Glad you asked!
My dad thinks it’s great because I eat more vegetables.
My brothers think it’s annoying because we can’t go eat Pho…
My mom is vegan 5-7 days a week (this has been her lifestyle all her life stemming from Buddhism). She is concerned that I’m not “feeding my brain” enough and believes I should at least eat fish sometimes.
My grandma is very concerned and even though she’s vegan/Buddhist vegetarian most days of the week, she believes I need to eat meat for “strength.” I ease her worries and just tell her that I eat meat and fish sometimes.
My extended family have cultural beliefs about meat and fish being nourishing and nutritious food. These ideas stem from growing up poor in Vietnam where good meat was a luxury and something to covet.
Honestly, I don’t tell my family members about my diet much. I know that when they tell me to eat certain things, it’s because they care about me which makes me less annoyed.
About splurging: The last time I ate animal flesh (I know that sounds weird…) was on Labor Day. It was my friend’s wedding and the preset menu had salmon and shrimp. I’ve only focused on a Vegan diet for 2 years now…and I’ve had meat/seafood a couple times. I estimate I eat a non-vegan treat once a week (i.e. Birthday cake, shared baked cookies in a meeting, free sandwich that has mayo on it)
Confession: I really want some shrimp dim sum right now. Even though it’s all ground up with fat…
Confession 2: I’m in lecture and blogging…
You know, I don’t actually get that many messages, so when I do, like most tumblr bloggers… It’s kind of nice! And I click right away to see what a reader has said…And then it’s such a downer to read something like this. =(
We give and receive a lot of feedback and criticism in medical school. My project this summer is analyzing feedback and comments from patients! It’s really important to hear from other people. I welcome all feedback and especially value comments that are specific. Please let me know what you like and don’t like.
Also, I guess I haven’t introduced myself to new followers! Here are some facts about my life:
Guess this post is also rather long…I don’t need to “get a life”…I need to get more sleep!
P.S. Let’s all try to not let negative comments get to us. Use them as an opportunity to get better at something…i.e. ignoring bs and focusing your energy on something better. If it’s actually a useful comment, try and understand where that statement is coming from and fix your practice.
Hi! I hope applying to grad schools is going well. You probably have made your decision already. I’m sure you’ll get into one of your top choices with all the activities you are doing. I agree that keeping a regular exercise regimen helps productivity and staying on schedule.
I eat vegan about 95% of the time, and I find it a very balanced nutrition plan! As for gaining weight, definitely make sure you are eating enough. Do you have time for meals? Do not deprive yourself even if you are busy. You deserve time to eat and to relax! Make sure you have a protein source at every meal. For example, I drink soy milk as part of breakfast, beans as a main part of lunch, and lentils as a dinner entree. Try and do 2-3 strength workouts a week in place of cardio. Some people are naturally underweight…have you always been thin and are your family members generally thin? Being underweight is big concern if it’s from recent weight loss.
Hi! What a GREAT time to start exercising! For a healthy person, having no medical complications, here are some ways to increase your running stamina.
1) Drink water before, and after 10 minutes of running. This will help with feeling dizzy and lightheaded.
2) Take a walking break after 10 minutes, and then do one more round.
3) Stretch briefly before, and for 7-10 minutes after exercising. (Something I need to work on too.
4) Strengthen major muscles by doing: calf raises, squats, and lunges.
5) Keep it up!
Hi! Coffee has more caffeine than tea which I do not need. Tea also has more antioxidants than coffee. Tea stains your teeth less! Coffee is not “super unhealthy,” especially if you are drinking regular coffee with just some milk/milk alternative. It gets bad like during the holiday season when Starbucks has all these specialty drinks full of whip cream, sugar, syrup, and empty calories. It’s a little worrying that you aren’t getting enough sleep as a freshman in college. My roommate and I sleep 7-8 hours a night in med school. I drink tea, but she doesn’t drink any caffeinated drinks! Figure out why you’re so pressed for time. Did you over-commit this semester? Are you balancing school and play well? Are you productive during the daytime? Is your class schedule messed up with lots of small time gaps? I would say a reliance on caffeine is a negative habit to have, and it’s not a necessary component of productivity. Nor is it the secret to academic success. You’re going to do great!
New Year’s Resolution? Getting enough sleep =)
For me, I drink tea daily. I’ll reuse one teabag for 2-3 refills. I like herbal teas to squash sugar cravings. Tea helps me from snacking and eating late at night. I drink coffee when I need to stay-up late to go out with friends…lol I drink coffee when I need to have fun, not when I need to study!
Do you find that you NEED caffeine?
Great New Year’s Resolution!
