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Best Foods for this Thanksgiving Season

Best Food Thanksgiving 2017October has officially come to a close. Our focus begins to shift once we toss out all the extra Halloween candy. Stores have already begun decorating their shelves with gifts, vibrant lights, and counterfeit snow. Christmas season is officially here. This tradition of skipping over one of the most important holidays is nothing new, but still rather appalling.

To skim over a whole holiday, one that celebrates gratitude (as well as food) is a flawed tradition. Rather than use Thanksgiving as a segue to Christmas, we should experience Thanksgiving in all of its turkey induced glory.

That’s why, to make it easier for you, we at The Outlook have already compiled a list for you of the top five foods to have on your table for Thanksgiving.

When interviewing students as to what their favorite dish is to have at the table, the winner was clear: turkey. “It’s one of the main courses for Thanksgiving; without turkey, is it really thanksgiving?” said junior communications student Jordan Smith.

Junior business student Robert Disko went on to emphasize the importance of turkey. He said, “It’s just dinner; without turkey Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving.” The second central food to a great Thanksgiving dinner is mashed potatoes. “Mashed potatoes compliments turkey. They go great together.” Junior business major Max Sobrano commented.

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Protein Shakes to Please your Tastebuds

Protein Shakes Please TastebudsLiving a healthy lifestyle is the best thing you could do for yourself. Especially in a world where society shames those who do not fit into the physical mold the mainstream has created. College students are highly affected by this and by the people surrounding them. Another component to striving to be healthy is just to feel better in your own skin. Some have set out to find tasty, healthy smoothies and protein shakes that everyone can enjoy. Here are some of the results that would benefit everyone!

When making these shakes, one must remember that protein powder is the key ingredient. With help from the Tasty app, you can find a few recipes that give you a high protein level but also taste great so that you can drink with ease. Sometimes protein shakes leave a chalky aftertaste or are unbearable and end up throwing them away because they are so bad. But there are ways to create your own smoothies that you will love to have for any meal!

The first shake you can attempt is a Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie. After setting up your blender, you will want to grab all of your ingredients: your choice of water, yogurt, or milk (this determines your thickness and even sweetness); chocolate protein powder; peanut butter; dark chocolate cocoa powder, and two frozen bananas. For this, you will want to have sliced the bananas and placed them into the freezer for at least an hour before beginning.

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Counting Calories for Thanksgiving

Counting CaloriesWhen you pile food on your plate during Thanksgiving dinner, you’re probably not counting calories. According to Real Simple, the average American consumes several thousand calories on Turkey day between all the plates of food and dessert.

Thanksgiving is the one day a year where your diet goes out the window, but if you’re looking for ways to make it healthier, here’s how.

One way to ease off the calories is by having more of what actually is healthy, like vegetables, and less of what isn’t. Have smaller portions of the less healthy stuff, like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and rolls.

Another way to count your Thanksgiving calories is by watching what you eat and drink while cooking all day. You might be proud of yourself for skipping the mashed potatoes and stuffing, but if you nibbled on cheese and crackers all day, you’re still consuming lots of calories.

Try to hold off until dinner because that stuff comes once a year. You can eat cheese and crackers whenever. Also, if you like lots of wine or beer with your dinner, that’s even more calories.

Freshman social work student Kayla Greiss watches her portions. She also doesn’t like turkey, so that helps her in avoiding calories. She said, “I try to eat small portions instead of stuffing my face. You can incorporate more veggies to make it healthier. Since I don’t like turkey, I usually will have ham instead. I eat everything else on the table besides turkey, and without it I’m still stuffed.”

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Thanksgiving Activities for Everyone

Thanksgiving Activities 1There is something so great about the crisp air that is formed during the shorter days and cooler nights, and what better way to take on the fall season and the holidays than by going out and doing activities?

Between the colorful trees and admirable fashion, fall is the perfect time to get some fresh air, go outside, and get involved with nature!

One of the first simple things that comes to mind when thinking of activities to do in September, October or November is what they call, “leaf peeping.”

This involves going out on nature walks and admiring the different colors that the leaves turn. It is calming for when you’re stressed if you want to be active, but most of all it really shows you how beautiful nature can be.

