Dear Sophomore Year

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 2 years down, 2 to go. But where did the past two years go? You mean in the same amount of time I will be on my own… for the rest of my life?
The easiest two years have past and the hardest two years lie ahead of me. Some of the hardest decisions have yet to be made while some of the most difficult obstacles have been overcome. Beginning college is a roller coaster, to say the least. Filled with new experiences, people and situations that you have never been faced with before. You are completely independent from your parents, forced to do your own laundry, feed yourself, and wake up on time in the morning. College will teach you lessons that cannot be learned anywhere else.
During your freshman year, you enter a new world where you have the freedom to make your own decisions and for the first time, you are held completely responsible for your actions. Everything is entirely up to you. You probably grow the most during your first year of school… Then, during your second, everyone expects you to know the ropes. They expect you to act more mature and make decisions that will permanently impact your future. I’m not ready to make decisions on what I will be doing in 10 years, 20 years or even 40 years… What if I want to change those decisions? What if I don’t actually want to be a biology major? Eek!
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Master Your Stress

  
As the semester winds down, many college students, including myself, face great amounts of stress as they prepare for final exams and ending their semester. I often times find myself craving unhealthy food and picking up to-go rather than cooking a nutritious meal because of the time that it takes. Many people pull all nighters in the library and miss out on much needed sleep in hopes of cramming information into their brain at the last minute.
We are all guilty of neglecting our general well being during a time of high stress, regardless of the cause.
Surprisingly, small amounts of stress may actually be good for you.
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How Your Food is Deceiving You

The smoothie was filled with strawberries, bananas and frozen yogurt and 55 grams of sugar!
Yes fruit is high in natural sugar, but it is important to recognize just how much sugar, sodium and fat you are taking in when eating out. Unfortunately some of the most innocent sounding meals are filled with the unhealthiest ingredients and they are invisible because you are not preparing the food yourself.
It is important to be wary of exactly what you are eating. While some options are much healthier than others, they might not be as healthy as you think!After my delicious smoothie this morning, I came to the understanding that many places add ice cream, sugar or sherbet to their smoothies for a better taste but the consumers are completely unaware. A smoothie can be a very healthy treat but making it at home allows you to control the amount of sugar and fat that is added!
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Technology Detox

Sometimes I think that we all need a technology detox to realize just how dependent we are on our cellphones. Rather than seeing things with our own eyes and creating memories in our brains, we seem to prefer to capture events through our camera lens and store the memories on our phones. It is sad to think that rather than enjoying concerts with our own eyes and ears, we are recording them on our phones to replay later and share with friends and family.

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In today’s world, we love to take pictures of food (me included)… but why? Instead of taking note of the restaurants surroundings or how great it tasted, we take pictures of our food from every angle.
 Take one bite… snap a pic.
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Azodicarb…What!?

Azodicarbonamide… Also known as dough conditioner, this chemical is found in a number of bread products that Americans consume on a daily basis. Better yet, it can be found in yoga mats and shoe soles to add elasticity. It is commonly used to make bread puffier and more able to withstand shipping and storage.
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The Benefits of Lemon Water

Lemons are packed with vitamin C, B-complex, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber!
Lemon water provides a number of benefits including giving your immune system a boost through the high levels of vitamin C, especially during times of high stress.
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Just Write

For many, journaling is refreshing and provides an opportunity to write down anything that might be bothering them, stressing them out or something great that happened.
Personally, I am a fan of making to-do lists and writing down ideas that I have for the future. I have a number of journals that were started but have not yet been finished, I have journals for traveling, journals for ranting, and some journals that have not even been touched yet. I recently bought a journal that is smaller than my iPhone so that I can keep it in my purse or backpack and be able to write whenever I am on the go.
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Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia!

No, not the silly childhood toy that was commonly advertised on TV, chia pets, but chia seeds!
Chia seeds are very versatile and provide a number of benefits if added to your daily diet!
Chia seeds come from a flowering plant that is native to Mexico and Guatemala. In ancient times, the Aztecs, Incans and Mayans used it for medicinal purposes, mostly as a major source of energy!
They provide two times more protein than most grains and five times more calcium than milk. The calcium and phosphorous in chia helps to maintain strong teeth and bones. It also has high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, soluble fiber, potassium and antioxidants. A one-ounce serving of chia has nearly 11 grams of fiber, which is about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults and important for digestive health.
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Black Soybean Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Last night for dinner, I had a bunch of veggies to use up so what better to make than a stir-fry?

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I decided to cut up zucchini, carrots and onions along with black soybean tofu. I am a huge fan of tofu because one of the healthiest foods!
Tofu, a staple in many Asian dishes, originated in China and is made from soya. It is made in a very similar way to traditional dairy cheese in that soya milk is curdled; the remaining liquid (which is whey) is pressed then cooled into tofu!
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