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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

The Pros and Cons of the Popular Paleo Diet

We are bombarded with images of weight loss through new diets and fitness techniques all the time, try this try that. Some include the Atkins diet, South Beach diet, P90X, and Cross Fit just to name a few. These established plans have all been targeted to the same audience of people constantly struggling to get the body they’ve always wanted.

There is a new diet, however, making a buzz among these groups. The paleo diet, founded by PH. D Loren Cordain, was actually published in 2002, but has only just recently gained popularity.

The diet gets its name from the paleolithic time period and is essentially channeling the times of hunting and gathering. It is not literally hunting and gathering, but it is similar to the food groups that were being consumed during the prehistoric times. This means foods like meats, fish, leafy greens, nuts, vegetables, eggs and seeds.

There have been arguments against the Paleo Diet for its tight restrictions.

Completely cutting out grains is one strict part of the diet that has come under attack, as the government recommends six to 11 servings per day. However, one of the key persuasions of the diet is that during caveman times, grains were not part of daily intake.

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“Think Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and you may be seeing more shades of pink than you would at any other time of year. Going pink can show your support for the cause, but wearing a ribbon may not be the route you want to take. If you want to “go pink” in more creative ways, there’s plenty of simple, yet creative approaches you can take.

Highlighting a piece of your hair with pink dye is a recent, popular idea that many use. But, if you don’t want to permanently color your locks, you can use hair chalk to represent the cause temporarily. You can also buy a clip-in pink extension that is easy to remove at night. Hair chalk is sold in your local convenience store like Walgreens and CVS, while you can buy the extensions in stores like Sally’s Beauty Supply or online.

Junior english and elementary education major Krysten Brannick said, “I always get a pink extension in my hair every October, so it has turned into a tradition for me.”

Clothes are another obvious way to show your support. “Support the Tatas” t-shirts are a witty, yet thoughtful way to support the cause. Simply wearing a pink dress or shirt can also do the trick. Colored jeans are in style in the moment, so buy a pair of pink ones to wear with a plain white tank top or blouse.

Accessories can help you pull the color into an outfit. Necklaces, earrings and bracelets are all an option. Alex and Ani has just released a starfish charm that features a pink stone in the center, and 20 percent of the sales made will support the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Fund. 

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Many Apple and Pumpkin Recipes Sure to Please

So, now you know where to go in search of perfect pumpkins and sweet apples. But, what should you do with them after you bring them home? Obviously, the best option is to eat them. Tradition pumpkin and apple pies are great, but overdone. With so many recipes and ideas in circulation thanks to social media and inventive minds, the sky is the limit for your fall food creations.

Fall is the perfect time to try a new recipe with pumpkins or apples. These go beyond your grandma’s classic pumpkin pie. Try a new twist this season with healthy, yet tasty options.

Senior elementary education and Spanish major Jen Stessel said, “I’m all about classic apple pie, but I would definitely try out new recipes.”

Some great recipes are pumpkin protein shakes, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin oatmeal and apple crisp oatmeal. The best part about these recipes is that they are healthy along with being delicious.

Pumpkins are full of fiber and low on calories. They contain potassium, vitamin A and C and are even recommended for weight-loss and as a post-workout snack.

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DIY Pumpkin Crafts

You may want to use your newly found treasures for something other than eating. The second best thing to eating is crafting. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to decorate. By using simple steps, you can make décor that looks straight out of a magazine.

There are tons of twists on the classic pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern. If you want a more elegant look for your fall display, try spray paint. Use metallic silver or gold paint to automatically transform it into something chic. Add glitter to vamp it up even more.

For a textured look, use doilies as stencils. After you spray the pumpkin with a base color, place the doilies on and spray away. In a matter of minutes, your pumpkin will look like it’s covered in lace. Who knew pumpkins could be vintage?

Girls aren’t the only ones who like bling, pumpkins do too. Use rhinestones from any craft store or website to create a sparkly design. Get creative and make swirl patterns or create classic stripes. Your pumpkin will be sure to stand out when it’s covered in crystals.

