A Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving

Hi there! Long time, no talk! First off, happy Veteran’s Day- thank you to all our Vet’s! Secondly, I hope everyone has been having a great Fall so far. I have off from supervised practice today so I thought I’d stop in for a little bit for an update about the internship and some holiday tips!

Lately

For the past 6 weeks, I have been creating lesson plans and providing nutrition education in elementary schools (and one middle school class) about various topics, the most popular being MyPlate and Snacks vs. Treats.

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Here is the “MyPlate” I created, along with pictures of food I have the student’s stick on, or stick on for them if they are just learning! This is my last week of the nutrition education rotation, and next week I move on to my specialty rotation of Sports Nutrition! Another intern and I have been working on easy information for the athlete’s on how to create a diet record and next week I have 24 hours to dedicate to that.

It’s hard to believe the semester is almost over, I have Thanksgiving break two weeks from tomorrow, and then two and a half weeks left before Christmas break! Eek! I have a lot of work to do before then.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I was on Pinterest the other day and came across a great portion guide for Thanksgiving food! Even though I do not blog frequently, I am on Pinterest and Instagram daily. I pin to my Fitness and Nutrition board all the time, and it’s full of inspirational health tips and pics! I’m also on Instagram too :)

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This is the healthy portion size picture I found about Thanksgiving. If you’re more of a hand visual person like myself, 3 oz of turkey is the size of your palm, 1/2 cup is one hand, cupped, (1 cup is both hands cupped or the size of a fist), and 1 teaspoon is about the size of your thumb tip.

Hoping to stop by again soon! Have a great day!

My 100th post and an Internship Update

Hey everyone! I finally found time to sit down and share an update about my life with all of you (although, I may really be procrastinating studying biochem…). Things have been going well with my internship; I’m in the second week of my third rotation!

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What I’ve Been Doing with Internship

I might have mentioned before that this semester is Foodservice for my rotations. My first rotation was 2 weeks long in the kitchen of a hospital; I observed a lot of tray lines, took temperatures of refrigerators and coolers, and tried pureed food! I thought that was really interesting, and it was nice to know what I may someday be recommending to patients.

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(That isn’t the food I tried, but that’s what pureed food looks like. I tried corn which did look like those peas, except yellow of course, and mashed potatoes which are the same as regular. I also tried a pureed cookie, which was a shortbread cookie soaked for a few minutes in milk. It was pretty good!). I was also busy working on the assignments I had for that rotation!

My rotation last week was a quick introduction to pediatrics (I know, it’s confusing that my semester is foodservice but I do have some clinical thrown in). I spent some time observing the dietitian in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), and learning to read charts, perform nutrition screenings on patients, and fill out mock assessments. I even got to look at the EMR (electronic medical record) and see my screen notes in there!

Grad School

There’s also been lots of studying for my graduate classes. The internship I’m in requires graduate classes during the semester, but not to get a master’s degree. I decided that I will earn my master’s degree because I think it will open up a lot more opportunities, and it will be required for RD’s in 2024. That added some pressure to school because I need to get no lower than a B in my classes to be able to earn a master’s. I’m taking two classes right now, one that is a biochemistry type class, and another that is nutritional assessment.

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I did have that memorized for my first exam, which I’m pleased to say I earned an 87 on!

This week in internship…

Last week, I began my 7 week community foodservice rotation. I will be doing nutrition education in schools for kindergarten through 8th grade for my last few weeks, but for now I have been busy lesson planning, and tomorrow I start observing the lunch line! I made 6 lesson plans for the students; portion control, eating breakfast, physical activity, distinguishing between snacks and treats, nutrition myths versus facts, and MyPlate. The MyPlate lesson plan has been the most discouraging because all the USDA websites are down due to the government shutdown.

Speaking of the government shutdown, I did some research on the FDA and food safety inspections for a “hot topic” presentation I have on Wednesday, and I learned they are currently suspended. The FDA does an average of 80 inspections per day; so far there have been 560 facilities that have gone without inspections because of this.

