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Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse!

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This past summer, I tried my first ever detox cleanse. People do detoxes or cleanses for many different reasons, but for me it was all about re-setting my body to how it is supposed to function and ridding my body of all the harmful toxins it had accumulated.

After freshman year and not really taking care of my body, I felt this was the most appropriate time. So I did my research and of course, I ADORE Oprah, so I had to check out if Dr. Oz had any program. It turned out that he does! Dr. Oz designed a 3 day detox cleanse that is incredibly simple so somebody like me (not exactly an expert) could follow along easily and successfully.

Basically, this detox consists of drinking four smoothies a day. There are three recipes – one for each meal. You are allowed to repeat your favorite smoothie as a snack between dinner and lunch. You take vitamins throughout the day and have green tea with lemon and Stevia in the morning. At night, you reward yourself with an Epsom salt bath with lavender extract. Pretty simple, right? Every single vitamin, ingredient, and sip of tea has been scientifically designed to provide your body with the nourishment it needs and to effectively flush out harmful toxins.

Dr. Oz compiled everything (even the shopping list!) into this one page super handy sheet. 4_055_3DayDetox

That was my Bible for the three days.

If you’re interested in doing this at some point, I would HIGHLY recommend it. It’s so easy to do and the best part is that you can prep everything in advance. It’s great for people on the go with busy schedules. Spend maybe an hour the first day prepping everything for each smoothie. Put all of the dry ingredients into freezer bags and when you want that smoothie, just grab it and add the liquids and blend! Super quick, super easy.

Each step of the detox is critical right down to soaking in the bath. Do not skip any steps! Everything has been chosen deliberately and carefully for the best results possible.

My experience:

I went into this detox with an open mind and heart. I had no idea what I was about to do, but I was determined to DO it. I committed myself 150% to sticking it out all three days. I’m not going to sugarcoat it – the first two days are extremely difficult. In the case of this detox, it is ABSOLUTELY mind-over-matter. The third day is not as bad because it becomes more of a habit at that point.

Here’s my groceries for the three days:

dr. oz detox groceriesBreakfast was AMAZING! I love it and still drink it all the time.

breakfast smoothieLunch was good too. I really enjoyed it when I added 1/2 cup more pineapple. You’re really not supposed to alter the recipes at all, but it just needed to be a bit sweeter. Also, a few tips to make the texture better – cut up everything TINY! And blend one ingredient at a time. There’s a lot of course veggies going into this smoothie. You want to make sure it’s smooth, otherwise you’re going to hate it. In the picture below, that was my first time making it and I blended everything together at once and did not cut things up small. It was a very gross texture. So don’t do that! But I also still drink this one!

smoothie3 I did not like dinner one bit. Perhaps it’s because of the cayenne pepper. A lot of people posted online and seemed to really enjoy dinner, but I absolutely HATED it! I really had to just grin and bear it by gulping it down fast. That’s why I didn’t take a picture. Because I was mad at that smoothie. Because it was evil.

Make sure you treat yourself to the bath and the morning tea! Those were the highlights of my day.

My results:

I felt lighter and I had much more energy. I never was hungry on this detox – I simply missed solid food and crunching. It’s definitely one of the easiest and best things you can do for your overall health and body. I lost three pounds total and a LOT of bloat. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anybody. But beware – do NOT go back to eating terrible foods after this. Continue eating a clean and healthy diet and you will be golden. This is supposed to reset your system. It is NOT a miracle weight loss diet. The weight I lost was purely a bonus.

Anyways, if anybody has ANY questions at all, do not hesitate to ask me. I could talk about this detox forever! Happy cleansing y’all!

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DORM RECIPE: Quinoa in College!