Since we have now passed October and all of the pumpkins have been picked and carved, you can go apple picking at a local orchard and get that fresh fruit ready for your Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving is a great time of year because the weather is cooler, it’s a time to give thanks and recognize everything that the world provides for us.

Sophomore psychology student Samantha Cappitelli, said, “Every year I go apple picking with my whole family, then we go to a festival up in Pennsylvania.” Family traditions are things that can be carried out for generations so something as simple as a fun road trip is worth considering.

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Reasons to Volunteer

Reasons to VolunteerFormer President Ronald Reagan once said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” Volunteering is a great way to make the first step to at least helping someone.

Many people only think of giving back or volunteering when Christmas rolls around, but giving back is perfect any time of the year. Based on observations at a nonprofit organization, most donations are made at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but summer is the time when they are actually needed most.

 

According to Help Guide, a resource for mental health, volunteering brings happiness and fulfillment not only to your life, but to the lives that you help. For one thing, volunteering connects you to others in a way that nothing else can. Doing something so small and so simple for someone could mean the absolute world to them. Volunteering also opens your eyes to appreciating everything that you have. Those who are struggling pray to have what we take for granted every day.

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Dealing with Stress

Stress is like a black pit of uncertainty: losing yourself and consciously knowing it. The most heartbreaking part is there’s nothing anyone can do as your mind and soul spiral out of control.

Stress: it’s a side of life that we try to avoid. It makes us uncomfortable, breaks us down, and in some cases, leaves us defeated. There is an abundant amount of stressors we face in our day to day lives; some positive, others negative.

Oftentimes, we allow ourselves to dwell on that which causes us so much pain, and ultimately it cultivates into stress.

This heavy contemplation of our daily losses, whether they be as small as not making the bed in the morning, to failing a midterm are in large part of what stress is. When we reflect upon these negative conceptions, it in turn causes us stress, and there’s nothing to be gained from that type of stress.

Oftentimes when one feels stressed, it’s because we feel out of touch with reality- as though we aren’t in control of our current situation. Communications student Sara Sikora emphasized this notion, stating that “Stress is caused when someone feels like they lack control in some aspect [of their lives].”

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Going the Distance: Relationships From Afar

Distance RelationshipsEveryone knows what it is like to leave the person you love behind when going off to college, whether it is the parent figure in your life, a significant other, your best friends from home, or even just your pet. It is always difficult to say goodbye every time you leave home, but living away is even worse. One of the downsides to living on campus during your college years is not having the people you love most there by your side, but it does not have to be so bad with these few tricks.

Family is a key role in many people’s lives, but when you are away from them, life can seem impossible. For those who live close enough from campus to drive home quickly, take a trip home once or twice a month to visit; eat all of the good cooking, binge watch all your favorite TV shows, and laugh until you are blue in the face. But, what you have to keep in mind, is that college is the time of your life where you can branch out and become your own person.

Do not visit every other day because this will hurt you more than help you. If you are living in the dorms here at MU and your family lives more than an hour away, make it a point to call your family as much as you can. Texting is great and you are able to quickly answer, but it is the second best compared to actually calling. Yes, it may be old schooled, but it is one hundred percent worth it. A phone call a day keeps the blues away and everyone knows that they have access to a phone, so go out and get it done!

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Staying Healthy at MU

Staying Healthy at MUMany people are guilty of saying, “I don’t have time to go to the gym,” or, “I don’t want to go to the gym alone!” However, getting fit is easier than you think, and it only requires a few lifestyle changes.

First off, it’s important to set a schedule to find time for exercise. Find the perfect time to head over to the gym, whether it is in the morning, right after your classes end for the day, or in between classes. Keep track of your exercise in a journal, which will help keep you motivated as well. If you’re uncomfortable going to the gym alone, find a gym buddy whether you ask a friend or just an acquaintance from class. Exercising is actually a great way to bond and make a friend or two!

There are plenty of ways to get fit right here on campus. This fall, take a stroll and appreciate the beauty that engulfs our lovely university. Monmouth’s fitness center, located in the OceanFirst Bank Center, is free to all staff and students and can be utilized for strength, cardio, and flexibility exercises, to name a few. You can even sign up for group fitness classes, such as yoga and kickboxing, on the “Monmouth Recreation” app.

