Health Fad of the Week: Kids Are Doing Juice Cleanses Now, Too

People going cray cray

TIME

When it comes to the latest and greatest in health and fitness, there’s always something new to try. Some trends are more legit than others, while others can’t be backed by any science whatsoever. And then there’s everything else in between. After far too many face palms, eye rolls, and serious questions about fads that sound too good to be true, we’ve decided to start a series that puts these health fads under a microscope.

Not only does it seem like the juice cleanse fad is still going strong–despite its questionable nutritional benefits–kids are now jumping on the trend bandwagon, according to a recent article from the New York Post.

“I have to buy extra because I know she’s going to take it,” Sandra Davella, a 44-year-old banker, tells the Post about her 6-year-old daughter and “junior juicer” Sofia. “If I’m doing a three-day cleanse and I order for…

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Volunteering

So during spring break I was supposed to volunteer with my best friend, John, but he cancelled at the freaking last minute; he was sick, and still is (he hasn’t shown up at school for the past few days). We were going to volunteer at http://www.fmsc.org, which is a charity to dedicated to serving food for starving kids. It’s basically packing boxes for two hours, but hey! I’ll meet new people, and that’s always fun. The only bad thing about the charity is that you have to be 18 years or older to sign people up and be the organizer, but my dad did it, so I’m good to go.

What I Learned from “How I Met Your Mother”

As everyone that lives outside of a cave, How I Met Your Mother has ended after nine seasons this Monday. And, as a huge fan, I decided to say a few words on the lessons that the Legendary! show has taught me.

I’m going to miss you guys :’)


1. That while love will require at least several sacrifices, you should not sacrifice things you want in a relationship. From the beginning, Ted has been madly in love with Robin, and has even made a pact with her to get married if they were both single by the time they were forty. But Robin didn’t want the things that Ted did: a serious relationship that ended in marriage and children. So they stayed broken up and ended up both being happy (well, until the Mother died, and Robin and Barney got divorced. Did I mention, spoilers?). Love is beautiful, but it isn’t meaningful (at least to me) unless you both want the same things out of the relationship.

2. Challenge Yourself. Those familiar with this famous series is aware of the notorious character named “Barney Stinson”, whose most famous catchphrases are “Challenge Accepted!” and “Legen-WAIT FOR IT…-Dary!” I gotta admit though, the “Challenge Accepted” can be used for real mundane life situations. Barney pushes himself (though I’ll admit I’m disgusted by the goals he makes) to get whatever he wants and he never admits defeat (well, unless you count that time he forfeited his own challenge of getting a girl to sleep with him after he talked like a baby) and he gets what he wants. I use this “catchphrase” every time I want to finish a mountain of homework in less than three hours. And it goes beyond just doing homework or sleeping around. Life is full of challenges and if in order to become confident to do them is to simply say “Challenge Accepted” and then wink at empty space and give yourself a high five, do it!

3.Whatever you do with a camera is forever. Miss Canada Teen Pop Sensation Miss Robin Sparkles knows what I mean. Her shows and her songs were captured with relatively primitive cameras, but they survived long enough for a certain Mr. Stinson to find them and put them up on the Internet. So it really no longer matters where your pictures are or whether or not they’re digital; in this day and age, paper pictures are easily scanned and uploaded, and camera phones are a baby’s toy when it comes to sharing things. And nobody knows that better than the non-teenage Robin; her pranks on-air that she was paid for by Barney ended up being found by her co-workers at World Wide News. This very article may only get one or two views, but that’s just for now.

Ok, so I knew all of these things before. But it’s really nice to have it reinforced.

Because I need an Excuse Review Number 1: Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn

Hello and welcome to my first ever “Because I need an Excuse” review! This awesome book is called, “Empress of the Seven Hills” (well, duh) and it’s basically about four main characters: Vix (short for Vercingetorix the Red), who’s the basic and stereotypical Roman barbarian, Plotina, the Empress that rules her home and the Empire with equal amounts of attention and ruthlessness, Vibia Sabina, an adventurous young woman whose catchphrase is “Intresting”, and Titus (shortened from Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Arrius Antoninus-what a fucking mouthful!) whose most original moments come from quoting classic poets, orators and the like. *cue trailer voice* TOGETHER THEY LIVE THROUGH THE LAST YEARS OF EMPEROR’S TRAJAN’S BATTLES IN BOTH THE BATTLE FIELD AND AT PARTIES. Ok, that was pretty funny. But seriously, that’s the basic plot.
In the beginning, the characters are all introduced with their basic personality traits that I’ve outlined above, so much in fact, that they are really really bland characters and narratives, which is not bad, but very…safe. As you go on though, things get pretty complicated, but yeah, everything goes back to the basic character traits. Frankly, it’s not as good as I thought it would be, because the beginnings slow and kinda sounds like we’re in the twenty first century, with all of the narrative choices. Also, the beginning will reek and reek of sex, which if you don’t mind, is tolerable. In the middle, things get pretty interesting, which I don’t mind and the biggest thing I liked in this novel is that it shows life in Rome beyond “rich guys pimped out their daughters who then died in labor, and fucked their slaves”. So if you want a fresh taste of Rome, pick it up; you won’t be sorry. In the end, the action war scenes are so much more….how shall I say this? brief and hurried over, and there’s a final conspiracy that we, as the audience, get a unique look at through the eyes of Empress Plotina. The only spoiler I will reveal to you is this:
Vix and Sabina have sex and then………well it kinda tapers off and then the book just ends. Because well, leave a fucking cliff hanger so you buy the fucking sequel. Yes, apparently, there’s a fucking sequel.

Overall impression?
Pretty good, not like AMAZING, even though I was hooked, until like the last quarter of the book when I’m like, “Dude, just….get to it already!!!!” would I recommend it? Only if you like “conspiracy” novels, those who have a clear “good” and “bad” characters, and those novels who have a really strong flavor of romance novels. Otherwise, while it may show some more of Roman times (and I know I might have over done it with it being the best thing I like d about this novel), it still shows the traditional side of things, with maybe a tiny bit less emphasis of patricians and their families. Also, thank the Gods that it wasn’t another novel about Cleopatra Selene and Emperor Augustus.
Rating: I’ll be…generous (or cheap, however you look at it) and give it a 3.4 rating. So basically, 68%. Not bad, but not awesome.

Springbreak

Halfway through, and I’m already dreading going back to school. After all, when else is it possible to sleep until 3pm and stay up until 4am? Only during spring and summer break. So far, I’ve been really unproductive, which isn’t a total surprise. I’ve been reading several books, and as soon as I’m done, I’m hoping to review Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn.
The ironic thing is, I’m already bored by spring break, and I actually, paradoxically, want to go back to wretched school. I do have volunteering on Friday, which should shake things up a bit.