On February 26, 2014, the Integrated Wellness Center hosted “Antioxidants: Just Juice It.” The event was successful far beyond the expectations of the planning committee: over 1000 juice samples were handed out and 350 people took an antioxidant quiz in order to enter to win a Ninja Blending System!
The winner of the Ninja Blending System is Ezra Trull, a sophomore business management major who also works the desk at Tau-Maria Halls.
In order to get Ezra going with his new blender (and usher in spring for the rest of us!) here are the recipes for the five antioxidant-rich juice smoothies. Pick your favorite and enjoy this healthy snack as we wait for warmer weather.
Lately I’ve seen a lot of posts on Facebook about the New Year’s Resolutioners in the gym. There have been posts discouraging them, posts from them feeling judged and I just can’t grasp this conflict between gym-goers and resolutioners.
Yes, it’s February and the gym has been packed since January 1st. I know this means you feel like you are fighting your way to get in your own workout and it’s frustrating. The reality is you have to be motivated to continue your workout.
Making a resolution involving the gym isn’t an easy one and many people set their sights too high. Some resolutions may include losing 10 pounds or more, but instead of creating a plan, most people are looking for instant gratification, let me tell you, it doesn’t work that way. In actuality you are only supposed to lose 2 pounds a week, meaning if your goal was to lose 10 pounds, it should take you 5 weeks. The key with maintaining gym resolutions is setting your goal smaller than small; by this I mean setting realistic goals. So instead of saying you’re going to lose weight, say you want to lose 10 pounds in 2 months. But, you need to account for the days you won’t have time to make it to the gym, or the days you decide to eat out. By accepting that achieving your goal is going to take time, you are more likely to succeed.
Many resolutioners and even dedicated gym-goers can become unmotivated. Like I said before, some people don’t like being at the gym when it’s packed. Maybe it’s because you’re self-conscious, maybe it’s because you just don’t feel like it today or maybe you are really exhausted from your day.
But these are all excuses you tell yourself.
No, it’s not easy going all the time, and sometimes your body does need to rest, but there are days when I don’t want to get all sweaty and then go back to class or studying. I know it’s not easy to set aside time for the gym either with how much you are required to study and the amount of homework you have, and can you imagine, having a job on top of that? It’s difficult, but whether you are a resolutioner trying to become a gym-goer or a gym junky, here are some things you can do on the days you doubt yourself:
My best advice though for any resolutioner or gym-goer, is that remember that there will always be people resolving to better themselves. Each January there is always a new group of people trying to be healthy and change themselves. But when you are in the gym you are doing it for yourself, not for the person running next to you, not for that hot guy or girl you’re trying to impress, not to justify that pint of ice cream you just ate. You are working out for you and you’ll only get out of it what you put into it. So don’t give up no matter what anyone says. You can do it.
Have you ever heard about “antioxidants” but don’t know what they actually are or what they do?
Well, when we put our bodies through stress– whether it’s physical or emotional– we produce molecules known as “free radicals.” These molecules interact with other things in our body to produce even more harmful stuff. Also known as “oxidative stress,” this process has been linked to aging and can be inflamed by things we do like stressing about studying for tests, smoking and tanning!
So how do we get rid of these pesky free radicals?!?! You guessed it: a class of molecules called ANTIOXIDANTS because they are anti-oxidation! Antioxidants are occur in many foods. Fruits and vegetables are very high in antioxidants, particularly berries, but beans are also a good source.
A group of Winona State professors and students from the departments of Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Science and Chemistry have come together to put on an event for the entire Winona community called “Antioxidants: Just Juice It!” At the event, we will be demonstrating how incorporating juice smoothies into your diet can increase antioxidant intake to reduce oxidative stress!
So come to learn, come to ask questions, but most of all, come to drink free smoothies and reduce all that stress we put on our bodies as midterm is approaching.
The event will be held in the main hallway of the Integrated Wellness Complex on Wednesday, February 26th from 1-3 pm. It will be “walk-through” style with chances to win some cool prizes!
We hope to see you all there!
This past Tuesday, I made one of the worst decisions of my life.
I downloaded the game “Flappy Bird” onto my phone.