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meal prepHere’s a SUPER simple and quick quinoa recipe that I absolutely adore. It should take about 20 minutes and this will provide 4-5 servings – enough for lunches for a whole work week!! (ps – the picture says meal prep Sunday because I made it then. I know it’s Thursday today haha)

What you’ll need:

  • An electric water heater/hot pot that you can cook food in like this guy here that I have from Target
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can whole kernal unsweetened corn rinsed and trained
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and trained
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tomato (or canned & diced tomatoes)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive (or grape) oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • pinch of salt

Instructions:

Boil water in kettle. Rinse quinoa in room temperature water. Add rinsed quinoa to boiling water. Let simmer for 15 minutes (or until fluffy and cooked). Mix together corn, beans, avocado, tomato, zucchini, lime juice, olive oil, cumin, and salt together in a big bowl. When quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork. Add quinoa to large mixture of the other ingredients. Serve hot or cold!

SO EASY! I promise you’ll love this recipe. A lot of people add a bit of hot pepper to theirs, so feel free to do that if you want a little kick. Have fun and happy cooking!!!!

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Healthy College Eating

One of my new favorite things is creating yummy, healthy meals for myself that can be easily made in a DORM ROOM! Yep, it’s possible. I have a small mini fridge, microwave, blender, and a hot water kettle. So how could I possibly cook anything remotely healthy?

Well, I’ll tell you this – my mini fridge would not be featured on the TV show “Greek” or in any typical college movie. It’s not full of beer or vodka. Or jello shots or ice cream. It’s full of fresh veggies, fruit, hummus, whole wheat pita bread, yogurt, and WATER!

I’m going to be posting a lot of tips and tricks on here about how to stay healthy in general, but especially while in college. I hope you tune in and enjoy!

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#casesmc – A Weekly Discussion

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This is my first week back to Chapman University as a sophomore and I could not be more excited about it! Right away, I began working with the Interactive Marketing Department in Chapman’s Strategic Marketing and Communication department again. I had this same job last year and absolutely loved it. This year I will be working more hours and start earning more responsibilities. It will definitely be a fun challenge.

What I wanted to touch on was the online discussion via Twitter that my supervisor, Sheri Lehman hosted on Tuesday. She gave me the heads up that she would be leading a Twitter chat as a co-moderator focused on transparency and engagement on social media for higher education establishments. Check out the whole discussion on Storify here. Using the tag #casesmc created by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), Twitter users were able to jump in on this dynamic hour-long discussion.

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I “lurked” on the conversation for the first forty-five minutes, captivated by all of the phenomenal ideas and advice these professionals were posting. Finally, I got the courage to jump in and provide my input from a student’s perspective:

my tweets

Immediately, I got responses from higher education professionals tuning in on the conversation. They seemed very responsive to the student feedback and instantly engaged with me. I exchanged numerous tweets back and forth and before I knew it, the chat was over.

The main ideas were exactly what I tweeted about – transparency, honesty, and speed of response are absolutely KEY! Many times, students (especially new ones), are too shy to ask questions in person or feel too intimated to confront the administration or staff about a concern. By tweeting out a complaint or recommendation, they maintain some anonymity and hope to receive a response. If the student is not shy,  they may just be lazy or try to avoid confrontation. It is much easier to sit behind a computer screen or phone than talk in person. I’m not saying that tweeting concerns or complaints via Twitter is a bad thing – no. It is definitely the most time-efficient way and very effective. IF the university has a quick and honest response. People do not like being ignored. If the university ignores the concern or takes more than 24 hours to reply, the complainer may feel increasingly exasperated and frustrated – making the situation worse. So speed is key. Then also, honesty is vital. Students can see right through a “fake” response. They will automatically sniff out the sugarcoating. Instead of ignoring the issue, try to address it or make a suggestion to better the student’s situation. Finally, a school must be transparent – if they make a mistake, they must own up to it and apologize. Some may say that is a sign of weakness, however it is truly the test of any strong brand. Taking responsibility and being straightforward with their audience is more important that appearing blameless.

