Green Tips: Eco-Friendly Bathroom Tips

A mixture of vinegar and water makes a miracle cleaner when it comes to getting rid of mildew buildup in the tub. Simply spray the solution on the problem area, let sit, then wipe away. Soap scum can be removed with a baking soda paste composed of baking soda and dish soap. Scrub with a toothbrush to remove stubborn patches.

Newspaper works great for cleaning mirrors and glass in the bathroom, and won’t leave behind a trail of lint like paper towels do.

Instead of using powerful (but harmful) chemical cleaners to clear a clogged drain, use a combination of baking soda and vinegar. First manually remove what you can from the drain, then add the vinegar mixture. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes, and then run some hot water down the drain.

To maintain a sparkling clean toilet, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar rather than harmful chemicals. Scrub the toilet once a week to keep it at its cleanest. Add dish soap to the mix to tackle tough stains and make your sink sparkle!

There’s nothing grosser than a dirty bathroom floor. Try mopping the floor with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. You can add some lemon juice for a fresh scent that’s WAY better than Pine-Sol. Hang your bath mats to dry after every use in order to avoid a build-up of mildew.

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Eliminating Single Use Plastic

Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging.

You can buy cloth or recycled shopping bags and carry them along to the market when you shop rather than taking home those awful plastic bags that pollute the oceans and endanger sea life.

You can stop buying plastic water bottles. This one is a no-brainer; buy yourself one of those trendy stainless steel or glass reusable bottles. You’ll be part of the in crowd while helping save the planet.

Turn down plastic utensils and straws when dining out or ordering in. Use your own real utensils from home- your food will actually taste better and you’ll be throwing one less bunch of plastic into the waste can.

Be aware of the amount of plastic you bring home with the things you purchase at the supermarket. Try to come up with your own ways of reducing your plastic output, and give yourself a hearty pat on the back every time you find a new way to eliminate single-use plastics!

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Getting What You Want

Struggling to achieve your goals? Here are a few tips to get what you want.

  • Manifest your desires. Decide what it is you want, and keep track of how you’ll get there.
  • Make progress always, no matter how little.
  • Visualize your desire achieved.
  • Release unrealistic expectations.
  • Prepare yourself for the manifestation of your desires by showing gratitude constantly.

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Healthy Eating 101: Legumes

Learn About Legumes

What are legumes?

Beans: The most common varieties of legumes are beans. These include adzuki beans, black beans, soybeans, Anasazi beans, fava beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), kidney beans and lima beans.

Nuts: Some legumes are inappropriately called “nuts.” The most common example is the peanut, with other examples including soy nuts and carob nuts.

Peas: A number of legumes are labeled as peas, including green peas, snow peas, snap peas, split peas and black-eyed peas.

Lentils: Legumes that are classified as nuts, beans and peas are approximately spherical in shape. With their flat, round shape, lentils differ from this general pattern. Whether yellow, orange, green, brown or black, the nutritional profile of lentils does not change with their color.

Are they healthy?

As an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber, legumes are a highly satiating food. This means that for a relatively low amount of calories legumes make you feel fuller longer and, therefore, help prevent the hunger that can lead to unhealthy snacking and unwanted pounds. For about 115 calories, a 1/2 cup serving of cooked lentils provides about 9 grams of protein, 20 grams of mostly complex carbs, and less than half a gram of fat. It also supplies nearly 8 grams of fiber, or 31% of the recommended daily value. Most legumes contain significant amounts of insoluble and soluble fiber. Eating legumes several times a week promotes bowel regularity and helps keep blood sugar levels in check.

Legumes are sometimes called “poor people’s meat” because they’re an inexpensive source of quality plant protein. They truly are an ideal meat substitute, however, because the vitamin and mineral profiles of legumes and meat are comparable. Whereas meat is also a source of cholesterol and saturated fat, however, legumes are a cholesterol- free food that contains virtually no saturated fat. For just over 110 calories, a 1/2 cup serving of cooked black beans delivers 32 percent, 15 percent and 14 percent of the daily values for folate, magnesium and thiamine, respectively, and about 10 percent each of the daily values for iron and potassium. Opting for legumes instead of meat two or three times a week promotes healthy cholesterol levels and helps protect against heart disease.

 

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Green Tips: Modern Ways To Live A Healthy And Green Lifestyle

Think clean, think biodegradable – Good household cleaning habits are a step in the right direction. Better still, use biodegradable +alternatives to excessive chemically-induced detergents with foul-smelling odors.

And add soda and vinegar – You can also save on costs by mixing your own homemade ingredients. For example, try using baking soda and vinegar to make your own cleaning solution.

Don’t buy plastic and don’t dump them either – The rule is simple. Next time you go to the store, avoid the plastic bags; plan ahead and bring your own. And if you have no use for the plastic bags lying about your home, locate a local recycling place and turn in those plastic bags to be recycled and put to good use. Many grocery stores provide bins to return plastic bags.

