Eat Your Hangover Away

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Sunday morning: the time of day that a groan inevitably follows the realization that the weekend is coming to an end. While last night may have been quite an adventure—maybe you drank a little more than you should have—food is probably the last thing you want to think of, your head pounding and stomach aching. A hangover can make you regret the previous night and diminish any chance you have of being productive during the day; however, there are certain foods and beverages that can help soothe your pain. Be warned: they might not be what you expect.

The foods people typically crave when they’re hung over, like pizza, grilled cheese, toast, fries, and Sunday morning bagels (of course), are usually very high in carbohydrates and grease, and do not actually help them recover. When it comes to recuperating from a hangover, you need to hydrate your body and recover lost nutrients. The best foods to ease your struggle include things like eggs, bananas, asparagus, ginger, and spinach. Though you might think the high-carb, greasy foods will soak up the alcohol in your stomach and fill you up, these healthy alternatives are full of vitamins that can make you feel better. While you’re forcing down that difficult morning meal, drinks like coconut water and tomato juice can also work wonders on your body. Coffee and orange juice may be tempting, but the caffeine in coffee will continue to dehydrate your body and the acidity in OJ may not blend well with a sensitive stomach.

Though it’s undeniable that hangovers can feel awful, they are manageable if you know how to handle them. Eating the wrong meal with a hangover can make or break the rest of your day. With an already touchy tummy, one bad bite can send you straight to the trashcan. Asparagus and spinach may not seem as mouth-watering as a bagel in the morning, but they are well worth it. Your stomach will end up feeling much better, even after tossing back those shots the night before. More importantly, you won’t end up regretting your night and you’ll be well on your way for next weekend’s fun.

By Jessica Levy

What to do Before the Semester Ends

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With about a month of the semester – and the school year – left to go, it’s time to start thinking about tying up any loose ends with classes and making lasting memories with friends. Think of this as a to-do list, or even a sort of bucket list if you will. For some of you, you’re counting the days until you can be reunited with friends from home or vacation with your family. But once you’re gone, you might find that you miss the home away from home you’ve made here at SU.

Academic:
• Turn in any extra credit assignments if your grade looks like it could use a boost.
• Start thinking about finals and plan a study schedule. Begin working on any final projects or essays that you may have.
• Fill out the FAFSA. Yep, it’s that time of year again. If you want to be eligible for financial aid next year, make sure you get this done!
• Start thinking about what you’re going to do with all the stuff that’s accumulated in your room. You might want to ship some of it home early or secure a storage space.
• Start planning for summer jobs and internships! While lounging around your parents’ house all summer may seem ideal, you’ll get bored pretty quickly. Earn some extra cash from a summer job.

Fun:
• Go for a walk. It’s starting to get a little warmer around ‘Cuse, so why not take the opportunity to explore the city while enjoying nature? Head to Westcott Street, have a picnic in Thornden Park, or even just explore the areas of campus you haven’t seen before. Check out ESF or take the hike up to the Mount if you haven’t yet.
• Relax on the quad. You might’ve seen people sleeping with their face in a textbook or chilling in hammocks before, but how many of you have actually taken the opportunity to do so yourself? Sure, everyone stares at you as they walk past – but who cares? Get out of the stuffy library and study outside. Just make sure the grass is dry first!
• Do something you’ve wanted to do all year, but haven’t yet. Maybe you’ve always wanted to see a play, try pilates, or visit somewhere in the city. You don’t want to leave campus with any regrets, no matter how small they may be.
• Check out your new room! By now most of you should’ve selected your rooms for next year. Head on over to your new dorm or apartment, knock, and ask whoever lives there now to let you in for a quick tour. Trust me; they’ll probably be friendly and willing to help you out.

By Caleigh Gran

Well That Was Awkward…

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We’ve all had them or will have them at some point in our lifetime. What am I talking about? Well, the inevitable infamous awkward hookup of course! Now, I’m not talking about the really bad hookup, I’m talking about one that went well but you have to see that person again and again. These hookups don’t have to be as awkward as we make them. Many times things can go on just fine, we just make them stranger than they need to be. Here are some tips on how to keep these hookups just hookups and not awkward.

Don’t Change How You Act
If you’ve never really gone out of your way to say “hello” to this person before, don’t do it now. If you always say “hey” when you see them, keep it up! Don’t switch how you’ve always acted around this person. A lot of times people change and it makes everything more awkward than it has to be. If you keep your relationship normal then chances are no one will ever know what happened. Everything will appear normal, keeping the awkward scale on the lower end.

Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
Ok, so this hook up happened. Sometimes it’s better just not to talk about the fact that it happened. This means between the two of you and with others. First rule in avoiding the awkwardness is don’t tell anyone else what happened. If you want to keep it to a minimum do not spread it around so that everyone else can stare and be awkward and make you feel even more awkward. Next, ever think that not talking about your hookup with your hookup could help alleviate the awkwardness. Yes, we all know this hookup was fun and great but you don’t necessarily need to tell the other person that. Sometimes not talking about it may just make the awkwardness disappear. I’m not saying act like it never happened but don’t make a whole conversation off of it. That just is a buzz kill on keeping it normal no matter what.

Let It Be
The more you keep questioning it the more awkward it will be. It happened. That’s it. There is nothing you can do about it. If it was a good hookup, great! If not, oh well! We tend to hold on to these things and let them consume us for far too long. If we could just let them go and accept them as things that have happened, we would be able to avoid almost all of the awkwardness. Just let it be. I promise you, it will make a world of difference!

So while some awkwardness will always come along with these situations it does not need to get over the top. If we just accept what happened and try our best to act and stay normal then there should be no issues. If you are mature enough to get into this situation you have to be mature enough to handle it. So handle it wisely and it won’t turn into an awkward, inescapable nightmare. It could be just what it is: a hookup that didn’t change a thing.

By Samantha Breault

Is Your Stuff The Key To Your Heart?

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We’ve all been there, the awkward break up or end to a
long-term hook up.  The feeling that you really just don’t want to see the person again, at least for a long time.  But there are always those feelings that feel like they are left open ended.  No matter how small there are those little annoying feelings that don’t go away.  Here’s where things get even worse.  You realize that other person still has some of your stuff.  Whether it is something as small as a hair clip or a sweatshirt, it still means something.  So why don’t you just ask for it back?  Just say I want my stuff back, it should be easy.  However, sometimes those five words are a lot harder to say than you expected.

While the other person still has your stuff there is an open line of communication.  You may not be using it but you know you always have something that you can talk to them about again.  However, once you get your stuff back, that’s it.  The line has been disconnected.  If you are really done and ready to shut your feelings out then it is easy to ask for your stuff back.  You’re ready to walk away and cut that line.  When you aren’t ready to be done it becomes harder to make the move.  You keep putting off asking for things back.  Those things keep the line of communication open as well as keep a part of you with them.  At this point our stuff becomes more than just stuff, it becomes a part of the relationship that is still in tact.  The part that hasn’t yet fallen apart.  If your stuff is gone sometimes you fear that the memory of you is gone as well.  We all know that when you look at something someone left you think about some of the times you shared, it’s hard not to.  When your stuff is still there so is a part of you.

Maybe your stuff is a way of telling you if you are really over someone.  If you are asking for your stuff back is nothing more than a simple question.  However, if there is even the slightest glimmer of hope that question becomes something to keep putting off.  So, are you ready to cut the line of communication and ask for your stuff back or do you want to keep it open?  It’s up to you to decide, and who would have thought that your stuff could help you figure that out.

By Samantha Breault

Apps for Students

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​Most of us are all well aware of how glued we are to our phones and computer screens. We would be lost without them to provide a constant source of quick communication, entertainment, and information. We depend on them. With that said, as students there are certain applications available for iPhones and androids that will help integrate our schoolwork with technology. And I’m not talking about the obviously-necessary GoogleMaps, email, and textbook search engines. Essentially, the following are some apps made to make students’ lives better.

-BlackBoard: We’re all familiar with BlackBoard because it is one of the main platforms through which SU teachers can communicate with students and post homework assignments. However, some may not know that there is an app for BB that offers several customizable options. For example, you can change the colors of each class to distinguish them apart from one another and set certain ones as “favorites.” You can even get updates sent straight to your phone every time a grade is added.
-Grubhub: This app is perfect for foodies and starving college students. At any time and at any place in Syracuse you can use the map to find out which restaurants are open and delivering, and place your order straight from your phone in a matter of seconds. Convenience at its finest.
-Blogilates: There are tons of great fitness apps out there but one that’s especially fun, engaging, and informative is Blogilates. It’s created by a fitness expert who also makes YouTube videos. She has all her videos categorized on the app as well as meal plans and tips. Many of her workouts are to fun songs and target specific areas you’d want to work on.
-Sleep if U Can: This is an alarm clock app – which as we all know is crucial to making it to class on time every morning. What makes it special, however, is that in order to turn the alarm off you have to take a picture of an object that you have previously chosen. If you set it to be a picture of your refrigerator, then you have to get up out of bed and take the picture to turn it off. Genius, right?
-Self-control: This app is an organizer and to-do list of sorts. You can set alarms to things that you need to get done and create a calendar around your busy schedules. You can attach emotions and notes to each activity as you do them as well.