You can always take up an activity off campus to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Freshman animation student Michael Gatta has taken up a great activity to stay fit. He said, “I exercise by fencing with my friends. It’s really beneficial because it’s fun and a great way to stay healthy.” It’s important to have fun while exercising, so grab a few friends and find an activity you all enjoy!

If you find a sport you excel at, you can always join an intramural team on campus! Monmouth University offers a vast selection of intramural sports such as volleyball, tennis, basketball, and softball. You can participate in these intramurals competitively or recreationally. If you’re interested in an intramural sport, keep an eye out for the registration dates!

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There’s More To Life Than Just Existing

More to Life than Existing 1Every moment, we are living and dying with each and every breath. A simple fact of life is that you’re living. However, as we go through the motions of our everyday lives, we often forget this simple fact. Rather than living we begin to simply exist.

We go to jobs that leave us uninspired, count down the days until our next break during the semester, and often forget to tell those around us how much we value them. Our deadlines and daily obligations make us feel as though we don’t have time for others and even ourselves.

That exam we have to study for hinders us from taking a trip to the beach. Our nine to five workday prevents us from taking that much-needed vacation. We often feel trapped in our own lives by our constant obligations.

But here’s a fact that we are often too afraid to admit to ourselves: you can do anything that you want to do. If you’re unhappy with your job, quit. Don’t like where you live? Move. We are not here to live in fear of our own lives. We are here to make them the most fulfilled and amazing they can be.

Mary Harris, a specialist professor of public relations has come to embrace this shift in perspective. Professor Harris’ philosophy behind this idea is the following, “Doing something differently will make you feel more alive.”

Harris encourages people to ask themselves, “Do I feel like there’s something missing from life?” If the answer to that question is yes, then you must ask yourself, “How can I cultivate change?” 

Doing something that makes you feel alive does not necessarily have to include a plane ride or some elaborate adventure, but it can be acts on a much smaller scale. Volunteering your time, going for a walk, star-gazing, or just taking the time to be alone with your thoughts can renew an appreciation for life.

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Healthy Kickstarters for Fall

Healthy Kickstarters FallYou can feel a growing sense of excitement intensify as summer fades, leaving the crisp fall breeze in its wake. It’s that time of year again - apple cider, raspberry pie, and pumpkin spice lattes. We begin to abandon our sun- soaked spots at the beach and begin wrapping ourselves in layers of blankets while binge -watching full seasons of Netflix (we’ve all been there).

 A lot of things can be said about fall - it’s comfy, nostalgic, and most importantly, there’s a lot of food. Often, people use fall as a get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to health. With so many holidays around the corner, (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, to name a few), it becomes easy to stray off the path of fitness we set for ourselves the season prior. We become less active, indulge in more food, and lose the spark that motivated us to stay in shape during the summer.

 It’s important to enjoy the fall in all of its sugar-fueled, food-induced glory. Indulging in the occasional apple tart or pumpkin pie is all well and good, but balance is key. Now, people prescribe to the most far-fetched ways to stay healthy. Crash diets and ridiculous workout fads plague our perception of what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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The Benefits of Running

Benefits Of Running 1For anyone feeling stressed, sad, or just plain antsy, exercise is the best medicine, particularly running. While it can sometimes require lots of endurance, it will leave you feeling happier and healthier. As college students, it is important for us to stay active and be healthy, especially when we have homework, exams, club meetings, internships, and everything else on our plates.

A lot of times, it can be hard for a busy college student to incorporate exercise into their routine. However, running is a great way to clear your mind and forget about everything on your plate for the time being. Fitness Magazine lists the top 10 benefits of running and here’s a few. Getting your heart pumping is one of the major benefits of running along with any other type of excerise.  The magazine says that running is the “king of cardio”, meaning it is good for your heart and significantly reduces the chance of falling victim to cardiovascular disease.

Secondly, a common belief about running is that it really wears on your joints. However, running actually strengthens your joints, contrary to what a lot of people believe. According to an exercise psychologist quoted in Fitness Magazine, whenever your feet slam down on the pavement while running, your bones and cartilage are stressed, which actually makes them stronger. This is different than something like yoga, for example. Yoga focuses more on stretching and the body whereas running benefits your body in ways that low-impact exercises never could.

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