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Jerks Need Sleep Too!

Posted: October 25, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health
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With the past four weeks being all about midterms, it’s no secret to anyone that sleep hasn’t exactly been top priority. Exams, papers, horrible group projects, and those small tedious “this will only take a second” homework assignments your professors think won’t matter in the grand scheme of things, seem to take over our lives. If they only knew what students really wanted to vocalize in those classes, chances are, we wouldn’t have as much work to do.

Considering how important sleep is and the fact that it’s become a long-lost friend these recent weeks, let’s just make sure it’s not looking for a reunion during your midterm exam or during that time before class that is perfect for a quick snooze, which eventually sneaks into class time because you’re that exhausted. Don’t let your grades or health slip just because of a paper or assignment that could be done during the daylight.

Many students say they feel they’re some kind of nocturnal. Obviously this isn’t true, but it certainly feels like it. For whatever reason, they get that second wind at night time, and can’t shut off the light/computer/cell phone.

According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, some 30 to 40 percent of adults suffer symptoms of insomnia within a given year.

So here are a few steps to take before bedtime to ensure that your night’s sleep will be satisfying.

Yoga therapist Kate Vogt offers the following practices to help you invite your mind and body to rest.

Say Goodnight: Create a bedtime ritual to signal to your body and mind that all activity is done for the day and it’s time for rest. Finish eating two hours prior to bedtime, and turn off the TV or put aside your cell phone and laptop at least a half an hour before retiring. Literally start to check out and unplug before going to bed. It will make sleeping stress-free a little easier.

Stretch and Yawn: Rest on your back to contract and stretch your muscles from head to toe. Flex your feet, spread your toes, and then curl them under three times. Stretch out one foot and reach the opposite arm overhead. Gently squeeze and release the leg and arm muscles three times. Change sides. Hug yourself and shrug your shoulders toward each other. Hold for three or four seconds and release. Change the cross of your arms and repeat. Rest the base of your palms above your eyebrows and place your thumbs on your temples. Slide your fingertips along your hairline and circle the thumbs lightly on your temples. Yawn three times.

Let Yourself Melt: Lie flat on your belly, resting your forehead on your hands. Feel your navel expand toward the floor as you inhale and pull back as you exhale. With each exhalation, imagine releasing tension from your body. Do this for 10 breaths. Roll slowly onto your back. Rest your fingers on your belly, feeling it rise and fall as you take 12 more breaths. With each exhalation, let yourself melt and be absorbed into radiant love. Then, curl into a fetal position on your right side and rest. You may even drift off to sleep.

To see more tips and tricks to a good nights sleep or to gain more yoga knowledge, visit

Happy sleeping!

-Brooke Leone


A bra can do miraculous things. They help secure the twins during an intense run, give you great cleavage and keep them perky instead of down near your waistline. The bra already does so many things for our busts, but can you imagine a bra that detects the early signs of breast cancer?

Lifeline Biotechnologies has developed a bra called “First Warning Systems” that will provide us with accurate screenings for abnormalities in our breast tissue. The bra would no longer require regular visits to the doctor office for mammograms due to its convenience and user-friendliness. The bra can be worn any time of the day, washed in a house-hold washing machine, and all information is sent through the sensors to a computer program that reads the information for you.

Even though technology has surprised us in many ways with its incredible developments, how can a bra detect something as complex as breast cancer? Well, the bra is lined with precise sensors, which measures the change of our cell temperature. This change in cell temperature is a result of blood vessel growth, which is scientifically linked to the development of cancerous tumors.

Thus far, the First Warning Systems has accurately detected tumors 92% of the time in a trial of over 700 women.

Although this product seems to be short of a miracle, Dr. Deanna J. Attai, spokeswoman for the American Society of Breast Surgeons, said, “The technology of the bra is promising but I’m a long way off from recommending it, we need a lot more comparison to other screening technologies, and we need to follow women over a much longer period of time to determine if this is actually a reliable test.”

Even if the bra is put on the market, getting your hands on it will cost either an arm or a leg. Lifeline Biotechnologies says that if the bra conducts more successful clinical trials and is approved for retail, we will be able to purchase the bra as early as 2014 and will be coughing up around $1,000.

That seems like an awful lot of dough for a bra made of cloth, but there is no price too high to help prevent the diagnosis of the number one killer among women today.