By Caleigh Gran

Social Media and Technology: Good or Bad for Your Relationship?

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We all know that social media and technology are some of the basic forms of communication in our culture today.  They make it easy to keep in touch with loved ones all over the world.  However, while this makes it easier to keep relationships up, is it hurting them at the same time?

Say someone messages you on Facebook or Twitter and the conversation starts from there.  Then it moves to texting.  So, now what?  You’ve had all of these great conversations online and now it’s time to meet face to face.  It’s a lot different having a conversation with someone face to face than it is through words on a screen.  Those words lack intimacy and emotion no matter how many emojis you put in them.  Through texts and social media messages you never see the look on the other person’s face or hear their tone when they say something.  Many times that is where the problems lie.  You don’t really know the context from where the other person is saying these things.

Not only can relationships start and be maintained through these outlets, they can be ended as well.  While we all know this is the worst way to end something it happens so frequently.  It’s hard to take in the full effect of what is going on when all you can see are black and white words on the page.  You don’t hear the tone in the person’s voice while they’re talking and they can’t see your reaction to it all.  No one knows how the other is truly feeling or how they are reacting.  Many times, we get so upset that we don’t even fully read the messages being sent to us.  We read what we want to and go off of that.  We can’t help it.  These forms of technology and media take the easy way of avoiding emotions, which can’t be done in a relationship.

While these outlets are great ways to stay in touch while traveling or living apart from your significant other maybe we should not use them as much as we do.  We need face-to-face contact to be able to fully tell how much of our emotions to invest into the other person.  We need this to know that the other person cares as much as we do, even when it is all coming to an end.  So while texting and social media can help certain relationships to survive, it can also bring some down a dangerous path.  This path, in some cases, may not be one of return.  So while it is so easy to use these devices, make sure to make time for the actual human contact, it’ll benefit you in the end.

By Samantha Breault

Why You Should Become a Morning Person

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As college students, it’s easy to fall into the trap of procrastination. We tend to do homework and study late into the night and wake up at the last possible moment to get ready for class. But we’re groggy, sleep-deprived, and unprepared for class. There are actually a lot of benefits to becoming a morning person, and even more benefits to starting now while we’re still in school. For many, the thought of transitioning from a night owl to an early bird can be daunting – but here are some benefits and tips to consider:
1. Go to bed early. While fairly obvious and self-explanatory, it’s also very important. Close your laptop and put your phone down earlier than you normally would.
2. Once we graduate and get real jobs, we’ll be forced to become morning people. Despite some variances, the typical work schedule is usually 9-5. Management will be expecting you to be on time, alert, prepared, put-together, and, most importantly, ready to produce quality work. So you might as well get into the habit now while you have the chance.
3. Wake up at a set time everyday, consistently. This will get your circadian rhythm accustomed to waking up early.
4. You’ll have more time to get ready in the morning. Shower, do your hair, pick out a cute outfit. Dressing well will show your teachers you’re serious about learning. It also helps, of course, if you happen to run into your crush on campus. Not to mention, showering in the morning can help you wake up as well.
5. Give yourself motivation to get out of bed when the alarm goes off. It’s so tempting to hit snooze – just 5 more minutes, please – but it’s essential to get up and start your day off right. For motivation, try making plans with friends or promise yourself a yummy breakfast.
6. Studies have shown that the best time to exercise is in the morning before eating breakfast. It burns fat more effectively and definitely helps to wake you up. Exercising makes you feel good, so starting out your day with physical activity is something we should all look into.
7. Take care of your homework early. Do it between classes or when you get back to your room. Getting it out of the way early will not only allow you to go to sleep earlier, but it will also reduce your stress levels and help you stay relaxed and focused.
8. When you wake up, drink coffee. Having caffeine in the morning can ease your transition. It will trick your body into thinking it has more energy than it actually does to begin the day.
9. You’ll never have to worry about oversleeping or being late to class again. Gone will be the days of setting 10 alarms and showing up to class late – in pjs and bun no less.
By Caleigh Gran

Ex-Radar

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​So you broke up with your significant other and you’ve been a little down in the dumps.  We’ve all been there.  You have a feeling that you just can’t seem to shake.  It sits deep down in your stomach, lurking.  After a period of time, however, that feeling disappears.  You become strangely happy yet again.  Life feels great.