So it’s not unpractical to go from NO running to completing a half marathon. I would aim for 13.1 miles first before you tackle the full marathon. You have to decide if you even like running first!
Tips to get you started:
What are some tips everyone else has?
Happy New Year!
Too bad “radiant” most likely leads to tan and wrinkly in the (hopefully not-so-near) future =_=…I definitely pamper my hair! Some treatments I do include:
I only have experience with straight, albeit rather dry, hair! I have no clue how to manage curly hair.
Thank you, you’re so kind. I splurge on shampoo and conditioner…I use Matrix Biolage Color Care. I don’t dye or highlight my hair, but this version was on sale lol. I want to try their Hydratherapie Shampoo & Conditioner. I was using Nexxus Therappe Shampoo and Conditioner, but the moisturizing effect does not last as long. Matrix Biolage is amazing! Especially if you have coarse hair…it makes it feel instantly sleeker and look shinier…And it STAYS that way. Also, my mom swears that Nexxus made her hair sleek…but it made more it fall out! Matrix has slowed down the hair-loss problem for her lol.
Matrix Biolage is expensive in stores and salons, but I buy it from Amazon for discounted prices (albeit large portions…I get the 1 Liter shampoo and conditioning set!). I think Shampoo and Conditioner is worth a splurge, especially if you have thick hair. The bottles last a long time. Good quality products make your hair more manageable, enjoyable, and just overall prettier!
You should aim to do your best! Work your butt off and go for the A’s! The average GPA for accepted students around the US in 2011 was 3.66 so maybe you can use that as a long-term goal. Medical schools like to see that you’ve gained some experience in the field and have worked on a project (volunteer, research, study groups) to a significant degree. They also like to learn how you are unique and what you are passionate about!
Hi, I worked full-time doing research after graduation for 6 months. I also had to finish some applications and interviews. Since then, I’ve been traveling, taking classes that have always interested me, pursuing artistic and musical projects, and spending time with my family. If you plan to have at least a year before med school/grad school/work/etc., my best advice is to not waste the amazing opportunity to do something productive, meaningful to you, and fun! It’s a time to really round out your life and to focus on some areas that have been neglected or yearn for development.
Thanks for reading my health blog and have a great summer! :D!!! Hope you aren’t taking summer session like I did the summer before 2nd year…
About once a week. I’m not a devotee to any particular grocery store and my preferences change depending on where I’m living. Currently, I live in the suburbs and find the following to have the freshest produce:
I’ll be living in an urban environment soon, so I’ll be frequently smaller, family owned stores in the city!
Hi there, it is very helpful that you noticed the warning signs of your sister’s progressing health issues. I’ve only ever approached one of my friends about her dieting problem and she responded openly (although I don’t think I changed her habits or ways of thinking…). I tried to do the following:
Hope this helps and that your sister is getting better. I greatly apologize for taking ages to reply to this question. It’s just that everytime I started it, I never knew what to say. It’s a hard issue, and I personally know what it feels like on both ends of the story.
How have you approached someone you suspect is in trouble? How have you responded to people who are worried about you?
What I usually do is buy 1 lb (16 oz) of fish and then divide them into 4 servings. That way I’m eating just about 4 oz each time. Depending on how thick the slice is, 4 oz can be the same size or a little longer than an 3x4 index card.
And please don’t be obsessed! Let precision and accuracy be your best friends, but no need to stress out more than necessary.
Yes, too much protein can indeed hurt.
A general rule I learned in Nutrition is that the max intake of protein for any person is 2g of protein per kg (2g/kg). For example if you weigh 50 kg, your max intake would be 100 g of protein.
Eating too much of protein pours more stress on your kidneys. Nitrogen is a main component of proteins, but our bodies do not use much of it. Therefore, our kidneys have to filter out the excess nitrogen as urea (pee). A build up of nitrogen in the body would have toxic effects.
Also, if you are getting a lot of your protein from mammalian red meat, you could be increasing your risk of cancer. Glycans are carbohydrates from red meat and milk that get incorporated into human glycoproteins stimulating inflammation and raising the risk of carcinomas.
Oh no, not at all! I’m a little nervous, spazzy/overly eager, not sure if I’m preparing enough during this summer, and bummed/stressed about how expensive housing will be around my school…Part of the reason I’m not scared is because I befriended a lot of medical students during college, and one of my close friends is a 3rd year (albeit at a different school). I can really ask him anything that I’m curious about! I guess I’m still really happy that I got in, so maybe I’m still in a honeymoon phase haha. I’m so excited to finally start formally learning medicine and everything I’ve been WAITING to study.
Don’t be scared! Find someone you trust so you can just vent to, or email a 2nd year the questions you have. Hope you’re having a great summer! We’ll be FINE. Yay Class of 2016!