-Chelsey Perry

Eat That Leaf

Posted: October 20, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health
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What’s crisper than a nice crunchy piece of lettuce? Not much. That’s why you should ditch the bread and start using it.

Take those amazingly addictive lettuce wraps at P.F. Changs as an example for a much healthier snack.  You could put your very own at-home spin on them, which is not only healthy but also cheap!

Now I’m a complete advocate for all things lettuce: salad, wraps, toppings and any everything else. I just don’t think people realize how great this is, so here’s a recipe that I love that is healthy, delicious, and doesn’t fill you up so you can eat a few of these and not feel like a fatty.

James Duigan: Ultimate Clean & Lean Lettuce Wrap
(Brought to you by me with help from

4 leaves iceberg lettuce
4 slices roast turkey
½ cucumber, sliced
250g hummus
Sprinkle of paprika

Put the toppings on the lettuce as if it were bread and roll it up! You can place a toothpick in the wrap to hold it together for easy keeping or just while you’re eating. You can also add other ingredients such as: cheese, garlic, seasonings, other meats, no meat, beans, etc.

If you try this out, comment below and let me know how it goes!

-Brooke Leone

You know those days when you just feel fat? It might not be your shark week or the boy-you’ve-been-crushing-on’s fault, but whatever the reason, it’s annoying, and you don’t want to do much of anything.  Am I right? (Sorry guys, this article isn’t really for you.)

Well, here are some tips to reverse this fat day coma from

Wear red: It doesn’t matter if it’s lipstick, nail polish, or clothes: There’s something about the color red that instantly makes you feel bolder. Plus, its been studied that males like a girl that wears the color red.

Put on a belt: While a belt may be the last thing you want to wear when you’re feeling “fat and blobby,” says Stafford, it can also remind you that your body has an actual shape. Realizing that you’re actually NOT fat gives you a little more confidence during that day.

Accessorize: Anything from a really fabulous shoe, to a great pair of earrings, a killer clutch, or even a statement lip-gloss can help distract you from your figure and highlight the body parts you do love.

Choose form-fitting clothes: Baggy clothes actually make you look bigger, meaning that those well-worn sweatpants you love aren’t doing you any favors. On the other hand, clothes that are more fitted and tailored, like a blazer, can do wonders to enhance your shape. If you feel fat, don’t make yourself look fat because others might think you actually are fat. Just a tip…

Get your yoga on: Research shows that mindfulness meditation (and yoga!) can lead to positive mood changes. Studies also show that long-term mediators have increased gray matter density in the brain stem, which has been linked to improving self-control and emotion regulation, says Kelly McGonigal, PhD, a health psychologist at Stanford University.

For more helpful tips during your awful fat day, go to

What do you like to do on your fat days?

-Brooke Leone

As the doctor says, you should be drinking eight classes of water each day, if not more. For most people, water doesn’t always seem to be their number one beverage choice and in return, find themselves reaching for sugary fruit juices and/or soda. I know I sound like a broken record, but those drinks are not good for your body.

Your blood, muscles, lungs and brain, (kind of important) all contain water. You need more water to help regulate body temperature and for transportation of nutrients to organs and tissues throughout your body. If you are taking in too little of water, you can cause damage to your body through dehydration, muscle cramps, headaches and constipation (oh shit).

If you are one of those people who can’t seem to fulfill the daily requirement of water intake, there are other options for you to choose. One of these options is the new water called Karma Wellness Water. Karma Wellness Water, or simply Karma, is a water bottle with vitamins stored on top of the bottle. When you are ready to drink it you simply peel the sticker on top, push the top cap to infuse fresh vitamins, shake the water and vitamins, and then drink it! Not only does it contain all of these benefits, but it also has five delicious flavors including Acai Blueberry, Raspberry Guava Jackfruit, Passion fruit Green Tea and Orange Mango.

Sounds easy! But why do WE have to put the vitamins in the water? The experts behind Karma found that vitamins that sit in water for an extended period of time sometimes deteriorate and then we lose the benefits.  Instead, if you place the vitamins in the proprietary cap until you’re ready to drink the water, you will enjoy their benefits at their highest potency.

Now, even though these bottles run for roughly $2.00 a piece, and could be used for a bud light at chucks, they are filled with vitamins your body needs daily. This water contains 110% daily value of Vitamin A, B3-Niacin, B5, B6, B12, D and E, as well as superfruits, antioxidants, and nutraceuticals.

