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R E A L I T Y B I T E S ?
A new Voice for Students 21+

Issue 1, 2014

Are mature age students going to uni to avoid life?
by Sif Dal

‘I’m so sick of people’s perception that I’m at Uni to escape
the “real world”, as if juggling
study and raising children
on a pittance is some sort of
holiday,’ my friend lamented
to me the other week. It was
not the first time I had heard
this complaint from her, and
from many other mature age
students. There is certainly a
perception that the time for

tertiary study is directly after
the conclusion of secondary
education. Starting a degree
at an age when others are
usually in the paid workforce
is often considered a form of
Another friend, who came to
tertiary education after working a corporate position has
said to me that studying is a
bit of an escape from the pres-

sures of work in that he has
more autonomy over his time
and enjoys the interaction
with a wide variety people
study quite different career
paths from his own. However,
he agreed that tertiary study
brings its own demands and
challenges, which, while different to corporate life, can be
just as demanding in terms of
long hours and heavy work

loads - and no renumeration
to speak of!
It cannot be ignored that we
live in times of great change.
Employment itself is change,
with more people working
part time or casually than
ever before. The nature and
definition of what constitutes a ‘career’ these days is
also changing. Where people
might have gained a degree

for a particular career path
in the past and then worked
their way up through the
ranks until retirement age, it
is now increasingly common
for people in their 30s, 40s and
older to change careers and
be required to retrain and gain
new qualifications. This is not
escapism, this is survival.
Continued page 3


Explore the myths of sex as a ‘Mature Age Student’
by Binni Haydon

tram on first day of o-week was not too young
for me, “distinct possibility” I thought. However, after arriving on campus during o-week, I
was shell-shocked. Dozens of young, hot and
fashionable (is that even a word now?) girls
would soon have cute-but-nervous vanish
into a melee of blond hair, and 6-inch heels.
Soon I discovered that Deakin was known
as the “party university”, repelled by the promotion of said parties and those queuing
for tickets, even considering going gave me
creepy chills at the thought of being ignored,
or worse, mistaken for someone’s mother.

STARTING UNIVERSITY appeared to be similar to embarking on any new opportunity,
there would be potential for new and interesting sex. I had imagined spending time in
the library (which I had found great places to AFTER THE first week of classes I had realised
meet a potential date) and in classes, talking that I was indeed a rare beast, and that free
to other students who would be interested afternoons would be unlikely to be spent rollin similar things –
ing around the bedwhat’s better to spark “I had realised that I was indeed room with a new uni
a great ‘connection’ a rare beast, and that free after- friend. I was studying
than a shared passion?
a philosophy unit and
noons would be unlikely to be
Memories from my
figured I’d head along
spent rolling around the bedfirst attempt at tertiary
to the ‘Philosophy at

room with a new uni friend
studies led me to think
the pub’, my thoughts
that university would
“Excellent, beer and
be just like work, but with more breaks and philosophy, that should be a good catalyst…”.
less responsibility. The cute-but-nervous and Yes, it was the kind of discussion I’d prayed for,
obvious mature age student (MAS) on the but with young, precocious 3rd year students,

and I was completely out of my depth. So
much for my intellectual foreplay fantasy.

QUEUING FOR my first sociology lecture, I was
careful about approaching someone who
seemed much closer to my age than anyone
I’d met. And I was glad I waited, he turned out
to be the lecturer! Also, as with any vaguely
sexually interesting lecturer, he already had
a keen following. That was close. So before I
making a fool of myself, I put my usual sexual
optimism aside, and concluded that I would
probably not be able to satisfy both my academic and intimate needs at Deakin.

New Direction


by Marije Jansma, MASC President

by Sif Anna Dal
Welcome to the very first issue of A magazine – the
Mature Age Student Club (MASC) magazine for
students 21+. This is the first time MASC has been
able to offer students 21+ their own magazine, and
while we are all very new to this process and still
learning the ropes, we hope to build a magazine
you will enjoy and look forward to reading.

