This “healthy yogurt” is practically ice cream.

Hello health nuts.
Don’t you just hate it when you find a good product that you never bought because you were afraid it was expensive but then you get it for free at Chik Fil A and get more than one because it’s free and then eat it and feel good that you fed your body juices of life and then turn it around to see why it’s so good only to see that the thang got about 20 grams of sugar? Guess what also has about 20 grams of sugar.

DANG NO WONDER IT TASTE SO GOOD.
But thankfully, there are more outstanding diferences between the two so it’s not exactly like eating the ice cream; there’s far more potassium, more protein, and less sodium. And to make things fair, yogurt has some natural sugar from the milk that adds about 7 grams (per six-ounce serving, according to sparkpeople.com) to the total count, apparently. But wouldn’t the same go for the ice cream bar because it has milk in it too? My internet’s going too slow to look this up.
(Ok I had to look it up: so yes the same goes for the ice cream bar. The bar probably has more fat, and manufactures add more sugar to low-fat products…you thought you were being healthy!)
As a rule of thumb:
4 grams = 1 teaspoon, and there’s about 7 grams of sugar NATURALLY in Greek yogurts (about 12 in non greek). The site says if you’re getting more than 20 grams of sugar, well daggumit, you eatin ice cream.
So be careful, health nuts. Read your labels and do your research. But not too much or you’ll reaaally go nuts.
For more information, visit: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1280&page=3
Thanks for reading!

$2,000 for Bugs in My Pizza

It wasn’t even my pizza. It’s not even my money. But you know what? I’m still livid.
My friend who was holding two conversations at one time, paused her phone call to inform me of the baked insect atop the crust of her peperoni pizza. I did not hesitate to pull my phone out and take a picture, but I was stumped on where to post it. If you watch me on Youtube (Blossom the Creativist), you would know that I just made a video poking fun at those who spend money on food when a meal plan is already available to them. But this discovery made me eat my own words.
Mercer’s dining fails to impress me. One day, I see a roach in the cafeteria (which was a bit disgusting and made me rethink why people respected this school, but I got over it because I’ve got roaches in my own house), another day I hear that the workers in the cafe are most likely ex-convicts from a nearby prison (convict-exchnge program? What is this nonsense?), then I see a bug in my friend’s food. All for the price of +$2,000.
And let’s not forget the hours. The dining hall is impractical on the weekends with its intermittent business hours, and it’s even worse on breaks. For instance, take a gander at the schedule for Fall Break weekend.

The Caf (aka Fresh Food Co.) is the only place open on Saturday. If you happen to sleep in because you partied too hard on Friday, and your hangover wakes you up at 1:00, your first meal of the day will be at 5:00.
On that same token, if you are as equally “irresponsible” and don’t check the hours before eating lunch at 5:00, you’ll realize at 8pm that your lunch was actually your dinner because everything is closed.
I’m so fed up with this so-called “top-dollar private school”. Does being a private school mean the best education and the worst living and food conditions? Is that the trade off high school scholars are awared for having the grades and the money to accommodate the needs of the school? Why isn’t the school accomodating our needs in clean eating environments and CLEANER food?
I took the pizza–because my friend lacked the initiative to do so–and showed it to the food clerk to get this problem adressed. Honestly, I’m not that offended with the idea of bugs being hidden in my food. Peanut butter is actually loaded with grinded insect limbs. But the key word is hidden! There was no such attempt with this abomination!

(zoomed in screenshot of the monstrosity)
I hope things get better, but I know they won’t anytime soon. And if they do, I probably won’t even realize it. Who’s to say that this is actually a huge improvement from last year? I don’t know, but I don’t care. This is not much different from my small decrepit kitchen back home that costs a lot less than 2 grand a year. What’s going on, Mercer?

Why Are You Getting Sick?

New school year, new teachers, new people, and most importantly, new germs. The past few weeks have been blissful for some, but others probably were retching their guts out or in bed blowing the color out of their noses. Although being 100 percent healthy 100 percent of the time is quite difficult, preventing illnesses is by all means feasible, but in order to prevent, you should be familiar with what’s causing you to get sick.

