A Pledge For Adulthood

A Pledge For Adulthood

A few things that millennials seem to have forgotten.

I came across an article in the Los Angeles Times, written by Chris Erskine, that talked about the "Millennial Pledge," (http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-erskine-20151010...) which I firmly believe every millennial should take before they take anymore steps into the life of adulthood, myself included. Instead of working to better our character and do things with our lives to improve the world we live in, we get caught up in wanting the latest and greatest products, and our egocentrism often gets in the way of trying to better ourselves as human beings. Erskine really puts things into perspective in this pledge, and here are some of the pledges that he suggests every reader puts into their life.

1. "I am entitled to nothing."

Something that I feel many people believe they are nowadays. However, that's not the case. You don't deserve something just because you think you do. Earn it if you want it.

2. "Just once, I will try driving without texting."

I know you've heard this before, but that "LOL" can wait for 15 minutes until you reach your destination. You don't need to risk your life and/or other people's lives for something as insignificant as a text message.

3. "Just once, I will try eating without texting."

I bet you can't even remember the last time you sat down and had a coffee with someone just to talk. Not talking over your laptops while you're studying at the 24-hr Starbucks. I'm talking about actually sitting down with your coffee, with your friend sitting across from you, and engaging in a real conversation. Try it. You'd be amazed at what you can find out about each other!

4. "I will learn to laugh at everything, especially myself."

I promise, this makes life so much easier...

5. " Each year, I will pen at least one thank-you note, using what's left of my cursive writing skills."

Did you know they stopped teaching kids how to write in cursive in school? There is nothing more personal than a hand-written letter, and a hand-written letter in cursive is going above and beyond. If you want to make someone's day, write them a letter, even if it's not the most convenient thing to do, or the fastest. However, it is the most meaningful.

6. "When I don't get my way, I will learn to roll with it."

7. "I promise not to misuse the word "literally." As in "I am literally dying of hunger," o,r "You are literally being so rude.""

I'm guilty of doing this, and I'm ashamed to admit it. It's a bad habit that I'm literally trying to quit... see, there I go again. All joking aside, this doesn't make you sound intelligent, and we all know that you're not speaking figuratively.

8. "If I can't afford car insurance, I won't spend $20 a day on coffee."

Oh look, here's another thing I'm guilty of doing, and I bet all of my fellow college students are guilty of, too! I know your 8 a.m. class is telling you otherwise, but do you really need that Venti, Quad-shot, Soy, Chai Tea Latté that's going to cost you $8.00?

9. "I won't give only gift cards for Christmas."

With the holidays coming up, this is something to keep in mind while you're frantically trying to get all of your Christmas shopping done. The only thing that giftcards say is, "Hey, I was too lazy to find something that you might actually like, so here you go, find it yourself." Put some effort into people's gifts this year.

10. "I will save 10% of everything I earn."

You won't even notice that it's gone from your paycheck, but in a few years you'll see it all start to add up.

11. "I promise not to text anything of life-changing significance: a marriage proposal, a divorce decree, a positive result."

... and I repeat, do not break up with someone over a text... ever.

12. "I will always remember Aristotle's quote: "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.""

If you want to read the rest of the Millennial Pledge, click here and take your first few steps into the life of an adult. Happy reading!

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"How Do I Get Enough Protein?" From A Non-Meat Eater

Protein is not as hard to be consumed as it's thought to be

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I have been a pescatarian my entire life and have never had an issue with not consuming enough protein in my daily diet. Foods that contain protein, other than meats are better for you because they don't contain as much fat and unhealthy carcinogens that meats do.

Women should consume around 46 grams of protein a day and men should consume around 56 grams of protein. Protein is not as hard to consume as you think and some of the daily sources of protein I consume every day are as follow...

Eggs: Eggs are one of the easiest ways to get your daily protein in. I don't go a day without consuming at least two eggs. There are 6 grams of protein in every egg, which is a decent amount to consume right when you wake up. I'll either cook my eggs for breakfast, or add hardboiled eggs to my salads in the afternoon.

Quinoa: Quinoa is a type of grain, but contains more protein than almost any other type. As well as protein, it contains fiber and healthy unsaturated fats. There are 4 grams of protein for every half cup of quinoa. Instead of consuming rice as a part of a meal, add quinoa instead. More restaurants are serving quinoa based bowls and give you the option to add other foods on top.

Beans: Beans are a good source of protein and have a high satiety level because they break down slowly in your body. In just 1/2 cup of beans, you will get around 8 grams of protein depending on the type. Beans are good over salads or as a side to your dinner.

Edamame: Edamame are one of my favorite types of soy beans. You can eat these hot or cold, shelled or unshelled, and with any type of sauce. A half cup of edamame contains 21 grams of protein. You will most commonly find edamame in Asian restaurants served hot, in their shells and with soy sauce. I add cold, unshelled edamame to my salads or make bean salads with them.

Greek Yogurt: Yogurt should be a main part of your daily diet if you are trying to stay healthy, lose weight or consume more protein. 7 oz of yogurt contains 20 grams of protein. Yogurt is not a main source of protein that comes to mind, but 20 grams is a large amount of your daily intake.

Lentils: Lentils are one of the highest protein packed foods a non-meat eater can consume. There are 18 grams of protein per each cup of lentils. Lentils are great in soup or by themselves.

Chia Seeds: In my last article I wrote about the benefits of different type of seeds and chia seeds was one of them. One of the major benefits of chia seeds is the protein they provide. You will get 2.5 grams of protein for every tablespoon you consume. Chia seeds are good to put in smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal and they add a good source of protein.

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Top 5 Halo Top Flavors, For All Of Your Guilt-Free Ice Cream Needs


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If you’re looking for a healthy-ish replacement for a row of cookies, this ice cream is the one for you. Cookies N’ Cream is on the higher end with 320 calories but that's a huge cut from a sleeve of equally delicious Oreos.

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