Monday, September 23, 2013

(healthy) celebrity diet tricks

Always in the spotlight, celebrities are faced with the constant pressure of looking good. Often times, this can lead to unhealthy behavior by the celebrities themselves or by the people idolizing them. On the other hand, there can be some tricks that we can learn from the stars. After all, they most likely have personal trainers telling them exactly what to do to achieve a body of a god/goddess. Before we begin, let me clear one thing up. If someone tells you their diet trick is to eat whatever they want, whenever they want, they're either 1) lying or 2) on the fast-track to diabetes. Some people are blessed with an insanely fast metabolism, but just because they're skinny doesn't mean they're healthy. By the way, if you're one of those people, 97% of the population probably hates you, and by that I mean absolutely envies you. 

James Franco: 
Clearly this kid is doing something right. 

His trick- no carbs after 3 p.m. 
The logic- although heavily debated, it's a common fitness rule not to eat carbs at night because it's thought to turn into fat more easily. Whether that's true or not, one thing is true- excess energy will be stored in the body as fat. If you're someone who doesn't do much after dinner time, limit your caloric intake to balance that out. There's a saying: For breakfast, eat like a king; for lunch, like a prince; and for dinner, eat like a pauper. For the most part, it's better to eat more calories earlier in the day so your body can have time to use them for energy. Plus, research has shown that carbs can activate the same pleasure centers in the brain as certain drugs, making carbs "addictive." If you suffer from the late-night munchies, aim for something that doesn't leave you craving for more. 

Meryl Streep
She is sixty-four years old. Not joking. 

Her trick- limit alcohol intake
The logic- many times, we forget alcohol has calories, kind of like how calories "don't count" on your birthday...or Christmas...or Thanksgiving...or your friend's mom's grandma's birthday...
Yes, this world is a cruel place where you can't ever escape calories. Try to keep the drinking to a minimum so you're not tacking on hundreds of calories to an otherwise healthy day. Drinking excessively also causes dehydration and messes with the blood sugar levels in the body, both of which cause hunger. If you're the type of person who gets the "drunchies" (aka Qdoba at 2 AM) it'd definitely be in your favor to stick to only a couple drinks per night.  


Her trick- focus on eating healthy and exercising, not losing weight
The logic- if our main goal is to lose weight, it's easy to become discouraged if we don't see immediate results. Toning up takes time, and even after we see results, it's important to maintain the healthy habits rather than overindulging after we achieve our goal. Health is an ongoing process. 


Her trick- drink plenty of water...with chicken or vegetable broth
The logic- It's Beyonce, she doesn't need logic. For real though, you've heard it before, drinking water makes you feel fuller. To give your water an extra kick, follow Queen B's lead and add a little something. 

Drew Barrymore: 

Her trick- never put something off limits
The logic- once you tell yourself something is off limits, the more appealing it will become. If you tell yourself that you can't have that piece of cake, you'll crave it even more and will most likely overindulge later. Instead, limit the amount that you eat. Aim to eat smaller portions of desserts to be careful not to trump your healthy efforts. 

Ryan Gosling: 

Hey look good eating those Omega 3 Fatty Acids. 

His trick- eat Omega 3's
The logic- Omega 3's are a healthy source of fat which can be found in fish, nuts, and eggs, among other foods. These fatty acids decrease the amounts of lipids (fat) in your bloodstream. What could be better? Uhh...Ryan Gosling. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

a healthy outlook on life

I found this great article and thought I should share. Too often, we tell ourselves we will be happy when something happens- when we get a raise, when we get a boyfriend, when we ace a test, when we buy a new outfit, etc. Instead we need to realize that we have everything we need and more to be happy right now.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

5 Things You Learn from Sorority Recruitment

It's almost that wonderful time of year once again- Bid Day, where hundreds of girls parade through the streets to their new home, welcomed by their overly excited sisters who went through this same process a year or two ago. The active members are ecstatic to greet their  amazing, adorable, potential littles, and say farewell to hours and hours of hard preparation.

Contrary to popular belief, sorority recruitment is hard work. Active members have to sing, clap, and scream simultaneously while flashing smiles that trump Julia Roberts' for at least two eight-hour days and then continue to talk to potential new members without breaking a sweat (literally and figuratively). And that's followed by a full week of practice. After going through the other side of recruitment, sorority girls develop so many more skills besides flawlessly walking in wedges and mastering the art of small talk; they can do just about anything. Just look at Elle Woods (post Harvard)! Or Tory Burch...or Carrie Underwood...or Katie Couric...

1. Rock any interview
After talking to hundreds of girls during recruitment, sorority girls know how to talk to just about anyone. Better yet, they can answer any question someone fires their way quickly and eloquently. They learn to exude confidence and positivity. Members are pros at turning any negatives into positives, which is crucial to nailing any interview and snagging the job. For example, someone might ask:

"You have to go to Chapter every week?" 

And someone would answer: 

"Yes. It's a great way to catch up with your sisters and learn about important information and fun, upcoming events! Plus you get dinner. Have you heard about our amazing chef?" 


2. Market your way to the top
Sorority girls are possibly the greatest marketers and sellers. They have to convince each and every girl that goes through recruitment that their sorority is the best thing since...America. They know exactly what to say to put themselves and their sorority in the brightest light. They can promote their events, philanthropy, house, and sisterhood in their sleep. In this day and age, it's critical to know how to market one's business and oneself. 

3. Connect with anyone
During recruitment, you're bound to run into people who don't want to be there. Maybe they're tired, they already have their heart set on a different Chapter, or they already decided sorority life isn't in their stars. Regardless, members still have to talk to them- and like it (or at least pretend to). Similarity, if a member has to talk to someone who shares nothing in common with them, they still have to make the conversation flow smoothly and relate somehow. This is definitely not an easy task, especially when it comes to the end of the day when everyone is exhausted. However, in life, it's important to be able to connect with anyone no matter how different they are. You won't always like your coworkers or in-laws or professors but you still have to learn to make things work, and the easiest way to do that is to be personable. 

4. Think on your feet 
When it comes to tricky situations, sorority girls are masterminds. Even with countless hours of planning and preparations, something is bound to go wrong during recruitment. Luckily, sorority girls know how to handle the situation and exercise their problem-solving skills quickly and calmly. Additionally, they understand that problems aren't the end of the world- they're a chance to grow which is also true in life. On a daily basis, you'll be faced with situations in which you have to come up with the most effective and logical solution, without getting too torn up about things going wrong in the first place.

5. Work as a team 
Last but not least, recruitment teaches the importance of working as a team. A sorority is only as strong as their weakest link, or as cheerful as their smallest smile, or as loud as their quietest clap. If one person isn't giving 100% it brings the whole team down. To be successful, its necessary to be able to motivate everyone and get them on the same page. Everyone needs to work together to make sure everything is going smoothly and must be willing to help out when needed. Another important aspect of working as a team is being knowledgable of one another. Knowing people's strengths, weaknesses, interests, and dislikes can be invaluable. Plus, being aware of what your sisters/"teammates" are up to shows the potential new members that you actually care about one another. Being able to work as a team stretches far past life in a sorority- it can be applicable in sports, in school, in work, and in relationships. 

So is giving up two weeks of summer for recruitment worth it? Absolutely.