healthy college

We see movies in which people are represented as being in love who never talk with one another, who fall into bed without ever discussing their bodies, their sexual needs, their likes and dislikes. Indeed, the message received from the mass media is that knowledge makes love less compelling; that it is ignorance that gives love its erotic and transgressive edge. These messages are often brought to us by profiteering producers who have no clue about the art of loving, who substitute their mystified visions because they do not really know how to genuinely portray loving interaction.
—  “all about love: New Visions” by bell hooks
Healthy Self-Esteem v Low Self-Esteem

The following are indicators of healthy self-esteem:

- Being quietly confident in yourself, and your skills and abilities

- Being comfortable with a range of emotions

- Being able to regulate strong emotions

- Being self-directed; taking the initiative with others and with projects

- Having an awareness of, and a respect for, your personal limitations

- Being willing to accept the limitations and mistakes of others

- Accepting that growth and progress take time (and being patient with process of learning and changing)

- Knowing your strengths and abilities; taking pride in your work and achievements

- Being optimistic having a positive outlook on life

- Having the ability to work on, and solve, problems

- Being independent and responsible

- Being able to co-operate and work well with others

- Having the ability to say “no”

The following are indicators of low self-esteem:

- Having a negative and pessimistic outlook on life

- Thinking that you are inferior to others

- Feeling inadequate; believing that your “don’t have what it takes” to succeed or excel in life

- Being a perfectionist; being harsh, critical and unfairly demanding of yourself

- Being mistrustful of others – including those who show kindness, warmth and affection

- Blaming (yourself and others); being defensive

- Having a dislike of competition; being afraid of taking risks

- Feeling unloved and unlovable

- Expecting to be mistreated, abandoned and rejected

- Letting other people always make the decisions; being afraid to speak up and share your point of view

- Being afraid of being mocked or ridiculed

- Having a deep sense of shame, and a fear of being humiliated.

It’s so strange to look back at the summer before coming to college…my life has changed so much since. I can honestly say I did not partake in the freshman 15 and have loved living where I have constant support from friends, a gym membership, and healthy food readily available to me. It’s been a long road, but I’m sure glad I took it.

if you’re a student like me, you probably don’t have much time or money to make nice food (we’ve all lived off ramen/bread at least once). allow me to introduce you to my super easy, cheap, creamy, delicious vegan pumpkin soup. this is my absolute favourite autumn meal, especially now that the november chill has set in. I love to sprinkle seeds and some parsley from my lil plant on top and have it with lots of yummy homemade bread. keep reading for the recipe & a price breakdown 🍂✨

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My Resolution

Okay, so 2016 sucked. 2017 will be better though, because I’m going to make it better. I’m going to go to the gym at least 5x a week, I’m going to go for a run/walk/hike/whatever everyday. I’m going to have more fun and be more careful with my money. I’m going to kiss a boy, I’m going to put myself out there and finally tell the guy I’ve like for 6 months now that I like him (at some point this year lol, let’s not rush that one), I’m going to be able to run 3 miles straight and keep up with my Marine corps. roommate (or at least keep up with her when she’s got her weighted pack on), and most importantly, I’m going vegan. I understand that it’s the healthiest lifestyle and is best for mother earth, and as a future veterinarian, I want to set an example people can follow, so I’m going to be fully vegan by this time next year. My goals are roughly as follows: 175 lbs by May, 135 lbs by August (I’m gonna work it this summer lol), maybe 120 by December if I want to lose more after I get to 135. I’m going to get that 8 minute mile. I’m going to squat 200 lbs. I’m going to bench press 100 lbs. I will do a pull up at some point in 2017. I’m going to post every single day, write what I eat and why I ate it, no matter what it was I was actually craving. I’m going to get body confident enough to get an Instagram page, and I’m going to inspire others to make the decision I’m making today. I can do anything I set my mind to and this time I’m not going to quit on myself. 2017 is going to be my year.

Brain foods- a masterpost

Since I read about brain foods very recently I decided to collect a little more knowledge about this topic and now, I’ll share it with you guys.

Of course brain foods won’t make you smart and they won’t give any special powers to you but the consumption of special foods can help to increase your performance, your concentration and can even help to reduce stress. With the vitamins and minerals they contain they can help obviate energy slumps, lacks of concentration and tiredness. 

