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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By iamincontrol | May 23, 2017
Choosing a major can be difficult, especially because it seems like it will determine your entire future. It’s important to remember, though, that a lot of people change their declared major several times throughout their time in college. Other people end up working in a field that they love that is completely unrelated to their major.
- Your interests: What classes ant to be able to travel? What kind of setting do you want to work in? Thinking about the environment you want to work in might help you choose a major.
- Your dream job: Do you have a specific field you’d like to go into that requires a specific major, or would you like to have more options? For example, a chemist needs to have a background in chemistry, but psychology is a major that can be applied to many different fields.
These are all just starting points, but they can be a good starting point to make the process of choosing a major less daunting.
For more information on choosing majors visit: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/choosing-college-majors
Posted By iamincontrol | May 18, 2017
We all know that adding a lot of fruits and vegetables is a good way to get important vitamins into our diets and to replace junk food snacks with healthier, more energizing ones. However, eating apples every day for a snack or broccoli with dinner every night can get boring. Trying new fruits and vegetables can make eating healthier a lot more interesting and exciting. Here are some ways to add new foods into your diet:
- Shop based on the season
Make a list of seasonal fruits and vegetables at the beginning of each season. Then, go online to look for simple snack or meal recipes you can make yourself using your list. You can also ask your parents about incorporating a new vegetable or fruit that no one in the family has tried into your meals for the week. Fruits and vegetables that are in season are often less expensive and better quality than ones that are out of season. Look at what’s in season here: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/what-fruits-and-vegetables-are-in-season.
- Eat the rainbow
Getting a good variety of fruits and vegetables is important because different kinds of fruits and vegetables have different kinds of nutrients, and you need a mix of them to have a balanced diet. Try making a point to try fruits and vegetables from different color categories each day, so you get a variety throughout the week. For example, try apricots from the yellow/orange list and asparagus from the vegetable list. You can look at a list of different fruits and veggies for each category here: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/fruit-and-veggie-color-list.
- Get creative
As long as you’re getting in more fruits and vegetables, it doesn’t matter how you eat them. Canned, frozen, and dried fruits and vegetables all count. Try buying frozen fruits to blend up and make healthy smoothies out of (you can add in some greens, like spinach, too). Drain and rinse canned vegetables to add them into dishes without taking the time to cut them up. If you don’t really like a lot of fruits or vegetables, try recipes where they are hidden in other dishes to make healthier versions of your favorite foods. You can get more inspiration for hiding fruits and vegetables from this blog: http://www.hiddenfruitsandveggies.com.
Posted By iamincontrol | May 11, 2017
Having passions in life is important for keeping us going when we have to do work that we don’t enjoy. Passions can also be a good starting point for figuring out what your future career might look like, even though someone’s passion and career might end up being different. A passion might end up being a hobby or a side project that you do outside of your career, but these questions can be helpful for finding a direction either way:
- Think back. What are some of your favorite memories from your life? What specifically did you enjoy about those times? For example, if you liked family vacations a lot, did you like the traveling aspect the most? Make a list of some of your best memories and what you liked about them.When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you remember why you wanted to be that? Maybe someone you knew and admired had that job and you wanted to be just like them. What qualities or experiences does that person have that you would also like to have? Write those down, too. What do you enjoy the most now? What school subject do you like the most, and why? Do you enjoy playing a sport after school? What do you like about it?
- Ask questions. What specific things about each activity do you like? For example, maybe you don’t really like math as a subject in school, but you do like the satisfaction of solving a difficult problem. You might write down that “problem solving” is something that you are interested in. Look for phrases that you wrote under more than one activity. The phrases you wrote down the most are likely the most important or interesting to you.
- Try new things. Trying new activities can give you a better idea of what you do and don’t like. You can take the list you made and try to find new opportunities based on the things you enjoyed in the past. For example, if you like working with others, you could volunteer.
Are there are any new hobbies or activities you’ve been curious about? Has your friend been trying to convince you to join a certain sport or club? Try it out and see if you like it. Even if it isn’t something you want to do for a living, you might find a new hobby out of it.
For more information about how to start figuring out what you’re passionate about visit:
Posted By iamincontrol | May 4, 2017
Sometimes strawberries grow odd lumps and oranges have patchy yellow skin. Less-than-perfect produce items are very common, but consumers don’t often see the unique fruits and vegetables the earth creates. This is because many pieces of produce don’t meet grocery store criteria and are rejected and go to waste. Typically, misshapen and ugly produce taste the same and have the nutrients as their prettier relatives, but consumers shrug in disgust at the site of them. The important part of produce is their high nutritional value and necessity in our diets. Teens ages 14-18 require about 1 ½ to 2 cups of fruits and 2 ½ to 3 cups of veggies per day. Nationwide, only 32% of high schoolers get at least two servings of fruit per day and only 15% get at least 3 servings of vegetables. Ugly produce can still provide all the necessary dietary needs you have, so always consider that when shopping for produce. By purchasing and eating odd fruits and vegetables, you can make a difference by reducing waste and changing norms.
Thankfully, some grocery stores are making strides to accept these ugly fruits and vegetables to cut down on food waste. Keep your eyes out the next time you are at the store, as you may begin to see ugly produce on the shelves before you know it.
If you would like more information about your diet and meal tips to achieve the correct servings of fruits and veggies visit: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/fruit.
If you are interested in finding out more about food waste projects, such as the Ugly Produce is Beautiful Educational Campaign visit: http://www.uglyproduceisbeautiful.com.
Posted By iamincontrol | May 2, 2017
Poll results are in and Iowa teens think they can control they’re own self esteem!
Self-esteem is a major issue that a lot of people in our world face on a regular basis these days. Some people have great self-esteem, and others have almost no self-esteem. Self-esteem is very important to have. If you feel down, it helps you feel better or if something is a little awkward to some people, to others it wouldn’t be as awkward. Self-esteem is how you see yourself or how you feel about yourself. The more self-esteem you have, the better you see yourself. I had very low self-esteem in high school, but when I went to college I decided I was going to love myself and my body more. I started doing the things I wanted to do, saying the things I wanted to say and just acting more like myself. And overtime my self-esteem rose! “Fake it until you make” was my motto. I faked being proud to be who I was until I actually felt proud to be who I am! My life has improved so much since the day I decided to just be myself. It took a while, but I did it. Eventually just being myself actually helped others realize who I was at a person and I ended up with more friends. As a matter of fact, a very tight knit group of friends, that are basically family to me. Once you start working on your self-esteem, it not only helps you feel better, but you actually start seeing improvements in your life!
To learn more about improving your self-esteem visit: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/self-esteem.html
Posted By iamincontrol | April 25, 2017
Whether it’s cramps or PMS, periods can be hard to get used to. But don’t worry! Lots of women have the same troubles with their period. Learning more about your body can help you embrace your period, and do the right things to cope with it.
Many women experience cramps during the first few days of their period. This happens when chemicals in your body force your uterus to contract. Exercise releases “happy hormones” called endorphins, which can help with cramps. But if that doesn’t work, ibuprofen can help.
PMS stands for premenstrual symptoms, and they happen to a lot of women. Doctors still don’t know what the cause is, but they think it has to do with changing hormones. There is a wide range of symptoms, and they include:
- Being very tired
- Sore breasts
Some ways to cope with PMS are to avoid caffeine, get enough sleep, exercise, and eat a balanced diet. If these symptoms are severe you should make an appointment with your doctor.
For more information about your period visit: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/menstrual-problems.html?ref=search#