Author: Melissa Lindsey

TIPS For Graduation

If you’re like most students, you pictured yourself graduating from college, heading off to your moneymaking job, moving into your own apartment and starting your new life in the ‘real world.’ Instead, the job hasn’t shown up, you can’t afford an apartment and you’re moving back in with your parents. Hopefully this will be a temporary situation, but regardless of how long you plan to stay, it can be a tricky arrangement for everyone. With that in mind, here are some tips for making this transition more manageable and enjoyable.   1. Identify your position. One of the problems many college students have with moving back home is the loss of freedom that came with living on their own. Suddenly, you have to tell someone else where you’ll be and when you’ll be home. Although this may be an annoyance, it makes it easier if you remember your position. You’ve asked your parents for a huge favor, so you need to play by their rules.   2. Don’t blow things out of proportion. Is it really that big of deal to tell your parents when you’ll be home? Does it really take that much time to make your bed each morning? Picking your battles will make the transition easier on everyone.   3. Surprise them. Performing unexpected odd jobs around the house is a great way to show your...

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UVU Ink

Sept. 24, 2012    Traditions, social norms and stereotypes are inevitable wherever we go, and when something goes against the grain, it makes people uncomfortable. UVU has its own social norms, influenced by the dominant religion present in Utah Valley. The stereotypical male in Utah Valley is clean-cut and the stereotypical female is conservatively dressed. So what happens when a guy walks across campus with diamond studs in his ears, or when a girl shows up to class with a tattoo on her neck? Many of these “non-traditional” students feel judged because their appearance goes against the norm in Utah Valley. Jack Waters, a former student, has the Bob Dylan logo tattooed on his right arm. According to Waters, his tattoo has sparked some interesting behavior across campus. “I feel like an animal in a zoo,” Waters said as he recalled an instance when a student whom he had never met asked to touch his tattoo. “It’s...

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For the health of it

What would we do without the egg? It’s a staple for breakfast, a stand in for a quick supper or snack, a holiday tradition and an ingredient in many sweet and savory dishes. With so many uses, one would assume the egg has always been held in high regard, but for many years the egg had an unfortunate, unwholesome reputation. Due to its high cholesterol content, the egg was deemed dangerous. For years many consumers excluded eggs, ate only the whites or experimented with egg substitutes. When scientist found that high blood cholesterol is associated with heart disease, people became apprehensive toward foods that were high in cholesterol, such as the egg. One large egg contains about 215 milligrams of cholesterol, accounting for two-thirds of the recommended daily limit, so it makes sense that people were hesitant to incorporate eggs into their diet. With recent studies and research, scientists and dietitians have discovered that cholesterol in food is not the perpetrator—saturated fat has a much larger effect on blood cholesterol and heart disease. Thanks to these new findings, scientists and dietitians not only approve the consumption of eggs, they recommend it. Eggs are extremely high in protein and low in calories. One egg has about 7 grams of protein and only 75 calories. Due to their high protein content, eggs make for a satisfying dish that will keep you...

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For the health of it

The time for college basketball to consume our lives is here. From now until the end of March, you’re likely to find yourself surrounded by friends and family gathered around the television supporting your favorite team. And while you’re busy checking your March Madness brackets, you’ll probably be munching away on snacks and treats that are not doing your body any good. Most of the food we consume during this time is high in sodium, sugar, saturated fat and calories. There are better foods to eat while watching hoops. When you serve these four foods, you’ll be helping everyone enjoy the games in a delicious and healthy way. Don’t be surprised by the numerous high fives and chest bumps you’ll get from your guests after they try your tasty spread. Instead of serving chips and nacho cheese sauce for an appetizer, let your guest dip carrot sticks, fresh red and green peppers and pita chips in hummus. This delicious spread or dip is made of chickpeas, garbanzo beans and tahini. It is commonly eaten in the Middle East and has become more popular in the U.S. because of its delicious flavor and nutritional value. Chickpeas do not contain any cholesterol or saturated fat, but they are very rich in protein. They are also known to prevent build up of cholesterol in the blood vessels and they help maintain healthy...

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For the health of it

Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years and, more currently, by millions of Americans. I think it’s safe to say that yoga is anything but a trend. People can’t get enough of the mental and health benefits yoga has to offer. The hustle and bustle of so many Americans’ lives is makes setting aside time to relax our bodies and refocus our minds important. This is one reason why yoga is so vital. The breathing techniques used in yoga help relax the mind and the body. A common perception among yoga beginners is that the poses are used only to provide a great workout, to flatten the tummy and tone the butt, but when performed correctly, each pose offers great benefits. Every move is accompanied with deep inhaling and exhaling, which helps clean mental house and refocus our thoughts to the positive things in life. Savasana (corpse pose) is often performed at the end of each yoga session as a time to meditate. This time is very important because it trains our minds to be positive and attentive. Once our breath is even and our focus is acute, the rest of our body is prepared to reap maximum benefits from each yoga pose. Routine and consistent practice of the various yoga poses helps build strength and improve lean muscle mass. The core is especially strengthened as many poses...

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