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Issue 1 November 2012


Jessica Biel All-natural beauty & brains


at home vs. at the gym

Easy steps for balancing your diet


DIY Beauty Tricks


Ways to Transform Crackers $3.99

Departments NOVEMBER 2012

15 Editor’s Letter | 19 Connected to Cor




BODY cor Body



Ten Minute Workouts


The Sometimes Vegetarian


Acupuncture 101


Tea Time All the Time


Size Matters


Take-Out Frenzy


The Growing Trend of Chia Seeds


Reinventing Crackers


Hungry or Emotional?


Decatur Farmers Market

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A quick way to jump-start your morning

Ever wonder what it’s all about and if it really works? We found out for you

A look at the last 50 decades of women’s body styles (Things have changed!)

Yoga: Doing It Right

Yoga classes vs. yoga at home

Goodbye Cellulite

Herbs you can grow in your own garden to help combat cellulite

The Doctor is In

Ask our doctor all about your body

Part vegetarian, part carnivore, all delicious

The health benefits of different teas

How to eat right when ordering out

What’s everyone raving about?

How to dress up this pantry staple

You may be an emotional eater

Take a look at Seattle’s famous farmers market


94 BEAUTY cor Beauty

124 BEING cor Being


Bike It



Glamorous from Office to Party



Cyber Monday



DIY Beauty Tricks


Stress-Relief at Home


Blasts from the Past


Take the Cor Challenge


Au Naturel for Business or Pleasure


How Does She Do It?

One woman’s story on how she keeps it stylish from the work day to happy hours

We did the work for you - the sites that promise the best deals

Put some household items to good use

How to dress vintage without looking dated or old-fashioned

Achieve that effortlessly natural look

Jessica Biel

Beauty, brains and benevolence

Fight the Winter Blues

Doctors weigh in on how to prevent seasonal depression before it happens


Be fashionable and fit all at once

Hablas EspaĂąol?

Three things you can start doing today to learn a new language

Daily habits to help you relax and self reflect

A one-month challenge to kickstart you in the direction of a more holistic lifestyle

We spoke to Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo




hen we got together to create Cor, we knew two things: We wanted to create an innovative

women’s lifestyle magazine, and we wanted it to appeal to an

Editor-in-Chief Nika Zecevic

uncharted audience. We sought a magazine that is as stylish as a fashion magazine, as informative as a health magazine and as down-to-earth as a holistic lifestyle magazine. Yet in the current market of magazines, no such publication existed. There are fashion magazines for the style gurus and natural health magazines for the earthy girls but no in-between. Then there was Cor. Cor was created to fill the void in the magazine market. It was carefully crafted for the young women who are as equally obsessed with looking good and being up-to-date on trends as they are with taking good care

Creative Director Ali Ugarte

of their bodies and helping the planet and others. The first issue of Cor was a blast to mastermind. Its pages are filled with self-help tips, informative articles, fashion finds, delicious recipes, workout ideas and more to help the Cor reader become the successful, holistic and well-rounded woman she desires to be. Every element was meticulously selected, written and designed. Finally, after three months of hard work and deliberation, a couple of in-depth creative discussions, an infinite number of emails and meetings, and 20 Google Docs later, Cor was sent to print. - Alexandria Ugarte

Web Director Caitlyn Finnegan







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cor Being The (mostly) vegetarian diet helping thousands of women to shed pounds, gain energy and commit to your health.

