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Keto diet craze is difficult but worth it

As health concerns become increasingly prevalent, the ketogenic diet, also known as “keto,” is becoming a new health trend in the United States. The science behind keto, which is a low carbohydrate, high-fat diet, is that carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose and then are transported around the body as a fueling source. But, if there is only a small amount of carbohydrates in the diet, the liver converts fat into acids and ketones, and those are used instead of glucose as an energy source. “We use it a lot,” Dee Harris said, who is a nutritionist...

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Ditch the elliptical with CHAARG

Too many college girls rely solely on an elliptical in fear of weight-lifting and male judgment. CHAARG, a fairly new club at FGCU, aims to break standards and promote health and fitness to college-aged girls. Founded in Ohio in 2012 by Elisabeth Tavierne, this organization is all about freeing girls from the elliptical and has already empowered more than 5,000 girls at 37 universities in the nation. “CHAARG stands for Changing Health, Attitudes and Actions to Recreate Girls,” said Chloe Delgado, the VP of media for CHAARG at FGCU. “It’s already at three other universities in Florida: UCF, USF,...

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Yoga instructor brings ‘Goddess Yoga’ to Koreshan State Park

A deep “om” vibrates off the walls of the historic building as you’re guided through the breathing exercise. With eyes gently closed, palms resting upward and deep breaths entering and departing from your chest like an ocean tide, you can’t help but begin to relax. Goddess Yoga, held at Koreshan State Historic Site from 8:30 to 9:15 every Thursday, is an intermediate yoga practice that incorporates the mythology and teachings of four Hindu goddesses. The class is taught by business-woman-turned-yogi Geva Salerno. Ordinarily, the class is held on one of Koreshan’s many sprawling fields. However, with the sky being...

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Healthy meals can now be delivered to your doorstep

There’s always an excuse for choosing unhealthy meals over healthy ones. What’s yours? Is it because you don’t have time to cook or because it’s too much work or simply because it’s much easier to hit the drive-thru or stroll through the prepackaged frozen food aisle in the grocery store? With family, work, school and social life, grocery shopping and cooking for a day or days ahead doesn’t always fit in a 24-hour day. It’s easy to blame everything around you as the reason why your meals are rather on the unhealthy side. Not to mention, there aren’t many,...

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FGCU Physique and Fitness Club hosts physique show on campus

Protein. Carbs. Supplements. Weights. Reps. Cardio. A group of FGCU students and alumni lived and slept with these words in front of their eyes for months with one goal in mind: to compete and place at the FGCU Physique Show hosted by the FGCU Physique and Fitness Club. The event will take place at the FGCU Veterans Pavilion at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 and is open to all FGCU students, alumni, faculty and staff. Freshman Chance Galloway, an athletic training major, is one of those students. This will be his second competition — he placed first in his first show last...

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Hooping around: Dance that works out the body, heals the mind

Her cheeks were flushed bright pink and her smile spread like the Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland.” But, her eyes were focused as she tried to keep the hoop spinning steadily on her hand. The bright pink, green and yellow LED lights created trails of color with every swish of the plastic circle. Alex Dalton, a 21-year-old junior at FGCU, is brand-new to the hoop community. People from all over the country and various other parts of the world are expressing themselves through hoop dancing. Hoops come in all sizes and colors. Most but not all hoopers use...

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How to hack your college life

Life happens. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you want, or maybe you’re not ready for what’s about to come along. With this column, we are bringing up a few issues every week college students tend to face and offering you simple life hacks for when Murphy’s Law is looking right at you from the other corner of the ring. Problem: You’ve got a big presentation coming up, and you’re more than a little worried about it. Solution: Practice it in advance, and have a plant in the audience. Most professors expect there to be a question-and-answer portion of a student...

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How Vitamin D supplements can boost your health

Vitamin D is just one of the several vitamins in your multivitamin that you take—or don’t take—every morning, right? Factually, yes. But the real question is whether or not it’s enough. We get most of our vitamin D from the sun, and we’ve got plenty of that here in Florida, right? Right again—but is it really enough? Of course, you should always consult your doctor before taking supplements, but just a fair amount of research, and more than likely your doctor, will tell you more than what you’re  consuming in vitamin D is a good idea. Vitamin D is...

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Students weigh in on the role of marijuana in their lives

*Source name has been changed to protect identity. They sit around a cluttered coffee table, in an otherwise tidy home. On top of the table is a stack of textbooks and notebooks as well as an 18-inch glass bong and assorted lighters. Mary* is a hospitality and resort management student at FGCU. She is also a habitual user of marijuana. “I wake up; I do my normal things, and then, I will smoke,” Mary said. Marijuana is illegal in the state of Florida. The only exception is the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act, which allows certain strains of the...

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Pickles — A low-calorie, fermented friend

Because of pickles’ texture, smell and taste, there are two kinds of people: ones who love pickles and the others who hate them. There are several different ways one can munch on the pickled green cucumbers, but not all pickles are equally good for you. They are pretty easy to make yourself — healthier than you can find them in the store, low-calorie and, if fermented, really good for your gut. Pickles start life as cucumbers. After spending time in a jar of water or vinegar, salt and a variety of spices, they become pickles. One of the reasons...

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