June 19, 2014

Cucumber Peach Green Smoothie

I've tried green smoothies in the past, but I always seemed to make them too calorie laden. I mean, come on, a 600 calorie, non-meal replacement smoothie really isn't the best way to go. I recently had a few numbers come back higher than I'd like on some blood work so I got to researching what I could do easily and without much effort (just being honest) to get healthier. I don't eat McDonald's every day, I just don't want to give up my chips and Julio's salsa. :)

Anyway, one of the things I found was obviously eating more fruits and vegetables, and an easy way to eat all of that is in liquid form. (If you want to debate juicing vs blending, I'm not here to do that. I have a blender therefore I blend. Plus it's super easy to clean. Also, see laziness note above.) Thankfully I stumbled upon simplegreensmoothies.com which has great two-serving recipes that are yummy, easy to follow and simple to halve. I've signed up for the July 30 day challenge where they email you recipes for the week with a shopping list, and you make one green smoothie a day for 30 days. I'm impatient though, and didn't want to wait until July so I started my own daily smoothie regimen early last week. I'm twelve days in, day I'm loving it. I haven't gone too crazy experimenting with different greens or veggie/fruit combinations so I haven't had a smoothie yet that I had to just choke down.

All in all, I'm already feeling good at least about my increased fruit and veggie intake. I'm prone to hippie-leaning tendencies so I've even gone as far as adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to each smoothie. Did you know that one tablespoon has 11 grams of fiber?! No more rabbit food cereal for me in the mornings! I've also been making different/better choices during lunch and dinner which seems like progress. I'm planning on going back in 6-8 weeks to see if this one change has made much, if any, difference in my blood work numbers. For now though, I'm enjoying slurping my nutrients in the morning. One of my current favorites is a light, refreshing green smoothie made with cucumbers and peaches. It's delicious!

Cucumber Peach Green Smoothie

1 cup greens (spinach works great, so does kale)
1 cup water (if you like coconut water, use it here for a more tropical taste)
1/2 cup frozen peaches
1 small cucumber, sliced
1 banana
1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Blend water and greens until smooth. Add other ingredients and blend. Enjoy!

June 18, 2014

Becoming a Nontraditional Medical Student - Part Four

So after a year-long hiatus from blogging I guess I have a bit of catching up to do. If you read Part One, Two, or Three, you might have been wondering what happened. Well, I didn't get in, not for the fall of 2013 at least - I ended up waitlisted at every school at which I interviewed. There was a chance I could have been accepted in May or early June, but since the Texas application opens in early May (and AMCAS in early June) I decided to go ahead and reapply. If I got accepted I'd only be set back a few hundred dollars, and if I didn't get accepted at least I'd have my application in early for the next go around.

Writing this a year after the fact, I'm able to gloss over how difficult it was not to get accepted the first go around. Many tears were shed to say the least. This process has shown me how rough waiting can be and how important it is to keep moving forward. Thankfully I'd spent my first application year volunteering and shadowing - things I wasn't really able to put on my 2013 application since I'd worked nonstop up until applying. I was, however, able to bolster my 2014 application and interviews by having those experiences.

I submitted both my TMDSAS and AMCAS applications the first day I was able, and I truly think that helped me this time around. Out of the 20 schools I applied to, I received early (August and September) interviews to three schools, two in Texas and one in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to receive an acceptance to the school in Chicago in October - I was going somewhere to med school! I was even more fortunate to receive an acceptance to my top choice, UTH, in mid-November. I was exiting HEB when I got the email. I most definitely fell against a giant pile of fireplace wood just outside the exit and started crying - I'm that girl. :) I received one more interview after that but was able to decline since I already had the acceptance I wanted in hand.

It has been a long road getting here, and I'm not sure I could be more excited/anxious/over-the-moon about starting school in two months. I have some nontrad application tips coming soon so make sure to stay tuned for that.

June 16, 2014

A New Start

After a year (time flies!) of not blogging, I've decided to begin again. I'm starting medical school in Houston in a little over two months which means moving farther away from family and friends, and I want a way for them to keep up to date. Plus, I'm just excited to chronicle life as we buy and move into our first home and as I start school. I'm hoping to post a few times a week so here's to beginning again - I hope you stick around!

May 31, 2013

Promises to Keep by Jane Green

Promises to Keep by Jane Green is another book I picked up from the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble. The story centers around two sisters who love each other yet could not be more different. One, Callie, is a grounded wife and mother of two who is a successful photographer while the other, Steffi, can't seem to remain in one place, at one job, with one man for any span of time. Since Steffi feels like she has finally found her calling as a chef, Jane Green interspersed delicious recipes after many of the chapters in the book. It is difficult to write a decent synopsis without giving too much away which would be an injustice for this novel. All you need to know is that Promises to Keep is a wonderfully written tale of two sisters and their love and devotion to each other. As a disclaimer though, if you're an emotional reader like me, I would read the last few chapters with a few Kleenex on hand. It's a worthy summer fiction read.