Burlap or canvas bags as alternative carry-alls – These bags are much stronger and more durable. Longer lasting, they can be used for a number of other convenient parceling tasks over and above your regular grocery shopping.

Reduce clothes washing time – Only using eco-friendly detergents, wash large loads once a week or even every second week to reduce wasted energy and water. Also take advantage of the sunniest days to reduce drying time as well.

And make sure the machine is full – An empty or half full washing machine wastes electricity. Better still, wash by hand, giving yourself a good work out as well.

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Home Cooking Month: Challenge Yourself!

It’s easy to eat out, especially if you’re a student. But–what would happen if you skipped the restaurants and fast food, and instead saved money, ate healthy, and felt better about yourself? Here’s a way you can do that.

Home cooking, ever heard of it? Home cooking isn’t just the meal you have when you’re home for the holidays. Cooking at home is one of the best ways to improve your health, and you can do it with friends and family to make it more enjoyable!

Don’t be intimidated. You don’t have to hand make 3 meals a day. Everyone has a different eating schedule, work hours, and extracurricular activities that influence time to be in the kitchen. Leave yourself time each week to make a list of foods and recipes you like. Schedule a trip to the grocery store and take your list with you. Stick to the list, get the ingredients, and commit to cooking at least 3 times a week for a month.

Why? You’ll come out at the end of the month feeling healthier, proactive, and energetic. You might even fill a recipe book with your favorite meals! Happy home cooking!

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March 1-3 Free Events St. Louis

Looking for a way to welcome March? Here are a few FREE events happening in St. Louis the weekend of March 1-3.

  • 2019 St. Louis Classic Gymnastics Invitations at the America’s Center
  • Family Mardi Gras Party at the National Blues Museum
  • Interactive Guitar Exhibit at the Science Center
  • Botanical Gardens Free Admission before noon on Saturday
  • Family Sundays at the Art Museum for Art In Bloom event

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

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Going Green: Winter Edition

Green Tips to Use in Winter

Plug Drafty Leaks- Check your home for windows and doors that are letting cold air inside. This will increase energy savings and help conserve heat!

Choose a Safe De-Icer- Avoid toxic chemical de-icing salts and sands. Consider the impact of the chemical on plant life, concrete, vehicles, and animals. Check out an environment friendly de-icer such as Magic Salt and Ice-Clear.

Buy Seasonal Produce- buying fruits and veggies out of season means that they are traveling longer distances, burning more fuel, and often have added preservatives to keep them fresh. Season appropriate produce requires less energy for transport, is less expensive, and tastes better!

Carpool- Winter is a rough season on everyone and everything, including cars. Consider carpooling with co-workers, fellow students and peers. This will save everyone gas expenses, as well as wear-and-tear on your car. Switch it up by taking turns!

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GO RED Fundraiser 2019

Webster Wellness invites you to participate in the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day campaign, Go Red for Women.

This year’s goal is to raise $1,000 and increase awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. By wearing red and making a donation of any amount, you can be part of raising awareness of what the American Heart Association (AHA) calls “the silent killer.”

Wear Jeans with a $5 Donation on Feb. 1 

Friday, Feb. 1, is your chance to join your Webster colleagues and people from all over the country in fighting heart disease in women. Make a donation of $5 and wear jeans with your red!  For donations of $10 or more, you will be entered in a drawing to receive a wellness prize.

Donations can be made online at our National Wear Red Day Fundraising Page on or before Friday, Feb 1st that will go directly to the American Heart Association and will count towards Webster’s fundraising goal. Or, if you want to make your donation in cash or check, drop your donation off at the Human Resource Office, Loretto Hall second floor.

Go Beyond Giving!

Healthy + Fit + You = Now

Join the #GoRedGetFit Facebook group and begin a healthy lifestyle journey that positively impacts the way you look and feel, inside and out! #GoRedGetFit is a quarterly health and fitness challenge that combines nationally known and influential celebrity fitness trainers with the power, influence and encouragement of real women like YOU!

On behalf of Webster Wellness, thanks for your support!  If you have any questions, contact wellness@webster.edu.

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Going Green: Alternative Ways to Help the Environment

Are you aware of how much you are hurting or supporting the environment? Everything we do, down to the water bottle we drink out of, affects the environment. If you recycle, you’re off to a good start! There are lots of other ways to be environmentally friendly. Here are some unique ways you can go green at home and embrace the green lifestyle.

  • Plant an indoor herb garden.
  • Switch all your lightbulbs to CFL’s.
  • Create a homemade compost bin for $15.
  • Stop using disposable bags. Order reusable bags.
  • Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle.
  • Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot water.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room.

Happy Recycling!

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