10 Hacks For Living a Healthier Life

Ugh, HEALTHY. That word, alone, sounds like a one-way ticket to boredom. The issue is, hate it or love it, learning to live healthily is a necessity, especially as you enter your mid-twenties.

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TOO BAD. You can’t live off pizza and beer forever.

I hear you though… starting the journey to good health is one that usually begins with most millennials kicking and screaming for their old, comforting bad habits. Here are ten tips that might make the transition a little easier.

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10. Work out
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Clearly, working out is almost everyone’s least favorite thing to do… but that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary. If only to be used as stress relief and not for the sake of internal health, getting your butt in the gym is proven to help with anxiety, sleep cycles, and digestion, amongst other things. Also, gym prices range from expensive-as-balls to less-than-a-large-pizza, so pick the one that’s right for you.

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9. Meal Prep
This is a FANTASTIC for your budget and even better for your body. Meal prepping is the simple act of grabbing a basket full of healthy food once a week, preparing it for the remaining 6 days… and STICKING TO EATING IT (probably the hardest part. Day 6 grilled chicken is hard to swallow).

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8. Make Morning Smoothies
Good for starting your day because it’s fruit + protein + dairy + veggies. Better because it’s delicious and easy to make for those too lazy in the mornings to scramble up an egg (like myself). Try some recipes here.

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7. Find a Good Multivitamin
Seems obvious, right? But you would be surprised at the insurmountable number of stubborn people who don’t take a daily vitamin (ahem… guilty). Nutritional value aside, therapists have deduced that vitamin insufficiency can be attributed as a potentially underlying cause for anxiety and depression.

So, in short, pop your happy pills, mmkay?

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6. Drink An F- Ton of Water
How much is an F-ton, you ask? About 2 liters. Effective for losing weight and keeping yourself alert and energized. Also, try flavoring it naturally with fruit infused water; some recipes can be found here.

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How I Established a Routine For Being Healthy in College

Being healthy in college is hard. You constantly feel stressed or overwhelmed with all the work and studying, and taking care of your body seems to drop on your priority list. You feel like you just don’t have the time to make it to the gym or to go on that run. You find yourself ordering pizza or quickly scarfing down some junk food during your study break. There’s no way you have time to actually cook a healthy, well-balanced meal for yourself. And as far as sleep goes, well it’s practically non-existent. You definitely haven’t gotten that recommended 8 hours in a longggg time (probably since the first week of the semester).

But don’t fret. I know it seems totally impossible with your crazy schedule to actually find the time to take care of yourself. But there is a way. You just have to commit to it.

Being healthy and taking care of your body and your mind is a responsibility everyone has as a human being. If you aren’t being active, or eating right, or getting enough sleep, it all comes back to you and your decisions. Bad habits can be changed, or can easily be continued. But you have to want to change.

I played basketball and ran track and cross country in high school and I was in extremely good shape. The summer after graduation I tried to keep my old habits of waking up early and going for my morning run. However, I found that I no longer had the same motivation or drive to run hard and I began to sleep in more and more. Once I started my first semester of college I was determined to start running well again. I did well at first, but with all the chaos of my first semester and rush and my difficult courses, it became less and less of a reality.

Then all of the sudden one day I decided to change. I realized that I was just making excuses for myself before because I was too tired or stressed and I really just didn’t have passion to run like I used to. But at that moment I decided all that was going to change. Running 3 miles only takes about 25-30 minutes and I definitely had that much time to spare, despite my busy schedule.

This time when I decided to stick to a running schedule every day, I changed a few things. Instead of trying to force myself to wake up early and run like I had always done before, I decided to run at night. Waking up early before my classes would just be more difficult and probably result in me pressing snooze. This was the key to me succeeding in my commitment. At the end of the day I was actually looking forward to take my 9:00pm study break to go for my run. Plus, it was cool outside instead of extreme heat. It became my way to de-stress from my hectic day and just let out any frustration or whatever. It once again, became my passion.

After I started running again and getting back into good shape, I decided I wanted to start eating healthier too. I’ve never eaten super bad and when I did eat not so great things for me it never seemed to effect me because of my fast metabolism and my small portion eating. However, I knew if I made more of an effort to just substitute some of the junk I did eat for a healthier option, it would make me and my body feel even better.