So now let’s let some more time pass.  You’ve moved on.  You’re happy with someone new.  Your phone rings and who is it…your ex.  Why are they calling now?  Why do they want to rekindle the fire now?  It feels like they knew you were happy and wanted to throw this confusing curveball at you for fun.  It’s like they have a radar on you.  The minute you forget about them and let it go they come right on back.  They try to wiggle their way right back into your heart by playing off of your happiness.  Telling you everything you want to hear.  They tell you everything that you used to love.

​Then there’s the other radar.  The one that goes off when you are vulnerable yet again.  The one that goes off when you have just ended things with someone else.  Your old ex knows just when to come back into your life.  Ever notice how you go through a different break up and within days your phone rings and it’s your ex?  They know all the right things to say and how to make you smile.  They know you need someone to listen and talk to.  They know what happened without you saying a word.

​So what is it?  There is no real radar attached to us — there isn’t some signal that gets transmitted to their cell phones.  What could it be?  Maybe it’s the original idea that your significant other can usually read you like a book.  Even though you aren’t together anymore doesn’t mean that the ability to read you goes away, it just isn’t used as much.  Even when they haven’t been your significant other in a while doesn’t mean that their senses about knowing you go away.  So while this radar can be frustrating and annoying, maybe it’s just a way of the person showing they still know you and still care.  While this isn’t always the case, sometimes it just might be.  Maybe this radar is trying to tell you something and maybe it isn’t, it’s up to your heart to decide.

By Samantha Breault

Sneaky Reasons You’re Getting Acne

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1. Your diet: Unfortunately, your diet is a factor in the condition of your skin. If you find that no matter what products or remedies you try, nothing works, maybe it’s the food you’re eating. Avoid foods high in carbohydrates (maybe your skin is the one on the diet, but your body will thank you as well) and foods that contain a lot of dairy.

2. Your make up: Ironically, women tend to cover their skin in oily products to cover their imperfections and these cosmetics might just be the reason your skin isn’t getting any better. Next time you need to buy concealer or foundation, ask a specialist to lead you toward one that is oil free, or even contains salicylic acid to help fight the infection while also concealing it.

3. Your cell phone: Think about how many times a day you use your phone and how often your fingers are all over it.The bacteria from your phone gets on your face every time you take or make a phone call. You should be disinfecting and cleaning your phone at least once a week to help keep it germ free and your face break out free.

Rowing: The Better Total Body Workout

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Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 1.26.24 PMWe’ve all seen the weird sitting machines that replicate rowing a kayak on the floors of our gyms. If you live on South, they’re exceptionally noisy and can sometimes make you wonder “how is that even considered a workout?”

Rowing (or erg-ing as the local kids call it) works out your entire body from shoulders to calves and is an amazing abdominal workout. The ergometer is not only a cardiovascular exercise, but also strength training. As women are beginning to understand, to lose weight or tone their bodies, weights are very necessary. The rowing machine may be just the tool to help you lose that extra five pounds you’ve been dieting super hard to shed, or help sculpt those abs.

Worried about joint-pain or knee injuries? Don’t. When executed properly, a rowing machine is low impact. Meaning, it won’t hurt what’s already been hurt, but will still help you succeed in reaching your goals.

The benefits of erg-ing go far beyond weight loss. If you switch up your fitness routine to include rowing at least once a week, you’ll see benefits in your respiratory system, making it easier to consume oxygen. Also, as previously mentioned, your core will be much stronger, which I can tell you will help a lot with balance if you’re clumsy, (take that one from me personally).

 

By Casie Popkin

7 Ways to Stay Positively Productive

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You start each day with a list of things to do, jotted down on a piece of paper or just in your head. But ever feel like you maybe cross only one or two things off that list, pushing the others back to the next day, and next day, and so on? Well, here are ten tips to make you more productive!

1. Budget your time. When you budget your time, just like your money, you are forced to be efficient! If you set deadlines for yourself for when tasks need to be done, you are much more likely to get these things done.