It is a new year, and a
new chapter for MASC!
I am proud to be part of
a fanot only is passionate
about making 2014 a great
year for mature age (21+)
students, but one that is
also keen to explore further territories and make
MASC as big and present
as can be. Our vision is
to connect students like
you together and make
university life less isolating. Mature age students
typically have to juggle
adult responsibilities with
study, and meeting people who understand and
relate makes a huge positive difference. We aim to
foster these connections
through our events, but
also provide opportunities
to connect otherwise: this
wonderful magazine being
one of them, another is the
new room!

est in writing, editing or design. Within this issue
you will find ads for a number of positions we are
looking to fill within the A mag crew.

Mature age students are, by no means, an homogenous group, but one thing we have in common is
studying! In our first issue’s feature article I discuss
‘Reality Bites’, Jayne Garrod discusses the impact of
We have been working very hard over Trimester 3 our current Federal Government on tertiary educato develop A, and our Executive Publisher, Robert tion and what this may mean for you as a student,
Ornig, has even learned a whole new design pro- and Belinda Hayden asks if you’re ‘Getting Any?’
gram for this purpose – proving you are never too
old to learn something new! Well done, Robbie!
I hope you find this first issue interesting and entertaining! We encourage feedback on the magazine,
away from home, where I would like to thank the MASC committee for and would love to hear what is important to you –
friendships are made and having faith in this project and supporting this what sort of things would you like to see covered?
energy is regained between endeavour with various written contribution. You We would also love to introduce a letters section, so
can meet the committee on the new MASC website feel free to email us at a@deakinmasc.com and tell
study periods.
us your thoughts on the articles!
We also have a new logo,
those of you who have
been members for a while
may have noticed. As a
committee we decided on
something not just practical, but neutral and inclusive to represent the new
direction we are steering

This year we have already
partnered with DUELI
(Deakin University English Language Institute)
and will actively focus on
students. MASC is also
building strong networks
with the Ask and See team,
library, disability resource
centre, student life and
other DUSA clubs. Stay
tuned for our upcoming
On campus this year is a movie night with BuSTCo!
new ‘safe space’ for students over 21, thanks to We hope you enjoy the
the combined effort of past changes and welcome
committee members and feedback at any time.
DUSA. It is located next to
the kitchen in The Learn- To get involved ‘behind
ing Space (Building H, the scenes’ you can contact
level 1). I hope this room Marije at mjansma@deakserves as an inviting home in.edu.au



Our vision for A magazine is that it will be a new Cheers
voice on campus, specifically aimed at the twothirds of students who are 21+. We encourage you Sif Dal – Executive Editor in Chief
to become involved in A mag if you have an inter-

Placement HELL Reality Bites?
By Breanna Grose

ONE OF the joys of doing an education course
are the placements in schools. The university
will organise these for you at various schools
and then it’s up to you to make contact with
the school to discuss the smaller details such
as which grade etc. In the Primary Education
course, you have one each in first and second
years, two in third and three in fourth. They can
be daunting experiences, but generally they
are positive experiences where you learn so
much from your mentor teacher, and you learn
a lot about the sort of teacher you want to be.
HAVING SAID that, they can go horribly wrong
as I experienced last year – my teacher openly
criticised my teaching in front of the grade
four students, and she would interject me
during my lesson to tell me I was wrong. What
was worse though was that I could not ask
questions – if I dared to ask something, I was
ignored or given a look of contempt for not
knowing the answer myself. She did not say
goodbye for the first two days (of ten), and
would not speak to me at all in the mornings
before class, or in the staffroom during breaks.
In terms of taking the class myself, she told
me “You want to be a teacher, so you should
know what you want to teach and what your
strengths are, so it’s up to you”. Never-mind the
fact I was a second year student who had never
taught a class before! However when I came to
her with lesson plans that I had created myself,
I was told to do a Maths sheet instead. She
made me feel stupid and I dreaded going each
morning. However I learnt so much about how
I do not want to be, so it was not a wasted
PLEASE KNOW that if you have a similar experience, you are not alone. Speak to your unit
chair linked to the placement (ETP in Primary),
or to the Placement Office. Don’t make my mistake of not wanting to make a fuss. The uni can
and will help you – they can send someone out
to observe you and the teacher and take action
as necessary. I only spoke up after placement
had finished – I only wish I had done it sooner.
The school is now flagged so that future students will be monitored in the event that she
takes on another student.
THIS TRIMESTER I am doing a rural placement
in Natimuk (west of Horsham) and I cannot
wait. Surely I can’t have two bad placements
in a row...??

