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Beyond the Juice Cleanse: Best Ways to DIY Detox

I went through a bizarre health kick my senior year of high school. I became vegan, binged on yoga, and cut back on coffee. And to round out my salad stint, I decided to try a cleanse. I spent an absurd amount of money on fresh produce to make juice and spent five days of my life blending, straining, and drinking ground-up fruits and vegetables. I was promised nirvana - isn't that what all those "enlightened" yoga-toned, manicured mommies at my studio claimed?

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5 Ways to Get Your Roommate to Stop Eating Your Food

I must confess that I have never had a problem with my roommates eating my food. Ever. (I’m knocking on wood as I write this) So, needless to say, I had little idea what to suggest. The only thing that comes to mind is to label everything and have each person have their own shelf. If that fails, give them food poisoning. The latter option seemed a little extreme, so I turned to my friends and asked them for some tried and true advice.

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How To: Be A Broke Vegan

Have you heard? Veganism is all the rage these days. It’s how Anne Hathaway got that bangin’ catsuit body, and how former President Bill Clinton saved his life and lost 20 pounds. It’s how I’ve eaten for three and a half years, with a few moments of weakness at fine restaurants and when dessert cravings strike. My mom and I read Skinny Bitch when I was in high school and decided to experiment with a plant-based diet, and we haven’t looked back! These days, it seems lots of conscious-minded friends are also giving veganism a whirl. Even my food hero, Mark Bittman, subscribes to the diet.

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The Best Dorm Room Meals

Cooking in a college dorm is certainly a challenge, but we're here to tell you that making food in your dorm is way easier (and cheaper) than it seems. Here are 7 of our best dorm-friendly meals (some don't even need an oven!) so you can come to school fully prepared. Plus, having food around always helps you make new friends.

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Oral Fixations: Eating to Taste Good

It's true what they say: you are what you eat. Our diets have an incredible impact on every aspect of our lives. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables make us feel like energetic little kids, radiating positivity and eagerness for life. We develop a glow and look extra svelte. Too many sweets provide a brief thrill, but result in exhaustion, breakouts, and too much jiggle.

But what about our sex lives? Kids, the time has come for the title of this column to get the reverence it deserves. Oral sex. Woohoo!

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Healthy Homemade: Low-Sodium Chicken Stir Fry

In the months before my grandmother's death, she was put on a strictly low (preferably no) sodium diet, as many people are. I quickly went through her fridge and discarded pretty much every ingredient she had: cottage cheese? Out. Cream cheese? Out. Chicken soup? Not on my watch. Everything, it seemed, was full of salt.

My grandma asked me to come over and help her develop a few low-sodium recipes so she didn't have to eat plain pasta all the time.

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The Ultimate Grocery List

In previous years I have made sporadic appearances at the grocery stores close to campus purchasing the odd Honeycrisp apple, baby carrots, milk, multiple pods of Greek yogurt…perhaps some chips or cookies. My dorm room fridge was full of food….that could be eaten without preparation. And actually, my freezer was full of frozen meatballs that instead of being consumed got frozen stuck until May when my fridge was finally defrosted for storage. This year, since I will finally be living fully on my own in a real apartment with a real kitchen I decided it was time to tackle the “oh so large” ability to grocery shop, cook and eat practically, healthily and quickly and to - fill my fridge with healthy, useful foods.

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The 7 Healthiest Cereals To Eat Before Your 9am Class

Cereal is the optimal college breakfast food. Easy, quick, and healthful, cereals are great for low maintence groggy-eyed mornings before your 9am class. You do want to be sure to choose cereals that are low in sugar (that's the most important thing), and high in fiber if you can stand it. Cereal's also a good afternoon or late-night snack, especially when you've got a lot of studying on your plate. Here are the yummiest and most nourishing cereals to eat!

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Look Ma, No Oven! No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Got a sweet tooth but no time? Believe it or not, it is possible to make a dessert that doesn't have to be baked. And yes, there's chocolate.

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The 5 Best Foods to Eat Before You Drink

If you're gearing up for a long night of drinking, and you want to be functional the next morning, follow our guide to the best pre-drink eats. You'll thank us later.

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College Town Tours: The Best of Ithaca, NY

Ithaca is all you could ever want in a college town. In addition to the hopping bar scene and excellent cheap eats on College Ave, the surrounding area is home to some of the most creative local restaurants in the country, including the iconic Moosewood Restaurant. Ithaca is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and if you go to school here, your campus will include not only the requisite quads and clocktowers, but gorges and waterfalls. If you need to take a study break, further afield of Ithaca's college haunts, you can find amazing running paths and, yes, wineries! This college town has a little of everything, and we promise you will have much to explore.

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5 Recipes That Will Last You All Week

As I was warming up my dinner last Thursday my roommate walked into the kitchen with a surprised look on her face, “You’re still eating that, Alex?”

Yes, I cooked a feast on Sunday afternoon and I was still enjoying the delicious meal on Thursday. Did the meal taste as good as it did on Sunday? Almost. Did I mind eating the same meal for dinner several nights in a row? No, it was delicious. Did I appreciate the miniscule time I had to dedicate each evening to warming up a gourmet dinner? You bet.

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