2. Go to a coffee shop. No, not so you can fill yourself with caffeine. Studies have shown that moderate noise, like that in a coffee shop, actually can help you focus. The study specifically showed a stronger performance on creative tasks. Also, being surrounded by others allows for less oxytocin in the brain to be produced, the stuff that causes stress.

3. End the multi-tasking. People believe it can be done, but it’s not helping you. Interrupting one task to do another messes with brain function and boosts hormones such as cortisol, which can actually destroy brain cells. A simple way is to clear your space, and to only allow yourself to focus on one task at a time.

4. Don’t become engrossed in the news. Reading too much news, especially a story that can bring you down, can actually cause sadness and temporary depression. Instead, save that cognitive strength for work! Read the news at night or before going to bed when the need to be productive is lessened.

5. Exercise before doing work. Studies have shown that exercise allows for you to think more clearly for up to two hours after your workout, thanks to a surge of glucose and oxygen to the brain.

6. Write your tasks down. Actually visualizing tasks instead of keeping a list in your brain lets you remember everything, and it also feels great when you can finally cross one off!

7. Eat berries. Berries have a high amount of antioxidants, which improve memory and motor skills, as well as counteracting that evil thing known as stress. Aside from berries, look for proteins that will keep you going throughout the day instead of causing a drop in your blood sugar.

By Aisling Williams

Photo courtesy of tutordoctorofwny.wordpress.com 

WTH Spring 2013 Launch Party!

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63619_181622968519317_4046848_nWhen: Wednesday, May 1, 2-4:30 PM

Where: Schine Atrium

Come take a study break at our stress-busting launch party! There will be hip-hop yoga, meditation, free massages, snacks, and door prizes (including Starbucks and Chipotle gift cards). Plus, grab a copy of the awesome new issue!

Cheers and Jeers

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hands_clappingCheers to…

Fighting Malaria. April 25 was World Malaria Day, a day dedicated to discussing the facts of the disease and fighting it. The disease, spread through mosquitoes, runs rampant in countries around the globe, and 90 percent of its resulting deaths occur in Africa. Learn more about how you can make a difference here.

A possible biomarker for autism. According to research published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, placenta from the birth of a child at a high genetic risk for autism has more creases. These abnormal folds in the placenta could be early indicators of the disorder.

Jeers to…

Sugary drinks, for their negative health effects. According to a huge European study unveiled this week, consuming even one sugary drink a day, such as a can of Coke or Pepsi, increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by over 20 percent. Researchers urge consumers to stay away from sodas, as they contain no nutritional value yet can be detrimental to your health.

Stress, which can sometimes contribute to developing cancer. Experts think chronic stress wears down the body’s immune system, making it easier for malignant tumors to form. And, the hormones you release when you’re stressed might even fuel the growth of a tumor. Read about simple ways to reduce your cancer risk here.

Chain Restaurant Calorie Count

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healthy-fast-foodEver browsed a menu at a chain restaurant and seen the “healthy” section? You know the ones, with the listed calories beside it so you feel you are in control? Well, you might not be. A study done by Consumer Reports tested 12 restaurants on their so-called healthy eats and found that they may not actually be so healthy.

Seventeen food items were chosen from the restaurants, and they were put to the test. Each dish was weighed per serving, and three items were tested from three different restaurants in each chain.

Some claims were more truthful than others. For example, take Olive Garden. Its website claims the dish Lasagna Primavera is 420 calories with 15 grams of fat, but the test revealed that it actually contains between 508 and 585 calories, with between 25 and 32 grams of fat. Doesn’t sound so healthy now, does it? Another dish that was ruled as fictitious was Outback Steakhouse’s Chicken on the Barbie. The dish is claimed to have 7 grams of fat, but it turns out that it actually has 10 to 13 grams.

In other cases, the dish didn’t weigh in the same at different locations of the same chain. Take Denny’s, who was 2 out of 3 for their claim on one dish. The Fit Slam claimed to have 390 calories and 12 grams of fat, and though this was true for two of the chain’s locations, at a third the dish contained 494 calories and 19 grams of fat. The reason behind the calorie and fat fluctuations may be due to differing serving sizes. Portion sizes varied at many of the restaurants included in the study, Dennys, Applebee’s, and Red Lobster being the biggest culprits.