I opened the application and my life was forever changed for the worse. I woke up 6 days later surrounded by broken iPhones, my roommates pounding at my door and a plummeting GPA with a high score of 29 the only thing to show for it. I deleted the game after that because the stress of playing the game will probably cause my heart to fail and I’m not to the point where I’m willing to go out like that.
However, my 6-day Flappy Bird frenzy got me thinking about all the stresses we allow into our lives. As college students, we are constantly stretching ourselves thin as we try to juggle classes, work, extracurricular activities, homework and friends. Although all of these things are important to have in your life, if you find yourself being worn out or overwhelmed by all of these commitments, then it may be time to prioritize your life.
Easier said than done, right? However, one thing that I have learned over the years is that it can be done if you embrace the concept of simplicity.
Living a more simple life has different definitions for each person. I have always been inspired by the philosophy of my mom when it comes to simplicity. She is in the process of cleaning out the house and simplifying her lifestyle under the mantra: “If I have to pack up and move to Key West in a week, I would be able to do that.”
To you, simplifying could mean not committing to something that doesn’t have value to you, like being involved in a club only because it looks good on a resume or playing a stupid game like Flappy Bird.
No matter what you are trying to simplify in your life, the bottom line is that simplicity is getting rid of the clutter in your life so you are left with only that which is valuable to you (hobbies, friends, family, etc.).
Unfortunately, this is often harder to do than it sounds. But simplicity isn’t a one time event; it is a constant journey that has its ups and downs. However, if you are interested in adding some simplicity to your life, a blogger named Leo Babauta (I recommend giving his blog a look over) has a simple list to simplifying:
This list shows the basic goal of simplification. Ok, so maybe it is a little extreme and impractical for those who don’t know how to apply it, so are 72 ways to work towards a simpler life. Don’t think you need to try them all, but pick the ones that you feel would help you the most and give them a shot.
You may be surprised how much smoother your life can run.
Empty pockets are no excuse to deny your loved one a memorable Valentine’s Day. If you’re rummaging your brain for some romantic (yet relatively cheap) date nights in the Winona area, look no further. Here are some ideas on on how to keep your significant other (and wallet) happy on this national day of love.
The Active Date
If the Olympics have you convinced that your skating skills are just as amazing as a trained athlete’s, why not show off for your date? The Lake Lodge Recreation Center offers ice-skating, broomball and snowshoeing to all members for a small fee of $5 for a yearlong membership. The Lodge also provides a cracking fireplace to warm those frozen toes and maybe provide a chance to scoot a little closer… #cuddletime
The Studious Date
Sometimes, a good book and a steamin’ cup of coffee is absolutely necessary on a cold winter’s night. So why not enjoy a fictional tale together? Head on over to the Winona Public Library and swap each other’s favorite novels. Spend the night by the fireplace (or space heater) and get lost in the written word together.
The Classic Date
Dinner and a movie is never bad idea. Downtown Winona holds many different restaurants and diners just begging to be explored. I say Acoustic Café is a must-try for all Winona students. You and your date can split a hot hoagie and get to know each other in the cozy atmosphere. Then you can walk over to the Winona 7 Theatre to catch the latest film. Looking for a romantic comedy? Take your date to That Awkward Moment, a story about three friends dealing with modern day relationships starring Zac Efron. (Because you can never go wrong with Zac Efron. Never.)
The Thrifty Date
Make Macklemore’s song come alive and try shopping in a few thrift stores over the weekend. Whether it be a “brown leather jacket that you found digging” or a broken keyboard, the adventure of thrifting is sure to make a memorable date for you both. Make things more interesting by setting a spending limit of $5 and see if you can make an entire ensemble with that price. (Trust me; it can be done.)
The Artsy Date
Check out some local talent by attending WSU’s own “Dancescape” performance on the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center from Feb 13 to Feb 15. Come and support your fellow students as they dance their hearts out onstage. Tickets are $8 for students; a very reasonable price to impress your date with your knowledge of the arts.
The Culinary Date
Take a night off from the caf, put your culinary skills to good use and make yourselves a homemade dinner! Whether it be just a simple box of mac-and-cheese or just some fluffy pancakes, nothing says romance more than a full, satisfied belly. Brownie points (mmm…brownies) to those who lay a picnic tablecloth on the ground and pretend like it’s already summer vacation.
