A Great Summer Vacation

Thank you Lord Jesus God up above.  I needed a BREAK!!!  

Summer has come and it's almost gone and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.  I came home with plans to study all summer and well… I studied a little.  I mostly did nothing which is what I needed to do.  

Since starting medical school, life has been turned upside down.  It's difficult keeping up with family, friends and the hobbies I enjoy.  In January I vowed to do better.  I stayed on track for a few months and then slipped back into bad habits…….again.  

Let's just say, I'm still searching for balance while in school.

What did I do this summer?

I've been able to catch-up with some of my favorite people and meet new ones for the first time 😍

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I've spent time with my baby girl pepper. 

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Summer

Let's not forget about my mom's dog Simba, who refused to let me move. 

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Summer

I went to the beach.

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And hung out with this little one.

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I made it to my grand-aunt's 70th surprise birthday party.

Best of all, I got a chance to check out the local library, pleasure read, nap and hangout at the pool.  📚

Summer

I'm heading back soon.  I'm excited to see my friends and to get back into the books.  Before I leave, I intend to make a new game plan for the upcoming semester.  Last semester got tough towards the end and I complete lost track of my sleep, diet and fitness.  As a result I'm sure I put on 15 -20 pounds 😱.  

Have you ever heard of the freshman 15?  Well, I was warned about the med school 30.  If I continue on the same track, I'll hit it.  Luckily, I'm aware of my problem and I'm motivated to reverse my path.  It's hard staying in shape for most of us here because all we do is sit and study.  On top of that we pound coffee all day, skip out on sleep and eat terrible.  

This term, I'm commissioning a few of my classmates for motivation.  Yeah, cause I need help staying on track.  I have a workout buddy and another friend willing to share healthy meals with me.  

Check out my article on eating real food and find me on pinterest.

Striving to make practical changes for healthier lifestyle.  

Tiffany Rebekah

Anxiety: 4 Anti-Anxiety Foods

My heart was racing.  I began chocking and then I couldn’t breath.  I felt light headed as if I was about to pass out.  Terrified, I struggled trying to figure out what has happening to me.  This lasted 5 to 10 minutes and then the feeling passed.  It was my first anxiety attack.  

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What caused my anxiety attack?

  1. Poor diet
  2. Lack of sleep
  3. Lack of exercise
  4. Stress
  5. No balance

In January of 2016, I moved to a small island in the West Indies to start medical school where I didn’t know a soul.  I quickly learned my way around and made new friends.  As I settled into caribbean life, student life began to take off like a straight up rollercoaster ride.  One minute you’re feeling the high and the next minute you’re questioning the meaning of life.  

While most of us medical students feel a sense of pride and gratitude for our opportunities, we neglect to talk about the dark side of a medical student’s lifestyle.   No one knows the stress that we’re under and the constant hit our psyche takes day after day.  We’re constantly worrying if we’re studying correctly, have we learned enough, and will we remember it all.  Check out how CNN describes depression in the medical field.  

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For me, I knew what I was getting into.  I was willing to let my personal life take a hit to follow my passion.  But you need people.  You can’t do this thing alone.  Medical students struggle with reaching out because we’re so use to doing everything ourselves.  Often times, we feel outsiders won’t understand the struggle we go through.  Trust me, the struggle is real!

It’s not all doom and gloom.  Number one, I freaking live in paradise and the beach is always a short distance away.  Number two, it’s always 80 degrees.  Yes, 80 degrees!!  Also, I’ve met some really cool people and some lifelong friends.  Lastly, we know what we’re learning will change and hopefully save lives and that’s an awesome feeling.  Not to mention, I love learning about how amazing our bodies are.

Truth be told, I wouldn’t change a thing except how I handle stress.  Oh, and maybe going to the beach a little more often.  (adding to my to-do list)

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What have I learned? 

I can’t neglect myself.  I need to eat well, exercise everyday, and I need sleep.  All this sounds simple right?  Well, let me tell you.  Once you sit through your first week of class, you quickly realize your behind and you begin to sacrifice the basics to keep up.  So, I’m taking back to the basics and incorporating food that will help keep my stress and anxiety levels down.  