1.      Your immune system sucks.

Maybe you don’t include enough Vitamin C in your diet. Maybe you don’t eat enough fruits in general. The Cafe at Mercer serves this wonderful knock-off detox water that is more nutritious and tastier than ordinary water. Additionally, Mercer’s cafeteria has a rack of fruits waving at you right when you walk in. It’s not illegal to eat one now and take one for later.

2.      Your immune system sucks BECAUSE you eat/drink too much sugar.

Research states that consuming 8 grams of sugar, or about two cans of soda, inhibits white blood cells, which are the cells in charge of combating evildoers in your body, as told by Healthfree.com. White blood cells rely on vitamin C to help prevent illnesses. Unfortunately, vitamin C and sugar share similar compositions. So the more sugar you drink, the less space there is for vitamin C in your immune cells, and the more sick days you take until your A drops below an F. If you really need the sweets, consider buying fruits, nature’s candy.

3.      You don’t sanitize/wash your hands before you eat.

You know what’s also waving right at you when you walk into the dining hall? An automatic hand sanitizer dispenser. We’ve noticed hundreds of people walking in to the dining hall with hands that have touched germ-infested keyboards, bikes, doorknobs, steering wheels, people—and they cannot seem to grasp why they get sick. Whatever you’re reading this on—a laptop, a tablet, a phone—is home to a billion germs, and if you’re reading this while eating, you’re simply welcoming those germs to a new place to stay for a while. And another thing, be careful when you’re eating and completing work at the same time. Do you remember how many times you’ve dropped your pen on the floor that’s coated with whatever’s at the bottom of your shoe? That textbook you’re renting, do you know if the person before you was always sick (because he was sleep-deprived, another reason your immune system sucks) and sneezed every single day in that book? Do you have all the answers? No, so go wash your hands.

4.      You touch yourself too much.

If you’re familiar with how germs travel, you would understand why it’s important to keep your hands away from your face. Not only does that cause breakouts, but it practically makes the germs’ lives easier by having a car to drive up to your eyes, nose, ears, and mouth instead of traveling by foot. If you’re too lazy to wash your hands before you eat, at least avoid touching the food. Avoid finger foods and use utensils (subsequently leading you to healthier foods like salad and yogurt, a win-win).

5.      You hang around with people that are sick.

Alright, so we’re not implying to ditch your infected, disgusting friends, but we are advising you to be proactive and think of consequences. Do you really need to share a bag of chips or a water bottle from the same friend that’s hacking out mucus every five seconds? You need to be extremely cautious with your friends in order to still be their friends remain healthy as well. Try your best to physically avoid them when you can, because even breathing the air they’ve sneezed in will get you sick. But if you can’t, invest in Emergen-C, vitamin supplements, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

6.      You don’t cover your mouth.

Karma does exist! If you’re shooting your illnesses into the air that people are forced to breathe, one day you will surely reap what you sow. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth, but not with just your hand. You could sneeze in your hand and forget to wash it and touch a door knob and then what do you know, you get Lebron James sick because Michael got sick because he touched a door knob before touching his nose(My Wife and Kids reference).

Instead of germs, share this article instead. Help enlighten your ill friends so they understand why you’re avoiding them. These tips are not as obvious as they are to others, so by helping them, you’re also helping yourself build a better immune system, earn better grades, and become a better friend.

And if your friends don’t read, show them this instead:

For more information, visit:

