18. January 2012 21:37
Now that we have a bunch of snow, it’s time to get familiar with some winter sports gear. This week we will be talking about snowboarding gear, so getting to know your snowboard, boots, bindings and attire.
Let’s start with start with snowboard length. Riders should reference a height to board length table either online or at a sports shop. Board length can also vary depending on skill level, height and weight. After finding a board length range based upon weight and height (more importantly weight), specific length is the next step. The shorter side of the spectrum is more beneficial for beginner boarders and people on the lighter side of their height bracket because turning is easier, speeds are slower and board length is more weight dependent. Also, those interested in doing freestyle or powder riding will also benefit from a shorter board. More experienced riders typically use longer boards because of the increased speeds. Additionally, people who are on the heavier side of the height scale should use a longer board because the length will keep the board above the snow when boarding off groomed trails. After determining the right length board for you, width needs to be taken into consideration. Board width is dependent on foot size and using a sizing chart to determine what board width is needed for your specific shoe size is the easiest way to find the right size snowboard.
Bindings are the next aspect of getting a snowboard ready for the season. A unique feature of snowboards is the variance in binding locations and positions. Snowboard bindings need to be mounted to boards and can be secured aft, center, or forward. In addition, bindings can be mounted at different angles and separation distances depending on comfort. Because boards can be ridden backwards (switch) or forward, bindings are usually mounted equal distance from the middle of the board with a slight an... [More]
18. January 2012 17:16
All of this wonderful winter weather is reminding me of how much I’d love to be snowboarding down a powdery mountain. Then reality hits and I realize I still have to go to work, class and somehow find nourishment to sustain my studying. I’ve lived in Pullman, Washington, for four years and the snow hasn’t really been a problem. Last year there was that one treacherous day of snow, but that’s it. So snow precautions aren’t my specialty. If you feel a little lost too, do not fear because Heather’s here! I’ve looked up some helpful ways to stay safe in the midst of winter storm.
Taking precautions will help with knowing what awaits you when you step out your door. The age-old tradition of looking outside your window helps prepare for how much snow is on the ground. But this doesn’t account for the actual temperature or expected precipitation for the remainder of the day. Checking the local news with your morning cereal can prepare you for the expected weather. If you’re more internet savvy then this might be the website for you http://www.noaa.gov/. According to Pullman’s National Weather Service forecast there’s 100 percent chance of snow until Thursday afternoon, when it changes over to 90 percent chance of snow.
To know how the weather will affect you check out WSU Alert’s website. The website shows up-to-date notifications about the weather situation in the area. Here’s the link to check out what’s going on right now, http://alert.wsu.edu/.
Other weather hurdles to be aware of are staying warm, proper foot gear and car safety. You know your car better than anyone; don’t drive if it’s not prepared for the weather. Buses are still running and they’re prepared and maintained for this kind of weather. To find bus routes visit, http://www.pullmantransit.com/.
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13. January 2012 18:04
Cereal is my go-to breakfast of choice, that being said, I’ve changed my cereals from when I was a child to now. I used to eat the delicious sugar-filled cereals like Reese’s Puffs. Now, the staple cereal in my kitchen is Special K Red Berries. I don’t remember the exact point in time I changed, but the day came when I figured my taste buds should mature.
Looking into recent sugar surveys I’m glad that I made the switch. I compared my past and present cereal choices on the Harvard website (harvard.edu). In an article titled “Breakfast Cereal Sugar Content List” I found the amount of sugar per serving and the sugar amount (by weight). Special K Red Berries contains nine grams of sugar, which equals 29 percent of the serving is sugar. Compared to Reese’s Puffs with 12 grams of sugar, equaling 41 percent of the serving is sugar!
This information was shocking enough but then I read another article, “Some kids’ cereal pack more sugar than a Twinkie,” (msnbc.com). The article points out another danger with consuming too much sugary cereal. “With today’s oversized cereal bowls, a typical serving size is likely to be double that amount, or closer to two cups.” Our bowls are getting bigger than the recommended serving size, which leaves us thinking we know what we’re consuming but in possible we are doubling that amount.
After looking at the cereal list I might just change from Special K Red Berries, but after I finish the box I have at home. To see what your favorite cereal’s sugar content is, check out the website at http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/cereal-sugar-list/
11. January 2012 22:38
With the New Year upon us, I began looking for ways to make my year different. I have come across an idea that has many benefits and may challenge/compliment my current lifestyle. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a food distribution system that ties the consumer directly to the farmer. As the consumer, you sign up for a weekly delivery of seasonal produce that is grown at a local farm. CSA is beneficial for your carbon footprint as well as your nutritional and financial health. Here are some benefits and cautions to consider before signing up with a local farm through CSA:
-You will be delivered fresh produce from about May to October, depending on the specific regional growing seasons. There may be weeks where the harvest is heavier (fall) or lighter (spring).
-The weekly food delivery that you have signed up for can contain any number of produce types including garlic, potatoes, fresh salad greens, carrots, tomatoes or even sweet peas. You can shop for a CSA that meshes with your style. Don’t pick a farm that boasts about their apples if you dislike or are allergic to apples!
-There is a shared risk of signing up for only what the farm can produce. If there is a bad crop, then you have to accommodate that within your eating habits. The farm will only be able to grow what your specific environment can sustain. This can be challenging or it can create a stronger communal bond between you and other CSA members.
-By not knowing what produce will arrive at your door each week, you will be challenged to eat and cook with the seasons. It may challenge you to make home-cooked meals more often, or learn how to preserve vegetables for later in the year.
