I’m The Person Who Always Drinks Too Much Coffee And Forgets That It’s not Actually Water

I’m The Person Who Always Drinks Too Much Coffee And Forgets That It’s not Actually Water

Coffee >>> Water

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Anyone who knows me, knows I drink way too much coffee. Any chance I get, I will make my own or drive to go get some. Where am I before class? Getting coffee. Where am I after class? Getting coffee. How am I going to motivate myself to do my homework? With some coffee. My friends will see me at school and say, "Of course you have coffee".

I will admit, I am probably a caffeine addict by this point. There. I have taken the first step and have admitted that I have a problem. I love coffee way too much to stop drinking it and it has come to my realization that I may drink coffee more than I drink water. Crazy, right? I'll drink coffee so fast that you would think I was drinking water.

Coffee is just so tasty. I have my moods with it; sometimes I'll be daring and just go with straight black coffee and add a few packets of sugar. Most times, I'll add syrup and some milk and just go to town. I'm not really picky about my coffee. Even if the coffee tastes bitter or burnt, I am not going to have it be wasted, so you best believe I will still drink it and make the most out of it.

Have you ever seen those memes on Twitter where the body asks for water but it gets iced coffee instead? Yeah, I feel like that meme could have been made for me. Iced coffee is what runs through my veins and arteries. I am that girl that asks herself: "I've already had two large coffees; do I need another one?" as I am already waiting in line to get my third.

I run on caffeine; I work at two different coffee shops for crying out loud! I am a barista at GCBC on the campus of Grand Canyon University as well as a barista at Dutch Bros Coffee, so coffee really is my life. Besides my two jobs, I am a full-time student and spend a lot of my time doing extracurricular activities such as Pep Band so I definitely drink coffee to keep moving.

It has come to the point where I have a high tolerance for caffeine and I can drink a large coffee at 11:00 PM and be asleep by 11:45 PM. Caffeine doesn't keep me up at night anymore; I can sleep after consuming it. When I drink water, I literally hear my body singing and jumping for joy.

Now, let's talk prices. Last year while during the school year, my meal plan was $1,350 for both semesters giving me a total of $2,700 for the entire year. Each semester, I spent about $500 on coffee. So, out of $2,700, I spent approximately $1,000 on coffee alone. #Obsessed. Now, I spend a lot less but only because I get employee discounts! God bless those discounts.

My boyfriend asks me every day if I have had any water; he keeps track of me. He makes sure that I have water every day so thank God for him. He is the type of person who isn't really into drinking coffee or anything with caffeine except soda, so he tries to keep me balanced.

I am the girl who drinks a lot of coffee. I am the girl who tries to fit so many things into a little time frame of the day. I am the girl that likes to get hyped up and have fun. Most importantly, I am the girl who will always take care of her body no matter how bad her coffee addiction gets.

*Disclaimer: I actually drink a lot of water. I keep myself very hydrated so, for anyone who was worried about me from this article, there is nothing to worry about!

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The Unspoken Dangers of 'Mukbang' Culture

Ever wondered why you can't stop clicking on these addictive, self-made eating shows?

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past five years, you've probably heard of the internet trend commonly referred to as a mukbang, or "eating show." These self-produced video clips typically involve one hungry individual, their filming device, and an obscene amount of delicious foods.

Though these broadcasts originated all the way from South Korea (hence the foreign vocabulary), the growing popularity of eating videos has taken the internet by storm. Nowadays as you scroll through YouTube, you'll find an outrageous amount of uploads with titles like "10,000 CALORIE PASTA MUKBANG," "EATING EVERYTHING ON THE MCDONALD'S MENU," or "THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE."

Popular 'mukbangers' such as Peggie Neo, Megan McCullom, and Steven Sushi have made a sizable profit off of their viral eating shows, some collecting tens of thousands of dollars in revenue.

So, what's the big deal you say? You order a large quantity of food, indulge in said food, film yourself completing this menial task, and upload to the internet for money and fame. On the outside, this may seem like a luxurious lifestyle, but behind the camera lens sits an individual battling their own demons and influencing the world of social media to partake in their harmful behaviors.

Mukbanger Livia Adams ("Alwayshungry" on YouTube) has opened up about her unhealthy relationship with food in the past, praising herself for fasting several hours in order to justify her over-indulgence on camera.