4 Anti-Anxiety Foods

  1.  Spinach is high in folic acid and helps with depression.  It’s also rich in magnesium which helps to control the stress hormone cortisol.  anxiety
  2. Wild Salmon is rich in B12 and B6 and deficiencies are linked to anxiety, panic attacks and depression.  B vitamins are important for healthy nerves and brain cells.  Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids which is an anti-inflammatory.  Omega-3 helps controls the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. anxiety
  3. Guavas are very high in vitamin C which also helps control the stress hormone cortisol.anxiety
  4. Seeds & Nuts.  Pumpkin seeds are high in tryptophan which helps with the release of serotonin, the feel good hormone.
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Now that I’m starting a new semester, I’m going to make it a point to make sure I don’t neglect myself especially my diet.  I’ll also be incorporating more time in my schedule for exercise.  The combination between the two will definitely help my anxiety.

What strategies do you use to combat anxiety?  Let me know.

Check out my article on eating real food and find me on pinterest.

Make practical changes for healthier lifestyle.  

Tiffany Rebekah

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Hiking Tips: Seven Sisters Waterfalls

4 Quick Hiking Tips for Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Need an adventure while in Grenada?  How about a hike through the Grand Etang rain forest to the Seven Sisters Waterfalls?  If you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to see the curious Mona Monkeys and they might just look for treasure in your pockets too.   Grand Etang National Park is home to many more exotic animals such as armadillos, tropical mocking birds, or iguanas.  Lucky for me, this rain forest is snake free πŸ˜‰.  Worked out great, since I’m deathly afraid of them.  

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

1.  Bring Extra Water

This hike is the truth.  It takes about an hour each way depending on which trail you choose.  It’s not difficult, however it’s not for the faint hearted.  First you pass through a private plantation where you get a chance to see many fruits and spices grown on the island.  Then the trail begins through the rain forest with many options to choose from.  The paths aren’t well defined so I wouldn’t recommend going alone.  Hydrate well before you begin because you will sweat like hot sausages. 

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

2.  Wear Good Shoes

DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS.  This may be a hard concept to grasp, but trust me, flip-flops are a no-no.  I chose athletic sandals because I could get them wet.  The trails are slippery especially after a good rain and you’ll bust your butt in the wrong shoes.  Even in the right shoes, you’re likely to fall in the mud.  It’s a high probability you may end up with mud on your bum, so wear something old.     

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

3.  Bring Bug Spray

Just wear it.  The Zika is real honey.  As of this post there have been 3 cases.  You don’t want to be the 4th.  I’m not a fan of deet but I’m a bigger fan of not catching something from a mosquito.  I’m a mosquito magnet.  I’d tell you to stand next to me if you don’t want to get bit because they will bypass you and bite me.  But, in this tropical rain forest, everyone is fair game.  

Try to wear light colored clothing.  Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

4.  Do not go with complainers

I hiked with an adventurous group, two Austrians, one Canadian, a fellow American, and a few local Grenadians.  Everyone had a great attitude even when some of us took a tumble.  We all had good laughs.  The locals were great and even jumped off the falls for our entrainment.

I’m adventurous but I’m NOT climbing to the top of a waterfall to jump off.  What if I hit a rock?  No thank you!

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

But I could jump off the little fall.  That’s more my speed.  I didn’t though.

Hiking Seven Sisters Waterfall

Seven Sisters Waterfalls

All in all, great trip.  If you’re feel adventurous and outdoorsy, find some good people, hydrate, grab your bug spray and hit the trails.  I promise it’s worth spending the afternoon at the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. 

Find me on pinterest and check out my article on eating real food.

Make practical changes for a healthier lifestyle

Tiffany Rebekah

What’s to do in Grenada? (La Boulangerie)

Get Coffee!

La Boulangerie Grenada

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to play on the blog and now that my semester is finally over a I can start having some fun again.  Yesterday, a friend invited me to La Boulangerie, a for coffee.  It’s quaint little french style bakery/pizzeria complimented with Grenadian influences.  I’d never been, so I was eager to go.  Plus I β™₯οΈβ˜•οΈ and anything with carbs.  

Grenada, aka spice island is the worlds largest exporter of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, allspice, orange/citrus peel, and coffee.  So the coffee here must be amazing right? 

La Boulangerie is tucked away in the corner of a building across the street from the Spice Land Mall.  There’s a nice casual atmosphere great for reading or writing.  It’s also within walking distance to Grand Anse Beach β™₯️.  

