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Feel full and happy on a high-fat diet

By Christie Melhorn, June 8 2017 — The 1978 horror film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a cult classic because of its absurdity ­­— how could anyone feel threatened by a vegetable? The concept of fearing food can seem ridiculous. But it’s a very real phenomenon that can often carry serious consequences. In a…

Knowing your resting metabolic rate can guide your diet

By Christie Melhorn, June 2, 2017 — In a world catered to a 2,000-calorie diet, numbers on food labels can be misrepresentative of individual dietary needs. While many let grams and percentages rule their diets, knowing your optimal caloric intake can enhance your well-being. After feeling sluggish and ravenous for a few weeks despite eating “healthy”…

Try working out on an empty stomach

By Christie Melhorn, May 24th, 2017 — Properly fueling your body for a workout is critical in maintaining a healthy balance of diet and exercise. However, there are many theories about when you should fuel to maximize results. Fitness enthusiasts who promote fasted cardio — or, cardio on an empty stomach — argue it is…

Increase your vitamin D intake to boost your mood

By Christie Melhorn, May 19 2017 — With the weather warming up, exposed arms and legs are reappearing on campus. Before the requisite May snowstorm shatters the illusion of spring, take advantage of the higher temperatures to increase your vitamin D intake. Glamorously known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is produced when our skin is…

Study outside for better focus this exam season

By Christie Melhorn, April 6 2017 — Spring hasn’t quite sprung — it’s not that time of year where students plant themselves on the grass by campus’ main paths yet. However, it’s definitely warm enough to spend at least half an hour outdoors cracking open your books or taking a quality study break. As we…

Omega-3s are more important than you think

By Christie Melhorn, March 28 2017 — The mental health awareness revolution means the stereotypes of a student dragging themselves across campus clutching a Tim Hortons cup carries less humour than it once did. Exhausted, unfulfilled students who passively sit in class but actively drink at the Den should be cause for concern rather than…

Spin class provides a satisfying endorphin kick

By Christie Melhorn, March 14 2017 — The teasing bouts of warm weather in Calgary hint at the coming of spring. On those sunny, above-zero days, I feel an urge to release my bike from the corner of the garage. But until the snow and ice turn into harmless puddles, I generally prefer to keep…

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