The Savvy Path

    Julia Condon

    Julia Condon
    Confused business student, fruit smoothie fan, and funky sock connoisseur. If I'm not at the keyboard you can find me on the treadmill or burning a recipe I found on Pinterest.

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    When Cafeteria Food IS A College Application Factor

    It’s time for lunch at Hampshire Dining Commons, known affectionately by students at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst by its nickname “Hamp.” There may be essays to stress over, majors to choose and friends to catch up with later but for now, the most difficult decision for students is choosing whether to fill their stomachs with hand-rolled sushi or vegetarian tacos with fresh guacamole before their next class.

    The secret? Make it crave-able.

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    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: This One Is A Keeper

    In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the Savvy Women's Alliance recommends this book for it's summer chapter Gatherings.

    Envision: you are entering your local chain grocery store. The glass doors slide open and the produce aisle greets you. On your right are avocados from Mexico, bananas from Colombia, and peppers from Israel. You walk further through the market, snatching some rice from Vietnam and beans from India that you plan to throw together into a meal that you will later wash down with Vermont milk.

    Now imagine the items sourced from over 100 miles away vanishing.  Bye-bye Mexican romaine lettuce and beef sourced from Brazilian cows. What would be left in your shopping cart?  Would you panic?   

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    Toxic Chemicals Lurking in Feminine Care Products

    Let’s face it: women’s health issues and discussions of feminine care products are still considered taboo today, in 2017!  As much progress as women have made throughout history, we still lower our voices when discussing the happenings of our vaginas in public and inconveniently lug our entire purses to the bathroom when we’re in public places and need to put in a tampon because the thought of carrying such a thing by itself is embarrassing.  

    (The editors will probably even use some symbolic picture instead of anatomy, and fill the subject line with non-office-offensive wording.)  

    We’re self-conscious, constantly aware of how our vaginas smell and feel and will buy products that promise to help us to feel and smell “cleaner,” despite a lack of evidence backing up such claims.

    The truth of the matter . . . 

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    How To: Shop Organic On a Budget  At Target

    Target: a bullseye for the health-conscious shopper

    When you think of shopping for healthy food products, what store first comes to mind? Whole Foods, maybe, Trader Joe’s perhaps… Did Target fall anywhere on your mental list? Well, it should.

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    A Skeptic's Grand Experiment: DIY Cleaners

    Myth Busting: College Apartment Style 

    Savvy is touting that baking soda and vinegar are the magical products of the week. Yes, baking soda, like the stuff you put in cookie dough, and vinegar, like the stuff you drizzle on your fries.  They are raving about how baking soda and vinegar could be used to clean almost anything! I was hesitant to believe the whispers of the superpowers of such basic products, so I armed myself with a box of baking soda and a bottle of white vinegar. I was nervous to begin my mission and appropriately dubbed it “The Grand Experiment.” 

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    When A Pop-Tart Fanatic Grows Up

    Founder's Note: How often will we wonder "When will I see results? Is change happening?" or "How hard should I try?"  Do you hear a tiny voice chiding, "Are we creating mini-monsters who will rebel against our high standards?  Or are we raising responsible healthy citizens?" Trusting our heart is all we have - until you meet someone like Julia.  It is an honor to feature Julia's confession as one of Savvy's first blog posts, offering a delightful glimpse of what 'can-be' when we embrace this journey.   

    When I was a little younger than I am now, my favorite breakfast food was a Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tart.

     I would pop it in the toaster and eagerly watching the wires glowing red inside, evidence of the mini oven at work. I can remember that first glorious, sugar-filled bite; the perfect balance of sweet, gooey filling and crispy cracker crust. The toaster oven always melted the insides just right. Most of my mornings began with a trip to the toaster oven. Eggo waffles, french toast sticks, those cinnamon roll things with icing in the middle… I was the freezer aisle’s biggest fan. I was young, I didn’t really care where my food came from, and I just cared that it tasted good. If I ever felt the inkling to eat healthy I would reach for Special K or Cheerios. Because those were good for you, right?

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