This was such a meaningful experience for me. I participated in a professional discussion with people in a field I aspire to be in. Not only did I observe, but I was able to chat, listen, and collaborate. The ability to participate in discussion through social media and connect with people from all over is one of the many things I absolutely adore about online communications. I would not have had this incredible opportunity if it were not for social media. I now have a whole new set of skills I can use and gained a few networking connections simply from this one hour twitter chat.

I would encourage all students to seek out discussions like this one online. Whether it be on a blog, Facebook, or Twitter, there’s always plenty going on online. You just have to have the guts to jump in! I learned so much in that brief amount of time and do not regret taking the plunge one bit.

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HighEdWeb West

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This summer I had the unique privilege of working at the first Western regional conference for HighEdWeb. This inaugural event, hosted by Chapman University, opened my eyes to the incredible work, dedication, and strategy that goes into creating an online community for higher education establishments.

HighEdWeb West, the inaugural conference

For those of you unfamiliar with this event, HighEdWeb is a conference for higher education web professionals to gather, collaborate, discuss, and inspire. There are four other regional conferences throughout the East Coast and a larger annual conference every October. HighEdWeb West brought together a unique group of innovators who shared their expertise through a series of presentations and social events over the course of 1.5 days. The event was incredibly successful, clearly illustrated through the collection of tweets and pictures posted throughout the conference using the hashtag #hewebwest. Feel free to read through the Storify to see the awesome conversations that were generated by this event!

I had the opportunity to attend sessions such as accessibility, project management for web professionals, social media, blending personal with professional, and building online communities. Hearing these individuals speak with such enthusiasm and present their work was incredibly inspiring. It was a privilege to observe the professional discussions, but to also join in.

A student’s perspective

During breakfast, Chancellor Daniele Struppa explained how educators and administrators have an obligation to their students to stay current with the changes in technology. Between cracking a few jokes, he emphasized that although these technologies may seem new to the older generations, tools such as Facebook are old news. The need for better communication and online engagement between higher education establishments and their communities has become a vital component to the identity and success of the organization – it cannot be ignored or postponed.

From the perspective of a current student, I agree with the Chancellor wholeheartedly. The way Chapman has embraced social media and overall engagement online with students has blown me away. The focus on conversation and collaboration invites students to voice their opinions, share their experiences, and learn about the university. It is beyond exciting when Chapman’s Twitter “favorites” or replies to your tweet. They also feature student photography of campus with their their “#CaptureCU” tag on Twitter and Instagram. Sharing and resharing the photos with the entire community allow for more people to appreciate the original work.
Geeking out on social media

One of the most exciting parts of this conference for me was the social media lightening rounds. I work on Chapman’s web and interactive marketing team, and tend to “geek out” over anything related to social media marketing and strategy. My supervisor, Sheri Lehman, presented first about changing the way universities and schools communicate online with their students. The emphasis on asking for contributions, encouraging discussions, and understanding one’s audience stood out to me. She explained that higher education web professionals need to “trust the user and shake their hand.”

I have the advantage of being on the other end of this and I could not agree with Sheri more. In the current age of information sharing online, people will post about almost anything – positive and negative. Sometimes, they just want to express their feelings. Other times, they want a response. I believe the latter to occur more frequently. When a student raves about what an incredible experience they had at the university upon graduating, responding by thanking them and congratulating them on their accomplishment fosters a positive relationship between the university and that student.

Sheri focused on humanizing the university by talking with the community, not at it. Maybe a disgruntled student has a negative experience with parking and complains via Twitter. Using the framework Sheri presented, the school can respond with an explanation of steps they are taking to to remedy the situation. This reassures the student and instills confidence in the organization as a whole. Being acknowledged, heard, and respected online is key for higher education organizations.

Beyond social media, the speakers of HighEdWeb West touched on every aspect of the growing technology in our society and how it relates to higher education. I have a whole new appreciate for the work, passion, and commitment it takes to create a strong online community after attending this conference. This was an incredible event and I hope that there are many more HighEdWeb West regional conferences in the future.