by Sif Dal

There are always students who
take a laissez faire attitude toward
their studies; taking long weekends, refusing to get out of bed
before 10am and putting in minimum effort for assignments and
exams. We all know students who
treat their time at Uni as a form
of social experiment, focusing on
hanging out with friends and partying.
However, this is not the case for
the majority of mature age students who sacrifice income and
lifestyle to become better educated, and better skilled. Most
mature aged students come to
University to improve their employment prospects and status.
Dealing with other people’s attitudes
So, how do we deal with people who think we’re just being
lazy or cannot cope in the ‘real
world’ and have chosen tertiary
education as a form of escape?
In short, we ignore them - even
if it means changing the topic of
conversation, or walking away
from the inflammatory Facebook
comment. They do no know what

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it is to be in our position. Even if
they themselves have studied, and
worked, and raised children all at
the same time in some freakishly
superhuman effort, no one else
can know your personal situation,
because no one else is you.
Each student must as themselves if
they are making the most of their
opportunities. Ask yourself, why
are you studying. What is your
ultimate goal? What is important
to you? What can you afford to
sacrifice? What are you willing
to sacrifice? These questions will
help you focus and prioritise your
choices as a mature age student.
Make the most of the industry contacts open to you while
you study. At no other time will
people be more willing to get to
know you. This is when you can
get work experience, make an
impression, make contacts, and
work on your resume.
Studying is a form of low paid, or
unpaid, employment that comes
with the benefits of opportunities
to gain experience without the
expectation that you will already
‘know the ropes’. The pressure to
perform is lower than it will be
once you have graduated, but the

opportunities to gain experience
are greater.
Many degrees incorporate placements and workshops which put
students in direct contact with
industry; these are built in opportunities to learn on the job and
make an impression which can be
used to gain employment during
or soon after completion of your
As well as this, you will be informed about conventions, conferences, and industry events
where you can meet leaders and
potential employers. Through library facilitation you have free
access to industry journals and
publications, which are a prime
source of up-to-date information
on the issues and hot topics within your industry.
Studying is not a form of escapism
from the real world, in fact, it is
the best opportunity you will ever
have to fully immerse yourself in
the career of your choice without
the mundane demands of on-thejob bureaucracy and interpersonal politics. Going to university is
the smartest career move you can

$15 Bottle of wine reveals all
Experience Deakin
by Cat
AT TWENTY six, I don’t really think
of myself as ‘mature aged’. I don’t
have a mortgage, or kids, I have
no real commitments. The term
‘independent young woman’ seems
more applicable, in my opinion, than
‘mature aged’. Returning to studies at the beginning of last year did
make me feel a bit older. The defining moment was being the only one
in my microeconomics class, apart
from the tutor, who knew who Paul
Keating was.

seems however that my advanced
age has other ways of creeping out
and making itself known.
IT’S THE little things, like spending
$15 on a bottle of wine rather than
$4. Like knowing who The Beastie
Boys are, or knowing the words to
more Aqua songs than just Barbie
Girl. One girl suspected all was not

IT WASN’T too tough though. I
could still hang out with my
aged friends out of uni, and I
quite enjoyed the sage like status
bestowed upon me by my younger
colleagues: I’d worked in the real
world, I’d travelled, I lived out of
home. It all seemed quite fabulous
to them. Exotic, even if I was a bit
old. Being ‘mature aged’ wasn’t too
much of a problem back in Melbourne, but is presenting some challenges now that I’m on exchange in

as it seemed, “How old are you?” she
pondered. She was relieved to hear
I was twenty six. “Oh thank god! I
was talking to a girl who’s nineteen,
and she thought I was sooo old. But
I’m not!” The unspoken insinuation
being that I on the other hand, at
twenty six, may well be.