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Autumn Orchards Near and Far

Summer has officially ended and now is the time when people start to get into fall mode. Fall is the season full of chilly winds, spiced teas, and apple pie. Apple pie is a fall staple that no one can turn down. Who could ever turn down a hot piece of apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top? Your mouth is watering by just thinking about it.

However, in order to perfectly construct an apple pie, you need apples. This brings us to the topic of where to go apple picking. It is the ripe time to go apple picking and get the best apples that orchards have to offer. There are many places near and far where you can go apple picking.

Apple picking defines the fall season. It’s the time when family and friends head to their favorite apple orchard and pick the ripest apples, brightest pumpkins, and the tastiest apple cider donuts. Apple picking is like the pre-season to the holiday season.

However, for many college students it can be hard to get home to go apple picking with their families. We feel like we are missing out a bit. However, going apple picking with friends can be just as much fun. Here are a few orchards that are worth the travel and will allow you to make plenty of memories.

If you want to make a day trip and travel a little futher, Shady Brook Farms in Yardley, Pennsylvania is the place to go. Shady Brook was founded by T. Herman Fleming in 1913 as a wholesale farm growing crops for markets in the Philadelphia area. The orchard has haunted attractions, an Annual Easter Egg Hunt, giant Corn Maze, and a Holiday Light Show. Today Shady Brook Farm is being run by the fourth generation of Flemings.

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Plenty of Places to Shop Around MU

An undeniably great asset to this University is its location. Monmouth is located near surrounding areas that include quaint, quiet towns such as Red Bank and Shrewsbury, beachfront property that includes the popular Pier Village, and Eatontown, which features the Monmouth Mall.  Any MU student can’t help but admit that the University is definitely not one of those schools that is “in the middle of nowhere.” This is a dream come true for any shopaholic, especially in trendy, unique boutiques.

If you are looking for some Saturday afternoon shopping ideas, the town of Red Bank is a great place to start. Only about six miles from campus, some  describe Red Bank as a smaller, Jersey version of New York City.  To hang out with friends or grab a quick bite, Starbucks, Smoothie King and Surf Taco are just a few popular spots that make up Broad Street. After you’ve had your mid-afternoon pick-me-up, make sure to wander into fabulous boutiques such as Dor L’ Dor, CoCo Pari, and Urban Outfitters for unique styles.

While in the area, you must pay a visit to the Alex & Ani store, home of the ever so popular bangle bracelets. With countless styles of bracelets, necklaces and other distinctive pieces, you can’t go wrong.

The Grove at Shrewsbury is an upscale outdoor shopping center, home to stores such as MAC cosmetics, Bebe, fashion and active wear; Francesca’s accessories and fashion, and LuLulemon, a very fun and adorable active wear store.

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Get In Shape And Graduate

One Credit PE Courses Come in Handy for Students

Everyone wants to stay in shape but many students feel like there is not enough time with classes, homework, and other activities. So why not take a class in physical education?

 With so many different majors, students may be unaware of the incredible physical education classes offered here at the University. These classes are required of health and physical education majors but usually never cross the paths of many other students. However, the classes can be a perfect way to fill free electives while staying in shape.

PE classes are one-credit, half-semester classes offered in all different types of activities. You can gain credits by playing your favorite sport or learning how to dance. Tennis, softball, basketball, golf, and swimming are offered for all experience levels.

Sports allow you to get a great workout in, work as a team, become a leader, and learn new skills. The great thing about physical activity is there is always room for improvement.

Try a new sport you’ve never played before. Every sport requires different skills and uses different muscles. Even if you go to the gym religiously, sports still improve your fitness by requiring diverse talents.

If sports aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other options. Learn how to ballroom dance, as this class teaches everything from the waltz to the foxtrot.

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Fall Trend Alert: What’s Hot Right Now for Nails

Nails are about as essential as both hair and makeup when it comes to glamourizing. Whether you have acrylics, gels, or your natural nails, it’s always important to keep them manicured. With the change of season, you may want to try something out other than classic French. Fall is the perfect opportunity to play up the deep neutrals, jewel tones, and crazy designs. Here, we’ll give the best tips on how to keep your nails in tip-top shape.