So I began to buy healthier snacks for around my dorm and drink a lot more water than I already was. I also took advantage of my dining hall and the meal plan I have which offers unlimited food in the cafeteria. Which along with all the junk and not so good foods for you, actually offers an amazing salad bar. As well as a healthy alternative to any of the usually foods on the menu. My body felt so much better. I flushed all the junk that was in my system out and it made me wake up happier, feel more energized, and be in an overall better mood.

Now to the sleep issue. I’m still at a constant struggle with this one to be honest. My whole first semester I don’t think that I was ever in bed before midnight, and most nights I was up until at least 2am studying. And I had to wake up every morning at 7:00am. I was definitely sleep deprived, as most college students are. Which makes you even more tired and have zero energy to take on the day or to study or to do anything at all really.

The only times when I would get to bed at a halfway decent hour was when I was prepared for that day. And I think that is the key. If you write down all of your assignments in your planner and plan to do them ahead of when they are due and actually study for tests the night or even a few nights before, it makes all the difference. You are not nearly as stressed or anxious and can get things down way more efficiently. So though sometimes all-nighters can be unavoidable to a college student, the key to sleep on a consistent basis is without a doubt time management and being prepared.

So if you take anything at all from this article, just remember that it is 100% possible to be a successful college student, as well as being a healthy individual. It’s just determined by the choices you make and how you decide to live.

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Why College Girls Hate Hearing The Phrase “You’re already skinny”

You’re lounging around in the dorms with your friends when all of a sudden you scroll past “workoutinspo” on instagram. You complain to your girls that you should work out as you stuff more flaming hot cheetos into your mouth. Your friends do the thing all friends are supposed to: tell you you don’t need to worry because you’re already skinny. Bless their hearts, really, but this is NOT what I want to hear.
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I’ve always been pretty small. My family has a history of fast metabolisms. In middle school, I could eat whatever I wanted without gaining anything. I was a student athlete and I was in a gym class almost every year, so maybe that had something to do with it. But now I’m in college; I’m sometimes just too tired to go to the gym and snacking almost comes hand-in-hand with doing homework.next

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A Guide For Lazy College Girls To Be Healthier

Many people think they are too busy to make healthy life changes, but these 10 simple tips can have you feeling great in no time!

10. Drink Water

Water has lots of great benefits. It can help you feel fuller, keep your skin glowing, and give you more energy. Try swapping a soda and juice for a glass of water instead.

9. Eat Almonds

Eating a handful of almonds 30 minutes before a meal can help you feel fuller faster, just like water.

8. Stretch

A few easy stretches can help improve circulation and can even help you relax before bed.

Try out these relaxing yoga stretches for a better night’s sleep.

7. Clean your room

This is a simple way get you moving off the couch, and your apartment will thank you for it.

6. Dance

Get moving and start a dance party with your girlfriends. It’s a great way to reduce stress and have some fun.

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10 Mouth Watering Smoothies

10 Mouth Watering Smoothies

 

Strawberry Watermelon Chia Smoothie

This yummy 6 ingredient smoothie is fresh and the perfect summer treat that combines sweet watermelon with the unexpected tart kick of lime.

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Go Check Out the Recipe: http://minimalistbaker.com/strawberry-chia-watermelon-smoothie/

 

Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie

This simple smoothie will give you that fresh morning kick you need.

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-orange-banana-smoothie/detail.aspx

Kale-Apple Smoothie

Want to add yummy greens to your smoothies, but never know how? Here’s a yummy recipe with rich kale to add to your morning routine.

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/kale-apple-smoothie

 

Strawberry Banana Nutella Smoothie

Love Nutella? Than this delicious creamy smoothie is for you!

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-banana-nutella-smoothie/detail.aspx

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Stay full and fight disease. This high-fiber drink becomes even healthier when you use organic kiwis, which contain higher levels of heart-healthy polyphenols and vitamin C.

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/20-super-healthy-smoothie-recipes/strawberry-kiwi-smoothie

Purple Monster Smoothie

This smoothie is truly a good monster. It is rich in antioxidants and yummy fruits that are sure to impress.

