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Showing posts from August 22, 2010

Creative in the kitchen

My days are long but that's ok. I look forward to coming up with something creative after a long training+educational day. Last week I made a bunch of yummy dishes. But nothing new, time gets away from me and I can't get to my blog as often as I'd like. However, there are plenty of pics to prove that I am just as busy in the kitchen as I am with everything else in my life. But hey, if you are passionate about something, it doesn't seem like a struggle to train, intern and cook on a daily basis. For Week of Welcome, my preceptor and I served up a "shot" of powerful nutrition. We figured that the UNF college students wouldn't think twice about turning down a shot...too bad it was a healthy shot. But the students didn't complain! They LOVED our raw wrap and bean and rice wrap (recipes were posted a few posts ago) and even asked if we could serve these wraps on campus instead of the normal on-campus dining selections. My preceptor made homemade Baba ganous

Creatine and Dehydration

If you didn't catch the recent news in the sports nutrition world, here is a short article on a recent situation at a High School in Colorado... Creatine and dehydration in student athletes Without getting into the details of creatine, I'd like to say that creatine has received a lot of bad press for no explainable reason. Since graduate school, I have immersed myself in creatine research and still can't find a reason for athletes not to use creatine. While in graduate school, I helped out with several (published) research studies as the "grad student" blood lactate tester. I was an expert at pricking fingers and collecting blood samples for lactate and glucose results while athletes pedaled away on stationary bikes, all while we recorded VO2, ventilation and other metabolic indicators. We mostly studied the effects on beta-alanine and creatine supplementation over a period of a time (one study was supplementation for 28 days). Fun times with my PhD buddies

Mashed taters and Bakes balsamic peaches - Creations

After interning all day, all I want to do is cook. Well, more like be creative in the kitchen. In an effort to enjoy my cooking experience, I typically have a small snack around 30 min before I start cooking or around 1 - 1/2 hrs before dinner is served. I think you'd agree with me that it is no fun feeling hungry and certainly, food isn't going to prepare itself...unless you defrost it in the microwave or order out. Typical snacks include veggies and cheese, cheese and a wasa cracker, milk or yogurt or nuts. I typically brain storm about my meals throughout the day and think about previous meals in an effort to make sure that my last meal of the day rounds out the rest of the meals/snacks. I aim for balance, not perfection, so I don't feel as if I can ever go wrong with a dinner meal...even if it is an omelet or rice w/ veggies. I also think about the food in my place because I am not a recipe follower. I strongly encourage anyone reading my blog to be as creative as you c

College-style wraps and Tomatillo salsa - Creations

I say good bye to Recovery week + recovery weekend and HELLO to my LAST build before my 2-week IMWI taper. This might possibly be the most stressful week of my life with IM build and a final exam this coming weekend (due by Sun) but that's ok...I signed up for all of this, so I can't really complain. However, I do feel a bit disconnected with the outside world. Although stressful, the next 2 1/2 weeks will be enjoyable and memorable and I can't wait to see what awaits me at the end of this chapter of my life. On Sun my preceptor and I had a lot of fun on the UNF campus for Week of Welcome (all new students/freshman). So many memories of my x-years of school. I've lost count by now :) We handed out Tomatillo Salsa (which my preceptor made) and I created a flier for quick wraps. I also created a pamphlet promoting the VERB garden on the UNF campus. How awesome is that to have a garden on campus. The ECO club does a lot of really cool stuff on campus...kinda makes me wish