How My Life Has Changed 8 Months After Reading Skinny Bitch

How My Life Has Changed 8 Months After Reading Skinny Bitch

It’s not easy changing your diet, but definitely worth it
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On May 6th of 2016, I decided to go vegetarian. I had tried to a couple of weeks prior but ended up craving some chicken nuggets or something like that. But after I read the book Skinny Bitch, I can actually say it changed my life, eight months later. After having read that book by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, I couldn't bring myself to eat meat or drink soda or cow milk from that day on. Here is why that purchase of less than 15 dollars was so worth it.

The book goes into detail of how the food you eat is making you “fat” and the hidden addictions and health consequences, and the authors give it to you straight up. The vulgar language first off made me laugh, but it actually put things into perspective. The authors dedicated a whole chapter to exposing sugar and how it is enslaving Americans, and they bluntly titled it Sugar is the Devil. Then comes the truth about what they inject cows with so that milk can be produced is so unnatural and inhumane. I won't give anything away, but it kind of scared me for the week following.

I’ll admit, some of the passages in the book were successful in scaring you into making the right choices for a few days, but you have to have an amazing amount of self-control to actually cut out sugar and carbs religiously every day. That doesn't lessen the effect that other parts of the book had on me, especially the section that goes into the treatment of animals. The chickens, cows, and pigs we consume are literally born to die so that we can eat them. The conditions of the living, breathing animals with beating hearts and feelings were described as so horrendous that I could not imagine eating meat from that day on. And since May 6th I have not, and I honestly believe I never will again in my life.

That is not to say I am better than you because I chose to be a vegetarian, it's just my personal preference. I am saying that if you want to look better physically and feel better physically, mentally, and just overall a better person than you were before, read the book. Since cutting out meat, soda, and cow milk, I have lost weight, my acne has disappeared, I don't feel guilty after eating meals, I’m almost never bloated, and I don't feel as tired and sluggish as I used to before I made the changes. That is just some of the results I can remember off the top of my head, and it will be different for everyone. Overall, the book is going to change the way you think about food. Your life will change, I can guarantee that.

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To All The Nurses In The Making

We tell ourselves that one day it'll all pay off, but will it actually?
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I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

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7 Rules To Going Out That Every Girl Should Follow

Because you do not want to be the girl puking at the pregame.

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In college, you go out with your friends A LOT – and chances are you will be drinking. College night outs are some of the best nights of your life and some may even be your worst. However the night may go, you want to be prepared for what is to come. Copy and paste these rules into your notes, tattoo them on your arm, do whatever you need to do to memorize these 7 rules inside and out. You will thank yourself later.

1. Always eat before drinking

Drinking on an empty stomach will not end well. You will get hangry (hungry and angry) when you are out with your friends -- being drunk and hangry is not a good combo. Forget fasting to look skinny in your outfit, I promise a bite to eat beforehand won't make you look bloated. Food absorbs the alcohol; therefore, you won't be the ultimate lightweight. You do not want to be the girl puking at the pregame. I am not telling you to eat 6-course meal, but a bite to eat with your squad before drinking will do the trick.

2. Dress to impress yourself

Wear an outfit that you feel your best in and promise me you'll look and feel amazing. Wearing heels you can hardly walk in and a dress way too tight, may work for some girls, but it may not for you. Remember, you are going to a bar or party, not a strip club that you are performing at. The night will go much smoother, if you feel comfortable in your outfit. And the truth is, no guy gives a damn about your outfit, so do not dress up for him.

3. Bring a cross-body purse

If you are like me – you've got your keys to your apartment, your phone, and your wallet at all times. Bringing just your wallet is fine – but then you are balancing holding your drink, your phone, your wallet, and your keys while dancing with your friends. These are three of the most valuable things that you are going out with, so put them in a cross-body and the anxiety of losing those precious items will be gone (unless you lose the cross-body, which would really suck). Side note: don't take the cross-body off.

4. Go out with people you trust

This is critical. Not only will you have way more fun with these people, but they will be the ones who won't leave you at the party or bar alone, will take care of you, and will always have your back with whatever craziness gets thrown your way during the course of the night. From walking with you home at 2 in the morning to holding your hair back, these are the people you want to surround yourself with. I honestly cannot count the times my friends have saved me while we were out – and vice versa. However, don't be that girl who always needs to be saved – your friends will hate going out with you.

5. Don’t text him

By him, I mean – your ex, your crush, or that guy who always hits you up when he knows your drunk. You will regret texting him. If he was really that into to you, he would be out with you. I know you want to talk to him, but the truth is: he either won't reply or you will say something you will regret, and you will feel dumb in the morning. Enjoy being out with your friends and forget about him, plus I am sure there are plenty of other guys at the bar or party to meet!

6. Trust your gut

If your gut tells you something isn't right, it probably isn't. Sometimes we have a little too much to drink and we tend to feel invincible. This is where we do something stupid and can get ourselves into a lot of trouble. With college, comes a pile of peer pressure. However, it is up to you to make the best decision for you – not anyone else. Whatever they are doing may look fun, but promise me the consequences are not.

7. Put your phone away

The truth is no one cares about what you are doing on a Saturday night. Nothing is wrong with taking a photo or two with your friends, but after that, put your phone away and enjoy being out. If you wanted to be on your phone, you should have just stayed home. College does not last forever, so enjoy the time you have being this young and carefree with all your friends.

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