Similarly, internet sensation Trisha Paytas claims to diet and starve herself for weeks just to be able to satisfy her subscribers with epic mukbangs, which are essentially binges.

In all actuality, these social media celebrities are negatively impacting (and possibly triggering) vulnerable viewers.

Many fans only see the highlight reel of YouTubers shoveling bowls of cereal or boxes of doughnuts into their mouths, yet remain completely unaware of what truly goes on behind-the-scenes. Messages saying:

"I'm on a diet... watching this is giving me some sort of satisfaction, like as tho I ate, you know?"
"I watch these videos because I know I physically can't afford to eat like this because I gain weight too easily."
"When having an eating disorder, watching Trisha's mukbangs is sorta comforting in a way omg"

flood the comments sections of Paytas' videos. Quite obviously, fans young and old are heavily influenced by this content and continue to support these creators to fulfill a self-destructive need.

Additionally, famous mukbang accounts never seem to include the painful after-effects of their ginormous feasts in videos. Fitness model Stephanie Buttermore flaunts her slim physique just days after consuming over 10,000 calories for a challenge, giving the impression that her previous overindulgence had no repercussions on her health whatsoever. Because Buttermore is a trained, athletic young woman, she was able to quickly bounce back after a series of workouts and low-calorie meals.

On the contrary, if a sedentary woman of about the same age were to attempt this challenge, she would most likely feel sluggish, irritable, bloated, stomach discomfort, and even vomitous post challenge. Eating regularly like this could lead to bigger issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, because topics like these aren't glamorous and attractive to subscribers, mukbangers often edit them out.

Now don't get me wrong. Though not everyone who uploads a mukbang to the internet has an eating disorder or an evil agenda, they have to realize the kind of audience they're appealing to. This generation is more susceptible than ever to emulate the actions and words of their favorite celebrities. Young boys and girls look up to successful adults, and influencers should be remembered for the change they inspired, not the disease they encouraged.

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13 Things You Can Do With Spaghetti Because You Always Make Too Much

From a gluten-free gal who thinks about noodles often

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There are oodles of things you can do with noodles (insert cringe here). Besides eating some delicious variations of Italian food, spaghetti is such a multifaceted, underrated, object that is good for so much more than eating it the traditional way. A viral tweet surfaced that started a thread about all the "cool things to do with all the extra pasta you made because you're single". I didn't scroll down in the thread, but I was surely inspired.

Therefore, I have compiled just a tidbit of things pasta makes pasta-ble. (yikes again).

1. Make Spaghetti Tacos

2. Stir coffee

Save the planet! Check out my article about things we can do to save the Earth! Uncooked pasta makes a great biodegradable coffee stirrer.

3. Walrus teeth

This one was suggested by a friend, I have not had the pleasure of making noodles walrus teeth yet in my lifetime, but I highly recommend it and thought it to be deserving of a place on this list.

4. Lady and the Tramp

A classic. Cuddle up with a cutie and share some spaghetti! What could make a more perfect date night?

5. Sword fight

What better way to play with your food than a REAL food fight! Take those uncooked spaghetti noodles and fight to the death! Well not death, but maybe just hunger.

7. Macaroni art

The staple of any good Kindergarten class. If you were a Picasso with macaroni noodles, you were quite literally the shit. Why not brush up those creative skills?

8. Pick a lock

Again, suggestion from a (sketchy) friend. I have not attempted this, but a little birdie told me it only works with push-in locks.

9. Bathe in it

A nice, hot bath is the best way to wind down at the end of a long day. Got extra noodles? Throw them in for an experience like no other. I've had a dream about it and I'd love someone to make my dreams come true.

10. Put them up your nose

I don't know where I was going with this...sneeze, maybe?

11. Throw it at the ceiling

Does it stick? I think that means it's cooked.

12. Elf spaghetti

My all-time favorite movie displays a twist on a dinner favorite-dessert spaghetti complete with sprinkles, hot fudge, and whipped cream. Along with spaghetti tacos, it is on my bucket list to try this.

13. Moisturize?

I think cooked noodles would make your skin soft if you like, rubbed them together or something. If not, just eat them. I'm out of ideas.

My favorite carb deserves so much more than this attempted tribute. I hope that I revealed at least some of the ways noodles can be utilized in our everyday lives because they are so much more than just food.

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