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Showing posts from January 23, 2011

1 week down, 12 to go!!

I can't tell you overjoyed I am to be a clinical dietetic intern at St. Vincent's Hospital. I imagined that I would enjoy my acute care clinical rotation but this is beyond my dreams. Considering that I have never been admitted into a hospital for an illness, broken bone or condition, this is all a really exciting (and new) experience for me as a future RD. Aside from interning, this was a planned recovery week from training. I had to change around a few workouts from my normal routine (due to time constraints of being a clinical intern) but other than that, I was able to get in at least an hour to 75 min of exercise every morning this week. The intensity in my training will increase during the next two week of build, but due to my internship, I will be cautious not to increase in training volume during the week. I only have so much time in the morning to train and I can not sacrifice sleep in the morning hours. Weekends will have an increase in both volume and intensity. Despi

Protein-packed vegetarian meal

Just because you are a vegetarian, this doesn't mean you can't have a protein-packed meal! I find that many vegetarians (not to mention, vegetarian athletes) feel hungry all day due to the high concentration of carbohydrates in the diet. Compared to protein and fat, vegetarians often find themselves eating and grazing on carbs. More so, even when protein sources are included, there may be very little fat to promote satisfaction. Sure, fruits and veggies seem to be the obvious vegetarian choices but grains, breads, crackers, cereals, sweets etc. may seem to comprise a large portion of your diet. With a high concentration of carbs (fruits and veggies included), comes an increase chance of fluctuating blood sugar levels, thus causing sweet cravings and a constant feeling of hunger. I can't tell you how many residents I saw in the nursing home (for a short stay, likely due to a fall), with a healthy BMI (18-24) and lab work showing blood sugar values of over 200!! Normal values

Burgers and Fries

Confession, Karel and I got out for burgers and fries all the time. JUST KIDDING!!! Why eat out when you can enjoy a meal at home??? A heart-healthy YUMMY Marni Creation!! Enjoy!! Vegetarian Burger and Steak Fries: 1 veggie burger Toppings: Romaine lettuce, steak tomato Cheese: Jalapeno Bread: fresh sesame loaf 1 potato cut long-ways, tossed in olive oil and topped with paprika, pepper and a pinch of sea salt. (I like to use long small potatoes and cut semi-thin to cook quickly). Purple onions, thick cut. 1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. 2. Place fries on baking sheet, lined with tinfoil. Toss in olive in and season. 3. Place bread in oven for 2-3 minutes or until slightly toasted. 4. Cook veggie burger in oven (on tinfoil in a baking pan) until cooked. 5. Add onions to french fries (toss in oil) and cook with fries. Fries should take around 15 min to cook, they will start to get crispy and a little brown. 6. Assemble your burger and enjoy! (Not pictured, honeydew that is on Karel's

Productive training

Early this week I was super tired, my back and legs were speaking to me and I did what any athlete would do...well, what a non-stubborn athlete would do. I RESTED!!! Years ago, I suppose I tried to "get through" workouts for whatever reason. You know, I really don't know why athletes (myself included) feel the need to push through pain, tiredness or extreme fatigue. Seriously, is that 1 hour run, 30 min swim on an active recovery day or 90 min interval bike really worth it? Trying to get through one workout because it is on the schedule or because it gives you an excuse to eat x-food or perhaps it defines your fitness (or toughness factor) will likely increase more days off from training, with no performance gains what so ever. Looking back, I really regret trying to "get through" so many workouts as if my pain, soreness or tiredness would magically disappear. I learned the hard way, as so many of us do, and injuries and illness come because we don't listen