hree in the afternoon is when the hunger pangs hit the worst. In between microbiology and genetics, University of Florida senior Katie Brattebo passes by the sole Chick-fil-A on campus and sees paper bags full of crispy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. Some days, the practicing vegetarian resists the urge to stop in and keeps walking; other days she steps up and orders an eight-pack of nuggets. Katie doesn’t let her lapse in diet regulations weigh on her conscious; her choice to be vegetarian is tied more to overall health and budget considerations than animal rights. Like thousands of others, she chooses to eat more vegetables due to the pressures of rising food costs, a call to more sustainable food practices and a haphazard schedule that doesn’t leave much time for meal planning. Vegetarianism, a dieting model that includes half a dozen subgroups ranging from fish-focused pescatarianism to diary and meat-free veganism, offers timestrapped students and young professionals a low-maintenance way to monitor what they are consuming. Not everyone is so willing to give up his or her favorite burger joint or timehonored traditions like Thanksgiving turkey, though. That’s where flexitarianism - the latest subgroup to be whispered among diet-conscious co-eds, nutritionists and yoga groups across the nation – comes in. Bringing together vegetarians who miss pulled pork and meat lovers who want more green on their plates, the flexible stance to the normally rigid guidelines is giving people everywhere a chance to see if a veggie-filled diet is right for them. “This is a win-win eating plan because you will enjoy the benefits of vegetarianism without all of the rules and regulations,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian whose new book, The Flexitarian Diet, is helping people across the nation discover the benefits of switching to a more plantcentric diet. The diet promises to be as flexible as the modernday woman’s schedule, with enough nutrients and proteins to

help her power through any carb cravings or sugary moments of weakness. “The flexible part of the diet is that it works for everyone because it fits every life,” Blatner emphasizes in her book, “not some idealized version of the perfect person we all wish we could be.”

FLEX EFFECTS The benefits of a vegetable-rich diet have been spread throughout the canon of nutrition theory for decades, with thousands of studies building the argument for more people to add leafy greens to their everyday diet. While vegetarians swear off everything from red meat to fish, flexitarians have their choice of what type of meat they chose to consume on their occasional days off. On days when they are adhering to the vegetarian side of their diet, they can still consume dietary staples like eggs, milk and any other animal byproduct that doesn’t include the muscle of the animal itself. Vegetarian diets are typically lower in total calories, are higher in fiber and have a lower proportion of calories from fat – all good news for those looking to turn around their current state of health. Studies like the one published in the 2003 International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders found that even semi-vegetarians weigh less than non-vegetarian meat eaters. Besides a slimmer waist, the benefits of a lower weight also include a decrease in the risk of chronic disease and an improvement in the participant’s overall health. Consuming more fruits and vegetables also proves well for your heart. By

“The flexible part of the diet is that it works for everyone because it fits every life, not some idealized version...”

FEATURE consuming more plants, followers of the diet can generally expect a meal plan that includes less total and saturated fat, more fiber and a higher level of antioxidants like Vitamin C that help promote cardiovascular health. There’s also another reason to shake up your diet: cancer prevention. The American Institute for Cancer Research estimates that we could see a staggeringly less amount of cancer cases – as much as 30 to 40 percent less – by switching to plant-based diets. The secret? Phytochemicals, plant-based compounds able to protect cells, stop the progression of tumor growth and slow down the biochemical signs of aging, are a natural defense mechanism for plants and are transferred over to our bodies when we consume them. Eating a vegetable-based diet can also make an impact on the environment, according to a 2006 study from the University of Chicago. Between the burning of fossil fuels during the production of the meat and thenon-carbon dioxide emissions from livestock and animal waste, the average American diet requires the production of an extra ton and a half of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to the buildup of greenhouse-gas emissions. By cutting down the consumption of meat on a large scale across the nation, the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere each year could be drastically reduced. Even

when faced with so many benefits of eating healthier, it is important to remember that no diet alone can help entirely turn your health status around. A vegetarian can still have an unhealthy diet if they choose to regularly eat things like fried tofu or carb-loaded baked goods. Those choosing to go part-time vegetarian should still exercise regularly, monitor their stress levels and get adequate amount of sleep in order to maintain a total body makeover for life.


