Websites like TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Travelocity are all designed to make planning a vacation a bit easier. TripAdvisor has a wide variety of services, including but not limited to hotels, rental cars, flights and cruises.
After choosing a hotel and booking flights, a lot of planning and packing is left to do. For most people, packing can be a daunting chore. For those who are quick to forget, it can be a great idea to write a list and check it off as you pack.
Numerous videos are on YouTube that will walk you through the packing process and share interesting tips along the way. For example, Alexandra Beuter, a YouTuber with over 245,000 subscribers, suggests turning any delicate
clothing inside out when you are packing to avoid snags and tears.
Once you are packed and ready to go, there is still the matter of reaching your destination.
LaTerria Washington, a Rose State interdisciplinary studies major, plans to spend spring break at a hotel and resort near Branson, Missouri.
Washington had a few tips regarding longer travel times.
“Have a couple of your favorite movies downloaded to keep you busy while you travel,” she said.
“Make sure you have a pre charged battery pack, a compact blanket and neck pillow and some handy cash for any last minute buys.”
Washington also suggested having an extra bag to accommodate for any last-minute purchases, along with an easily accessible water bottle and a few favorite snacks.
Last but not least, Washington said to “just have fun and watch the clouds pass by.”
Avoiding Illness During Spring Break
Travel hygiene is a must if you want to be healthy and happy on your vacation.
Health Sciences Professor Tiffany Herbert said it is pivotal to be aware of your surroundings.
“You just have to be aware of the surfaces that you’re touching,” Herbert said. “You don’t realize how many surfaces you touch and how many people have also touched those surfaces.”
She said even though her favorite piece of advice for staying healthy while traveling is not “mind-boggling,” it is effective.
“Just keep hand sanitizer with you the majority of the time,” she said. “It sometimes works better than actually washing your hands, and it’s a lot easier and more applicable while you’re traveling.”
Herbert suggested not using your hands to touch surfaces as often as possible.
Hopefully, these few pieces of advice will make preparing for Spring Break a breeze. Just remember to
have fun, stay safe and enjoy the well-deserved break.
Story by Julie Archer • Photos by Michelle Rojano
Following a strict diet can be difficult and it requires a lot of dedication. This is about more than weight loss, it is about putting good things into your body. I am not a professional dietitian in any way, this is just my personal journey. If you would like more updates about my experience follow @ julie_archer on instagram.
What is Keto?
The Ketogenic Diet has become a popular lifestyle in the U.S. To explain what keto means in the simplest way, it is a diet that is high in fats and low in carbohydrates. The average person on a keto diet will have 70 percent of their calories come from fat, 25 percent come from protein and only 5 percent come from carbohydrates. The name for calculating these is called macros.
The Ketogenic Diet gets its name because of the science behind the diet. Our bodies naturally burn their energy through carbohydrates. If a body is not receiving enough carbs, it goes into a state called “ketosis,” meaning that the body is burning fat as its main source of energy. This is why the diet is effective for weight loss.
Why I Chose This Diet
I have been researching this diet for some time now, but I did not want to do it alone. There are people who are loving this lifestyle choice and they love the effectiveness of the diet. My parents decided they were going to do 60 days of keto, so I decided to join them. People who have been on this diet are satisfied with the results that they have. Kaylee Brogan has been on Keto for several months.
“Keto has been an easy and effective eating style to follow. It’s the tastiest diet I’ve ever been on and I am seeing great results,” she said. My Body Struggles
There are a lot of reasons I decided to go on this diet. My weight has been a constant struggle for me ever since I was young. I recently found out I have thyroid issues and a hormone imbalance, which can contribute to weight gain. These two main reasons are what pushed me over the edge to start taking my diet seriously and start making lifestyle changes.
My New Routine
I am eating three meals a day and still learning about the amount of food I should be eating. During my first two days of eating keto, I was not getting enough food without even realizing it. I was always hungry. On my third day, I started adding more food to my meals, while still sticking to my proper calorie count and macros, and I felt so much better. My fullness lasts a lot longer and the diet is getting easier the longer I do it.
How I Keep Track
I use the Keto app on my iPhone and it helps me keep track of what I am putting into my body. I can put in all of the food that I eat and it helps me keep track of my macros. I do not think I would be able to keep track of what I eat in a day without the app.
A Learning Experience
I know now I am going to learn something new every day. It has been a process of listening to my body and figuring out what it needs. I am not an expert. I catch myself looking up things about the diet several times a day, even though I did a lot of research prior to starting it.
Want to Try It?
If anyone is interested in beginning this diet, I recommend doing a lot of prior research. Be prepared; this is not easy. Be sure to meal prep because this diet requires more cooking and it gets tiring.
For more information, visit ketohq.com.
Story & Photos by Michelle Rojano
A person who is vegetarian is defined as someone who does not eat meat and/or use animal products. The motivation behind these diets tend to be moral, religious or health-related. Meat-free diets have steadily increased in popularity in to-
day’s society with promises of weight loss, healthier habits and longer lives. According to Harvard Health, there are five different types of vegetarian diets. Although all five types primarily focus on consuming plant-based foods, they each have
exceptions to what animal products are acceptable to consume.
Veganism means not consuming or using animal products. Vegans do not eat animals and they also do not use materials tested or made using animals or animal products. For some who practice veganism, the goal is to reduce animal cruelty and exploitation. For others, veganism is simply a healthier way of life, reducing the consumption of red meats and dairy.
Christian Tabak, Rose State alumnus and vegan for almost nine years, said his reasons for his dietary choices are solely ethical.
“I was raised an ethical vegetarian and don’t eat meat because I don’t believe in killing and eating other sentient creatures,” he said.
Lacto-ovo vegetarians are people who do not eat animal meat, including fish, but they do consume dairy products, including eggs. According to The George Washington University, recent studies have shown cutting meat out of a diet can result in weight loss without exercise.
A step away from lacto-ovo vegetarians are lacto vegetarians. The difference between the two is that lacto vegetarians cut all meat and eggs from their diets, but still consume dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy-based products. The benefits to this diet are similar to those of the lacto-ovo diet.
On the other hand, ovo vegetarians are people who cut out all meat and dairy but still consume eggs. A popular reason for consuming eggs is to have an easy source for protein. In fact, eggs are considered to be one of the best sources for protein, with 6 grams per large egg. According to the egg nutrition center, “Eggs are an all-natural source of high-quality protein and a number of other nutrients, all for 70 calories per large egg.”
Partial vegetarians are people who cut out most meats from their diets but may still consume fish and poultry. According to JAMA Internal Medicine, a long-term study done from 1980 to 2008 showed the consumption of red meat had a correlation to shorter life spans.
Making the change can be beneficial to some people. Tabak has noticed some health improvements since his decision to adopt a vegan diet.
“I’ve noticed that I’m not as sluggish as I used to be,” Tabak said. “Fatigue was a big problem for me when I was younger, but that has pretty much disappeared since I’ve gone vegan. I’ve always got energy, even without animal-based protein and
vitamin B sources.”
Despite his strong beliefs in the benefits of a vegan diet, he admits the lifestyle may not be for everyone. He also admits that the change in diet can be expensive depending on individual’s food preferences. Despite that, even small changes in a diet can make a difference.
“Depending on your reason for going vegetarian — whether ethical, health related or environmental — even cutting back a little on meat and animal products can help you reach those goals,” Tabak added.