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UNCA Drag Ball 2013

Join UNC-Asheville’s student LGBT group Alliance for one of the university’s craziest annual events. Dancing, drinks and snacks, a photo booth, and a drag show packed into one evening? It must be Drag Ball 2013! The event is first a competition for amateur drag talent of all sorts. The most popular type of drag is female or male impersonation, but there are no limits in drag performance. You might see a man dressed as a woman; a woman dressed as a man dressed as a woman; a student dressed as a teacher; or a person dressed as a pig. It is all about expression and performance. A winner will be chosen based on factors such as outfit, charisma, and the audience’s enjoyment. Alliance has also reeled in local professionals from Club Hairspray, which calls itself “Asheville’s Most Diverse Nightclub”. Queens and kings from the club, including Mr. Brian Sparx, Mr. Jackson K. Starr, Ms. Serena Nox, and Ms. Coco Capone, will all make appearances. Drag Ball will be held on March 28th in the Highsmith University Union from 21.00 to 01.00. (01.00 is the scheduled ending time, but don’t be surprised if someone decides to throw an after party!) Drag Ball …

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Help for Arthritis Pain

Maybe you’ve suffered from stiff joints in the morning or wished you didn’t have knee pain when walking up and down stairs.  Well, it probably won’t surprise you that there are some foods that could be contributing to your aches, but can you name some that will actually reduce pain?  Below, I’ve listed several beneficial foods that have been shown to reduce arthritis pain.  But let’s not think of this as a diet.  If you know me, you know that I dislike the term; “diet” because I think it places an importance on temporary guidelines to achieving a short-term goal.  I also think diets tend to be in opposition of our typical lifestyles; as if we are punishing ourselves for the poor foods we have come to love.  Instead, I recommend you begin to learn as much about health and healthy food choices as you can, then start to add one or two vegetables/fruits/herbs to your typical routine (continue adding more healthy foods instead of focusing on cutting out unhealthy).  Introducing more whole foods will provide your body with many complex nutritional benefits that will be more easily absorbed and utilized by the body then would a supplement.  Vitamin and mineral supplements can help …

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The Second Best Beer in Asheville

There is one small problem with declaring The Best Beer in Asheville. It is that the next time you have something as delicious you feel as though you are cheating on the other beer.I didn't mean to, Heresy Brown. It just happened. I'm sorry. Last summe...

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Were We Ever Supposed To Eat Grains?

Grains have been a staple in the American Diets for centuries.  In fact, one of the most commonly consumed foods involved in every meal is bread. But if we have been eating it for so long, the question is, why should we stop?  Well, the fact of the matter is, we really haven’t been eating grains for all that long in history.  Even though grain residue has been found on the teeth of our ancestors thousands of years ago (which is notably marked with a decrease in dental health), industrialization of grains is a relatively new concept.  Our ancestors use to soak, sprout, and ferment these grains and seeds before consumption (which activates enzymes to break down toxins – more on this below).  Nowadays, we have machines that separate and refine the grains, stripping important nutrients out and leaving us with individualized pieces of the grain anatomy (bran, endosperm, germ).  The bran and germ contain the highest levels of nutrients and fiber in the grain. This is where it gets tricky, which is better for us whole grain or whole wheat? Well, whole grain (entire grain) has more nutrients (B vitamins and fiber) and has a less dramatic “sugar spike” …

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