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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

You Are What You Eat: Certain Foods Affect Appearance

lifestyles-colorIt seems as if girls are never truly satisfied with their appearance. They wake up two hours before they need to just so they can blast their face with makeup, straighten their hair and take a ridiculous amount of time picking out the perfect outfit.

If you are tired of this cycle, a solution is nearby. There are plenty of foods to enhance your hair, skin, eyesight and stomach which can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.

The first thing most women do in the morning is pick out their clothes. It is an aggravating process that most men will never understand and most women know all too well. Outfit after outfit is put on trial for minutes on end, but none truly satisfy the wearer. More often than not, the wearer is not upset with the clothing but with their body. There are many foods which are said to help gain a flat stomach when accompanied with exercise. A few great foods to eat if your goal is to achieve a slimmer stomach are almonds, eggs, and apples.

Almonds have the ability to regulate blood sugar. When blood sugar is level, it prevents craving which easily leads to weight gain. Almonds are also known to diminish the absorption of fat.

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Bad Habits Now Mean Health Problems Later

Between balancing academics, sports, clubs and a social life, college students easily adapt to the “dorm room diet.” We live in a fast paced society and anything that can be thrown in a microwave or passed through a car window becomes a staple in their routine.

“Health is something that comes second, third, fourth (to college students),” said Nursing professor Dianne Van Arsdale. “Most college students are between the ages of 18 and 25 and you think you’re invulnerable. You don’t think anything’s going to hurt you.”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans and stroke ranks as one of the top five. But America’s health problems probably do not keep the average college student awake at night.

“Heart disease and stroke are vascular related. Someone doesn’t just get clogged arteries at 30 or 40. It’s from a lifetime of habits,” said Chris Hirschler, Health Studies Professor. Hirschler says that these two diseases are strongly linked to diet.

“There are autopsy studies done on young people who die less than ten years of age that have significant arthrosclerosis,” said Hirschler. Arthrosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries.

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Avoid the Dreaded Freshmen Fifteen thru Easy Steps

Coming into college, most freshmen stress over leaving their home, friends and family. After a month, when they finally grow accustomed to their college life, they no longer feel the anticipation or fear of college.

As fall break approaches, they begin to think about what their old friends will think of them once they reunite at a group hangout or at their high school’s homecoming football game. They begin to think of how they will perceive their old friends. One thing leads to another and they will begin to think if any of their friends have gained the alleged freshmen fifteen, or even worse if they had gained it themselves. If this thought scares you, then here are some helpful tips on how to avoid the accursed freshmen fifteen.

Being away from home for the first time is going to test your willpower. Thankfully, Monmouth University offers many healthy options in its cafeterias. Everything must be eaten in moderation. Eating a handful of potato chips can be bad if not paired with another healthy main course meal.

According to, eat at certain hours everyday and try to eat five smaller meals rather than three big meals per day. Both of these m ethods will help your metabolism. Most importantly, do not be drawn into making late night snacks an every night ritual. If you do like to snack at night, choose something healthy to eat such as fruit or carrots instead of what the vending machines offer.

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How to Fit Eighteen Years of Your Life Into a 15’ by 11’ Room

Walking into my Pinewood room freshman year was one of the oddest moments of my life. As I looked at the bare white walls and the wooden furniture in the tiny room,a single thought immediately entered my mind: “Oh no. I think I packed too much stuff.”

One of the hardest things to do was decide how to pack 18 years of my life up and fit it into this new room, which I would own half of for the next nine months. It was a challenge, especially since I never shared a room before, and was used to having my system of organized chaos sprawled across my floor and desk at home. Luckily, my roommate at the time was very understanding and we were able to make our empty little room into a comfortable living space with a few trial and errors.

Making a dorm room or suite your own personalized living space is not that hard with these few tips that I have learned from living on-campus these past two years at Monmouth.

Bunk/loft your beds. This was probably the best thing that my roommate and I agreed about on move in day. By lofting or keeping the beds bunked, it creates a little extra floor room so you and your roommate are not tripping over one another. If you loft one of the beds, you can place your dresser or desk underneath for extra space as well.

Usually there are information cards in every room with a service that will loft the beds for you, so it might be useful to keep those. Just remember not to put your lofted bed(s) or bunk beds near the light in ceiling to avoid injury.

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