I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to do a public health elective this month! I ideally wanted to do a project that involved diabetes, obesity, nutrition, healthy living stuff because I just love all that stuff and could talk about it all day.
But, they didn’t have any good projects in that area 🙁 The tobacco prevention coalition however, did have some great projects, so I decided to take tobacco and crush it this month! Well okay, not really. My project is about E-Cigarettes.
E-Cigarettes are electronic devices that mimic smoking a cigarette. Inside, is a cartridge full of nicotine and other stuff (who knows what’s in there!?!) that gets heated and vaporizes the nicotine so you can “smoke” it. The manufacturers say it’s less harmful that cigarettes because there is no tobacco or tar.
The people who smoke E-cigarettes call themselves “Vapers” and apparently there is an entire Vaper culture. They share recipes for the “juice” inside the E-cig, they talk about all the different devices, people collect all this stuff… it’s intense.
So my paper is going to be called, “The Vaper and Their Vapor: The Pros and Cons of Electronic Cigarettes and A Review of the Literature.“
Isn’t that clever? The vaper and the vapor… get it? I’m such a loser.
Anyways, the point is the fact that these are un-regulated, marketed to youth, made by who knows who in China, and could possibly be dangerous. Also, there is NO evidence that they help people stop smoking. Also there is concern that they may be a gateway for smoking actual cigarettes because they are accessible to teens and come in fun flavors like cotton candy (gross).
Health care professionals need to be aware of the potential harms vs. benefits of e-cigarettes before recommending them. So far, from my research, I think they should only be recommended to people with MULTIPLE failed attempts to quit tobacco, or those who get a lot of benefit from smoking- like people with schizophrenia. Tons of studies show that smoking really helps them, so maybe e-cigarettes are a good option for them?
Had enough E-cig talk for today? Me too.
I’m still dominating P90X and I REALLY like it! I feel like I’m getting stronger already!
Also, I think my body likes having more muscle on it. I’ve never been naturally lean (I was so chubby as a kid- you should see the pictures!!) so having some muscle might help my metabolism get rid of some of the fat it so desperately clings to 😉
I was strangely tired yesterday and couldn’t shake my fatigue.
But luckily I powered through and still got a great workout in. Back and biceps baby!
After my workout, I refueled with a protein shake that was so thick, I poured it into a bowl and ate it with a spoon! Topped with unsweetened coconut- delish!
After studying and fooling around for a bit, it was lunch time. I scrambled up some egg whites, turkey, and veggies, and topped it all with avocado. A few rice chips on the side added some crunch 🙂
Later in the day, I got to work in the kitchen! I had a big can of salmon I needed to use and 2 lbs of ground turkey that needed to be cooked as well! I basically made the same recipe for the salmon and the turkey, but varied it a little to come out with salmon cakes and turkey muffins.
Here’s how I made the salmon cakes:
Chop 2 big celery stalks:
Chop up 1/2 cup carrot:
Chop up a big handful of parsley (probably 1-2 tbs):
Add 1 egg and 2 tbs dijon mustard:
Gring 1 cup plain raw oats in the blender/food processor to a bread crumb texture- not as fine as flour. Oats are a GREAT substitute for bread crumbs 🙂
Add in 1 can of Salmon:
Shape into patties. Brown each side on the stove:
And finish them off in the oven at 400F for 15 minutes or until golden brown!
To make the turkey muffins, I used the same base of veggies, egg, and oat flour. This time I used greek peppers instead of carrots and celery. I also added 2 shallots. And lastly, a ton of spices- chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, and cumin.
Stir that all up, add your turkey, and form into balls. Cook the balls in muffin tins for 20 minutes at 400F.
I enjoyed a hot from the oven turkey muffin on top of some greens for dinner!
And finished off the night with greek yogurt, blueberries, and walnuts.
If today goes as well as yesterday, I’m in for a good day!
Have you heard of E-cigarettes? What do you think?
Do you have any quick go-to recipes you make over and over? My turkey muffins are my go-to for sure! If you’ve got a good one, post the recipe in the comments!!