What else I’ve been up to

Weekends have mostly been projects, homework, and studying and will definitely be the case this coming weekend! I did see Cameron two weekends ago and we went apple picking! I made homemade apple sauce, and baked apple “chips”.

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I also saw Gravity in 3D with my roommates last weekend, I really liked it! It did kill any thoughts I ever had about wanting to go to space though :p

My diet has not been FODMAPs like it was for a little bit in the summer. I found it wasn’t doing much for me, and it was very restrictive and just not enjoyable. I haven’t noticed as many problems here as I did at home with my stomach, but I haven’t changed my diet. I buy my own groceries now, and have stopped buying as much organic produce to save money. My average grocery bill is $30, but I shop sometimes as much as 3 times per week. I don’t meal plan, but I use a lot of frozen vegetables. I eat a lot of yogurt, salads, eggs, cereal, Annie’s mac and cheese, and pasta with marinara sauce.

I also really like Tim Horton’s! Any Canadian friends agree? (Not that I’m in Canada but I’m pretty darn close).

Also, I just want to note that this is my 100th post! I’m so proud to say I’m writing it as a dietetic intern.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon. For now, I’m off to study biochem!

 

I’m Still Here!

Hi everyone! I’m just popping in real quick to let you all know that even though my blogging has dwindled down to practically nothing, I want you all to know that I have no intention of quitting! Instead of fairly regular blogging like I did over the summer, I hope to blog at least once a week with an update of what I’ve been up to, and how interesting has been going.

I’ll continue to update my Twitter account as well as my Instagram, so be sure to follow for more frequent updates than my blog! Have a great week!

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This Week’s Groceries and Dietetic Adventures

Hello there! Tomorrow starts my first full week of orientation. I don’t start rotations for a few weeks still, but this week will be touring foodservice facilities and working on my first assignments!

I had a nice relaxing weekend with Cameron, until he left Sunday afternoon. For the next few hours, I worked on homework and checking internship things off my to-do list. Here are a few pictures from my weekend!

Niagara Falls

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The zoo!

 

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And this week’s groceries!

This week I bought:

  • 4 Chobani’s
  • 1 Chobani Flip
  • 1 loaf whole wheat bread
  • Edy’s Frozen Chocolate Fudge yogurt
  • 2 bagels (for Cameron)
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 small bag baby carrots
  • 1lb black plums
  • 1 beefsteak tomato
  • 1 lb romaine lettuce

Total: $28.01

Last week I spent over $100 on groceries, but I was starting my kitchen from scratch. This week I’m curious to see how much I spend just for every day food. I’m hoping to not go over $50!

It’s time for some down time. Have a great week!

DI Orientation Day 1 & 2

Hey there! Long time, no talk, huh? It’s only been a few days but it seems like a while. Since I last left you, I officially started my dietetic internship! It’s been a crazy two days. (I apologize for my lack of responses to comments and reading everyone else’s blogs. I don’t remember the last time I was this busy!)

I spent Tuesday at the Apple Store, studying, and getting things ready like a little kid for the first day of school! (I had some problems with my iPhone when I got here, but luckily Apple fixed it).

Here’s where I spent most of my time Tuesday:

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Rough life! I hear the weather in Buffalo is bad in the winter, so I’ve been taking advantage of the pool while it’s still open (and empty, everyone else who didn’t have permission to move in early moves in on Saturday).

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Wednesday morning, I woke up bright and early to work out and get ready for my first day. The complex has a small gym and I used the elliptical. I’ve found if I don’t work out in the morning, the chances of me working out in the afternoon are pretty low!

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First day outfit, ready to go! We didn’t have to dress professionally for orientation, but I still wanted to make a good impression. I don’t usually wear jeans because I find them uncomfortable (no matter how well they fit), and I wear soccer shorts in the summer and yoga pants in the winter. I even put on jewelry!

