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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

As I sit in Chipotle with a bunch of my sorority sisters, my jaw drops at some of the food people put into their mouths. I will not deny that every time I go to Chipotle I want a burrito the size of my face, but instead I settled for a burrito bowl, which is bigger than my face (but less calories).

Being a young adult we have to start watching what we put in our mouths (yes, that means put the beer down it’s Tuesday) because everything is going to start catching up to us. As a poor college student, organic and high priced food isn’t within our budget, so most of us find ourselves settling for the greasy, fat filled food on Marshall Street.

Because I’m a really, really nice person I’m going to provide you my favorite alternatives for my favorite restaurants on Marshall. Hopefully this will help prevent you from time you are heading down for lunch or dinner, you are not consuming the calories for an elephant.

#1. Chipotle
Like I mentioned before, I have a weak spot for Chipotle, so I had to teach myself to eat there without overdosing on calories. Instead of ordering a burrito you can order a burrito bowl – cutting out the carbs from the tortilla. If you want to further the calorie cut, you can replace the rice on the bottom with shredded lettuce. I know that the rice tastes almost orgasmic but I can assure you that it will not look too good on your hips. So now you have cut out the tortilla and rice, which counts for approximately 300 and 250 calories respectively. WOAH. Now it’s doesn’t seem THAT bad and you won’t feel as guilty after you devour the entire thing in five minutes.

#2. Starbucks
Where would the world be without Starbucks? I don’t know if I would even make it out of bed without it. Although it may help jumpstart your day, that doesn’t mean it can replace a “nutritionally balanced breakfast.” Most, if not all, drinks from here contain excessive amounts of sugar and fat from whip creams, caramel and chocolate toppings. Instead of ordering your usual, try ordering a skinny version, which contains sugar free syrup, no whip and fat-free milk. If you want to be SUPER healthy or you are a lact-tard (lactose intolerant, like me) ask for soymilk and you will be cutting even more calories! Woohoo.

#3. Jimmy Johns
Oh Jimmy and I go way back. No lie I think I ordered from here about 50 times last year… and I wonder why my ass doesn’t fit into last year’s summer clothes… Awkward. Anyways this article is about you, not me. To help cut the calories at Jimmy you can choose two different options. Option 1, you can replace the white bread with the wheat bread or lettuce to make an unwich, which is a sandwich wrapper with lettuce. Option 2, you can ask for no mayonnaise, which can lower the calorie count by 300! That’s a lot of calories for a little lube action on your sandwich.

Obviously there are hundreds of ways to cut calories and eat healthier on Marshall Street but I find these three most useful for myself. Just remember that all of those extra toppings and breads will add calories onto your meal quickly. I am not saying you cannot eat them ever again (unless you want to stay fluffy), but try to think about what you are putting in your mouth and how you can make it just a little bit healthier.

I promise, your body will thank you later when you won’t need someone to sponge bathe you because you are immobile and fat from those late night beach clubs from Jimmy.’s

-Chelsey Perry

Being Sick Sucks

Posted: September 17, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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This past week we have witnessed, yet again, the indecisive weather of Syracuse, NY. We spent our Sunday bundled in pants and sweatshirts, only to find ourselves in tank tops and shorts on Wednesday. Yeah it’s nice to have a random 90 degree day in the middle of September, but to be honest, it’s not very good for your health (and neither are those quesadillas you eat from Schine’s Cafe).

So to help you all stay above the weather, I have put together the top five, best ways to avoid catching the cold this fall.

#1. Wash your hands
Everything that you touch is carrying hundreds and hundreds of germs. The door handles in Schine? Infested. The bathroom door? Even more infested. Don’t be that girl who tries to sneak her way out of the bathroom without anybody noticing she didn’t wash her hands. It is as simple as carrying around portable hand sanitizer and you’re good to go.

#2. Stay away
Even if your best friend in the entire world has been sniffling the past few days, do not, I repeat, DO NOT share a drink with her. There is no better way of catching a cold than sharing, touching, kissing or breathing the same air as someone who is already under the weather.