Try as they might, some vegetarians can’t kick their old meat-eating habits. A 2003 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that out of 13,000 vegetarians surveyed, more than two-thirds still occasionally ate meat and weren’t opposed to including it sparingly into their diets. With so many vegetarians breaking the rules, dietitians saw a need to establish a more flexible approach to the popular diet. By establishing looser guidelines, flexitarianism is able to provide another option for part-time vegetarians without losing the core philosophy of a plant-focused diet providing the healthiest results. So, how does the diet work? Few people would admit to being satisfied by a diet of tofu and sprouts, so the flexible approach allows for self-regulating and the occasional gratuitous portion of meat not normally allowed in the diet: red meat, poultry and pork. The flexitarian philosophy is simple: follow a vegetarian diet the best you can, but the occasional consumption of meat is not going to ruin you forever. The term means something different for everyone who follows it; for some it can mean one meat portion a week, for others it may be one meat dish every few months for a special occasion. There is no standard definition as of now, though one may be established in the future as more and more people join the movement and bring it to the mainstream. For budget-crunched people across the nation, it seems like the perfect fit to getting what they want out of their diet. Low cost, low maintenance and high in health benefits, many who may be turned off by vegetarianism’s more rigid standards are quick to adopt the less intimidating version into their everyday lives. Already faced with rising costs in areas of their lives like transportation and education, the diet allows for a break in expenses by focusing on more price-friendly foods like grains, beans and seasonal crops. The new diet is also optimal for young families who want to incorporate more plants into their weekly menus and teach children to expand their palettes beyond the standard staples with nutrient-packed superfoods that will offer them health benefits for years to come. Opponents to the movement argue that a vegetarian who eats meat can no longer be considered a vegetarian, no matter how spread out the instances of consumption may be. Flexitarians don’t mind the tainted reputation; sticking strictly with plants was never their mission. While the dietary movement does promote limiting the consumption of animals and adhering to a more sustainable diet, it’s more a diet of convenience than a matter of moral standards.

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1. Shaved Root Vegetable Salad


7. Spinach with Chickpeas and Fried Eggs

dishes to try tonight

8. Shrimp and White Beans


2. French Toast with Overeasy Egg

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3. Yogurt with Fresh Oranges and Nuts

5. Blended Spices

9. Grilled Veggie Flatbread

4. Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps

6. Xiao Long Bao

Find recipes, tips and more at cormagazine.




FEATURE “I know that some vegetarians may not take my diet seriously or think I’m doing it for the right reasons,” Brattebo said, “But this is all about focusing on what I want to get out of my diet.” For those who may be wary of a style that seems to go entirely against the vegetarian mindset, think of it this way: if you can’t beat them, join them. “I want to spread this style of eating to as many people as possible so they can learn that eating healthy can be simple and easy to manage,” Brattebo said. “It’s easy to personalize, easy to use both at home and when eating out, and I still don’t have to eat brussal sprouts if I don’t want to.”



Make grocery lists, set up calanders to track how often you eat meat and which days are off limits, keep food included in the diet in plain sight to avoid cravings. It’s also a good idea to plan how you are going to get the proper amount of protein on meatless days, so map out which alternatives you like the most.


Blatner recommends that beginning flexitarians start with two to three meatless days a week, gradually working up to five or six. Rather than quitting cold turkey

3 ENLIST FAMILY & FRIENDS Once you decide to take on a new style of dieting, invite friends and family to try it out with you. Having the people close to you involved means more recipe brainstorming and less temptation to break the rules when you first start.


AVOID DIET MONOTONY The quickest way to drop any sort of diet is to become bored with it before the health benefits start to kick in. Mix up ingredient choices and take inspiration from exotic dishes all over the world.

e m i e T m i a e T T All the With winter temperatures cooling your daily routines, it’s the perfect time of the year to grab a book, cuddle up on your favorite spot and sip a hot cup of tea.


