Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I'd say I have a pretty good immune system. I never get really sick. I don't even know what my current family physician looks like. Of course, now that I'm studying abroad in a country with the absolute worse knowledge of illnesses, I'm sick with some weird ear-throat-sinus-fever thing. The worst of it's gone, but It's been 9 days.
So 4 days in, I went to see the doctor. You know those world war II hospital rooms in the movies? That's what this doctors office looked like. She even wrote my information into a parchment-like book. After telling her my symptoms and taking my temperature with a ghetto thermometer, she asked, "does your ear usually hurt and can you usually not really hear out of it?" "Uh, no!" Then she gave me fever reducing medication and the name of a hospital to go to if it gets worse. Helpful.
Oh, and she gave me Vitamin C tablets. This country is obsessed with Vitamin C. When I told my aunt I was sick, she very first thing she said was "Oh you should take Vitamin C." What is wrong with his place.
Anyway, now I just have cold-like symptoms. This was the most ridiculous (almost hilarious) experience.
Friday, November 25, 2011
My mom's and my diet couldn't be any more different. She basically just sticks to cola, coffee, cigarrettes, cheese and bread. She's very thin... extremely, unhealthily thin. Of course, anything I say health-wise just goes in one ear and out the other.
So the point is, I'm moving back in with her to finish this year at the university. I've been studying under eating a lot in my free time, and her diet is really starting to scare me. I don't know how I should confront her about it, if I should just slyly suggest alternatives, or offer to start making her lunches and dinner for both of us and HOPE she takes the bate? I don't really know. She's so stubborn.... :/ any help is much appreciated.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
So I read about this in a nutrition book, and it works for me, and I actually forgot about it until it was brought to mind by someone's community message. Maybe you'll find the same luck with this little secret :)
Hot chocolate. (I know, "OH NO CHOCOLATE, but hear me out)... I'm not talking about chocolate-melted hot chocolate, or even that instant powder junk. Rather, try heating 6-8oz of low fat milk (you could do non-fat too, but that's slightly less satisfying), mix in 1-2 tbsp "unsweetened" cocoa powder, and then a little bit of honey, or fake sweetener. I usually add a tiny dash of salt too to bring out the chocolate flavor more.
It might be kind of bitter at first, if you're an only milk-chocolate kind of person, but it's definitely worth getting usedto. Try lowering the sweetener you add gradually if you find the bitter chocolate unbearable without a TON of added sugar (because a ton of sugar would just defeat the purpose of a healthy snack, no?)
The cocoa powder actually has Protein, Riboflavin and Zinc, and is a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. If that's not reason enough to make yourself like it, it curbs the sweet tooth, makes you feel satisfied, AND you get an extra kick of calcium from the milk! So the nutritionist who wrote the book suggested having it every night, an hour or so before going to bed. I find it fine as that occasional craving killer too, though.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I have a friend who is trying to lose weight. We eat dinner together 4/7 days a week for crew ( our college has a buffet for its athletes), so I see what she eats almost every time. She's been doing a lot better recently with choosing appropriate portions and foods, but I think she's still under this huge fruit misconception.
This week we had "breakfast for dinner" at the buffet; she had a pancake or two (indulgence), 3/4 of her plate filled with fruit, and maybe 2-3oz of sliced turkey on the side. Even though fruit is all fantastic and nutrient filled, I immediately noticed one blatantly obvious fact: the ENTIRE plate, apart from the turkey, was sugar.
It then occurred to me how mislead people are by fruits. I even remember my mom telling me to snack on them rather than chips, when I was younger and not athletic. And of course, they are a better choice than chips, but there is a far better way to deal with hunger than to fill yourself up with sugar. Many dieters (such as my friend) assume it's the perfect empty-hunger-void filler, because they're sweet and healthy. But extra natural-sugar is still stored as fat. And quite frankly, when your body gets a rush of sugar sent into the blood stream, it shocks the pancreas, and you still feel hungry again really soon after (fiber can only do so much).
The solution? I feel my friend would have been far better off balancing her meal with more protein and less carbs. No doubt she was trying to make up for the pancake indulgence with all the fruit, but her blood sugar levels can't tell the difference. Yes, fiber helps you feel full, but protein is just as beneficial and helpful!! You should always mix proteins with carbs whether it's a snack or meal. You'll feel fuller, longer, and your pancreas won't be shocked by a giant wave of sugar.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I just finished my (probably) first ever 5+ mile jog... As a sprinter, this is really a huge stepping stone for me. I've always admired long distance runners and I can almost consider myself one. I feel really great. Who cares if I'm incapable of losing anymore weight? A non-fit person wouldn't have been able to do that.
Who would've known 10/10/10 would be kinda lucky :)
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