Food for Finals

The dreaded finals are upon us. Late night studying has commenced and that can lead to some poor eating habits. However, maintaining healthy eating will actually be more beneficial to your finals because your body and mind will be at their peak performance.

Here are some simple snack ideas for when you are studying late at night.

     Frozen Greek Yogurt Blueberries – Blueberries are great for brain health and you need        your brain at its prime in order to remember everything for the test. Greek Yogurt is just      great for your body overall and provides you with much needed protein.

     Dark Chocolate – that is right, chocolate can help you with studying. Dark chocolate          helps stimulate blood flow to the brain which helps you concentrate on your work. But        of course, use it in moderation.

     Green Tea – unlike coffee, which can get you jittery if you have to much, green tea has        the amino acid L-theanine which will give you energy without putting you in overdrive.

     Water – It is important to stay hydrated throughout your study sessions. Doing so will          help blood flow to the brain and keep you from overheating, which can lead to                   headaches and lack of focus.

     Cheese Cucumber Sandwiches – You don’t have to worry about crumbs covering your      lap or your computer after you eat these, and it will help curb your carb cravings. The        crunchiness of the cucumber will balance out the richness of the fat and salt from the        cheese.

Though these snacks won’t be able to guarantee straight A’s on your finals, they will help you get one step closer.

As for working out, the RAC will have the same hours it has had all semester, so no worries about not being able to make it in.

The Group Fitness Classes will be changed slightly however, classes will still be offered but the times will be different.

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Just remember, you are almost done!

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Finals Week #RACLife Style

Hello Eagles!

This Friday is the last day of classes for the semester. I know this day will be bittersweet, especially for the Fall 2013 seniors who will be graduating next week. Congrats!

With finals approaching, some things at the RAC are changing.

  • Remember starting Monday, December 9 the Group Fit Finals Week Schedule will begin. finalsweek-_8.5X11fall2012
  • Also, there will be no group fitness classes on Saturday, December 7 or Sunday, December 8.
  • On Thursday, December 12, the Group Fitness schedule for finals week will end. Also, all campus cycle bikes are due back on this day!

Remember, there will be a Finals Feast on Monday, December 9, at 6 pm in the Russell Union to help give you that last push to make it through finals week!

If you’re stressed with your work load, come to the RAC to do an intense cardio workout, take a yoga class, get a massage, or relax in the hot tub. The options are endless! (:

Also, is anyone already planning their health-related New Years Resolution? We would love to hear about your 2014 goals and how CRI can be a part of them! Comment below to start sharing them with us!

Good luck with finals and Happy Holidays! See you in 2014!

End of the Semester Time Management

student_stressLet’s blame our professors for all our stress-related issues during these last two weeks of the semester! It’s all their fault students are rushing around, pulling out their hair and not getting adequate amounts of sleep! Well, OK, maybe they’re not to blame. They’re just testing our knowledge and preparing us for the real world; they’re doing their job.

We can only blame ourselves for the way we handle the pressure of the last minute cramming and the wrapping up of projects and papers. I would like to share with you one of the secrets to getting all your work done while being as stress-free as possible. This little secret is called time management.

The Mayo Clinic offers some great advice for handling stress and improving productivity through managing time efficiently. Here are a few tips that I would like to highlight, but I encourage you all to check out the full article as well.

  • Plan each day
    • Creating a detailed calendar that includes due dates of all assignments and times for exams will definitely help in making sure that you don’t forget something and remember when it’s too late. Make sure to include on your schedule everything you have to do, whether it’s course related or not. This includes making doctor appointments, going grocery shopping, hitting the gym and whatever else you may have to do. Put this calendar in a spot that will be visible to you constantly. This will allow you to see all your plans laid out together to help you manage your time better.

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  • Prioritize your tasks
    • Some tasks are more important than others, and some have different deadlines. Make sure to list the most important tasks at the top of your to-do list so that you spend the majority of your time and energy on those first. This doesn’t mean that the little tasks can be skipped. This is just a way of reminding yourself that some are of higher importance than others and should be handled first.
  • Limit distractions
    • Being distracted could very well be one of the biggest issues students have when it comes to not using all the time available to their advantage. If what you’re working on is important to you and needs to get done, then acknowledge that Facebook, texting, listening to music, etc. may only be hurting you rather than helping. Eliminate all distractions, even if this means putting the phone away, closing the door and working alone.

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It’s important to continue studying the next couple of weeks and finish out the semester on a good note, but make sure you are doing it as efficiently as possible. If you manage your time properly, you will be surprised at how much more you can actually get done and how less stressed you will be

The end is near!

Patty

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/time-management/wl00048

Finals Week + Caffeine

I think we can all agree that energy drinks aren’t the smartest things we can put into our bodies. However, so many college students resort to these caffeine-packed beverages, especially during finals week.

Lucky for you, I’m here to give you a few healthy alternatives to gaining that extra push you need to get you through the day.

Tiffany Barrett, a registered dietician at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute, wrote an article for CNN about 8 healthy ways to boost your energy in a healthy way.  She included the following list for readers to keep in mind when they’re feeling a little extra drained:

1. Drink plenty of water

2. Eat breakfast!

3. Don’t forget protein

4. Keep your carbs smart

5. Snacks are important

6. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, combat depression and improve mood and memory.

7. Magnesium: a mineral important in converting carbohydrates into energy.

8. Don’t skimp on calories

*The entire article, along with descriptions of each tip can be found here

Drinking caffeinated beverages such as coffee or energy drinks is okay in moderation. But it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s body reacts differently to different amounts of caffeine. For an idea of how much caffeine is in some of the drinks or snacks you’re consuming, check out this helpful chart found here! I think some of the information will surprise you.

Don’t let finals week keep you up all night or cause you to resort to unhealthy amounts of caffeine. Try some of the strategies I’ve provided for you and you’ll do great!

Good luck with finals everyone!

Amanda