College students: Get your social media in shape

You’re no longer in high school. The things you post to your social media matter. Shape up your accounts to reflect the person you are and the person you want to be.

 

1. Check, double check, triple check your post

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Learn from DiGiorno’s mistake. Don’t assume you know what anything is about without checking  first.

 

2.  Provide value

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 Photo Credit: Ashley Draz via Facebook

Tweet news stories, share Facebook articles, tweet events going on around campus.

 

3. Not your therapist

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Photo Credit: @thebreakuptweet via Twitter

Leave personal issues outside of the social media world.

 

4. Resume worthy

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Photo credit: @My_LifesAJoke via Twitter

Don’t always post what’s on your mind. Future employers will see it.

5.  No stealing 

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Photo credit: @starbucks via Instagram

Just like in the classroom, no plagiarizing. Give credit where it’s due.
i.e. If you’re going to post a photo from Starbucks’ Instagram, be sure to use appropriate tagging and hashtags.

 

6.  Nobody likes a negative Nancy

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Photo credit: @ashdraz via Instagram

Don’t bring others down with negativity. Keep it positive like #MotivationalMonday

 

7. Grandma Test

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Photo credit: @CollegeTownLife via Twitter

If it’s not something you’d share with grandma, you might want to rethink that.

 

8. Transparency

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Don’t say it online if you wouldn’t say it in person.

 

9. Positive self promotion

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Photo credit: Ashley Draz via Facebook

Showing you’re involved is always a good thing.

 

10. Network

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 Photo credit: @annatultz via Twitter

Following business professionals isn’t enough. Actively engage in conversations.

Daunting school life

I didn’t forget about this blog, promise.

I’m currently in my last semester of my undergrad studies. While that may seem like I’m busy, that’s not the main reason.

I am an honors student and I am in the process of completing my honors project. In addition to that, I’m also a finalist in the Sales Decathalon, formally known as the National Collegiate Sales Competition.

Did I also mention that I’m taking 15 credit hours (full-time student status right there) while working at least 20 hours a week?

Needless to say, I’m barely maintaining my sanity. If I added in writing this blog, I would surely go off my rocker (if I haven’t indeed already).

All of your love and support would be tremendous as I finish out this semester. Give me another month or so and I’ll be back.

I don’t quit, won’t quit, especially on you. Thank you for everything you’ve done so far. I cherish and appreciate everyone of you!

Stay fit, stay healthy, and most importantly…

Stay energized!

Tips on eating out, the healthy way

The average American adult eats out or buys a snack 5.8 times a week. That’s almost once a day. This wouldn’t be a big deal if restaurants were as healthy as the food you make in your own kitchen.

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Among other ingredients, restaurants use large amounts of butter and oil to prepare their dishes, which is how the dishes become so unhealthy.

Eating out isn’t a bad thing though. It’s great for socializing, and let’s be honest, when you just don’t feel like cooking (hello, weekends!). How can you go out to eat, but still eat healthy? I’ve got some tips for you!

How to eat healthy at restaurants:

Before you go out:

  1. Don’t arrive starving. You’ll over eat and regret it when it’s all said and done.
  2. Think ahead of what you’ll order. This can help your willpower to avoid unhealthy meals.

When ordering:

  1. Order foods that are steamed, broiled, baked, poached, or roasted NOT fried, au gratin, crispy, scalloped, pan-fried, sautéed, buttered, creamed or stuffed.
  2. Ask what kind of oils the foods are prepared in. You want: monounsaturated oils (olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil) and polyunsaturated oils (soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil).
  3. Get salad dressings, butter, and cream on the side. It’s better you control how much goes on your food.
  4. Substitute fries for vegetables, baked potato (see rule above), and plain rice. It irritates me that fries are the standard side.
  5. Order lean meat like chicken or fish.

As I stated earlier, it’s okay to eat out. Just be conscious of these tips the next time and you’ll be making healthier choices. Who doesn’t want that?!