The Dreamy Date
Grab yourselves a cup of hot cocoa, notepad and pen and start writing down your bucket list ideas. With school, work and extracurricular activities always demanding your attention, it’s important to keep in mind the personal goals you have set for yourself. Whether that be backpacking across Europe, learning a new language, starting a blog, or getting that high score on Flappy Bird, it’s always exciting to see these goals written down and finding out what you each aspire to do with your lives. Because a couple who dreams together, stay together.
You’d think that exams, group projects and working several jobs would be enough stress to juggle but then the universe throws something at you that makes all of those other major stressors seem miniscule. College is hard but even doing simple things like a four-page reading assignment can seem next to impossible when you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one.
My senior year of high school I lost one of my best friends to cancer. I thought that going to college would make the pain much easier—new situations, new people, a new environment. However I found that when I got here as a freshman a year and a half ago, it was just difficult in different ways.
Although death is a natural part of life, it’s never easy when someone close to you dies. Sometimes you see it coming and sometimes you don’t—neither is easier than the other. While it takes time to come to terms with death, there are things that you can do to soften the pain. Here are the things that have worked for me:
The light of the phone lights up your face as you check it again. “0 new messages” it says, the same as it said 5 minutes ago. You now have become familiar with every square inch of your dorm room as you pace back and forth, walking the 15 feet from the door to the window like an Olympic swimmer doing laps in the pool. You have memorized the number of dots on the ceiling, every millimeter of the crack that lies above your bed and every unique pattern of the ice crystals that have formed outside of your window. Hours pass, and after the 12th Netflix re-run episode of “How I Met Your Mother,” the panic begins to set in. The cold grip of winter has trapped you in your room for far too long, and now, it’s time to make some radical decisions!
Now let me stop you before you resort to cutting your arm off because we have all been there. With the recent stretch of -30º days, going outside isn’t much of an option. It is easy to feel trapped inside with no place to go. On a normal summer day, you can just go outside and find an endless world of entertainment, but in your 15×20 foot dorm room, your options are a little more limited. Some creativity is required to keep that boredom at bay.
Those of you who are the creative type, now is the time to get out of here and use that good ole imagination to your advantage. But for you left-brained people out there, worry not because I have your favorite thing in the world, A LIST! All it takes is one good idea to ward off the boredom and here are some ideas that can get you started when you are feeling a little stir crazy in your room (aside from homework. That would be ridiculous )
Given the past couple days, I know that being trapped under a boulder in the Utah desert seems like a better deal than being trapped in your dorm. However with this list and some imagination, you don’t have to feel trapped in your room anymore.
Good luck everyone and stay warm!
Since I was a little kid I loved to be active and play sports. I got involved at an early age with organized sports including football, basketball and baseball. Once it was time to move off to college, I was a bit worried about not being able to keep athletics as a part of my life. I was not nearly good enough to play sports at a college level, but lucky for me, intramural sports came as a great option!
Through my college years at WSU, I have been involved with intramural basketball, and it just so happens, it is intramural basketball playoffs this very week! What is so great about intramural basketball is that it is divided into two leagues: A and B. A-league is for those athletes that consider themselves able to keep up with very competitive and seasoned players. B-league is for those who enjoy to play ball in a social setting, with more an emphasis on fun, rather than the outcome of the game. I myself am a B-league player, and proud of it.
My team consists of 8 guys that all met in our freshman dorm, Lourdes Hall. We have a pretty tight bond, and playing on a team together in B-league for the past 5 years gives us the chance to hang out on campus and be a part of the WSU student community. Our team name (tongue and cheek to say the least) is “The Red Shirt Seniors” and pokes fun at our 5th year senior status. We have a pretty good chance at making a run in the playoffs this week, we just got to make some big shots down the stretch.
If basketball is not your cup of joe, WSU offers many different options to fill up that competitive edge. Football, softball and volleyball are probably the most popular, but soccer is becoming more of an attraction each year. Intramural sports at WSU have benefited me with a fun way to stay in shape, and also a great activity to do with friends each year.