I’m younger than my years, which
I suspect is mainly due to the persistence of my ‘youthful’ pimples.
Before embarking on my adventure
I asked the advice of a friend who
had also gone on exchange at my
age, her recommendation “Oh, just
pretend you’re twenty two! No one
will know. And by the time they find
out you’re not, no one will care!”.
Pretty good advice, I thought! It

making friends is a little harder
when you’re about six years
above the mean age. My main
goal for my exchange isn’t getting wasted, so that rules me
out of a few groups of people.
Even the people who are here for
the same reasons as I am can be
hard to get to know; I’m not sure
I could relate to myself at twenty,
so it shouldn’t be a surprise that

relating to other twenty year
olds is at times difficult. That all
said, I have met some wonderful people in the two weeks I’ve
been here. With perseverance
and by continuing to put myself
out there, I’ve no doubt I will
meet more.
STILL, ITS not all bad. As incredible as the public transport
system is here in Denmark, it isn’t
cheap to use. My Danish teacher
suggested it could be cheaper to
hire a car if I planned on doing a
trip around Denmark, so I had a
look at prices. For a week it will
cost around $280 for me to hire
a car, having selected the ‘over
twenty five’ box. Out of curiosity
I decided to check what it would
have cost if I were younger. The
same car for the same length of
time would be $1350 if I were
25. Just a perk of being ‘mature
aged’, I suppose.

A Typical Week of an Online Student
Edward J Hulse
TIME IS a huge factor for working professionals.
Between their jobs, family, and extracurricular
activities they tend to keep very busy. Adding
school on top of their already busy schedule is
a huge commitment. There is a lot to consider
when applying to different graduate programs.
One must take everything into consideration and
choose the best program for them. Since online
education has become very popular with adult students we decided to talk about what one should
expect when enrolling in an online class. We will
take you through a week of an online student.
Jessica is 28 years old, married, with one child. She
works 40-50 hours a week as a manager of a call
center. There is a lot of potential within her current
company to advance her career so she has decided

to enroll in an online MBA program. She hopes the
MBA program will open more doors for her and
accelerate her career. The first thing Jessica did was
gain the support of her family and close friends
before committing to the program.Now that Jessica is in her third class she has a routine down so
she can be successful in her program, at her job,
and also spend time with her family. Every Monday
she takes her child to daycare, reports to work, and
then picks her child up. Once she gets home she
cooks dinner and relaxes for about an hour. Once
her child is asleep she logs into her virtual classroom and begins her coursework. She checks her
syllabus to see what is due this week and completes
her discussion board posting. After a long day she
falls asleep. On Tuesday Jessica works the late shift

so she
logs into her class in the morning to read any posts
or announcements made by her professor. She
also works on her weekly assignments. Wednesday is her day off. She takes a relaxing walk in the
park with her child and husband and does not
log into her online class. Thursday is another busy
day for Jessica. She wakes up early, takes her child
to daycare, and reports to work. When she gets
home she submits her discussion board posting
and completes her weekly paper. On Friday, she
wakes up early to submit her weekly paper and
reports to work. Finally, the weekend as arrived
and Jessica can relax. Jessica will typically log into
the course over the weekend to prepare for the
following week’s assignments.

Never Stop Learning

Students 21+

Deakin University
More than 90 events in Trimester 1
An Event everyday of the week
Something for everyone







Connect with students, faculty, alumni
and friends from across all faculties and
walks of life.

University can be stressful and at times
isolating, MASC has over 80 events
planned in trimester one for you to
meet new friends.

We are all at Deakin to learn and
improve our lives in someway. MASC
members never stop learning, join us
for weekly study groups and supportive
study advice on-line.

