Seriously, You Can't Eat Like A Child Your Entire Life

Seriously, You Can't Eat Like A Child Your Entire Life

Consciously choose to put some time and effort into your health.
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Expanding your palate can make all of the difference in your diet. As we grow and age, our bodies adapt and our palates change. An open mind to trying new things can surprise you when it comes to eating. Spinach was once an icky green and soggy mess served up beside dinner. Lentils? Which food group is that?

Gradually working these strange, unknown items into your cooking is the best approach to cleaning up your appetite. But the more important concept to remember is keeping an open mind in your diet choices. Discriminating against certain foods really throws off balance in your palate.

Though, sometimes, our bodies crave something specific, requiring our attention. We have to listen to those cravings, and balance them out. The more we try, the better our chances in finding something we like. I'm talking about different cultures' foods too, people. Just because you can't pronounce it doesn't mean it's not good. Maybe you will surprise yourself.

For many of us, the earlier parts of our lives are spent avoiding foods like vegetables and other funny-looking/smelling items. The latter stages of our lives are spent focusing on different diets where we also avoid food groups like carbs, gluten, meats, sugars and dairy. Why? Because of desired weight loss, trending/fad diets, and health problems.

The simple answer to dieting is sticking to the basics, and consciously avoiding foods that are modified with substitutes and additives. According to an article on genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling from the International Business Times, there is quite a significant difference between opinions of the FDA/scientists versus American food shoppers on whether GMOs are actually a bad thing. Predicted by Joseph Stanton, a professor of food marketing at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and editor of the Journal of Food Products Marketing: "if mandatory labeling is enacted, there would be two types of consumers: those who actively seek out non-GMO foods and buy only those products, and those who do not care, much like the organic food consumer base." This brings me to my next point:

Your Health is Your Choice. It's time to stop making excuses, and start making decisions. What you put in your body is entirely up to you, though there are certainly influencing factors that complicate our ability to have a wholesome and strengthening diet. Consciously choose what you are buying and eating. Read labels, put more time and effort into your trip to the grocery store. If you are eating out, just face it-- you don't know what you are getting. On the other hand, it is a great way to spark a curiosity in expanding your palate. So get the item you haven't had before. Honestly, you can't eat like a child your entire life.

Nutritionists have convinced society to buy into "nutritionism," which is an ideology. It is not actually a thing. We hear and see the terms 'wholesome,' 'health foods,' 'organic,' and 'natural' with respect to nutritious foods. However, there is an area of gray between the right and wrong things to eat, which translates into good and bad categories of health. The reality is that our bodies need a balance of many things, and the problem lies mostly with eating too much of one thing and not enough of another. Stop the discriminating!

For starters, there are a few things you should try working into your diet to give your body the energy and nourishment it deserves (and for it to function most successfully).

These are known as Power Foods or Superfoods.

spinach, (farm-raised) salmon and steak, blueberries, sweet potatoes, bacon, sprouted grain breads, spelt, rice, quinoa, lentils, chia seeds, ...and really, ANY balance of fruit or veggie. The more colorful, the better.

Fats You Should Be Eating:

Butter, avocado, raw nuts, unrefined oils (olive, flax seed, safflower and coconut oil,) animal fats (steak, bacon, egg, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cold-water fish, low sodium nuts, olives, flax seed, low-fat cheeses, natural peanut butter

(Seriously, don't just read this. Put them on your grocery list and make them staples for your pantry and refrigerator.)

Fats You Should NOT Be Eating:

Hydrogenated, canola, and vegetable oils; high fructose corn syrup, margarine, or processed carbs like cereals, pastries, pastas, wraps/buns/breads, jellies/jams, mayonnaise, sodas, and sugary drinks (including most fruit juices)

Don't be fooled:

Natural > Reduced Fat

Whole Wheat > Multi-grains

Sprouted grain> Whole wheat

Spinach, Chives > Kale

Spaghetti squash can replace store-bought packaged noodles...yum!

It absolutely requires more effort and time to create healthy eating habits, but is worth it for yourself and for any potential influence you may have over loved ones. Go ahead, grow up, and expand your palate. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, macaroni, and chicken fingers are not going to cut it for the rest of your life. Please don't pass bad eating habits on to your own kids

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things "New Girl" Fans Know to Be True

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."



Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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I'm Spilling The Tea: Here's Where You Can Find The Best Chai Lattes In North Carolina

Here's my roundup of the best chai lattes in town, from one tea drinker to another.

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I'll always choose tea over coffee, especially if it's a well-made chai latte. There's something intrinsically comforting about the drink's frothy texture and smooth spice blend, something that reminds me of Starbucks runs on snowy days and relaxing with a warm mug before bed. Chai delivers just enough punch to push you over that mid-afternoon slump, but not so much that you feel sick. I recently got my friends addicted to the drink because once you try it, there's no going back. Here's where you can find the best chai lattes in North Carolina.

1. The Oak House - Elon, NC

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The Oak House's chai lattes are sweet, spiced, and everything nice. The cafe is a coffee shop by day and a bar by night, but is always perfect study space if you need a little pick-me-up.

2. Perennial - Chapel Hill, NC

https://www.yelp.com/biz/perennial-chapel-hill-2

Perennial's chai is on the spicier end but is toned down by the sweetness of this cafe. It's an entirely Instagramable space, so sit back, relax, and watch the likes roll in.

3. The Green Bean - Greensboro, NC

https://downtowngreensboro.org/listings/the-green-bean/

Although The Green Bean looks like a traditional cafe on the outside, the vibrant murals and lively atmosphere inside are anything but. If you like a creamier chai latte, stop here the next time you're in Greensboro.

4. Liberty Coffee House - Asheville, NC

https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60742-d10260607-i206056654-Liberty_House_Coffee_and_Cafe-Asheville_North_Carolina.html

Liberty's chai lattes are as aesthetic as they are delicious. These artisanal teas are sure to warm you up on even the coldest of days.

5. Starbucks - Almost Anywhere, NC

https://nypost.com/2017/07/08/why-anti-starbucks-hipsters-sound-a-lot-like-trump-supporters/

When all else fails, Starbucks is always a safe bet. Pro tip: ask the barista to make your chai latte without water. There's almost no difference in cost, but your drink is made with double the flavor.

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