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Carbohydrates: good or evil?

Posted: November 8, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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Breaking news! You no longer need to deprive your body of god’s gift to earth any longer! Carbohydrates have been depicted as a “dangerous” food by fad diets for the past decade or so, but in reality, you shouldn’t deprive your body from them any longer.

What people don’t know is that some carbohydrates are actually good for your body and that your body needs them to survive. They provide your body with fuel for physical activities, proper organ function and are an important part of a healthy/balanced diet like that pyramid thing you learned in like fifth grade. Ideally, 45-60% of your daily calorie intake should be from carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates come in all different shapes and sizes. They’re not necessarily only breads and pastas, but are vegetables, fruits, and beans. If you do choose to snack on some bread or make a turkey sandwhich, try switching to whole wheat or whole grain. These white breads are processed, bleached and do not contain the original nutritional content of the grain and the fibers, ultimatley being a poor food choice.

Still don’t believe that you can actually enjoy a hearty piece of bread? The next few reasons should help.

1. Carbohydrates are high in fiber. Fiber is an essential part of your diet and it helps you stay fuller longer, provides your body with energy, lowers your cholesterol levels and helps assist your body in removing toxins that you don’t need.

2. Carbohydrates contain a low glycemic index which in simpler terms, stabilizes loos sugar levels and insulin production. Which yes, is very important for your health.

3. Carbohydrates are full of nutrients your body needs every day. They contain natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients.

So moral of the story is that instead of cutting carbs out of your diet entirely, try eating healthier carbs instead. Stop reaching for that blueberry muffin in the morning and try eating a whole wheat english muffin with some jelly instead. Your love handles will thank you later.

-Chelsey Perry

Last night at 11:45 p.m., President Barack Obama was announced the 44th President of the United States. Winning battlefield states; Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin, Obama was able to secure his spot in the White House for the next four years with an electoral vote of 284.

Before President Obama gave his victory speech, he tweeted “This happened because of you. Thank you.”

The polls showed that President Obama had received strong support from women, African American, Hispanic and young adult voters, similar to the 2008 election that made him the first African American president of the United States.

During the presidential campaign, President Obama vowed to create a brighter, better future for the American people. He asked the people to stick with him while he reignites economic growth and helps us recover from the worst recession we have seen since the Great Depression, which took place during the presidencies of Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt (short history lesson).

Under President Obama’s second term, according to his website, we should expect to see the following policies and economic changes;

  • A long-term economic plan which will invest in education, small businesses, clean energy, infrastructure and tax cuts to help bring jobs back into the United States
  • Cutting taxes by 3,600 dollars for the typical middle class family
  • Cut tuition growth in half over the next decade with a plan to double campus based student aid
  • End the war in Iraq by bringing our troops home from Afghanistan
  • Give women the right to their own health care choices
  • Improve health care for all Americans

According to NBC news source, during Election Day, President Obama awaited results at his home in Chicago where he had a family dinner, and participated in a pick-up basketball game, which is his Election Day tradition.

Congratulations President Barack Obama.

-Chelsey Perry

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

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

As a recent health-kick enthusiast, I have found it impossible to avoid any blog that provides me with healthy meals and short, beneficial workouts that actually work for my body.  Both of these ideas seem far-fetched for a full time college student with class, homework, Thursday-Saturday frat hopping, Sunday Funday and of course Jerk, duh.

Some of us have to work extra hard to get that crop top worthy body.

While I was hunting for my own sources to help keep me motivated, I came across The Slender Student. Not only is this girl a college student, just like us, but also gives you tons of easy/healthy alternative snacks and meals, as well as ass kicking workouts that you can do in a 12 x 12 dorm room.

This girl has it all!

She recently posted a recipe for a “Slender S’more,” which obviously is a s’more, but contains only 100 calories. The Slender Student puts together a s’more with a rice cake, one piece of dove chocolate and five mini marshmallows. There is no way a snack like this can be anything but mouth watering. Then a few posts later you will find a 20 minutes work out that will target every main muscle group in your body. I did it, and it hurts, a lot.