Sound like a bunch of gibberish? Well, to make it simple, it’s very good for you and will fill in most of the vitamins you are missing out on while you eat gross food from the dining halls and Marshall Street.

Happy drinking my friends, and don’t forget to stay hydrated!

– Chelsey Perry

So we all know of the phrase “beer muscles,” which really just to the alcohol induced confidence gained by men in college.  But, I’m here to tell you that it works the same for women! When drunk, we are about a million times more likely to walk up to a hot guy at the bar than we would be sober. This confidence, though unfortunately misleading because it is derived from substance abuse, is a wonderful result of a little alcohol. While the confidence boost is hot, the weight gain that comes along with weekly drinking is not.

As a freshman, I had gained eight pounds by Christmas! I would barely eat at school, I was dancing regularly, and walking all around campus as exercise. I couldn’t conceive how I went up an entire cup size in just a few short months. It didn’t occur to me then that the seven beers that would constitute as my pregame would add up to be over a thousand calories; that’s like a McDonalds binge up to four times a week! Ew, I’m so grossed out even thinking about it.

Well anyway, I was determined to not allow for that to happen again this year so healthy and low-cal alcohol habits are where it’s at for me. So read on, skinny bitches.

  • Pop The Bubbly Every Once in Awhile- a glass of champagne has only 85 calories per 4 oz, less than wine and beer! Also, less sugar which is also a dangerous antagonist in the world of skinny girl drinking,
  • Order a Vodka Soda (kind of!)- Instead of grabbing your usual vodka/diet, ask the bartender if they have any flavored carbonated water available, you can save up to 100 calories, and can therefore drink more!
  • Gin, Rum, or Tequila?!- When it comes to hard liquor, which is usually the path I travel down when trying to save calories, know that not all liquors are created equal. Aside from the obvious taste and type characteristics, different liquors have different calorie counts as well. Use the chart below as your guide next run to the liquor store, your favorite skinny jeans will thank me later.

– Deanna Viel

Hard Liquor Calories Carbs Per 1.5-oz Serving
Vermouth 32 0.2 g 64 calories, 0.4 g carbs
Coconut Rum 51 5.3 g 77 calories, 8 g carbs
Beefeater® Gin 65 0 g 98 calories, 0 g carbs
Rye Whiskey 69 0 g 104 calories, 0 g carbs
Scotch Whiskey 69 0 g 104 calories, 0 g carbs
White Rum 69 0 g 104 calories, 0 g carbs
Vodka 69 0 g 104 calories, 0 g carbs
Cognac 69 2 g 104 calories, 3 g carbs
Tequila 69 5.3 g 104 calories, 8 g carbs
Gilbey’s® Gin 79 0 g 119 calories, 0 g carbs

As the daunting week of midterms quickly approaches us, we are all coming to terms with the fact that we will be camping out in club bird. For the next week, most of us will find ourselves cracking open our textbooks we have been using as coasters for our weekend beverages. Between your weekday hook-ups and weekend blackout fests, who has the time to think about studying or eating a decent, healthy meal? We all know that bird café has the best 700-calorie packed bagels and an assortment of the best chips around, but they are actually opposite of what your brain really needs during this time of the year.

Instead of filling up on empty calories that will only make you hungry 10 minutes later, you should be filling up on protein, fiber and healthy fats. These nutrients will help give you a great energy boost and will keep your dirty little fingers away from those bagels and bags of chips.

If you have been sleeping through your nutrition classes or have been oblivious to the idea of healthy foods, then below are the best foods for you to be munching on for the next week or two.

1. Apples

2. Granola/Oatmeal

3. Almonds and walnuts

4. Lean meat

5. Greek yogurt

6. Hummus

Obviously, these are not the only foods you can eat, so expand your horizons. But make sure you are not filling up on foods that are going to make you hungry 15 minutes down the road with no nutritional value.

As for the caffeine our bodies so “desperately” need, make sure you are drinking lots of green tea rather than resorting immediately to coffee. I know the entire student body cannot simply live without adderall during midterms, but the effects it has on your body isn’t any better than junk food. Green tea is proven to have more caffeine than coffee, and is great for your metabolism and diet as well!

Worse come to worse, if you truly cannot help yourself from shoving food into your mouth during finals, throw some gum in your mouth to keep it satisfied!

Nothing better than some oral stimulation to keep you going during midterms.

Best of luck.

-Chelsey Perry