http://healthfree.com/nutrition-sugar-immune-system-foods.html

How to Have a Productive School Year

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I never had a problem with getting good grades. In fact, I’d beat myself up if I ended up with a B in a class (up until senior year when I ended up having the least amount of sleep each year and developed a “screw-the-world-imma-become-a-stripper” attitude. As a top-ten ranked student of my school, I figure I had enough credibility to share my words of wisdom with those who seek.
1. Join Clubs
I love being busy. I love having things to do, people to see, food to eat. And I accomplished all of this by either joining clubs or forming clubs. My pride and glory was Asian Culture Club because I sculpted a mundane hangout of chinese kung fu movies and anime to game nights and karaoke nights, and boy that club kept me busy. I would try and finish up my work as swiftly yet efficiently as I can to do the fun work: engaging in my clubs. Not only did I force myself to learn how to time manage, but I racked up on leadership opportunities for my resume, and volunteer hours for my schoo,l and was invited to this yummy delicious banquet in honor of meeting the school’s requirement of community service. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone and stealing their food too!
2. Make Friends that Share…Food
Speaking of food, don’t be skipping breakfast because you’re late. Boy: when I was hongry, I wasn’t doing any type of work until my stomach was fed. If you’re constantly scraping your purse for some greens, try scaveging for friends who share food! My homegirl always had some type of snack on her, and it’s actually best to snack on something when you just need a little brain boost or motivation (or distraction).
3. You Have No Free Time
If the bell rings for the final bell and you’re going home and you just finished eating your second lunch (because I can’t operate with only one lunch a day), and you think you don’t have anything to do, you’re wrong. Look for scholarships. Summer internships. Volunteer work over school breaks. Get your teeth cleaned. Do something you’re good at doing and make it better. Clean your room and sell what you don’t need on eBay. Grow fruit and veggies. Go study what you learned today. Study for the ACT/SAT. There’s always something to do.
4.  Use Your Phone for Other Things!
I don’t advise this if you have a phone battery like Krillin, dying all the time like mine. But if you’re more fortuitous, use apps to help you study and organize your life.
Get a to-do list app. I use Color Note for the android (team no cracked phone, unlike many Apple users) and what’s beautiful about this app is not only can you write just simple notes, not only can you also make to-do lists, not only can you PIN the to-do list to your status bar so it’s there like a voicemail notification that doesn’t go away until you delete the voicemails, BUT you can also change the colors of the notes! This app is extremely useful and it never goes away because I always have things to do.
Use electronic flashcards. Y’all. Stop wasting trees. It’s 2015 now, make your flashcards digital! You can use StudyBlue, Quizlet or any other free app and flash your cards during downtime, when you’re waiting for your ride, or when you’re on the bus. I prefer Studyblue over quizlet because (I’m a hipster) on the desktop version, you can type in a word and it’ll sugggest a gazillion definitions for you from many users and you can take their definitions or combine all of them and paraphrase: that way you’ll have a better understanding of the word because you’ve seen the definition a gazillion times.
Get a calendar app. I ditched that agenda years ago because I never looked at it. My calendar app that came with my Samsung phone is fine, and I’m always on my phone. I can make reminders on it and schedule my every-other-tuesday meetings. It wasn’t broke so no need for fixin’.
5.
Now, this list is in no order of importance, but I do think this one is essential:
Ask QUESTIONS
 I know I speak for everyone when I say that the main two things that make me not want to do anything are lack of food and not knowing how to do my work.
YOUR TEACHERS ARE TEACHERS FOR A REASON. LET THEM DO THEIR JOB. You don’t understand something? Ask them! Don’t be scared to get a good grade in a class, because that’s pretty much what you’re doing if you’re relying on Jesus or Buddha to ask the teacher question. Yes, there are such a thing as a dumb question. Yes, you may feel like an idiot once you ask a question with the answer in the gosh-darn question. Yes, people may laugh or scoff or scold at you, but who will laugh when you turn out to be Numbah Five in your class?
And we all know when you don’t know how to do something, you have a “better reason for slacking off and not doing it.” You can also try Khan Academy (he talks too much for me so I read the transcripts on his website and read the script and find what I’m looking for a lot faster), I think coolmath.com is cool,  StudyIsland.com works wonders, and Google is your best friend!
Any studying tips to share? What works for you?
Additional tips:
Make smart friends
Take reward breaks (e.g if you study for an hour, take a 30 minute break and snack)
Use a sleep timer calculate to calculate the best time to wake up and not feel grouchy: sleepyty.me
If you have to write a paper and need to have two windows open to do so, split screen by clicking on a window and then use windows key +  LEFT arrow, and then select the other window and do windows key + RIGHT arrow.Try it now!
Thanks for reading!