White Tea

hough it might be enjoyed for its various flavor choices and its heating or, if iced, cooling capacities, tea may also act as a great nutritional supplement in your diet, providing numerous health benefits. Believed to be discovered more than 5,000 years ago in China, tea, only preceded by water, is the second most consumed beverage in the world today. Tea-consumers might be surprised to find out that, though they are brewed in hundreds of flavors, all tea leaves come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, according to a research article by the United States Department of Agriculture. After each tree flush, which is a leaf-shedding process that occurs four times a year, the leaves are collected. Depending on the type of stages the leaves are then processed in, four different types of teas — white, green, oolong and black — are produced. “All of those come from the exact same plants, so essentially they are all the same. It’s just the way that they are manufactured and handled that separates them,” said Ray Rodrigues, a tealogist at Teavana, a national chain, tea emporium that specializes in looseleaf tea sales. “You can start with one tea leaf, and if you can let it ferment all the way, you make black tea. But, if you stop it right at the beginning, then it’s white tea,” he said. However, the four different tea types should not be confused with tea flavors that tea-lovers often find in stores.

ason e s y a is ho lid h t s a e ith t w y h t l g et hea d n a up Warm Herbal teas, such as chamomile, technically have the name “tea” in them, but they are not made from tea leaves. Instead, many flavored “teas” are simply a combination of dried fruits and other herbs that are often mixed with any of the four types of tea leaves. Though these herbs may too have beneficial nutrients for the human body, the catechins, which are antioxidants and a type of plant metabolites called flavonoids found in tea leaves, contribute mostly to the health benefits present in the four different tea-leaf types. The different steps through which the tea leaves are processed, though, are said to yield different benefits and nutritional aspects for each tea type. Though various studies and tea stores indicate that any of the four types of teas do have health benefits, all benefits of the teas have not yet been scientifically confirmed but are rather just somewhat of conclusions made after various years of consumption. Check out our graph to learn more about each tea type and about some of the possible nutritional benefits each tea type may provide.

White Tea Preparation

White teas are simply picked, rolled and then either steamed or fried, which will inactivate its oxidation, according to sciencedaily. com. White teas are virtually not processed at all and are the “purest” of all the teas, thought to contain the highest level of antioxidants. Because white teas have the shortest process and are closest to its natural form, they are also the lowest in caffeine of all teas.

Benefits t t t t t

Low in caffeine May promote detoxiciation and body hydration May support healthy skin and complexion May help enhance mood May help with relaxation

White Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea Preparation

Green teas are first withered, then immediately steamed or panfried, and finally rolled and dried.

Benefits t t t t t t

Have only 1/5th of caffeine found in coffee May contain minerals, such as iron and potassium, and vitamins A, C and D. Mreat source of antioxidants May supports immune system May help maintain healthy blood sugar levels May help prevent cancer

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Oolong Tea Preparation

Oolong teas, which are the intermediate between green and black teas, are withered, shaken, partially and shortly fermented, and finally rolled and dried.

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Black Tea Preparation

Black teas, which are the most processed of all the tea leaves, are withered, rolled, fully fermented and then fired, a process which dries the leaves and stop oxidation. Because of this, black teas are highest in caffeine and usually have the strongest taste. Even as the most caffeinated of the tea leaves, they only usually contain about 30 percent of the caffeine found in coffee, according to statistics from Mayo Clinic. Black teas get your circulatory system working without the jittery and nervous affect coffee often produces.

Benefits t t t

Energy-boosting Heart health Promotes a better circulatory system by helping with cholesterol and blood pressure.

May help with a healthy metabolism May be great for digestion May help with healthy skin May help with healthy teeth May benefit in weight loss by helping to suppress appetite



They’re more than they’re cracked out to be. You’re running late from work and are expecting light company for a cheese-and-wine night in an hour. Scrambling to find finger-food that you haven’t served before, you panic because you know a trip to the grocery store simply doesn’t fit into your hectic day. Simple, cheap and often stocked in your pantry, crackers can serve as a great basis for these six easy and quick recipes that will amaze with aesthetics and taste. Dress them up for a classy dessert or appetizer, or use them in a new way to create a tasty snack for your always-growling stomach at work, and see if they are more than they are cracked up to be.

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Cheesy fish Cut a thin, square piece of creamy brie cheese and place in on top a cracker. After slicing smoked salmon into thinner pieces, place a single piece of the peach-colored, tender fish on top of the cheese.

