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November, 2011

  1. You Know You’re a Health Nut If…

    November 10, 2011 by JohnEPaton

    1. You’ve kept a food log for more than 3 days
    2. You know what the word Paleo means
    3. You’ve taken a class with Professor Levitsky
    4. You were once/are a Vegetarian
    5. You ask for vinaigrette dressing on your salad
    6. You know your bodyweight to 0.2 of a pound
    7. You run—a lot
    8. You’re a fan of yogurt parfaits
    9. You know where to find Omega-3’s
    10. You keep an exercise book
    11. You shop in the ‘natural’ section
    12. You’re a promoter of positivity

    If three or more of the above criteria describe you then congratulations, you’re a health nut. You’ll find solace in this blog!

    What are some other characteristics of the health nut? Feel free to post some of your personal health nut criteria in the comments below.


  2. Fresh Food Friday

    November 10, 2011 by JohnEPaton

    Friday Salads

    Friday Salads

    Salad Ingredients:

    • Romaine lettuce
    • Onions
    • Broccoli and Carrot Shreds
    • Pineapple
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Cashew Nuts
    • Roasted Peppers
    • Honey Roasted Chicken

    This salad is easy to create with ready prepared ingredients at your supermarket. I’m usually quite busy during the school week so I tend to buy onions, broccoli, and carrots that have already been washed and cut.

    If you’re at Cornell and are looking to create a similar salad on campus I’d recommend checking out the Ivy room. All the ingredients listed above are available. Well, maybe the chicken won’t be honey roasted!

    Have a great week!


  3. 5 Ways to Trick Yourself into Eating More Vegetables

    November 5, 2011 by JohnEPaton

    We all know we need to eat more vegetables but for some reason we find ourselves reaching for the chocolate bar or the croissant instead. Solution: don’t try to eat more vegetables, trick yourself into eating more vegetables instead!

    1)      Keep a vegetable snack next to your laptop. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to mindlessly devour a bowl of popcorn at the cinema? What’s happening here is that you’re focusing so much on the film that you become unaware of how much you’re eating. This same effect can be used with vegetables. Try preparing some baby carrots, celery sticks, or little pieces of cauliflower and leave them next to your laptop. If you need to take a break from your work you’ll most likely find yourself gravitating towards the vegetable bowl and it no time you’ll have consumed one of your five a day.

    2)      Front load your day. Tell yourself that you only need to eat vegetables for your first two meals and for the rest of the day you can eat whatever you want. By using this technique you’ll ensure that you eat your daily vegetables early on and still have something to look forward to at the end of the day.

    3)      Track your intake. For some reason if you record how many vegetables you’re eating you’ll tend to automatically eat more of them. Perhaps this is just because you’re too scared to record that you didn’t eat any vegetables on a specific day, or maybe it’s the added focus that helps. Give it a try and see your intake sore.

    4)      Always order salad. Since you’re eating out you know that the food’s going to be good right? So why not trust the chef and make a policy of always ordering the salad. Treat the salad as your main-course and see the benefits to your bank account too.

    5)      Make a stir-fry. Eating stir-fry is a great way to increase the variety of vegetables in your life. Since you can add so many flavors to a stir-fry this is a great way to make vegetables taste good as well. Try playing around with Indian spices, adding some pineapple, or making use of couscous in your stir-fries. You’ll find yourself wanting to eat more and more.


  4. Dorm Room Exercises

    November 4, 2011 by JohnEPaton

    Hi Everyone!

    Thanks for taking the time to check out the Health Nuts blog. This blog is all about healthy living. We write about health, nutrition, exercise, mindset and anything that can help you feel full of energy!

    Since this is my first post here let me quickly introduce myself. My name is John Paton. I’m a Sophomore Psychology major at Cornell. I have a passion for living a healthy life and want to help others do the same. I’m obsessed with Olympic weightlifting and love devouring material about how we can improve our strength and daily energy levels.

    Alright, that’s enough about me—the topic of today’s post is dorm room exercises. Now I know you want to stay in shape and be as fit as possible, but I also realize that with prelims, homeworks, papers, and exams it’s often hard to stick to a weekly gym commitment. That’s why I’ve created a list of exercises that can be completed in just minutes in the privacy of your own dorm room. Lack of time is no longer an excuse!

    Dorm Room Exercises

    1)      Pushups. Level: Easy. Place your hands about 36 inches apart on the floor. Lower yourself until your chest almost touches the floor. Push back up, and repeat!

    2)      Air Squats. Level: Easy. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, toes pointed out about 30 degrees. Place your hands straight in front of you for balance, then bend both knees and lower yourself. Once you’re at the bottom of the squat with your hips bellow your knee cap press up through your heels and return to the start position. Remember to keep your eyes looking straight ahead.

    3)      Burpees. Level: Medium. Begin in the bottom of the squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you. Kick your feet back so that you are now in a pushup position. Now return to the squat position and immediately jump as high as possible. Repeat, moving as quickly as you can.

    4)      Jump Rope. Level: Medium. This one takes a bit of practice. Grab yourself a rope and just start swinging. Focus on getting into a rhythm with the rope and make sure to jump high enough.

    5)      Kettle Bell Swings. Level: Medium. For this exercise you will need some equipment—the humble kettlebell. Grasp your kettlebell and standup with your feet about shoulder width apart. Then start swinging the kettlebell so that it moves from between your legs to about parallel to the group at the top. As with the jump rope get into a rhythm and keep swinging.

    6)      Hand Stand Push Ups. Level: Hard. This one is for the adventurous people out there! Start by getting yourself into a supported handstand against a wall. Then using your arms dip yourself down so that your head nearly touches the ground. Once you’re in this position push up hard with your arms and return to the supported handstand position. Repeat!

    I know these descriptions are rather on the basic side, so I’d definitively recommend doing a search for YouTube videos to find more about the exercises!

    How to Combine the Exercises

    So you now have a list of exercises, but how can you combine them into an incredibly productive strength building, fat burning workout? Here are my suggestions:

    1)      One Minute Challenge. Pick an exercise and see how many reps you can do in a minute. Keep track of how you do and then see how you improve over time!

    2)      The Cycle. Pick three exercises and repeat them in a cycle. My favorite way to do this is to repeat each exercise 21 times, then 15, then 9. Record your time and see how you do!

    3)      Roommate Competition. Find a willing competitor and challenge them to a contest. See who can complete 25 pushups, 50 airsquats, and 10 burpees quickest!

    That’s all for today—thanks for sticking with me for this long. Let me know how it goes and if you can think of any other dorm room exercises post your ideas in the comments below.

    Good luck!


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