Except different groceries even drinks can help your brain to stay focused. 2L of low-calorie drinks per day are a must. Light headache and difficulties in concentration can be first signs for dehydration. Drinking is/ can be good for our oxygen supply and the blood flow of our brain and body. Water, herbal teas and water mixed with juice are good choices when it gets to hydration.

20% of our daily energy demand are used by the brain! Sugars, fats and carbohydrates are the best nutrients to get the energy you need. Whole grain products are a good way to stock up carbohydrates but also legumes are a good choice because they contain many antioxidants and lecithin; choline, a component of lecithin, is a neurotransmitter and can obviate stress. Legumes also have a high nutrient content and a low energy density. 

Walnuts can help to prevent lacks of concentration and motivation and can even reduce nervousness. Cashews and brazil nuts are full of magnesium, which ensures a regulated protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Nuts also contain loads of B vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and choline.

Very important for your nerves and your memory are omega-3 fatty acids, which especially can be found in fat sorts of fish e.g. salmon. If you don’t like fish, canola oil, flaxseeds and nuts are a good fallback procedure. 

Blueberries are filled with vitamins and minerals, have high levels of gallic acid and they can help your cogitation. Plus, they protect our brain from degeneration and stress. 

Note: Berries with anthocyanins that belong to the antioxidants in their dark pigments/ dye are great energy suppliers for your brain and they also are very good radical quenchers. (Free radicals are damaging oxygen molecules that can injure your brain cells.)

Another fruit with amazing properties is the banana; it’s a fast energy supplier and can even brighten up your mood! That’s because of it’s amino acid tryptophan. Our brain converts tryptophan into serotonin, a substance that makes us happy. 

Apples contain important B vitamins, the vitamins C and E and the provitamin A, which protect our brain against free radicals. They also are full of lycopene; it can enhance your responsiveness and concentrativeness and protects the brain cells.

The avocado furnishes our brain and nerves with loads of energy and brightens our mood. It is filled with the vitamins B1, B6 and E, contains folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and lycopene. Also, it has a low sugar content (the lowest of any fruit) and holds many fiber-rich carbohydrates, which act calming to the blood level and make you feel full. Avocado is good for your blood sugar levels: it keeps them steady. It also keeps your skin glowing and helps to prevent blood clots in the brain.

Yes, the avocado is full of fats (30%, “good” fats) but these fats are unsaturated and have positive effects on our body. 

Green vegetables, which are full of iron, are packed with the vitamins C and E.  Vitamins are great radical quenchers and protect and stimulate the brain. 

Beta-carotene is a good radical quencher too.

Our brain needs oxigen to work but during the working process, free radicals emerge and, as already said before, the can damage your brain. 

Broccoli is a good radical quencher and keeps your memory sharp.

Beets are some of the most nutritious plants you can eat. Their natural minerals boost blood flow to the brain and beets are high in cancer-protecting antioxidants. They also help reduce inflammation and help rid your blood of toxins. 

Bone broth boosts your immune system, improves joint health and helps overcoming food allergies. It’s high levels of collagen help reducing intestinal inflammation and healing amino acids like proline and glycine keep your immune system functioning and improve your memory. 

With very few calories (only 16cals per cup), many antioxidants and polysaccharides, which are natural anti-inflammatories, celery definitely is a brain food. Also, it’s full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. 

Well, that’s everything I found out so far. Feel free to message me, if I forgot something. It took me almost two days to write and translate this (I’m German), so I would appreciate reblogs♥

And now: Go grocery shopping, cook ,eat and be full of energy and vitamins, nutrients and minerals! 

I hope this post was helpful for at least some of you.


May 27, 2016-Febrary 21, 2017 (Approx. 200 lbs-187 lbs)

Goals are being met, delicious food is being prepared, and lots of memories are being created. I’m so excited to be on this new journey I designed for myself, and I’m so grateful for all the fitblrs I have followed that help motivate me to love my body and to work out and manage emotional eating. You guys help me grow. I love seeing everyone’s workouts and progress and meals, it just makes me so happy! Thank you for being you, everyone!


-Abigail <3