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The Social Media Phenomenon

Friday, 09 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Have you ever met someone after you already “stalked” him or her on social media? It is a bizarre experience. It is usually the case that they are far more than what they appear in real life. More adventurous, more creative, more interesting in general. The other day, I was at the other end of this strange phenomenon—someone recognized me from my profile. I was meeting some old friends for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. One of them brought along a girl that she had just met. The…

Know Who You Are

Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
My high-school story is pretty standard when it comes to the “coming of age” tales that are so popular nowadays. I was a little bit of a recluse back then, not fitting in socially or really even physically. I went to a school where it was normal to have fake-tanned skin and straight, blonde hair, while I had (rather unnaturally) pale skin and brown, curly hair. This, along with a few other things (such as the fact that I preferred books to people, and actually liked my schoolwork), led to…

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
Quinoa Protein: 8 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked Full of fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese, quinoa is a terrific substitute for rice and it’s versatile enough to make muffins, bread, cookies, and breakfast dishes. Buckwheat Protein: 6 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked Buckwheat is not a type of wheat at all, but a relative of rhubarb. The Japanese have turned the plant into noodles called soba, other cultures eat the seeds by either grinding them into flour or cooking the hulled kernels, or “groats,” similarly to oatmeal. Some…

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
There has almost always been a connection between mental health and relaxation. When we relax, we allow our minds and bodies to experience the world without holding on too tightly to be able to enjoy it. Relaxing is a way to literally slow down your body’s responses, which causes the feeling of rest and well being. Whenever I consciously relax — usually by either taking some time to read a few chapters of my favorite book, taking a short walk, or by lying down on the couch, wrapped in a…

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
My favorite word in the English language is manifest. Dr. Wayne Dyer believed in creation. That is, our ability to create our thoughts, our intentions and our reality. Whenever I hear (or use) my favorite word, manifest, especially as it pertains to destiny, I think of Wayne, whom I’m choosing to refer to by his first name because his last name is too harsh at the moment. Though he is gone, I must think of him as a liver, rather than a dyer. I’ve never liked the euphemism, “passed on,”…
Thoughts of the Italian food I used to love so much now is nothing but a recipe for anxiety when I find myself in an Italian restaurant, which isn’t often anymore. I stopped loving it when I identified it as an enemy to my digestive system, with the ability to turn mealtime into a crisis. Think about it. At the typical pizza joint, there is rarely anything on the menu that isn’t laden with cheese and carbs and grease and garlic. Just thinking about it gives me agita and I…

Music—It’s More Than Noise

Saturday, 03 October 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
The past few years, I have been living about 6 hours away from my family while I have been going to school. Every holiday, I drive those 6 hours to see them—and sometimes I even make the trip for just a weekend, if I’m feeling a little low. I used to dread the trip—actual dread would fill my heart, soul and body, and I would have to drag myself into the car. I just hated being by myself for so long, with no one to talk to unless they were…

Gluten-Free Not Just for Celiac

Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
I’m not a mind-reader, but I’ll bet Sept. 13 got by you and your ordinary glutinous diet of bread, pasta and doughnuts, (or as I like to call them do-nots). Did you happen to hit the bakery that day for your favorite carbohydrate? Or are you one of the many people affected by Celiac Disease (CD)? I only just found out that Sept. 13 was chosen not only to bring awareness to CD, but to simultaneously honor the birthday of Dr. Samuel Gee, a British physician and pediatrician, who published…

9 Easy DIY Spice Blends

Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
Spices are one of the healthiest ingredients you can add to your food. Spices have potent medicinal properties that various cultures have used to treat illnesses for thousands of years. They add an intense pop of flavor to any recipe, and quality spice blends can make otherwise bland meat and vegetables exciting. Cajun Spice Blend: 2 Tbsp cumin 2 Tbsp coriander 2 Tbsp paprika 1 ½ tsp salt 1 ½ tsp black pepper Cayenne pepper to taste (you can go as high as you want here—the more you add, the…

Fashion Trends: Rise of the Leggings

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the not-so-new fashion trend in women’s apparel that is “leggings.” They have always been so interesting to me. I mean, they’re basically opaque tights. And we all wear them as if they’re regular pants! Pull a pair of leggings and a t-shirt on, and you’ve got yourself a socially-acceptable (and extremely comfortable) outfit. And I just want to point out that I am not claiming to be exempt from the legging-brigade. In fact, I wear them probably more often than most… Around the…

Begin Again - Haircut Edition

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Have you ever felt the need to start over? Not in a dramatic way, but in some small way, to feel like you are in charge of what happens in your life? About a month ago, I had a minor life freak-out (you know, the whole “what am I doing with my life/why can’t everything just be perfect?” And then I realized I was being ridiculous). But it got me thinking that I really do want a change—nothing major, just something tangible, some change that I can see in my…

Suicide Brothers

Monday, 28 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
When I was a young teenager, I met and got to know some of my cousins on my father’s side. They were the children of my paternal grandmother’s sister, who had died very young of a brain tumor. She left behind a rather large family and many children (at least seven), two of whom ended their own lives in the same way for different reasons within a couple of years of each other. I remember meeting the first brother a couple of times, thinking he seemed so young, vibrant and…

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Sometimes the simplest foods are the best foods. I remember my mom making this simple chicken noodle soup for my sister and me after we got back from school on the coldest days in the winter. We would sit by the fire in our living room, slurping rather loudly, talking about what we each had experienced that day. And to this day, whenever I catch a whiff of chicken noodle soup, I am immediately transported back to that spot on our living room floor, listening to my mom tell stories…

Anxiety Toolbox

Saturday, 26 September 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Tensions have flared in McKinney, Texas after a pool party got out of hand. Video taken by a local teen shows a police officer ‘barrel rolling’ across the grass, shouting at teenaged partygoers, wrestling a young girl to the ground, and most disturbing of all, pulling his firearm in the midst of the chaos. The police officer on the viral video has now officially resigned and is facing a criminal investigation. During the course of trying to do his job, this officer became overwhelmed by the anxiety of the situation…

More Herbs, Less Salt

Friday, 25 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
I have a question. Actually, I have many. The first one is this: Why is National More Herbs Less Salt Day just a day? Shouldn’t it be an entire month? How about the whole year? It’s my experience that the American palate is conditioned for accepting excess salt as well as excess sugar as the norm, which in my humble opinion constitutes a cultural culinary crisis. I’m constantly wondering why apple pies need any added sugar when apples all by themselves, whether sweet or tart, have plenty of flavor? Why…
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