While CSA may not be the best option for me this year due to a move during the height of harvest season, I will tuck this idea away until next year when I am more permanently located. However, I hope that this idea sparks a new way to eat and engage your community. For more information on CSA available here at ... [More]
13. December 2011 23:37
The holidays can be a time of great friends, great family, great celebrations and great quantities of food. While all of these are good things, the last one can leave you feeling a bit unhealthy come January. By learning how to navigate the holiday parties, we can avoid the classic New Year’s resolution of needing to lose weight. So here are some tips to keep in mind:
-Remember that alcohol has lots of hidden calories. If you have two or three drinks while snacking at a party, you may have racked up your calorie count without noticing.
-If invited to a potluck style party, then offer to bring the healthy dish so that you are guaranteed an option that you will be pleased with.
-Eat slowly so that your body has time to recognize that it is full. Plus, when you eat a reasonable amount at dinner, you will not have to hunt to find a place to put dessert!
-Don’t try and avoid all holiday treats! Instead, make sure that you are controlling the portions of what you are eating, this way you are managing your weight and not denying yourself a holiday favorite.
If you would like more tips on eating during the holidays, then please look at http://bit.ly/tRr0vm and if you have tips of your own then please leave a comment below! Have a great break WSU!
28. November 2011 17:23
The most important way to start your day is to eat a balanced breakfast. During finals week it’s even more essential to take care of your body with proper nutrition.
I stumbled upon a great website, startcooking.com, for ideas to spice up your routine dishes. In the post “8 Fast and Easy Breakfasts for People on the Go” I became inspired to try something besides my go-to Special K cereal. Even though there’s the proper mix of fruit, whole grains and calcium it might be beneficial to mix up my morning routine, especially with finals around the corner.
One thing that really surprised me was microwave scrambled eggs. I just never thought to cook eggs in a microwave…maybe I’m just behind the times. Or adding Cheerios or peanut butter to oatmeal, these delicious options might just give me the extra boost of energy I need to make it to my finals alert and ready.
If you have any tasty breakfast ideas post it in the comments and I’ll try them out and tell you how it goes!
15. November 2011 15:58
This coming Thanksgiving will be a time when there is plenty of deliciously unhealthy food abound. I personally love to bake and know that I will be experimenting with some traditional holiday favorites. Tomorrow evening the marketing team will be having an early Thanksgiving dinner together and I am in charge of bringing a pie. I have decided that I will make an apple pie. When looking for a recipe I found that there are many options that can be done to make this dish a little bit healthier without sacrificing the taste. Here are a few of the tips that I have found from different recipes:
1. Make the pie crust with a whole wheat flour to add a little extra fiber to the dish and remove some of the processed white flour. Whole wheat pastry flour can be bought at most grocery stores in the baking aisle.
2. Lower the saturated fat content by replacing a portion of the butter in the crust with canola oil. It will keep the crust moist as well!
3. Replace a portion of the sugar for the filling with Splenda to cut back on the calorie count.
4. Serve the pie with a low fat ice cream or a double churned ice cream to make the “à la mode” option healthier.
A traditional slice of apple pie can have upwards of 500 calories. I hope that by trying one of these baking techniques I will be able to create a healthy but equally delicious apple pie.
7. November 2011 20:30
This is the time of the year when it seems as though almost everyone has a runny nose or is sick in some capacity. This means, it is more important than ever to be aware of the germs that are being passed around our community. When sneezing, be purposeful to cover your mouth. Here are some sneeze facts, according to webmd.com, to think about during this season:
-Sneezes travel about 100 miles per hour
-One sneeze can send over 100,000 germs into the air
-Iguanas sneeze more often than any other animal
-You cannot sneeze while you are sleeping
-Gesundheit, the German response to a sneeze, means “Healthiness”
Take a look at this video if you wonder what a sneeze looks like slowed down. Full disclosure – it is been deemed disgusting by most in the office right now. Let this video reinforce the importance of covering your mouth this fall and winter!
28. October 2011 17:09
As you may remember during our Set the Trend campaign “Goodnight Cougs,” I attempted to do the unthinkable and took on a sleep challenge. My goal was to get to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. In theory, this type of routine is good for your overall wellbeing and can lead to a more productive day. I’m disappointed to report that I failed the challenge.
The weekdays weren’t too difficult; the real challenge came when the weekend approached. The weekend is a time for me to socialize and catch up with friends without the early morning shift at work or paper deadline looming over my night. These factors contributed to staying out later than 11:30 p.m. And since I wasn’t going to bed early enough I slept in later than my scheduled 6:30 a.m.
Overall, I wish I could have stuck to my goal, but in doing this experiment I’ve learned a valuable lesson. A college student’s life is on a short-term schedule; therefore creating a routine is extremely difficult. Our lives change about every six months when the new semester starts, it’s hard to create a routine that will stick when our lives are in a constant flux.
There is one good take away from this challenge; I did feel more productive during the week where I was successful. Not only did I feel rested, but I also found I had more time in my day. The early hours on Monday and Friday I spent at work but then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I had extra time in the morning before I went to class. I would spend that time doing homework or working out and it was great!
Since this challenge is expiring I’m setting a personal goal to head to bed around 11:30 p.m. and wake up around 6:30 a.m. on weekdays, but I’m not going to hold myself to the same standard for the weekends. I hope this motivates you to experiment with your sleep schedule an... [More]
20. October 2011 21:48
– Learn the tricks of the trade from people who are out in the wilderness. These simple tips will help you become a more proficient and skilled backpacker, climber, skier, and more.
I have gone on two big hikes over the last 10 years. The first hike I did without trekking poles, however I invested in a pair for my second hike. Let me tell you, the poles made all the difference! Trekking poles might see a bit expensive at first; however they are a great investment for any serious hikers. My trekking poles have saved me from many falls and tumbles and help distribute weight beyond my knees. I take my trekking poles on almost all hikes now a ’days.