Day 1 of orientation was a lot of introductions- to people and the program. We turned in papers and discussed the upcoming year. The night before, I packed myself a healthy lunch to ensure that I had nutritious food waiting for me!

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(I packed a salad, a pineapple Chobani, a peach, coconut Luna bar, and  piece of dark chocolate. Have I mentioned I have a fear of have no access to food?)

We finished up around 2:30 (and started at 10), so my roommates and I spent the afternoon poolside again, studying!

My dinners have been pretty basic lately since I’m still building up my kitchen. A lot of rice bowls and big salads! Yesterday’s dinner was a rice bowl with sauteed stir fry peppers (frozen- frozen veggies are a cheap and easy way to make sure you get your greens! They also have more nutrients than fresh), avocado, tofu, canned tomatoes with chili peppers, and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese.

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I was so exhausted yesterday I was having trouble staying up past 10. By 10:30, I was out! It made getting up at 6:45 to do some Blogilates today easier though.

Day 2 of orientation was a much longer day. We started at 9 instead of 10 (which was convenient since President Obama was coming to speak at UB and they were closing the roads around 10), and I didn’t get home until 5.

We did a lot more today- we got our schedules and rotations. I’m in the Foodservice group, so this semester my rotations will be in the foodservice category! We also got all of our assignments for the semester (goodbye, free time), took the clinical quiz and a practice RD exam, as well as received a library tour.

We were told to bring 2″ thick binders and a 3 hole punch to store all our papers, and mine is already pretty thick!

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It doesn’t look thick here, but trust me, we got a LOT of papers today. I plan on spending tomorrow afternoon organizing and plugging everything into my planner. I have a little over a week until my actual rotations begin; next week is touring of facilities (as well as weekly classes and seminar).

Today was one of my roommates birthdays, so after orientation we all went out for a much needed celebration! We went to a Mexican restaurant, and I got a big margarita and a vegetarian taco.

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We had a big party so we were seated outside, which I was happy about because it was a nice, warm evening!

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Dessert was amazing cupcakes from Wegman’s. Wegman’s is raved about, but it’s been super crowded so I haven’t explored it much. These Funfetti cupcakes helped me form an opinion though!

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Tomorrow is graduate school orientation, bright and early. I plan on spending the afternoon organizing and relaxing, and in the evening Cameron is coming! It will be nice to see him again before things get even crazier and my weekends are booked with homework and rotations.

Time to hit the hay!

Summer Bucket List

Good morning! Today is officially my last day of summer. Tomorrow through Friday I have orientation, and Monday starts classes and my internship! Things are going well at the new apartment, although it’s difficult trying to get used to having to ration my food. Since this internship is unpaid and I no longer have access to a credit card, money is tight! However, I think this will be a good experience for me; I’ll be able to use myself as an example to show people that eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive.

Speaking of summer, remember that Summer bucket list I made in June? Well, it’s time to see how I did!

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  • Pick blueberries

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Check! I think my mom and I picked over 15lbs from my neighbor’s blueberry bush. At home, I ate them every day! Should’ve snagged a bag before I left.

  • Climb a mountain

Check! I actually climbed three. One in the very beginning of summer, one in Maine, and one that I’m not sure if I actually wrote about! Two were Adirondack High Peaks and one was just a fun climb in Maine.

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  • Drink lemonade

Check? Mate? Maybe? I had some bottled Honest Ade pink lemonade in Maine. Does that count?

My favorite kind of lemonade is the fresh ones from a fair or carnival- where they make it right in front of you and pour in a cup of sugar! Hey, fairs only come once a year!

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  • Mini golfing

I don’t think mini golfing was meant to be for me this summer. I think I tried three times, and all three were fails. The first two times the courses ended up being closed due to flooding from heavy rain, and the third time we actually had clubs and were on the green, but a severe thunderstorm was headed our way and the manager shut the course down when we were 6 holes in. Maybe next year!

