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Showing posts from March 13, 2011

Crepes with fresh fruit

I promise...there are lots of Marni-creations being made in the Sumbal-household. Unfortunately, my camera has not witnessed a lot of them :( With only 1 week left before Staff Relief, I am amazed at how much I have learned in the last 13 weeks of clinical nutrition (Long Term Care 5 weeks and Acute Care for the past 8 weeks). I spent my last 2 interning days in the ICU, CCU and rehab and I have 6 more days to overload my brain with tube feeding calculations. I don't think I have ever used my calculator so much in my life! (for any future RD's/Students, this website is really helpful: Never have I realized the importance of knowing my medications until I was placed into the ICU and told to put a pt on nutrition support/tube feeding and to figure out the rate and formula. I still have a little trouble finding the best formula because you have to take so many things into consideration such as labs, wt and meds. Most of


I am a supporter of MVI's. I don't feel that they are needed to boost the immune system or enhance health because that's what fruits and veggies are for...if you eat them. I also don't believe that a MVI needs to cost $50+ a month. However, as much as I LOVE my heart-healthy diet, my diet changes on a day-to-day basis. For example, on the weekends I eat far less veggies than I do during the week and I'm ok with that. I eat a lot more fruit and a lot more starchy carbs such as bread and grains. Why? Because my workouts are longer on the weekends, I expend more energy and due to the length of my workouts, I miss several meals. Also, my cravings for veggies are less on the weekends compared to the week. But having said that, I have no problem eating copious amounts of veggies during the week and I still eat veggies on the weekends, just not as much as during the week. I think it's perfectly fine to have a diet that varies on a day to do basis so long as you cover y

Have you ever tried soy milk or greek yogurt?

It wasn't too long ago that I had my first taste of greek yogurt. I have always enjoyed the taste of soy milk but I rarely buy it for Karel and myself. I enjoy skim milk (as does Karel) and we drink a lot of it. Many people are hesitant about drinking cow's milk because of the stories that "cow's milk is poisonous" or that it contains cancer-causing hormones. While research may support side effects of drinking milk from hormone-injected cow's, there is a lot of research on the many benefits of drinking milk. But what about meat consumption? We have read research on meat increasing the risk of inflammation and lowering meat consumption to decrease dietary fat as well as vegetarians living longer and more quality-filled lives than meat-eaters (although there are certainly many meat-eaters who live long lives and vegetarians who die from cancer). It would be interesting to see if there is a relation of cancer and people who drink cow's milk and then comparing

Veggie burger day

As part of my contribution to National Nutrition Month (and a check mark on my objectives for my internship) I will/have been dedicating a few hours every week in order to get people inspired to try new foods. The first day of my National Nutrition Month project was last Tues, where I handed out samples of veggie burgers (Morningstar) in Dillon Cafe (@ St. Vincent's Hospital). This is not the first time I have asked people to try "New" foods so I know what to expect and to not to be overly sensitive when it comes to people not wanting to try something so delicious (or in my eyes, supper yummy!). Food can be a sensitive topic and certainly an uncomfortable topic for many. I believe that you have to be very careful with how you approach food. No one wants to be educated and told what to do, especially when changes are necessary but difficult to make. Also, no one wants to be forced to do anything, especially when they struggle with making changes that others make so easy.