The newest trend in nails is texture. Whether it be glitter, fuzzy polish, or appliques, you can never go wrong with these unique styles. Using nail polish that has added texture gives your nails a three-dimensional look instead of the classic, glossy color that is typically seen.

If you want to try a twist on a French tip, try replacing the white nail polish with glitter in silver or gold. This creates a new textured look that is still classic and simple.

For an opposite effect of the French, try painting the base of your nail black and tip nude. These are neutral colors that are perfect for the season.

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Healthy Habits for Back to School

Don’t want to lose that summer beach body? You worked really hard to look great this past summer, why throw it away at school? It can be easy to cave and eat carbs and sweets at the dining hall or your favorite restaurant, but with the right mindset and ambition, we can all overcome temptations and have a healthy semester.

Take eating healthy to a new level by looking out for hidden ingredients in what you are consuming. Lunchmeat like turkey or ham in a wheat wrap sounds healthy. However, it contains a large amount of sodium, which bloats you and can affect your heart and kidneys. Instead, try grilled chicken. Wheat is always a healthier alternative to white grain carbs. Nevertheless, it is still a processed food that contains sugar and sodium as well. Your body needs an intake of carbs everyday for energy so do not rule out all carbs, just make sure you are choosing healthier ones.

Don’t forget, even vegetables contain healthy carbs. Try carb cycling, which means eating higher carbs one day and lower carbs the next in order to keep your metabolism guessing and your intake of processed foods balanced.

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Rumor Has It: Are Your Workouts Working?

When it comes to working out, people are often misled with false information about what they should be doing.  When you are trying to figure out what you need to do to improve your body in the gym, you should be aware that sometimes, there are tips out there that aren’t true.  So if you’ve been going to the gym for months without seeing the results that you’re looking for, maybe you’re doing something wrong.  Here are some myths that are very common among gym-goers today.

Myth #1 : Someone can “spot-reduce” their problem areas is one that many people tend to think is true.  Many people think that if you are trying to get abs in time for summer, you can just do hundreds of sit ups and crunches every day in order to try to achieve your goal. However, this will not create abs or reduce the fat around your stomach area.  Your body draws fat from different regions at different rates depending on your genetic makeup. This means that for some people the stomach is the first area your body draws fat from when on a diet and working out, yet it may be the last spot to draw fat from for others. In order to achieve your goal, you have to maintain a healthy diet and work on burning fat in general instead of just focusing on one area.

Health Studies professor Marta Neumann said, “Many people want to suddenly lose weight, but in order to get results you have to use a schedule and get into a routine. It’s  important to be concerned about your health, not just about getting a six pack quickly.”

Myth #2: Muscle definition comes from lifting light weight for more reps instead of heavy weight for less reps. Leanness and muscle definition come from having muscle mass and low body fat. Training with light weights alone will not build muscle and if you don’t have muscle you won’t burn much fat. Instead of trying to do too many reps, use a repetition range of eight to twelve with a weight that you are comfortable with.

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Springing from Summer to Fall

Falling into a new season means a lot of different things. We have to say goodbye to summer sooner than we wanted to and start preparing for the cooler weather. It means trading in your bikini and flip flops for a sweater and a pair of boots. However, just because the seasons change, you don’t have to give up your summer wardrobe entirely. As college students, we’re always looking for ways to save, and by incorporating summer pieces into autumn attire, we can do just that.

The biggest trend of the summer proved to be the maxi skirt. Versatile, comfortable, and fashionable, they were on display in every store front in the summer months. You can still carry your maxis into the fall, so don’t pack them away just yet. If you have neutral colored skirts, like black, brown or gray, they will work perfectly with the darker hues of fall. Pair the skirt with a patterned tank top and light cotton sweater for a quick and comfortable outfit to wear to class. You can also take the look into nighttime by wearing the maxi with a crop top, fun jewelry, and a pair of wedges.

Jessica Spiro, sophomore business marketing major said, “I still wear my maxi dresses from summer to school, they’re comfortable and easy to throw on to go anywhere.”

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