About Us
MASC is for students 21+, a club that offers a wide range of exciting
events and experiences. We provide support, study assistance and
networking opportunities for all our members.
Our group is diverse: our members are full-time, part-time, first years,
PhD candidates, local, international, gay, straight, single, married, parents
and the list goes on. Our difference makes us strong. There is a place for
every student at MASC, come and see for yourself!


Mature. If you are 21 years or over on January 1 on the
year of intake you are a mature age student. We are here
for you, connect on-line or on-site..

Deakin MASC works hard to ensure our members have
access to us 24/7. Connect via our website, facebook,
twitter, instagram face-to-face. We even have our own


Being a student is tough, however it can also be the best
time of your life. MASC is planning more than 80 events
in Trimester 1; Socialising, support and study.

To join the MASC club:

f: deakinmasc w: deakinmasc.com e: memberships@deakinmasc.com

Membership is $5 for DUSA members and $10 for
everyone else. Simply visit or call the DUSA office.

ig: @deakinmasc t: mascdeakin app: by invite only

After some hard
work, it’s time to
take stock
Astrid Lewis

all your hard work during the last few months
when you prepared your garden beds, fertilising,
mulching and watering in all the new seedlings
and plants which now are in full bloom.

larly but don’t cut the grass too short (or you too
will finish up with a brown rather than a green

My tomato plants are groaning under the weight
of sweet ripening fruit, beans are growing in large
numbers on their vines, pumpkins are running
all over the beds and potato plants keep on producing a bumper crop. Have also enjoyed lots of
raspberries this year and the fight with the family
of blackbirds
Tips for the garden for the hot months
Its imporant now to keep on mulching to ensure
your plants don’t dry out. You may need to sprinkle around some water crystals as your soil could
now be water resistant which makes any watering
useless as it just runs off instead of soaking in to
the ground.
Ensure your plants are staked well to stop branches braking under the weight of growing fruit or

Crunch,crunch, crunch… no I’m not in the middle of a snow field but rather walking, with a refreshing drink in hand, to my little garden bench
at the back of the yard stepping on brown grass
that not so long ago was a lush green…
It’s the middle of summer and now is the time
for you too to sit back and admire the results of

Watch out for those pesky little
bugs and deal with them before they take over.
Use organic sprays wherever possible and spray
on a day when there is no or very little wind to
ensure that only infected plants are sprayed.
Keep your lawns neat and tidy by mowing regu-

Got lots of fruit and vegies? Freeeze them, pickle
them or make great homemade jams which you
and your friends and family will be able to enjoy
in the coming months.
Enjoy the warm weather because soon enough
we’ll be complaining about the cold!
Happy gardening and cheers for now...

The Luxury of Handmade and Organic Soaps
Ashley Balstad
Our lives are rife with stress and worry. It’s hard to
find any way to get some time to oneself and really experience a sense of relaxation. One of the few
times in a day when somebody can really kick back,
unwind, and reflect on a day’s events is during a bath
or shower. This is a common time for people to escape the world for a short respite. While this stands
to be seen, there is also a very obvious problem of
health that accompanies the many chemicals in our
bath soaps and body washes. Companies that supply
us with these products have been placing unknown
chemicals in them for over a decade. With all of
the ethoxylated ingredients being brewed together
with the rest of the odd fragrances and chemicals,
it’s hard for anyone to know what is actually being
absorbed into their skin, or being released into the
environment for that matter. It’s this concept that
has brought upon a very necessary revolution in the
realm of personal hygiene: Organic soaps and bath
products.When somebody uses soap, they use it to
accomplish a few simple tasks, two of which include
smell good and clean your skin. Commercial soaps
focus on one of these factors much more than the
other. Even a quick glance at the ingredients of the
commercial soap on a shelf can reveal the plethora of disgusting chemicals that dry and irritate the
skin. The preservatives can cause allergic reactions
to customers with sensitive skin or any sort of irritable senses. Furthermore, these chemicals can
include things like synthetic lathering agents and
artificial colors that don’t actually do much to benefit the human body and can actually do harm to

