Health and Fitness blog: Kick your caffeine habit

As we approach the end of second semester, the caffeine crave is REAL. With assignments and final exam preparations in the works, it can be tricky to stay on top of things. Throw in a social life, gym time and a job, and the days can be a real drain on your body. Despite being raised by a family of avid coffee drinkers, I never developed a deep appreciation for the drink. Whether you’re like me, and are not a huge fan of coffee, or if you’re the opposite, and are looking for ways to give coffee the boot, check out the following alternatives—they’ll give you less coffee-breath, but the same guaranteed energy boosts.   Awake chocolate This product is […]

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Health and fitness blog: Self-care for back to school

Being a student is great for two reasons. The first is student discount days at Bulk Barn and Loblaws. The second is the opportunity to get a fresh start in September. Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your habits and start making changes for personal health and happiness. And if you’ve been (relatively) less stressed out during the summer, it’s best to arm yourself with tools for good mental health before the onslaught of assignments makes your brain explode. I preface this list by apologizing for sounding like your mom, but this stuff really is good for you. As obvious as most of these tips are, they are not as obvious when you’re neck deep in assignments and exams […]

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Consuming caffeine: the good, the bad, and the coffee

Hoards of groggy students wind around the coffee shops on campus. The rich aroma of Arabica beans fills the air and the nostrils of caffeine-hungry students. Good morning, what can I get for you?  A large coffee with milk, please. It’s just before Carleton’s 8:35 a.m. classes begin, and students are trying to get their coveted coffee fix to avoid dozing off in lecture. Kailey Wright, a first-year global and international studies student, said she struggles to attend early classes if she doesn’t have a coffee. She said she makes her own coffee at home and also buys it at coffee shops. She said she usually drinks about five cups of coffee a day, and sometimes up to eight cups. […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Not all caffeine is created equal

Coffee vs. Tea For most students, at least one cup of coffee or tea is an essential part of the day. The two beverages are similar in so many ways, but there’s always some confusion over the different benefits of each. Let’s start with some basic facts. Both coffee and tea contain no fat, no sugar, and no calories before adding milk, cream, or sugar. Coffee has about three times the amount of caffeine than tea (80-185 mg per cup, while tea has between 15-70 mg), according to Policy Expert. Coffee comes from the berries of an evergreen plant, while tea can come from a large variety of plant leaves. Both drinks are extremely popular: 52 per cent of American […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Holiday drinks review

Nothing tells of the coming holiday season quite like the exhausted students dredging around campus holding coffee cups designed for the holidays. While a red cup or a snowflake emblem paired with your regular cup of joe might be enough to get you through exams, here’s a review for those of you looking to try a few of the new holiday drinks being served up at Starbucks, Second Cup, and Tim Hortons. Starbucks’ Chestnut Praline Latte This baby came in at almost $5 for a tall, and my expectations reflected that. I’ll preface this by saying I’m no nut expert. I didn’t know what “praline” meant before I tried this drink, and I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten a chestnut in my life. Regardless, I liked the Chestnut […]

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