I understand how frustrating it can be to maintain school work, a healthy diet and an active lifestyle, but maybe The Slender Student can help reduce the size of that beer belly from all of those free drinks at flip night.

Not only can you follow The Slender Student’s blog, but you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Best of luck my newly born health-kick enthusiasts!

-Chelsey Perry

After it was brought to my attention that Charlie, one of our blog editors, had no idea who Jenna Marbles was – I found it necessary to dedicate this week’s video to one of my favorite Jenna videos.

If you have been living under a rock for the past three years, like Charlie and don’t know who Jenna is,  she is a college graduate who devotes her time to making hilarious videos on YouTube. She works side-by-side with her two dogs, Mr. Marbles and Kermit and prefers to speak in a baby voice the entire video.

In this video, “How To Avoid Talking To People You Don’t Want To Talk To,” Jenna demonstrates how to avoid and scare off any creep who tries talking to you.

For some of us, this could be useful when we are walking past Starbucks on Marshall Street or at an open frat party when that ugliest guy at the party insists on standing way too close to your ass.

Watch, listen and learn. Oh, and Charlie, you’re welcome.

-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

If you’re like me, you have no sense of direction in the kitchen and everything you make or bake turns out black and crispy. Since I moved into my off campus house with five other roommates, I have become the odd ball out in cooking a decent edible meal.

While I aimlessly waste time on the Internet avoiding my mounds of homework, I came across Cookie + Kate and couldn’t contain the drool rolling down my chin. For all of you incapable cookers out there, all of these recipes are simple, inexpensive and don’t require a lot of your time. Don’t believe me? I have now cooked seven of these recipes and didn’t set the fire alarm once!

Cookie + Kate is a food blog started by a woman named Kate (shocker) and her adopted dog (you guessed it) Cookie. Together, with Cookie sitting by Kate’s side, they cook vegetarian and whole food recipes for all of us to try ourselves. Not only do I find Cookie + Kate amazing but Saveur Magazine agreed after they nominated their blog as the #1 blog in 2012. This is the real deal guys and gals.

If you are as enthusiastic as I was about this blog, you will find yourself cooking up some delicious dishes in no time! Best of luck my new little chefs.

You can check out their website at and follow them on Twitter @cookieandkate

-Chelsey Perry

I don’t know if any of you have heard about this new YouTube sensation (maybe its old but its new to me so let me have my moment), but I have recently jumped on the bandwagon and haven’t stopped laughing my ass off.

It is called Bad Lip Reading and they are YouTube clips of movies and speeches that are voiced over to what the speaker’s mouths look like they could be saying. Make sense?

For example, if I turn to you and said “elephant shoe,” it looks like I could be saying, “I love you.” Got it now? Good.

Basically this is what Bad Lip Reading videos are doing to political figures such as Mitt Romney, President Obama and to awkward clips of Edward and Bella from the Twilight series.

If you find it amusing to mock the Twilight series any chance you get (I am definitely team Katniss and Peeta), this video is just for your. Not only are Edward and Bella the most awkward couple (oops, not anymore) ever in the movie but the voiced over conversation makes it ten times better.

Take a look at the video and I promise that you will not regret it and if you are a politics guru like me, you will find the “More Mitt” and “Joe Biden” videos just as amusing.

-Chelsey Perry

Hey, hey jerks! My name is Chelsey and from now on I will be in charge of bringing you the latest blogs we like and don’t like and will also be sharing my favorite videos of the week. Here is a little about me:

Year and Major: I am a senior (SO SAD) Communication and Rhetorical Studies major with a minor in Political Science.

Hometown: I was born and raised in good ol’ Syracuse, NY. Yes, I didn’t go very far but I can bet none of your moms do your laundry or bring you home cooked meals.

Most Embarrassing Moment: Honestly, I don’t think I have ever been embarrassed. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re not doing it right.

Biggest Lie I’ve Gotten Away With: What is a lie if you tell everybody about it?

A Movie I Could Watch Over and Over: Hands down, Billy Madison.

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