The Freshman 15 Is Real and That's OK

The Freshman 15 Is Real and That's OK

It doesn't mean you failed.

College is stressful. College is scary. College is a ball of awkward. College is just a constant slap of reality. And you know what? Mac and Cheese will always seem to make it a little better.

High school was so easy compared the college. We had our own room, home cooked meals, childhood friends down the street, and our Mom. Then when we graduate we are thrown into a transition that throws that all off.

We are surrounded by hundreds of new faces, we are responsible for everything around us, we are stressed to the core with projects, and we want to do anything we can to make our resumes look awesome. Sometimes it can be a long day and the only thing there is to eat is your comfort food in our little dorm fridge or the McDonald's down the road.

It seems like whenever we go off to college and gain a few pounds, everyone from high school thinks that means we are unsuccessful. Everyone has assumptions. Just because you gain a few pounds does not mean you are a failure. I honestly believe the cafeteria pumps extra calories into the food for energy to study all night. *wink*

During my time in college, I have realized my life is not about constantly losing weight but maintaining what I have. If I can be healthy, I am already a winner. I walk to class, I mix in vegetables and I have cut down on fried foods.

There is always going to be a few pounds that just sneak in during college. I am learning that I have other things to focus on than having to be a thin swimsuit model on Instagram.

I am learning to love myself and love the people around me. There's no point in stresses myself out to be a certain way, because most of the time I will stress myself to eat more unhealthy but happy food.

A change in diet is always going to affect you. College diet may consist of day old pizza and Gatorade. Why is that such a bad thing? It sounds like the meal of champions to me.

So you eat things that make you happy, you deserve it! Winter is coming, we need a few layers to keep us warm anyway! As long as you are walking to class not driving up to the door, and mixing in some fruits and veggies, I think you will survive.

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Seven Tasty Coffee Drinks Without The Coffee Taste

I'm pretty sure my body is 90% coffee and soon, yours will be too.

Though I don’t understand it, there are a lot of people who don’t like coffee. Many people still want to have the coffee to wake them up, learn to like coffee, or want to hop on the bandwagon of enjoying a coffee treat from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, or Wawa (the overall best). So, here’s a list of seven drinks that include coffee, but don’t taste like it, to help you transition from a non-coffee drinker to an active one.

1. Coolattas from Dunkin Donuts

A Coolatta is basically a frozen flavored drink. Most of them contain coffee, so getting that boost of caffeine without the coffee taste is easy with this treat. It comes in caramel, vanilla bean, mocha, Oreo, and more.

2. Any kind of Mocha Coffee (or caffe mocha)

A mocha coffee tastes like subtly coffee flavored hot chocolate. One of my favorite mocha drinks around the holidays is a peppermint mocha, because it tastes like a chocolate dipped candy cane, which is perfect to get anyone (even a Jewish girl like me) into the Christmas spirit. If you like hot chocolate, a mocha is a good way to transition into drinking regular coffee.

3. Vanilla Latte

A vanilla latte is one of my personal favorites. They can come hot or iced, and though they contain a good amount of coffee, it tastes like you dipped a sugar cookie into coffee.

4. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha

After going to Starbucks with a friend, she forced me to try this when she ordered it, and it was fabulous. She described it to me as a drink for people who don’t like rich chocolate. It’s a really creamy drink that tastes kind of like white hot chocolate.

5.Starbucks Frappuccino

Don’t even get me started on Frapps. The amount of flavors they have is amazing, and it’s basically one of the best beverages ever. My favorite is the double chocolate chip, because you get a rich chocolate flavor with crunchy chocolate chips inside. SO good. They also have caramel, vanilla, strawberry, cinnamon, green tea, and pumpkin spice and toasted graham cracker during the fall season (just to list a few).

6. Chai Latte

A chai latte tastes like tea with milk, infused with spices. It is definitely something people either love or hate, but if you like that spiced flavor, I would recommend it.

7. Caramel Macchiato

I have never tried one of these, but people LOVE them (not to mention the drink is beautiful). In simple terms, it is steamed milk topped with foam, topped with espresso to create a luscious, caramel, layered coffee drink.

So to those crazy people out there who don't enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning, or a mid-day iced coffee in the summer, try these drinks and soon you'll wake up craving a cup of coffee like me.

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7 Reasons Starbucks' Coffee Is 100 Percent Superior To Dunkin Donuts Coffee

Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts?


There has been this controversial debate on whether Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts is the better option when it comes to getting one of the best coffees. As a lover of the White Chocolate Mocha, I can not begin to fathom how someone would be willing to go to Starbucks' competitor, Dunkin Donuts. Here are 5 reasons why you should kick Dunkin Donuts to the curb and let Starbucks into your life!

Study Spot

What better place is there to study than Starbucks! The comfy couches allow you to relax and do your homework peacefully.

The Holiday cups

During the Christmas season, Starbucks comes out with creative cups design for the most wonderful time of the year!

Frappuccinos> Coolatta

Frappuccinos definitely rule over the Coolattas that Dunkin provides.

More menu options

Starbucks provides way more coffee drinks than Dunkin. And the best part is that you can customize your own coffee/latte/tea. Anything you name, Starbucks has it.

The Lactose intolerants are certainly welcomed at Starbucks!

One of my friends is Lactose intolerant and she tells me that Starbucks has dairy-free options.

Best food quantity

Does Dunkin Donuts sell cake pops? I don't think so.

BEST Quality Coffee

Starbucks has the top quality coffees and lets be honest Dunkin Donuts coffee tastes burnt

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