Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall Schedule for 1st Year MSN Program

In case you were wondering what classes I'm suffering through taking this fall term (they started Monday!), here is a list as well as a short synopsis from the school catalog. Bastyr University focuses on a whole-foods curriculum instead of individual nutrients, which is what drew me towards the school to begin with, but I've heard from second-year MSN students that during the first two terms, it doesn't really feel like that's the case. I'm a little apprehensive about this term, but I also know that I've made it this far and have gotten A's in my hardest classes (organic chemistry, A&P, biology, and biochemistry, to name a few), so I should be able to succeed this term, as well.

My fall schedule:

Disease Processes 1This course is designed for nutrition master’s students and is an introduction to pathology. Included are the inflammatory process, cell repair and basic immunology. (3 credits)

Fundamentals of Counseling: Basic Skills (+ Lab)This course covers the fundamentals of counseling, including essential counselor characteristics, basic communication and interview skills, the establishment of a therapeutic/wellness alliance, proficiency in stimulating health and nourishment, and suicide assessment and referral. The theory and research in common factor models of psychotherapy are emphasized. (3 credits)

Research Methods in Health Sciences (+ Lab)This course covers the major research methodologies used in health sciences research. Qualitative and quantitative methods are discussed. The emphasis is on the design and interpretation of research studies. (3 credits)

Advanced Nutrition: MacronutrientsNutritional biochemistry of the macronutrients, including integrated metabolism, is discussed. Macronutrient digestion, biological requirements, absorption and metabolism are emphasized. Students apply these principles to various dietary and metabolic states. (5 credits)

Nutrition in the Life CyclePhysiological, metabolic, interpersonal and developmental relationships to nutrition are explored through the various stages in the life cycle, including infancy, childhood, young adulthood, pregnancy, mature adulthood and older adulthood. (3 credits)

If you'll notice, that's a total of 17 credits, and 5 classes plus two (non-science!) lab periods, which is the most I've taken in one term since my undergraduate degree. Needless to say, you won't be seeing much of me here on the blog for the next few months!

Here's my pile of required books for this term. Lovely, eh?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

In My Pantry

As a gluten-intolerant person on a plants-based diet, you may wonder what it is I actually eat. Of course, you don't really wonder that, because if you've read my blog for any amount of time you'll see that I have many options available to me for every meal.

Here's a quick breakdown of what's in my pantry (and fridge/freezer) at any given time:

Dry goods:
-Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta
-Brown basmati rice
-Bob's Red Mill flours
-Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes

Baking supplies:
-Agave nectar
-Flax Seed Meal
-Nut Butter
-Olive oil or Coconut oil
-Chocolate Chips

-Greens (chard, kale, or spinach)
-Seasonal produce

What's in your pantry?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Vegan Mofo 2015: Day 29

Have you entered my giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath? Do so here! Today is the last day to enter!

Today's Vegan Mofo prompt:

What would you bring on a vegan road trip?

I have lots of experience being on a vegan on a road trip, so I could go on forever about all the right things to bring. However, I'll try to keep this concise!

First of all, SNACKS are the most important thing to bring. If you are going somewhere that has any sort of ethnic cuisine (examples include Mexican or Thai restaurants), you should be able to eat vegan meals by playing around with the menu. However, when you're between towns or going camping, snacks are going to sustain you for the long-haul. In fact, if you just packed snacks for your entire vacation, I'm sure you'd be just fine (you might miss warm food, but at least you'd be nourished!).

Here are my top snacks for road trips:

-dang toasted coconut chips
-fresh fruit
-greens and vegetables that can be made into salad-on-the-go
-dried fruit
-dried fruit + nut bars
-granola (oh, hell yes! this is something that accompanies D and me no matter how long the trip is [or isn't])
-nut butter (you can buy them in cute little one-use packs which, although bad for the environment, are fantastic for road trips) and a loaf of bread
-already-prepared popcorn
-chips (tortilla, potato, veggie, kale, the list is endless)

If you have access to a cooler, bring already-prepared foods, such as:

-vegan yogurt
-fruit salad
-potato salad
-kale salad
-sandwiches (these probably won't last you past the first day, but that should get you to your first town, at least!)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Vegan Mofo 2015: Day 28

Have you entered my giveaway to win a copy of The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath? Do so here!

Today's Vegan Mofo prompt:

Tacos vs. burritos: where do you stand on this important issue?

Because I'm predominantly gluten-free, I've been a taco lover for the past 5 years or so. It's pretty impossible to find gluten-free tortillas that actually work when forming a burrito. And, to be honest, seeing how big burritos have gotten, I'm even more happy to choose a taco instead. Because there is less surface area, it's impossible to really load up a taco, making it a safe, lower-calorie and less-filling choice.

I have a few taco recipes on the blog, since I love them so much!

Fusion Tacos

Taco Night

Tempeh Tacos

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Vegan Mofo 2015: Day 27

Have you entered the giveaway to win a copy of The Plant-Powered Journey by Lani Muelrath? Do so here!

Today's Vegan Mofo prompt:

Your favorite herb or spice.

Without a doubt, my favorite spice is cinnamon. I regularly put it on quite a few things, including my morning oatmeal. Of course, my bakery was called Cinnamon (which confused people from time to time, when they thought all I did was sell cinnamon). I really like the smell and the taste, and the emotions it stirs up in me whenever I smell/taste it. It has the power to transport me to autumn.

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