#3. Sleep
If your body is tired, it is harder to fight off those nasty little germs who will gladly take over. It is recommended to get at least six to eight hours of sleep a night – not only will sleep help you stay healthy, but it will make sure those bags under your eyes don’t get any bigger.

#4. Get the shot
In about a month you can walk right down to the health center to receive a free flu-shot. You’d think they would give us something more exciting after all of the money we shell out for this campus. Anyways, it’s as simple as that and if you are afraid of needles, like myself, well then your shit out of luck.

#5. Get your butt to the gym
There is nothing better for your immune system than a hot, sweaty workout at the gym… or in bed. Look at it this way, not only will you be fighting off any germs that make their way into your body, but you are going to tone up the body you hide under large sweaters all winter. Win-win.

Happy cold season and may the odds be ever in your favor!

-Chelsey Perry

Superfoods for the Healthy JERK

Posted: August 22, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health, VAULT -- archives
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We’ve all heard the rants and questions about the food pyramid and how you should eat every day, but lets face it – no one really pays attention to the food charts. Hell, as college students we’re lucky if we eat something other than bread and pastas.

If you’re like me, you research and find blogs about food and wellness, but saving recipes and suggestions on what you should be doing to your toolbar only goes so far. You actually have to put the food in your mouth and do it frequently, I know, we’re all still catching on to this.

To help you find easy and practical things to eat, I’ve made up a list of superfoods you can eat regularly that are tasty.

Don’t worry; these berries won’t cause an oompa-loompa-like reaction. In fact, they’re nutritional superstars, filled with fiber, vitamin C, and cancer-fighting compounds.Studies suggest blueberries may even improve memory.

Green Tea
This ages-old health secret has been used as a natural remedy for everything from cancer to heart disease! The secret to this delicious drink? Antioxidants! The main superhero here is Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a phytochemical that slows irregular cell growth, which could potentially help prevent the growth of some cancers.

Vitamin C is the superstar of this superfood. Just one cup of these red beauties satisfies the daily requirement for vitamin C (74 milligrams per day for women, 90 for men)! Studies suggest the antioxidant helps build and repair the body’s tissues, boosts immunity, and fights excess free radical damage. And the vitamin C in strawberries could help promote healthy eye function.

These lil’ nuts are hiding lots of protein and fiber behind their earthy flavor and nutty crunch. Plus, they’re naturally cholesterol-free. A one-ounce serving of these nuts has almost as much potassium as one small banana.

Low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C, this summer treat is the prefect fresh, low-calorie snack. Studies suggest watermelon could also potentially lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And the lycopene in watermelon could help protect the body from UV rays and cancer.

There are several other superfoods out there but these are my favorites.

Snack on!

*all summaries courtesy of

-Brooke Leone

Everyone is looking for ways to lose weight even if it looks, sounds, is obnoxious. Oh hey drink this “smoothie” and stand on your head I swear it works. Okay well I’ve never heard that one but come on you know what I’m talking about. Crazy ideas and routines to do to shed those extra pounds that probably will come right back after you quit what you’re doing. And please, quit, because what you’re doing is probably not healthy or just makes you look like a fool anyway.

Yet, these people took exercise to the next level. The corporate level. Who thought turning your desk into a treadmill would work? This guy.

Craig Engler saw how working out wasn’t fitting into his schedule and took it to the extreme. Not only did he start working out, but also started exercising during work hours. How? By turning his desk into a treadmill or turning his treadmill into a desk, whichever way. By walking or jogging during work he lost roughly 65 pounds. Congrats.

Now to me this is a little extreme. I get bringing the gym to you and adding it into your work time so you don’t have to go to the gym but spending over $1000 on it? No fucking way. If you have money to do this and really care that much then be my guest but seriously walk to the gym or go run around the block a few times a week. That’s free.

Other people have tried the recent bandwagon switch to sitting on an exercise ball at work instead of an office chair. This does burn a few more calories than sitting in a chair but as recent doctors have discussed it has a higher risk of injury. As discussed in an article on the New York Times Health page, The Claim: Replacing Your Desk Chair With an Exercise Ball can Improve Your Posture, studies show more slumping and slouching on the ball than in a regular chair.

