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Showing posts from January 30, 2011

2 weeks down!

I can't believe I am already entering week 3 of my acute care rotation. Technically, after this week I will only have 6 more weeks of "interning". This kinda scares me because I still have so much to learn. After my 9 weeks of acute care interning (which followed 5 weeks of long term care), I will have 4-weeks of staff relief to finish up my internship. I have plenty to keep me busy between now and the end of April and I find myself wondering if I can squeeze any more minutes into my long and busy days. This week I was amazed by what I saw in the hospital. The week started with a Code Blue around 4pm on Monday. All of a sudden I notice around 20+ people, including physicians, family practice, MD's, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, nurses, etc, rushing to a patients room. I asked the RD what was going on and she told me that a patient was in cardiac arrest. I wasn't able to multitask and work on my case because I was watching the excitement down the hall. I am not su

USDA Dietary guidelines - latest edition, key points

If you are a regular reader of my blog and try to apply some of my suggestions to your every-day life, I think you'd agree that we are doing well in terms of meeting the new USDA dietary guidelines! Not to mention, meeting the guidelines while pursuing an active, multi-sport lifestyle...and balancing the rest of life! YAY for eating more plant-based meals! Keep up the great work! Key points from the new USDA dietary guidelines: -WHAT you eat and HOW you eat, both matter in overall diet and health. -Have a snack before you head out to a party -Enjoy your food, but eat less -Avoid oversized portions -Make half your plate fruits and vegetables -Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk (1%) -Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals - and choose the foods with lower numbers (the average intake of salt from Americans is 3,400 mg/d. Recommendations are 1,500 mg/d for high risk groups and 2,300 mg/d for all others). -Drink water instead of sugary drinks -Eat more

New Dietary Guidelines

Breaking news (albeit, a few days late). I hope you can find a little time in your day today to read the new 2010 dietary guidelines. Here is the email I received from the American Dietetic Association early this week: Today is a significant day for our Association and profession as the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released. You can download the Guidelines and supporting materials at USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion website. They represent the government’s cornerstone for nutrition policy and education for the next five years and affect the work of every registered dietitian and dietetic technician, registered. ADA has issued two press releases on the new Dietary Guidelines – one that gives our overall reaction to the new DGAs and another that focuses on how consumers can apply the Dietary Guidelines to their own individual eating plans. In addition, media coverage of the release of the Dietary Guidelines includes a substantial number of interviews

Training for Weight Loss

Did you hear that Iron Girl has a new main sponsor!!! Athleta, the Sonoma County based women's sports and active apparel brand, has signed on as the new title sponsor for Iron Girl. With 13 events nationwide, ranging from 10K/5K to half-marathon, duathlon and triathlon, the Athleta Iron Girl Event Series empowers females of all ages to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Also-Trek is the official bike sponsor of the Iron Girl Series. HOW EXCITING!! I hope you enjoy my latest article in the Free Iron Girl Newsletter. Training for Weight Loss Marni Sumbal, M.S. The 2011 Athleta Iron Girl Event Series is rapidly approaching; do you have your mind set on a race? Participating in an athletic event can be an excellent way to increase fitness, overcome physical and mental obstacles, reduce risk for illness and improve cardio-respiratory endurance. Training with a set goal in mind, rather than resorting to compulsive exercise or extreme calorie restriction,

Oprah staff goes vegan

Just about to get on my trainer to start an early bike+run interval workout. Saw this on TV and quickly set my DVR. Thought you all might be interested. Vegan one week challenge I am always interested in how others are portraying different diets, so this should be interesting.

Unexpected findings

Does coffee cause pancreatic cancer? Do B vitamins lower the risk of stroke? Do fruits and veggies prevent colon cancer? These are a few of the hunches about diet and disease from the last 40 years that haven't stood the test of time. In my latest issue of Nutrition Action , there was a great article on Unexpected surprising findings from the last 40 years. I found all 9 findings incredibly exciting to read and I thought I'd share a few of them with you. I'll start with one of my favorite topics: SLEEP!!! Too little sleep can lead to too much fat Thirty or 40 years ago, who would have suspected that too little sleep could show up on your bathroom scale? Today, we sleep less and weigh more..and the two may be related. The average American now sleeps one or tow hours less per night than he or she did 40 or 50 years ago. In 1960, an estimated 16% of young adults slept fewer than seven hours a night. Today it's 37%. "We now have lots of studies on sleep and obesity,&qu

Pizza bread and the Right Stuff

Pizza sits really well in my tummy. I just love pizza!!! It's not the triangle shape that I enjoy but rather the combination of flavors from the sauce, cheese, veggies and bread. I have made so many different types of "pizza" from pizza french bread and dressed-up frozen pizza's to pita pizza's and flat-bread pizza's. Aside from ordering pizza from a local restaurant while traveling, I haven't ordered-out for a pizza in over 2 years. I'm not against ordering out but I'd rather prepare my pizza the way I like it and not have to wait for it to be delivered. Here's my latest pizza creation. I didn't feel like adding toppings to the pizza so instead I made a little "hot" salad. Pizza bread French bread Tomatoes Garlic Mushrooms Red onion Spinach Chives Cheese Spices: pepper, chili flakes Marinara Sauce 0% plain Greek yogurt Olive oil 1. In a non stick pan, on medium heat, cook mushrooms, garlic and onions in a little olive oil. Cook u