It’s okay to splurge on occasion, too. Restricting your diet will only make you want something even more. It’s about balance. Just enjoy!

Let’s get energized!

How do you know you have a food allergy?

Which is it??

Food allergies are all around us. Gluten free, dairy free, nut free, meat free…

I’m only half kidding on the meat free one.

Food allergies are real; 15 million Americans have food allergies. While there is no denying the validity of food allergies, there is some misused labeling happening across the nation.

Some people are claiming to have “food allergies” when that’s not the case. What they could have is an intolerance or a sensitivity.

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Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a food allergy is based on a reaction from the body’s immune system. This means that the body does not recognize an ingredient in the food, which is usually a protein, and the body attacks it, thus affecting organs and potentially creating serious reactions.

An intolerance to a particular type of food is a based on a reaction from the body’s digestive system. Upset stomachs, nausea, cramping, and diarrhea are common symptoms of a food intolerance.

*Food allergies are more serious and severe than a food intolerance*

Food Sensitivity

Going even further, there’s what is called a food sensitivity. Not many studies have been done on food sensitivities, but there is a main difference between a sensitivity, a food allergy, and an intolerance.

A food sensitivity is not an immune reaction, so it’s not an allergy. With most food sensitivities, the body has unpleasant reactions, including nausea or acid reflex, which is similar to a food intolerance.

 

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However, with a food intolerance, the reactions typically happen the same way every time after eating the food, not periodically or every once in a while, like it does with a sensitivity.

Now, that’s not to say that you have an intolerance to greasy food because it gives you heartburn. It’s because of the greasy food.

This is an area I’ll be learning a lot more about with first hand experience. I believe I have a food intolerance, but am not sure. I plan on getting it checked out within the next week. I’ll keep you all posted.

In the meantime….

Let’s get energized!🙂

Rock Climbing

I realized I haven’t been writing much, or at all for that matter. I promise I haven’t forgotten. I was trying to soak up as much of my time in Seattle as I could. And, to be honest, it’s exhilarating not being tied to a computer all the time.

I did want to share my rock climbing trip at Exit 38 though.

 

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 Hiking to our climbing location

My experience with rock climbing up to this point in my 22 years of existence has been all indoors. Rock walls and I are pretty tight you could say.

I found a Groupon for a beginner’s rock climbing class with Treks and Tracks. It was an opportunity I couldn’t afford to miss.

Now I’m hooked. The fact that rock climbing is great for cardiovascular health makes me love it all the more.

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Hardest climb we did that day

What’s most addicting though is the feeling you get when you make it to the top. It’s a feeling of accomplishment and encouragement.

“I did this, I can do anything.”

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Made it to the top, twice🙂

If you haven’t gone rock climbing before, GO. I promise you won’t regret giving it a chance. Plus, the views from the top are spectacular.

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View from the top!

Let’s get energized!

 

Top Food Allergens

Food allergies affect as many as 15 million people, and that number is rising. This really doesn’t come as a surprise when everyone is avoiding gluten like it’s the black plague.

Ring around the bakery…

I won’t continue with that.

According to  Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), there are  8 main food allergens that account for 90% of all food allergies. Can you guess what they are?

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Wheat is one, but it doesn’t make it into the top 5 on the list! I won’t give away any more. Check for yourself to see if you got the eight allergens correct.

With allergens, it can be difficult to know what foods to avoid. FARE provides an awesome list of what foods to avoid for each of the top allergens. It’s definitely worth bookmarking!

And, did you know that food allergies and food sensitivity are two MAJOR different things. I’ll cover that next time.

 

In the meantime…

 

Let’s get energized!

When to buy organic fruits and vegetables

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy, nor is it cheap. Buying organic fruits and vegetables hike up the grocery bill month after month. What can you do to lower the bill but still eat organic foods?

There are certain fruits and vegetables that are better to buy organic and some that are just fine to buy non-organic. Kristina from Fully Raw shares the secret in her video below. It’s great advice that I’m taking with me to the store!