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(Me and Cameron a few years ago. Looking stylish in my tank top and hiking boots!)

  • Go to a fair

Not yet! I’m hoping to go to the New York State Fair in Syracuse the weekend after this one. There’s a free O.A.R. concert there! Although, nothing will beat the fair the wedding party went to with my sister on her wedding day last year.

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(There I am on the right stuffing cotton candy in my mouth!)

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  • Ride a bike

Check! I went on a nice bike ride in Maine next to the coast :)

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(I also did yoga on my bike ride!)

All in all I was able to solidly check off 3 things from my bucket list! I count drinking lemonade and mini-golfing as 1/2 a check each. So in total, I give myself a 4/6 (which sounds better than a 66%)!

Have a great day!

 

New Beginnings

Hello there! I know it’s been a few days since I was last in the blogging world. Since Wednesday, I’ve been packing, driving, exploring, unpacking, more exploring, and settling in my new city. As of yesterday, I officially moved into my first apartment!

I’d say that’s pretty marvelous wouldn’t you?

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I don’t even know where to start! Hmm…rewind to Thursday.

Marvelous is…

I finally put away my diploma!

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It had been sitting in the envelope I received it in for a few weeks. My next step is to get it out of my basement!

Marvelous is…

The little nerdy things.

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Today’s Dietitian magazine is following me on Twitter! So cool!

Marvelous is…

Fitting it in the Fit.

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As USPS says, “if it ships it fits!”

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Miraculously, my mom managed to fit everything into the Fit. I couldn’t really use the rear window, but that’s what the other windows are for, right? Friday morning my mom and I headed off for Buffalo. It took a little over 4 hours (we stopped for a few breaks and traffic), but it wasn’t a bad drive. Compared to Oneonta, Buffalo is huge!

Marvelous is…

One of the best dinners I’ve ever had!

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On Friday evening, my mom and I went out to dinner at a restaurant she found on Yelp called Rizotto.

We were served fresh bread with three different dips: olive tapenade, a veggie dip, and a butternut squash dip!

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I lost a few pictures trying to fix my iPhone, so I’ll describe them instead!

We chose three appetizers from the antipasto bar: asparagus with parmesan and scrambled eggs, farro and vegetables, and a caprese salad. The waiter actually gave us a tour of the antipasto bar, which was cool when it was happening to us; not so much when he was doing it to other guests and we were waiting for him to take our oder.

For the main course, I ordered the best ravioli I’ve ever had! I’m not much of a fan of ravioli, but I can’t tell you why because I love pasta and I love cheese. Maybe it’s the cheese inside the ravioli? This ravioli was cooked in a thick cream sauce, too rich for me to finish!

Luckily, I have a picture of the dessert to share with you.

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Like the ravioli, this was right up there with the best cake I’ve ever had! It was so rich my mom and I only finished 2/3 of it together; and we always finish our dessert. I’m convinced that light brown layer was a stick of butter dipped in espresso powder.

Just when we thought we couldn’t fit anymore into our stomachs, the waiter brought us complimentary limoncello. It was so sweet and tasty!

Marvelous is…

My new apartment for the next year! Saturday morning, my mom and I moved my stuff into my new room. I’m sharing the apartment with 3 other interns, and (marvelous is) they’re really nice!

Here’s a little house tour:

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It’s so much nicer than the dorm I lived in for 3 years! There’s even a gym, pool, and hot tub in the complex!

Marvelous is…

One more Monday that won’t feel like a Monday. Orientation starts Wednesday, so this is my last Monday until November to just hang out! Although I’ll probably spend it studying and organizing.

Marvelous is…

That my appetite is back. When I’m out of my usual routine (like moving into a dorm, or now an apartment), my appetite and workout motivation get out of whack. Luckily for my tastebuds, it’s my appetite is in full swing again! This is unfortunate for my wallet though… I’ve been living on mostly salads, sandwiches, and Chobani. Oh, and I have a new love for cinnamon!

Have a great day!