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?).
The two things that normally come with nonstop finals studying are, well, studying and sleep deprivation. But there’s one last component that really makes finals week a triumvirate of bad decisions and general uncomfortableness.
This was study-thon Sunday. We were holed up in the basement of Irwin and there was no leaving until we learned everything there was to know about therapeutics, kinetics, and PDA.
…oh yeah. Mustn’t forget the bag full of candy.
It’s week like this I can’t really decide if we’re going to get diabetes or anemia first. Like that is NOT NUTRITION but it’s what we ate all day long. No regrets.
The library has a new reservable room policy which has actually worked out in our favor. Studying in groups on campus means needing table space (see above) and also being free of distraction, and there are only so many large study rooms on campus. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve stared into that particular room to see one person in it watching Hulu. For hours and hours.
SO NOW, being able to reserve the room, we show up for four hour blocks (or more if each of us books it) and just… well, it may look like a party, but it isn’t. Maybe we put a little fun in education. For the most part we shout questions at each other and try to use the chalkboard (CHALK IS A TERRIBLE THING) and then we sit silently and think about our lives.
I wanted to title this post “Fall Break” and realized everyone probably has a blog called “fall break” so I titled it “fall breakin” and… I don’t know why. I turned fall break into a verb and you can’t stop me.
The leaves are not turning as quickly as I like. Here is evidence.
I’d say we’re at 30% capacity right now. WEAK, TREES.
Hopefully in a week or two we’ll see some real autumn colors. Pah. It barely even feels like fall break, nature. Do I have to do everything myself?
Actually, I was disappointed because it was rather warm yesterday and I went to campus Starbucks to get a salted caramel mocha (I prefer these to pumpkin spice lattes this year, sorry pumpkins!), and I actually was craving a green tea lemonade instead. I am an autumn traitor.
BUT. I want to point out that pumpkin spice latte ice cream is a thing. And I am excited. All I know is, this fall break (which I’m spending half at home in Cincinnati and half at my regular home in Indy), I will be doing a whole lot of NOTHING. And maybe some Panopto. :/ Meanwhile, trees, I expect results.
My whole student career here, I’ve watched my friends get email after email saying that their classes have been canceled for one reason or another. In the science departments, it hardly ever happens. I’m not sure why. I remember for a whole week of organic chemistry, my professor taught with strep throat. It was insanity.
When it would snow a few inches, some professors would decide not to come to class. I remember one of my professors would come to campus from his farm in the boonies at 5 in the morning and never ever cancel class regardless of road conditions. And I’d be sitting in class all day seeing things on Facebook like:
“My class was canceled! Time for Starbucks lol!”
or even worse:
[updated at 2pm on a Tuesday] “Just woke up for my first class of the day lol”
Okay there might be an inaccurate overuse of “lol” but you get the idea.
Here’s my complex. Every time the mere suggestion of doing anything but schoolwork comes up, I get all indignant. And I act like this.
But the truth is, even when I have cluster exams, I really do want to get milkshakes and cheese fries at Steak n Shake. Like real bad.
And this semester, my last year of classes here, I have had around 4 classes canceled. It’s not even fall break yet. Am I being Punk’d?! Now I have to camp out until my evening class and since it’s post-clusters I have nothing to do. Except watch more Community, I guess.
At the rate this semester is going, I think I should purchase some real estate here on campus, because I basically live here. During the week, I spend way more time here than I do at my house, and that’s not even including travel time.
I got here for my 10AM class and it is now 8:30PM. It has been. a long. day.
Oh, and the worst case scenario Commuter Thing happened: I forgot a bunch of stuff in Fishers. And by a “bunch of stuff” I mean my wallet, which has money in it, which I planned on using for lunch. Luckily I had a friend to lend me some cash to get a snack (AWW YEEAHH), but that has always been my biggest commuter fear: forgetting my wallet! At least I’ve gone over an entire year of commuting without forgetting it. Still made me feel like an exile or something, though.
Anyway, I’m trying to figure out which spot of real estate I want to purchase. I’m not thinking the pharmacy lounge.
Too green. And… abandoned. Has a fridge, though!
PAWS had a great end of the year celebration dinner at Napolese! It was sooo good. It’s right by campus, too, off of 49th and Pennsylvania–in fact, it’s connected to Cafe Patachou! We got prime seating in Patachou, actually, which is great because with such a big group, it can be hard to hear sometimes.
Napolese buys ingredients from local spots, including the Butler Campus farm! It’s so cool! We were curious what parts of the pizzas we got were from the farm, but I guess the mystery is part of the fun. The food was EXCELLENT and so. was. dessert.
NUTELLA PIZZA. Sorry there’s a creepy blue filter over the picture. I got a new camera app on my phone and I have no idea what I’m doing.
PAWS had such a great year, and I had so much fun being a leader in that group! I learned a lot and now peer education and overall wellness will always have special places in my heart.
What’s MSG? It’s a food additive. Good or bad, I have pretty conclusive evidence that it gives me profound headaches.
“So just avoid it!” you would say.
BUT I CAN’T. It is in things I love, such as ramen noodles. Okay–maybe I’m better off just not eating ramen noodles. They’re not the pinnacle of nutrition or anything. But nevertheless, I discovered a recipe for them while Pinteresting and I got some ideas for how to make ramen without having to get headaches!
Just throw the flavor packet away and use broth and vegetables, duh.
I’M SORRY MY PICUTRES LOOK DUMB. I can’t get Instagram. My phone is too old.
Anyway, I really like making my own ramen noodles now. It’s all the fun of ramen plus slightly more nutrition content AND I watched Dr. Oz make his own ramen noodle soup one time. So that makes it legit.
(Not really, Dr. Oz.)
I feel like we’re living in a weird time warp where winter just never happened.
February ends next week. It’s already practically Friday. I swear, I need 2 extra hours in every day–and no, I won’t forfeit sleep for extra time, I want magical rearrangement of the solar system for more hours in a day. Oh, heck, I’ll just move to Mars. That’s the same thing right?
At least the weather has been behaving.
There is a lull right now in the frantic studying. Clusters are 2 weeks away. That means that spring break is 2 weeks away and I cannot be more excited. I also can’t emphasize enough how quickly this semester is flying by!
This summer (why am I thinking about summer?) I will be doing 2 internships, one at a community retail pharmacy and one at a hospital. I should find out about those faaairly soon. I’m excited to break out of my normal routine at Marsh, but then again I’m comfortable in my store and if I get put in a place that does 400 scripts/day I might scream. But it’s only for two weeks so I should survive.
That’s my update! I made a mug brownie with truvia and almond flour instead of flour and real sugar. With just cocoa powder, milk, and canola oil as the other ingredients, I’d say I had a Diet Dessert Success.