the EXTREME QUICKSTART Rapid Weight Loss Program.
Was she not a proponent of "eat less, exercise more" when it comes to weight loss? Or was that just a facade used to gain contestants and television viewers?
Whatever happened to losing extra pounds the old-fashioned way?
It kind of feels as if yet another healthy-living role model has fallen to the wayside.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
In honor of the date, 9-09-09, she listed nine things she loves, and I decided to do the same.
1. My family and friends, I couldn't imagine living without them!
2. My health, even though I take it for granted most of the time.
3. That I'll earn a degree from UF in less than a year (mid-life crisis mode) and have the skills set to move out of the state, and maybe even out of the country.
4. Access to gyms and trails, one that literally starts right outside of my door.
5. That I got accepted for an internship during spring semester with March of Dimes, an amazing organization.
6. The ability to travel, being thankful for the places I've been and the people I've met abroad.
7. Watching trashy television in sweatpants on a rainy day.
8. Music that perfectly fits the mood you're in.
9. Clearwater Beach and everything that makes it wonderful: white (somewhat fake) sand, all of the Frenchy's restaurants and water perfect for swimming!
Monday, September 7, 2009
I had errands to run at my local Target today, and stumbled across a guilty indulgence, the last on the shelves of its kind. Only, its nutritional stats were surprisingly light.
Cinnabon: a whopping 730-calorie cinnamon roll adorned with cream cheese-flavored icing.
Kellogg's, the creator of breakfast favorites like Special K, Pop-Tarts and Rice Krispies, has come out with Cinnabon Snack Bars, a deliciously flavorful alternative to its sinful twin sister.
Its nutritional information:
Thursday, September 3, 2009
A time to enjoy the final days of summer, before the true start of fall in Florida. The temperature dropped today to a bone-chilling 89 degrees Farenheit:)
As relaxing as the holiday is, it unfortunately puts a large amount of stress on our bodies. Many people choose to celebrate the day with barbecues and a few cocktails.
To lighten up your Labor Day calorie load, check out these lighter recipes that EatingWell Magazine compiled.
In other food news, the socially-conscious company Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream came out with a new flavor: Hubby Hubby, that highlights the company's support of marriage equality.
Ben and Jerry's new flavor is nothing less than delectable.
It starts with a vanilla-malt ice cream base, and fudge-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels and additional chunks of fudge and peanut butter are scattered throughout the company's traditional pints.
I highly recommend you sample the flavor:)
Hope you have a nice holiday weekend!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I chose to blog about the world of food in relation to exercise because of my rising interest in the subjects- after a summer filled with reading similar blogs (Iowa Girl Eats, The Healthy Beach Bum and Eat, Live, Run, to name a few), I decided that blogging about what I ate and food and exercise information in the news would be a great way to stay up-t0-date with the information.
I also had a mid-morning snack of one hardboiled egg and a piece of toast with sugar-free orange marmalade.