The verdict? Most of the restaurants came out clean. But some dishes, such as Cheesecake Factory’s 2-pound meatloaf dish, had over 2,000 calories and 132 grams of fat, which exceeds all recommended daily amounts. Watch out, and don’t always trust the menu!

By Aisling Williams

Photo courtesy of shape.com

Daily Dose: 4/23/2013

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dailydoseTrick Yourself Into Drinking Less: We’ve all had one of those awful hangovers that makes you want to give up drinking forever. Doctors explain that reliving a negative experience is enough to avoid another one in real life. It turns out, though, that you don’t actually need to be hungover to get the benefits of this mind trick. If you’re trying to cut back on the booze, all you need to do is imagine that you’re hungover. In a study at the University of Washington, participants who thought about a hangover experience had a 20 percent decrease in their desire to drink. This percentage was the same whether the people thought about a real hangover experience or made one up.  The opposite is true, too — thinking about that awesome time you had chugging beers at a party will make you more likely to pick up another can. Read more about this phenomenon here.

The Nasty Truth About the Cinnamon Challenge: The “Cinnamon Challenge,” a dare popular high school boys, involves swallowing a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under 60 seconds. The Challenge has been around for years, but an increasing number of teens have needed medical attention after attempting the dare in the past few years. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, 222 people called a poison control center after swallowing the cinnamon, up from only 51 in 2011. Cinnamon is made from tree bark, which contains fibers that don’t break down easily. Swallowing an entire spoonful of cinnamon can lead to choking, throat irritation, problems breathing, and even collapsed lungs.

Build Muscle, Lose Weight Fast

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It’s common knowledge that in order to build muscle in the gym, you need to eat lots of food to fuel your body. However, the consumption of extra calories is often synonymous with fat gain, leading to a difficult conundrum: How can you add muscle to your frame, while minimizing the amount of fat that comes with it?

Intermittent Fasting

One way to manage your weight when you are trying to build lean muscle is through intermittent fasting, or IF. IF is an eating style (not necessarily a diet) in which you consume your day’s worth of calories during a specific period of time, and fast with water and other low-calorie drinks such as coffee or tea for the rest of the day. For example, you may choose to eat your meals from 12pm – 6pm, but consume no other foods outside of that time window. You are not necessarily changing what you eat or the amount of what you eat; you are simply doing all of your eating in a set period of time, called an “eating window.”

How Does it Work? 

IF helps spare and preserve muscle tissue while keeping your metabolism strong and healthy. In other words, this eating style allows you to fuel your muscles with necessary proteins and carbohydrates, while simultaneously ensuring that you do not put on unnecessary weight. The food that you eat during your eating window contributes directly to lean muscle growth and development, and then your metabolism kicks in during the fasting phase of the day to melt fat.

Incorporating IF Into Your Life

When participating in IF, you are free to adjust your personal eating window to meet your physical demands. Many people who engage in IF use an 8-hour eating window, usually from 12pm-8pm or 1pm-9pm. An 8-hour window provides ample time for sufficient caloric intake, and the 16-hour fast gives your metabolism plenty of time to do some serious fat burning. However, if you want to burn even more fat, you can shorten your eating window to five or six hours. This can make it slightly more challenging to consume the necessary amount of calories to foster muscle growth, as you may find yourself too full after your first few meals to eat another, but shorter eating windows can undoubtedly be effective.

As with any weight management program, on IF you should still watch just what foods you are putting into your body. Make sure that you consume mostly lean meats, healthy carbohydrates, fruits, and veggies. While it is indeed the restriction of your eating time that makes IF so effective, if you were to eat lots of unhealthy food, like three large pizzas during an 8-hour eating window, you will still struggle to lose weight.

Interested in IF? 

Here are some links to a few websites that can help you learn more.

The IF Life

Lean Gains

The Fasting Twins

By Gabe Sansone

Photo courtesy of askmen.com

Daily Dose: 4/22/2013

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dailydoseWatch Out For Those Ticks: Those of us here in NY could be at a greater risk for Lyme disease than ever before. A new study from the University of Toronto suggests that Lyme disease has been on the rise in northern states over the past two decades. Part of the change can be blamed on climate change; warmer temperatures up here in the North allow ticks to live here. Even parts of Canada that used to be considered too cold for ticks to live are experiencing significant cases of Lyme disease. To keep yourself safe from these ticks, use insect repellent if you’re spending a lot of time outside, avoid woody areas or areas with high grass, and shower as soon as possible after being outside.