As stated in the article by Anahad O’Connor, “A study last year, by Dutch researchers, compared workers who did hour-long typing tasks on exercise balls and while seated in office chairs with armrests. The balls produced more muscle activity and 33 percent more ‘trunk motion.’ But they also produced more spinal shrinkage.” So I guess changing up your work environment isn’t always the best thing.

When deciding to change something in your life, even if it is just a chair, make sure it is for the best and will not harm your body or work ethic in the process.

-Brooke Leone

People of Iron

Posted: August 1, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health, VAULT -- archives
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by Beatrice Schachenmayr

Lake Placid’s population has doubled in a mere two days. Athletes have arrived with their families and professionals have returned to compete in their seventh Ironman triathlon. Tourists are enthusiastic to visit the town at full capacity while locals are exhausted from working double shifts.

It’s as if the village is undergoing a serious operation – roads are closed for the race, bike traffic is nonsensical, signs of encouragement crowd the roadsides, colorful chalk is smeared throughout the paved course, shirts and trinkets are distributed among athletes and families in the Iron Village (what is normally the oval), and there is a seemingly endless wait for a table at any restaurant on Main Street. It’s a forty-eight hour transformation.

Energized, enthusiastic athletes, fitted with their blue bands, anticipate the gun sound on Sunday morning that signals the start of the race. Saturday night the town is quiet. Athletes are asleep after having indulged in a two thousand calories meal of carbohydrates and families are resting for a day filled with cheering and commotion.

The gun sounds. Twenty-five hundred athletes flail their arms and kick their feet, trying to defend themselves in the water. They’ve literally launched themselves into a commitment of exhaustion, many of them dropping pounds as they get closer to the finish. Not all racers finish the swim and many miss the time cut and aren’t permitted to continue but those are simply the rules of the sport.

And come Monday morning cars are fully loaded with equipment, families have lost their voices, and athletes are aching and proud. Those who finished have proved themselves to have the strength to swim 2.4 miles, bike 126, and run 26.9.

-Beatrice Schachenmayr

Why the fuck is it so hot this summer already? Seriously, this is ridiculous.

I was just browsing through my saved blog posts and such today and found this snazzy little article. If you’re like me, you hate drinking water all the time, especially the recommended 8 glasses a day, if you do this then you deserve an award because I can’t make it a week.

I usually brew up some black tea to help get the water into my system, but here are a few other recipes to help stay hydrated and fit without the calories from

1. Passion Fruit Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup of chilled low fat milk
2,8 oz (80 grams) of chilled low fat yoghurt (unflavored or vanilla)
1 tbsp of honey
1 mango
1 passion fruit

Instructions: Clean and slice your fruits, throw them in a food processor along with the rest of ingredients and blend until smooth. Yup, it’s that simple!

2. Mint Iced Tea
Ingredients: 2 satchels of mint tea
500milliliters (about 17oz) of water
½ lemon
1 tablespoon of honey

Instructions: Brew mint tea, add honey and let the mixture cool down before adding the juice of ½ lemon (I prefer adding zest as well but you can skip it in case strong citrus flavors are simply not your cup of tea). Once you’re done, your tea is ready to spend a couple of hours chilling in the fridge.

3. Watermelon and Strawberry Sorbet
Ingredients: 100grams (1/2cup) of chopped strawberries
400 grams (2 cups) of chopped watermelon

Instructions: Freeze your fruit solid before throwing them into a food processor or, in case you don’t have a couple of hours to spare use fresh fruit but add 7-10 ice cubes. Blend until slushy and – Voila! Now, could a healthy drink recipe get any simpler?

4. Watermelon Lemonade
Ingredients: 4 cups of watermelon cubes
Juice from three (3) lemons
Crushed ice

Instructions: Mash or process your watermelon cubes until they turn into paste then add lemon juice and crushed ice! No need to add sugar although you could get away with just a pinch or two, just in case you have a serious sweet tooth.

Hopefully this brightens up your summer months.

-Brooke Leone