Last Monday was my first day of residency at Mayo Clinic as an official Mayo physician (resident physician). We have two full weeks of orientation before we begin seeing patients (which I am so very grateful for) and today starts week 2.
I don’t even know how to begin recapping last week, I guess I’ll divide it into my usual 3 categories: Food, Fitness, and Science (swap Mayo Clinic for science)
Before I started my first week of residency at Mayo Clinic, I wanted to prep some healthy meals for the week. I have been meal prepping on weekends for years now and find it works so well for me and helps me to eat healthy all week. The only downside to meal prep is that it can take a whole lot of time if you let it. I like to grocery shop on Saturday and cook on Sunday, so that I don’t have to do all the shopping and cooking in one day.
The first item on my list to make was summer salsa, or as others call it, cowboy caviar. Basically its a gigantic bowl with corn, tomatoes, red, yellow, and green peppers, red onion, black beans, and black-eyed peas.
I like to toss it all with a little italian salad dressing (just a tiny bit) to give it a little tang. You can eat it with chips, put it on a salad, in a wrap, top it with protein- anything goes!
It’s so summery, light, and yet filling! I prepped 5 tupperwares with a heaping cup of this for the week.
Next was a protein source. Kyle and I bought a chicken at the farmer’s market and both thought roasting it sounded pretty good. We brainstormed for seasoning ideas, and came up with a marinade that was perfect!
Roasted Chicken Marinade:
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp orange zest
- juice from 1 large orance
- 1 tbs cumin
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs honey
Chop the shallots and garlic. Mix together with orange zest, cumin, olive oil, honey, and orange juice.
Put entire mixture in blender and blend until smooth (about 20 seconds).
I patted our chicken dry, placed it in a roasting pan, added salt and pepper, and then covered the chicken in the marinade.
We roasted it at 400F covered for 30 minutes and then uncovered for another 40 min. It wasn’t quite done so we kept it in a bit longer. For roasting times you can look up appropriate times and temperatures depending on the weight of your chicken.
I took the chicken out of the roasting pan and let it rest on a platter. Then, I poured all the liquid into a sauce pan and turned the heat up to high. I let the sauce boil and stirred constantly until it reduced by half (about 5 minutes).
Then, I poured the sauce back over the chicken and topped with some chopped cilantro.
Man oh man it was good!
The last thing I made for the week was protein brownies! These brownies are paleo (I think- someone correct me if they aren’t), gluten free, and pretty darn healthy (minus all the chocolate chips- but they were dark chocolate so that doesn’t count 😉 )
I didn’t really follow a recipe and I don’t recall all the ingredients 100%, so if you try to recreate this, just throw some things into a bowl until the batter tastes good. That’s what I always do 🙂
I added about 1 cup almond flour, 1/3 cup coconut flour, 1/3 cup coconut sugar, 2 scoops chocolate protein powder, 1/4 cup cacao powder, 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 2 eggs. Then I poured in a ton (probably about 2 cups) of fresh mulberries and even more chocolate chips.
I spread the batter out onto a greased pan and baked for 20ish minutes at 350. Aren’t you loving this specific and scientifically tested recipe?
Anyways, they were outstanding. Super soft, just sweet enough, not dry AT ALL, just really really yummy. I ate the whole pan in 5 days.
***I recreated the recipe yesterday and didn’t use chocolate chips (because I didn’t have any left 🙁 ) and they were still really good.
I sectioned out the brownies and wrapped them individually to take as snacks during the day.
Besides all that meal prep, Kyle and I have had several dinners out!
We met up with some friends for dinner twice, and had dinner out with my classmates. I neglected to take pictures because I don’t want to be that one weird resident with the blog who always takes pictures… I’m holding back for now 😉
And the last food related item: Strawberries!
Kyle and I went strawberry picking this weekend at a local farm and picked 7.5 lbs of berries!
So far I’ve had strawberries on my greek yogurt at breakfast, in a bowl at lunch, and on top of strawberry shortcake for dessert. Life is good!
This is the part where I tell you I’ve hardly worked out at all. When we moved here I was so excited to have 2 weeks to workout at the Mayo gym before my schedule got super busy. Well, they wouldn’t let me register until June 16th- my official start date. So, without a gym I didn’t have much to do besides run outside. I did go for 2 beautiful runs- about 4 miles each.
But for some reason, I just wasn’t feeling into running. So I did what I do best- convinced myself to just not workout.
I am happy to report that now, I’ve been to the Mayo gym 4 times and I plan on going today I promise.
I went on Saturday for some stairs and elliptical. (20 min on each)
Then I finished with 20 minutes of yoga in one of the studios. I had the whole room to myself!
I can’t get over how amazing the gym is. First of all, it’s huge. This whole building is the gym:
They do a few other things on the top floors like physical therapy, but the entire building is the “healthy living center”.
All the supplies are clean and organized. It puts my old LA Fitness to shame!!
Yesterday, I made it to a yoga class and really enjoyed it. It was different from the yoga I did in Indianapolis, but I still felt like it was a great practice. I have yet to check out the spinning classes, but they’re next on my list.
Residency at Mayo Clinic
Residency at Mayo Clinic is incredible. I love it so much already. We’ve had such jam-packed days from 7am-5pm and I have not once felt like they were wasting my time. I remember thinking about how much of a waste of time SO many things were at my old school. It was really frustrating to me. But everything at Mayo (so far) is efficient, worthwhile, helpful, inspiring, and necessary.
On Monday we had official introductions and we got our name tags. It’s all real now!
We had lots of lectures about residency in general. I thought this diagram was pretty insightful:
Will you all cheer me up in January?
I’m getting better at wearing suits every day:
And we’ve even had a few lunch breaks to go outside and enjoy the sunshine.
So it’s going great! I’m sure I will fall apart the second I get patients for whom I’m actually responsible, but for now I’m going to enjoy every minute of orientation.
Have a great week friends!!