Proof That People May be Getting Nicer: A survey from the Mayo Clinic asked people whether or not they would give up their organs to people who needed it. Eighty-four percent of those surveyed said they would give a kidney or part of their liver to a family member or close friend, up from 76 percent in 2001. Even more surprisingly, 49 percent said they would do the same for a complete stranger, up from 24 percent in 2001. Donating organs has never been safer, with advances in technology such as laparoscopic kidney donations. Sixty-one percent of respondents say they would donate their organs upon their death, and with April being National Donate Month, there’s never been a better time to declare yourself an organ donor on your license. Read more at the Mayo Clinic’s website.

Put Down That Hookah: The Centers for Disease Control has just announced that hookah smoke is at least as toxic as cigarette smoke, if not more so. Smoking hookah releases nicotine into the body, and puts smokers at risk for lung, stomach, and oral cancers, just like cigarettes. But hookah may be even more dangerous than cigarettes, because you typically spend a longer time smoking hookah than you do smoking a cigarette or two. And unfortunately, public health officials have found that hookah smoking has become more popular over the last few years. Take a minute and think about the toxins you’re smoking next time you pick up a hookah.

Cheers and Jeers

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IUDs, which are now said to be safe for teenagers to use. A new study found that less than 1 percent of women using this long-term contraceptive have serious side effects. IUDs got a bad reputation in the 70s when a poor design led to infections and even deaths. But now, IUDs are actually being recommended. Learn more here.

Keeping the volume down. Pumping music through your headphones can result in hearing loss over time. When you’re wearing headphones, try not to listen for more than an hour and keep the volume below 60 percent. Check out this list of other easy ways to stay healthy.

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Eating red meat too often, because of the negative effects on your heart. A recent study suggests that it isn’t only the saturated fats and cholesterol in red meat that makes it dangerous. The danger comes from a chemical called TMAO, which bacteria excrete in the stomach of meat-eaters. TMAO levels are highest in people who eat red meat often.

Tattoo regret. Approximately 100,000 people try to get their ink removed every year. Home remedies can be dangerous and ineffective. The FDA supports laser removal, a process that can be expensive and painful.

 

By Laura Jungreis

Mythbusters: WTH Edition

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originalYou’re always hearing about what to eat and what not to eat. But sometimes, some of the foods that may seem bad might actually be good for you. Here are the 5 myths that you should avoid when it comes to your diet.

  1. Carbohydrates make you gain weight. Carbohydrates are the biggest supplier of our bodies’ fuel. Of course, carbohydrates that are highly processed like white flour turn to sugar. Instead, look for carbs that have 100% whole grains, such as quinoa, oatmeal, and wild rice. Also, be sure to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day to get the carb’s benefits.
  2. Fat is always bad for you. Believe it or not, fat helps with vitamin absorption, cushions our organs, protects our cell membranes, provides shine to our hair, skin, and nails, and well, makes food taste good. So if you exclude fat from your diet you could be missing out on a lot of benefits.  Avoid the unhealthy saturated fats, such as trans fats, which heighten cholesterol. Instead, look for healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, olive oil, oily fish, seeds, and so on! Also be sure to try and bake, poach, and steam your food for a healthy alternative to frying.
  3. You should avoid snacking.  When you think of snacks, Oreos, Goldfish, and some other fan favorites come to mind. But if you bring healthy snacks into your diet, they may actually be good for you! Snacks help prevent a drop in your blood sugar, which causes you to reach for those Oreos. Instead, snack on low-fat yogurt, hummus and carrots, or fresh fruit with almond butter. Keep the portions small and don’t go longer than 3 to 4 hours without eating — This will help you avoid those night time munchies
  4. Gluten-free is better. Not always. For those with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity, yes, gluton-free is absolutely better. But for the rest of us, eating gluten-free removes, iron, B12, vitamin D, and fiber from our diets. Also, most gluten-free foods aren’t fortified with vitamins and minerals, so be sure to find those elsewhere if your on a gluten-free kick
  5. Strenuous exercise is the only way to go. Nope. You don’t need to spend an hour on that treadmill to reap the benefits of working out. Even a 15-minute walk is better than nothing. Although exercise is often used just for losing weight, regular physical activity is never a bad thing! For example, being active for only 150 minutes (2 and a half hours) each week can help prevent the risk of heart disease. Exercise also helps your mental and physical well-being and boosts your immune health.

By Aisling Williams

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