it after constant use. The skin is constructed to absorb, so when a habit is made of absorbing specific
materials and chemicals, the skin makes a habit of
storing them in the fat, or even brain, of the applier.
Furthermore, the lather created in modern products can contain things like phthalates and parabens, both of which are known to harm humans.
Phthalates are known to cause hormonal disorders
in both humans and animals, while parabens are
usually linked to cancer.Moreover, all the excess
chemicals that aren’t being absorbed by your body
are being sent down the drain. Every object that
gets sucked down the drain is eventually going to
end up back in the environment, and that includes
all the harmful, cancer causing gunk that is used in
soaps and washes. One chemical in particular has
been produced in very large amounts: 1,4-dioxane,
also known simply as dioxane. In fact, in 1990, between 10 million and 18 million pounds of dioxane
was released into the environment. This colorless,
flammable liquid has been ignored mostly because
the human body breaks it down fairly easily in small
amounts. However, large amounts of dioxane causes liver and kidney damage and was detected in 37%
of well water samples collected near waste landfills.
It’s things like these that make commercial soaps so
much more harmful than they initially seem, and
make organic soaps seem more and more feasible.
Organic soaps don’t contain the many dangerous
chemicals present in commercial soaps. They are
all-natural and use ingredients that are home produced without all of the pesticides and fertilizers.

The potential of irritation on the skin is significantly
decreased because of the natural ingredients. Additionally, there are no synthetic fragrances used that
could cause irritation of the senses and of the skin.
Instead, the scent is a very obvious reflection of the
natural ingredients used. In fact, this natural, soothing scent can attribute to the relief of stress many
people experience when using organic soaps and
the like. This effect is actually a form of aromatherapy and the good smell, or expectation of a good
smell, help stimulate an emotional and mental connection and trigger a sense of relaxation.This form
of aromatherapy is one of the many benefits of using
organic bath additives like tea, milk, or salt. While
salt isn’t necessarily considered “organic” because of
its being a mineral and not legally organic, it has the
same effect as many other organic bath additives.
Along with the soothing smell, soaking in an herbal
or salt bath can have distinct benefits on the mind
and body. A warm bath with the addition of luxury
bath additives can soothe the skin, as well as release
tension in muscles in joints. The circulatory system
is also known to experience some unique benefits
when exposed to such luxurious circumstances.
While luxury bath products don’t have any distinctly beneficial effects on the environment, they don’t
harm them whatsoever and prevent, once more, the
commercial chemicals that would normally be used
from entering the ecosystem


THE GRAND IRISH LASS The Man in the Boots.
by O.B.R

by Sif Dal

This bane of my life
This Grand Irish lass
This disruption from dublins fair streets
With a Wink and a smile
She calls my name
And I hustle up onto my feet
I fight and give flight
To not let it show
But wild horses drag me to her
And never the man to just let her go
Her eyes call the spirit to stir
So what should it mean to a fair Aussie lad
To puppy dog off to her feet
When her messages switched
Do chorus a fix
In this heart never missive to beat

Sigga drank the last of her milk, it never quite got rid of the taste of the little blue pill her grandmother gave her before nap time each afternoon.

‘Are you finished?’ grandmother asked without turning towards Sigga, it was always as if
grandmother had eyes in the back of her head.

‘Yes, Amma.’

‘Well, then go and lay down on the ghost and don’t come out of the parlour until I fetch you,
do you hear?’

‘Yes, Amma.’ Sigga said and slid down off the kitchen chair. She knew better than the cross
grandmother. On the occasions when her will got the better of her, Sigga had experienced her grandmother’s sharp temper and she did not like it.

Sigga toddled into the parlour and clambered up onto the ghost. The ghost was a French
provincial chaise lounge in forest green velvet with a mahogany scrollwork frame. Grandmother said
the chaise had belonged to a French Colonel, and the ghost of the man still haunted the chaise. Sigga
wasn’t terribly fussed about ghosts, she’d seen many in her short life.

The chaise was comfortable and Sigga felt sleepy. Rosenkranz the cat jumped onto the
chaise and curled up at Sigga’s feet. Soon the warm sunlight streaming across the parlour and onto
her small form lulled her and Rosenkranz to sleep.