Green Cocktail Slice a just-ripe avocado into thin slices that will fit well on a small cracker. Top it with a single, fresh cocktail shrimp.

Creamy and Crunchy Spread a thick layer of peanut butter on top of a cracker. Place a small piece of celery on top, and enjoy a quick snack filled with fiber, carbohydrates and protein.

A Spaniard’s Dream Rub a clove of garlic on a cracker, and then rub a small piece of a tomato on the cracker as well, only slightly infusing the cracker with the tastes. Dip the same side of the cracker in olive oil. Top with a slice of prosciutto and a black olive.

Brown, White and Blue Drop a teaspoon of whipped cream on top of a cracker, and place a blackberry directly in the middle. Sprinkle with chocolate syrup, and cool before serving for a chilly dessert.

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Our street photographersat-large have been busy snapping photos of the best dressed gals across the country. Here’s what they came across this past month.

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Spotted in San Francisco, this city gal adds warmth and sass to her shirt and skirt combination with an old-school denim jacket, vintage brown hat and a matching oversized faux-fur bag. Not to worry, no actual animals were killed in the making of this awesome bag! Check out some more Cor-approved looks below:

Bike It With temperatures cooling but not quite yet below freezing, it’s the perfect time of the year to kick on a pair of shoes and explore your city with a beautiful bike ride. As you prepare to head out, suddenly you realize: What do I wear? Though the first thing on your mind might be comfort, dressing for a bike ride can also include fashionable pieces. From badass to girly, these bike outfits are guaranteed to keep you flirty and comfy as you take a fun-ride or make your way to work. By Nika Zecevic

Biker Chic

Who says you need a motorcycle to look like a daredevil? Throw on your favorite pair of blue denim jeans and top it off with a real or faux leather jacket over a white, cotton T. The jeans are guaranteed to keep you warm, the white T comfortable and the leather jacket in style. Complete your look with a pair of black flats.

Miss Officer

Cruise down the street feeling official. Slip into your thickest, black leggings and a tight, long-sleeve V-neck. Then, put on a pair of black, leather lace-up boots and top it all off with a black or blue military coat. Accessories the military-style look with a pair of aviator sunglasses.


Over the Raincoat

Brighten up even the rainiest and gloomiest of days with this waterproof ensemble. Grab your favorite flower-patterned skirt and fasten it over a pair of black, embellished stockings. Add even more color with a bright T-shirt that matches at least one color on your skirt, and top it all off with a lightcolored raincoat. Complete your style with a pair of burgundy or evergreen flats.

Dark Summer

Darken your inner belle with this warm, comfortable and summerdress inspired look. One of the simplest of the looks featured, this outfit requires only three pieces to keep you stylish and warm during your bike ride. Throw on a cute sweater dress and pull on a pair of patterned pantyhose. Complete the more feminine look with a pair of ankle-high, thick-heeled booties.

On a Mission

Go the extra mile with this bodygripping, athletic outfit. Slide into your knee- or full-length, tight DriFit athletic leggings and an-almostairtight T-shirt. Add extra warmth by throwing on an equally snug zip-up athletic jacket. Finish the outfit with a pair of super comfortable running shoes, such as the women’s Nike Free 4.0, and enjoy a fast, cardioboosting ride.

GOOD to theCOR by Caitlyn Finnegan

Have you thought about what you are thankful for this month? If you

are filled with holiday spirit and want to make an immediate impact in your community, join up with Feeding America to help fight hunger and provide millions of families with a holiday meal.


America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity, works through a network of 202 food banks throughout the country and helps feed more than 37 million Americans each year. For the entire month of November, Cor will be teaming up with local branches and readers across the nation to collect more than 5000 pounds of food to help in the effort to defeat hunger during the holidays. Volunteer with your local affiliate food bank by sorting donated food or assembling care packages for a few hours, or start a food drive competition at work to help donate food to those who need it most. To learn more, or to find the nearest food bank where you can volunteer, visit

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