I know finals week isn’t the greatest time to talk about nutrition, but I’m doing it anyway.
I’ve been trying for a long time to articulate exactly why processed foods are the worst, and that sugar is in everything, and [insert long and exhausting rant about food here]. This article does a good job of summarizing how calories just aren’t equivalent:
Still Believe ‘A Calorie is a Calorie’? (Dr. Lustig was on The Colbert Report if you’re interested in watching his interview!)
I did a presentation on high fructose corn syrup a few weeks ago in my Drug Information class discussing the biochemical differences between HFCS and glucose, and it was quite enlightening. (Summary: fructose doesn’t stimulate the release of insulin and lectin, which are vital hormones for digestion/appetite control–also fructose doesn’t cross into your brain like glucose does to tell it to stop eating, and your brain needs sugar to live!).
Anyway, the best advice you can take away is to eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. As little as possible! If you’re on a budget, frozen food works, canned is better than nothing (just watch the sodium and other ingredients).
Be vigilant of your food labels. Look for things with a lot of saturated fat, sodium, and sugar, and stay away from it. I’ve also mad ea habit of staying away from things with ingredients lists that are paragraphs long (have you seen a Cheez-It box lately?).
I don’t know why, but to get my finals study on, I have to (first of all) stay awake.
So my study playlist looks like it’s straight out of 2001 or a bad pop station from now. A little bit of both. And it’s all thanks to Spotify which enables me to add a bunch of songs that I should not be allowed to put together into one playlist.
I’m actually reusing my study list from last year, which consists of N*SYNC, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears–your imagination can fill in the rest. It also has a mix of Arcade Fire (?) and The Killers. I do not claim to have any taste in music.
It keeps me awake and pumped. Whatever it takes, right? I mean, it’s better than drinking so much coffee that I fall out of my chair.
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I can’t tell if the week has gone by really fast or really slow. But what I do know is that it’s best described in gif form. (Because, let’s face it, everything else has just been too hard to dwell on.)
Getting cluster grades back and trying to move on for finals/projects:
Trying to gather enough energy to study through the rest of this weekend:
Finals week diet:
Basically, ask me how I am on May 1st at noon.
Not right now.
Gifs are courtesy of Tumblr, Workaholics, Supernatural, Parks and Rec, and Top Gear.
I am a P3 pharmacy student and it is the end of April.
That means I’m in my last academic semester and it is very important that I keep track of all of my “lasts.”
I turned in my last cluster exam last week–therapeutics–in the late afternoon on Wednesday. It was one of those exams where there were a lot of topics and none of them were very difficult. I answered each question with this sense of “Yeah! I know this!” Or maybe it was “I didn’t study this topic enough to know I don’t know this so, sure! This is the answer!”
(It went fine by the way.)
So as I hand in my 18th and final cluster scantron, the proctor tells me I have to fully mark in the test form (you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever taken a scantron–and if not, it’s as basic as writing your name).
All I could think was: “MAN, THIS AIN’T MY FIRST RODEO.”
But I did as I was told and fixed my bubble-mark. But geez! I should be a scantron pro at this point!
I’m going to start a new thing called Therapeutics Thursdays where I spout knowledge at you and probably take unnecessary jabs at Dr. Oz.
He’s right about 50% of the time, I’ll give him that.
Actually today we’re going to talk about marijuana.
On Tuesday, I presented this article to my public health class, and today we had a simply riveting debate in our substance abuse class about the uses of medical marijuana. It’s been a grand old time!
So the article really highlights more of the prosecution of possession in Indiana, which fascinates me because if you read carefully: a commission of judges, prosecutors, probation officers, and a bunch of people who know what they’re talking about looked at Indiana’s criminal code for 3 years and presented their recommendations to lower penalties, save some money, and do some community programming and treatment for people they catch. And Gov. Pence (aka the white-haired Frisch’s Big Boy)–
–thinks status quo is working just dandy.
It’s a cool read.
Anyway I found this awesome DEA fact sheet on the complete opposite spectrum if you’re interested in that.
Unfortunately I’d have to practically write a dissertation to really get this topic started. If you ask me, I think Indiana lawmakers are on to something at least to the effect that throwing people in jail isn’t really an effective way to deal with this particular substance.
And that’s a wrap for our first Therapeutics Thursday! Next week I’ll talk about diabetes or red yeast rice or something.
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