Then she was awake again. It felt too soon to be awake – the house was quiet and Grandmother wasn’t standing over her as she usually did when Sigga woke. Something moved.

Sigga squinted and pulled herself up to sitting. She wasn’t sure if she was really awake or
not. There was a man in the room. She didn’t recognize him and he didn’t seem to notice her. He
paced in solitary formation – a soldier without a brigade

He wore boots such as Sigga had never seen before. They went up to his knee, but were
quite wide and loose, not like grandfather’s gumboots. The man’s pants were cream coloured and
baggy, he wore a matching cream coloured waistcoat and a white shirt with the top buttons undone.

Sigga could hear he was muttering something, but could not understand his words. He kept
repeating the same words over and over and they began to beat a rhythm in her head.

Sigga’s head felt heavy and she lay down again.

‘Sigga, it is time to wake up.’ Grandmother’s voice came from a distance. Sigga opened her
eyes and saw her grandmother standing where the man in the boots had been pacing moments ago.

‘Is the man gone?’ Sigga said.

‘What man, dear?’

‘The man in the big boots.’ Sigga sat up and slid down off the chaise.

‘You must have been dreaming, dear child, there is no man in big boots here, just you and
me and that silly old cat.’

‘He kept saying something strange.’

‘Oh, what was that, child?’ Grandmother said as she walked out the room leaving Sigga to



Eating For Health And Vitality Starts With A Good Nutrition Plan
by Darren Cari
Many people like to use the
excuse that they are too
busy to eat a healthy diet
and maintain their good nutrition. The real truth is that
healthy choices are even
more important when you
have a lot to do. It doesn’t
have to take a lot of time
to eat the right foods when
you use some of the recommendations in the article
Read the labels of prepared
foods carefully. Reduced fat
products can still contain
high amounts of salt, sugar
or other unhealthy additives.
Heavily processed foods are

bad for you whether you
are trying to lose weight or
not. The list of ingredients
on the label should be easy
for people to recognize. The
foods you consume should
not contain many artificial
Make sure your kids are
not learning their health
facts about food from food
ads on television or otherwise. Make sure that they
get what they need with a
healthy diet rich in produce
and lean meats and dairies
and provide them with the
correct information if they
ask you.
To receive the benefits of
antioxidants, you don’t have
to drink exotic fruit juices.
Tomatoes, one of the most
common foods, contain
loads of these beneficial
antioxidants and they also
have plenty of vitamins,

like C and A. Tomatoes can
be enjoyed in various ways.

Cherry tomatoes are great
for snacking, while large tomatoes can be used in sandwiches, soups, sauces and
many other uses.
You might buy ground turkey thinking that it’s lower
fat, and therefore better for
you nutritionally. But you
should always read the labels, and ground turkey is
no exception. Ground turkey contains both white and
dark meat, the latter being
high in fat. And ground turkey, though certainly leaner

than ground hamburger, is
actually higher in fat than
ground sirloin.
A good nutrition tip is to
start taking iodine as a supplement. Iodine works to
produce the T4 and T3 hormones, which are essential
in regulating your thyroid.
If you’ve been to the doctor
and you found out your T4
or T3 levels are down, taking
an iodine supplement can
be very beneficial.
A great nutrition tip is to invest in a blender. Blenders
are great because you can
mix a wide variety of foods
into one simple beverage.
You can throw in a handful
of fruits, a scoop of protein
powder, and some oats in a
blender to create a fantastic
and healthy shake.
The olive oil in your pantry
can be a valuable addition
to your skin care routine by

fighting dryness. Olive oil is
gentle and effective in sealing in moisture on your face
and hands. It also provides
a helping of antioxidants to
combat aging. A thin layer
twice a day is all you need.
When your nutrition is poor,
you will find that you have
less energy than you need
to cope with the demands
of your busy day. When
your nutrition is good, you
will find that you have the
energy you need to accomplish even more than you
thought you could. Stop
making excuses, and get
your nutrition back on track
with these practical tips.

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