Today is my day off and then I work 11 days in a row, so I have a ton to do today to get all my ducks in a row before I go on my long work stretch. Whenever I go a long time without a day off, my house ends up in shambles. Clothes pile up, dishes stay dirty (thank goodness for Kyle who does so much around the house- I love you Kyle!!), emails go unanswered (I still have SO many blog emails to respond to- sorry guys!!!!), you get the idea.
This month is especially busy because I have to take my board exam on December 1st and 2nd. I’m not studying super super hard, because my score really doesn’t matter all that much. But, I still would prefer to do well and not embarrass myself, so I’m studying a moderate amount 😉
Along with work and studying, I’ve made some SUPER yummy meals lately that I can’t wait to share with you. I also have some exciting blog updates coming hopefully really really soon!
But unfortunately today, I just have some boring pictures and updates from life lately.
Hematology is going really well so far! I’m learning lots about chemotherapy, I LOVE my patients (they are all so wonderful) and I love the other residents on my team.
Every morning we have a short lecture, and I’ve been trying to pay close attention, so I ace the heme portion of my board exam next month 😉
Last week, a group of all my favorite people got together for our friend Hilda’s birthday. We went to this great restaurant called Michael’s, and sat in the back room which was more like a library! The ambiance was cozy and almost took us back in time. They had live music, the food was excellent, and the company was better- great night all around.
Believe it or not, I went to the gym SIX times last week! Who am I? After weeks of not going at all, it felt pretty good to move again. I did a lot of walking on the treadmill while studying, which isn’t too intense, but feels so good and makes studying go by faster 🙂
I also did 3 weight workouts from my plan that Emily made me. I’m telling you- this girl knows what she’s doing!!
Have I mentioned that we’re not allowed to wear sleeveless shirts at the Mayo gym? These workout tee-shirts from Gap have become my ultimate favorite workout shirt ever. They are stretchy, don’t show sweat, loose but don’t move around, and soooo comfortable. I have 5 different colors I think. Check them out! (affiliate link 🙂 )
For some reason, green juice has become a morning necessity for me for the past 3 weeks. I started making it last month and now I must have it ever morning! It makes me feel so refreshed and energized, and I feel good about getting in some extra veggies with breakfast 🙂
I add a ton of kale, 1/2 a huge cucumber, juice from 1 lemon, a small cube of fresh ginger, and 1 apple to my blender. I blend it for 2-3 minutes until it’s pretty smooth. I store it in a tupperware in the fridge, and it lasts about 3 days. Every morning I pour some into a to-go cup and add a few cubes of ice. The ice melts and waters down the juice which is good, because it’s pretty thick! Also, the ice keeps it cold for a few hours until I drink it.
This morning I made a wrap with egg, avocado, and a veggie sausage. Gotta fuel up for my busy day off!
And that’s life lately! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far and staying warm! It’s snowing in Minnesota!
P.S. Saw this article about a new study published in Cell and thought it was super interesting. The gut micro biome has been a super trendy topic lately, among both the holistic nutrition world and scientists. In this new study, researchers looked at the difference in gut bacteria in twins- both identical and fraternal. They found that a certain species of bacteria was more heavily influenced by genetics- meaning these bacteria were heritable in a sense. What was most notable from the study, was that one species of bacteria was more prevalent in those with a lean body mass. When this bacteria was added to the gut micro biome of mice, the mice gained less weight. This study suggests that there is a component of gut bacteria that may predispose certain individuals to having a lower body weight. If supplements of this bacteria help prevent weight gain in mice, it might be a new tool to help treat obesity. Pretty cool!
Here is the original article if you’re interested:
Julia K. Goodrich, Jillian L. Waters, Angela C. Poole, Jessica L. Sutter, Omry Koren, Ran Blekhman, Michelle Beaumont, William Van Treuren, Rob Knight, Jordana T. Bell, Timothy D. Spector, Andrew G. Clark, Ruth E. Ley. Human Genetics Shape the Gut Microbiome. Cell, 2014; 159 (4): 789 DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2014.09.053
Have a great day folks!