If anyone is currently gearing up for midterms or any other testing, I’m right there with you! My mind is all over the place now that midterms have begun at FIT, and if I’m honest, it’s a struggle to balance healthy eating when coffee and ramen are so easily accessible. It’s time to make a conscious effort to eat foods that will stimulate your mind. Here are my suggestions for healthy brain foods during midterm madness:
Berries: Fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are full of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which have been shown to enhance brain performance and improve memory. The vitamin C in berries will boost your immune system and overall mental function — even improving your skin!
Eggs: Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins, and antioxidants, all of which contribute to your overall physical and mental health. The choline in eggs is an essential building block of the brain’s memory function. They contain biotin, which contributes to healthy hair and nails! Hard-boiled eggs are an easy way to incorporate this brain-food into your eating habits.
Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate combines the energizing benefits of caffeine with the health benefits of antioxidants to provide you with some serious brainpower! This sweet little combination will increase blood flow to the brain, which is necessary for good brain function. Additionally, the caffeine will give you a short burst of energy, increasing focus and concentration.
Spinach: Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and cabbage contain vitamin B12, B6, folic acid and iron, which help support memory function. An easy way to incorporate spinach into your diet is to consider using baby spinach leaves in your salad instead of romaine or iceberg lettuce. You can also try spinach in a smoothie, where it’s blended up so much that you can’t even recognize it!
Whole-Grain Cereal: Whole grain cereal makes for a nutritious, brain-powering breakfast. Whole grains contain fiber, vitamin E, and carbohydrates, all of which are good for your body and your mind because they contribute to healthy blood flow to and from your brain. Carbohydrates are also an excellent source of fuel for the brain because they are your body’s preferred energy source.
Hope these suggestions help you power through testing!
Always looking out for new finds in the city (for free), I came across a list of volunteer spots I’ve never heard of before, which spiked my curiosity. For the past three years I’ve volunteered at a number of organizations from Food Kitchens to various social events. However I’ve never really heard or seen around FIT (or city) organizations revolving around art. If you are an art lover and want to help an Arts Organization below is a long list of various non-profit organizations in the city. I’ve never realized how many there were until now, they range from books, music, painting etc. I’ve linked all the websites so you can go on them and contact the organizations for more information or volunteer work.
The college’s Special Collections and College Archives, a unit part of the Gladys Marcus Library, has unveiled its renovated space worth $3.6 million dollars. The facilities house and protect the approximately 6,000 linear feet of rare and fragile fashion, retail, and related materials in the collection. These include original works of art on paper, manuscript collections dating back to the 1590s, periodicals from the 1770s, scrapbooks, shoe prototypes dating to the 1960s, and 240 linear feet of institutional archives, among other resources.
This renovation raises the college’s profile in the scholarly community and makes these materials available to the creative industries and the public.
With the crisp weather *hopefully* in full effect, there are plenty of fun things to do in NYC for the changing season. Here are my recommendations for fun in fall:
Attend one of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm‘s many rooftop events. It’s the world’s largest green roof farm! They have tons of cool happenings, like rooftop yoga classes and garden workshops, until the end of October. The schedule is here.
Take the ferry to Governor’s Island. When you see the lower Manhattan skyline from the island on a fresh autumn day, you can’t help but smile — the view is dope. Bring your bike on the ferry for an extra $1, or rent one when you get there from Blazing Saddles. It’s a very bike-friendly island.
As a honor student we have to complete three extra curricular activities per semester, which means after being in the honors program for a few years we run out of ideas… As a result we often receive emails giving us suggestions on activities to do. As a huge fan of museums I love doing them as my extra curricular activities, but I really don’t want to spend money on any of them. Recently, I have been introduced to this website that shows you all the museums in the city that are free, as well as museums that have special days where admission is free. Honestly, I wish I had known about this website sooner, it’s so helpful! If you are new to the city and want to do fun free activities you might want to check out the link below!