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Go Check Out the Recipe: http://eat-drink-love.com/2013/01/purple-monster-smoothie/

Berry Good Workout Smoothie

Need a pick me up for your workout? Check out this refreshing smoothie.

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Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/20-super-healthy-smoothie-recipes/berry-good-workout-smoothie

Mango Smoothie

A sweet and tangy treat to brighten up your dreary 8am.

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Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/mango-smoothie

P.S. Use frozen mango for a cheaper alternative.

Kale Smoothie

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If you love Kale and all it’s great health benefits like I do, but want to dress it up a little try this recipe.

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/kale-smoothie-recipe

Tutti-Frutti Smoothie

This frugal smoothie infuses summer citrus with orange juice to make a healthy and refreshing snack you’re sure to love.

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/20-super-healthy-smoothie-recipes/tutti-frutti-smoothie

Here are some great smoothie tips from Real Simple to make your Smoothies even more delectable. 

3 Tips for Stellar Smoothies
Put the liquid in first: Surrounded by water or juice, the blender blades can move freely. Next, add your greens, with chunks of fruit or vegetables going into the pitcher last.

Start slow: If your blender has speeds, start it on low to break up big pieces of fruit, then work your way up to high for a puree. For blenders with function buttons, pulse a few times before switching to puree mode.

Thicken with ice: Added too much juice or coconut milk? Toss a few cubes in the blender and voilà!

These smoothies are sure to keep you feeling fit and full, now get blending.

xo Lo

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6 Healthy, Easy To Make Snacks For Netflix Addicts

I seriously believe if Netflix didn’t exist I would still be the size I was in High School (yay for the Freshman 15!). It’s just so easy to lay in bed, eat cookies and not move away from the TV so we don’t miss an episode. So in honor of me watching Friends start to end for the third time this year, here’s 10 quick and easy BUT healthy snacks to replace the cookies and wine you’re currently snacking on. Nothing is stopping your Netflix binge now!

  1. Apples and Peanut Butter

Total Time: 2 Minutes

1 Apple, 2 TBSP Peanut Butter: 150 Calories-17 Carbs

Directions: 1 Apple Sliced, 1 tsp spread on the apple slices

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  1. Baked Zucchini Chips

Total Time: 35 Min.

30 Chips: 88 Calories-2 Carbs

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees and mist baking sheet with cooking spray. Slice zucchini into thick rounds, toss zucchini with olive oil to coat and then place zucchini on baking sheet, Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook for 25-30 minutes, flipping each halfway through. Let cool and enjoy!

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  1. Pepperoni Chips

Total Time: 1 Minute

17 Chips: 80 Calories-0 Carbs

Directions: Lay pepperoni slices on top of paper towels, cover with an additional paper towel, microwave the slices until they are stiff and crispy (no more than 1 minute) and let cool. Can be served with humus.

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  1. Watermelon Salad

Total Time: 10 Minutes

1 Cup: 60 Calories- 0 Carbs

Directions: 1 Cup of watermelon cubed, 1 Tbsp of crumbled Goat Cheese, and 2 chopped leaves of fresh mint, mix together and serve cold

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  1. Cinnamon Banana Bites

Total Time: 12 Minutes

2 Bananas: 70 calories 5 Carbs

Directions: In bowl combine 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, and 2 TBSP sugar. Slice the banana into rounds, add the banana rounds to the greased/non-stick skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle the banana rounds with ½ the cinnamon mixture, flip rounds and sprinkle the rest of the mixture and cook for 2-3 more minutes until soft and warmed through. Let cool and enjoy!

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  1. No Bake Protein Bites

Total Time: 20 Minutes

4 Balls: 150 Calories- 5 Carbs

Directions: Mix together 1 cup Oatmeal(dry), ½ cup Peanut Butter, ½ cup ground Flax Seed, ½ cup Chocolate Chips, 1/3 cup Honey, 1 teaspoon Vanilla until all combined. Cover and chill for 10-15 minutes. Once chilled, roll into 1” balls and enjoy or store in airtight container and keep refrigerated for later snacking!

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