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Showing posts from February 27, 2011


That's how many hours I have left of interning for my clinical rotation. I anticipated 3 more weeks of interning for a total of 9 weeks for my acute care rotation but the hours are clicking on by! Since I have been at St. Vincent's I have averaged around 9-9 1/2 hours a day. Over the past 2 weeks I have put in several 10 hour days. And believe it or not, the dietitians come in before me and leave after me. It's a lot of work to be a clinical nutrition and a lot work once you are one! I can't believe how time is passing and the way things are going, it looks like I only have 2 weeks left of this rotation!!! WOW. I will finish my internship with 128 hours of staff relief and I am fairly certain that I won't be putting in less than 9 hours a day. At first I was not doing very well with the 9-10 hour days of interning. I have been completely exhausted and overwhelmed with my non-stop life of interning. But this week was a step up in my learning curve. I went from seeing

Vegetarian Blogging

On Tues evening, after a long 10-hour day of interning at the hospital, I was super excited to receive the latest Vegetarian Nutrition Update Volume XIX, Number 3, 2011 in the mail. I quickly turned to pg 12 only to see my article on Vegetarian Blogging. I wrote this article back in the fall and have waited very patiently to see it in the magazine. Similar to writing for LAVA magazine last summer, there is a long waiting period after you submit an article and then see it in print. Well, the wait is over and I am really happy to see my first-ever article in a magazine associated with the American Dietetic Association. Vegetarian Nutrition is a dietetic practice group of the ADA. Here are some great links: I hope you enjoy my latest article! Vegetarian Blogging Marni Sumbal, MS Web-log: A personal diary, an unfiltered chronicle of life, a photo album, a research tool or a publication of interesting facts. Although the

Wholesome Food Tips

I hope you enjoy my latest article from the FREE Iron Girl Newsletter. I love to practice what I preach so this article came straight from my heart. Enjoy! WHOLESOME FOOD TIPS Marni Sumbal, MS When was the last time you peeled away the plastic from your "natural and healthy" meal, only to read a paragraph full of ingredients as as you waited for your meal to prepare itself in the microwave? Can one truly enjoy eating food with a plastic fork from a plastic container, especially at a time when the body is asking for nutrient-rich fuels? One of the many advantages of homemade cooking is that you know exactly what you are putting into your body and where the food is coming from. There is something to be said about having a refrigerator filled with wholesome products. Isn't it beautiful that you don't have to read an ingredient label on a bag of apples, oranges or grapes? The best way to make healthy choices is to be mindful of the habits that you are creating. W

March - National Nutrition Month!

Happy National Nutrition Month!!! Wow-a whole month dedicated to nutrition. I am one happy "RD" in training. Check out this site for a list of Good Nutrition Reads Also, check out for lots of great tools and tips to help you live a healthier lifestyle. As a future RD, I feel compelled to post the following. I can't believe in less than 8 weeks I will be eligible for the National RD exam and will one day (hopefully mid-summer) be part of this elite group of professionals: Who is a Registered Dietitian? Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, training and credentials that back a registered dietitian are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices Trust a Registered Dietitian When you need food and nutrition information based on fact or need to know how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease— rely on qua

Anti-Inflammatory foods

Whereas fatty meats and sugars may promote inflammation in the body, there are so many wonderful foods that can help reduce inflammation in the body. The occasional use of anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as advil, alieve or ibuprofen are accepted if they are needed for you to function well in life but I do not recommend them as part of your athlete-in-training routine for the side effects of gastic bleeding/ulcers, GI upset and kidney issues. Since there are a lot of wonderful properties in food, not to mention the ability to act as anti-inflammatories, stick to a real food diet before reaching for the over the counter medications to make your tired/sore body feel better. Additionally, we can't blame everything on the diet. To help reduce inflammation and to protect the immune system (two very important factors of reducing risk for disease such as cancer) you must also maintain a balanced training plan as to not overstress the body. Additionally, stay hydrated with