La Boulangerie Grenada

While there, I had a chance to reflect on my summer plans.  

  1. I need a new study plan.  I’m going into next semester rocking it! πŸ““πŸ“šπŸ“–
  2. I’m going to explore the beautiful island of Grenada πŸ‡¬πŸ‡©.
  3. Lastly, share my experiences right here on the blog.  

La Boulangerie Grenada

Today, I only came for coffee, next time I’m coming hungry for breakfast.  Prices are in Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC).  I normally divide the price by 2.67 to convert to US dollars.  Menu prices work with my budge (cheap).  You can get a good breakfast for $10 USD.  

La Boulangerie Grenada

Me being the foodie I am, I flipped through the menu and planned my next few orders.  And dinner prices are within my budge too βœ….  

La Boulangerie Grenada

As we were leaving, I checked out their lunch specials.  I’ll be back to La Boulangerie for that too.  

La Boulangerie Grenada

La Boulangerie is a great place to spend the morning hanging out.  I had a chance to catch up with a friend, drink some coffee, and reflect upon my summer plans.  Oh, I almost forgot….. The cappuccino was delicious.  

This summer, I’ll be eating my way through spice island and telling you all about it.  Lord, please let me make good choices!

Find me on pinterest and check out my article on eating real food.

Make practical choices for a healthier lifestyle.

Tiffany Rebekah

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Las Terrenas

Las Terranes is a beautiful fisherman’s town located in the province of Samana in the Dominican Republic.  I’m almost hesitant to share my amazing find because I don’t want to see it turn into a major tourist destination.  The town is extremely charming and has kept it’s authenticity.  If you’re looking for a quite place to relax that’s not infested with tourist, this is the place to be.  

Las TerrenasImagine a clear sky, a warm ocean and a clean and empty beach.  That’s the lazy town of Las Terrenes.  The people are friendly and life is slow.  It’s a place you’ll never want to leave.  

There’s a windy road that hugs the coastline with several small huts on the beach.  Most of them offer fresh seafood and cocktails upon your request.  It’s not uncommon for a local to catch your meal right in front of you.  It’s a great place to enjoy a carefree lazy Sunday with the ones you love.

Las Terrenas

This beautiful cocktail was called the Coco Loco and it was oh so delicioso!  It was made with local dominican rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. Dominican rums are great quality and are smooth and tasty.  

Sooo, I’m a little ashamed to admit I had several cocktails on the beach.  However, I’m happy to report I did not have any bad side effects or nasty hangovers.   I was pleasntly surprised and took a few bottles home with me duty free.

Las Terrenas

One of my favorite tips with traveling is to go during the off season.  By looking at my photos you can see why.  The beaches are practically deserted.  Not only will you save money, but you’ll avoid over crowdedness and ultimately have more relaxation time with peace and quite.

Las Terrenas
Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas

Do you see the hut behind our beach chairs?  The place is called Playa Colibri.    We rode our bikes hear and hung out until sunset.  The staff was more than friendly and made sure we were taken care of.

Las Terrenas is small town and you’ll be able to get around with a bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, or ATV.  There’s really no need for a car and I loved it!

Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas

After sunset, we biked back to our rented duplex.  It was a perfect day with great friends and I can’t wait to return.  I can’t stress enough the importance of taking time and enjoying life.

Make practical changes for a healthier lifestyle.  

Tiffany Rebekah

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That difficult workout could kill you.

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I  work in the emergency room as a medical scribe.  I’m exposed to many mind blowing cases and I’m learn a ton daily.  I’ve recently learned, that it is possible to workout too much.  Gasp! Over doing it can cause rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo).  It’s a condition that breaks down skeletal muscle tissue into the bloodstream eventually causing kidney failure which can lead to death.  The condition is considered rare, however I see approximately one case per week.  Seriously, mind blowing!

The cases I’ve witnessed have one common denominator, difficult workouts.  So, how are difficult workouts linked to rhabdomyolysis?  WebMD, states rhabdo is caused by direct or indirect muscle injury.  When most people think of muscle injury they imagine accidents or trauma.  Well, when we workout we are purposefully damaging our muscle tissue.  It’s that burning sensation that we crave which lets us know we’re “really” working out.  

Most of the time, we’ll experience muscle fatigue which is our bodies way of stopping us before we injure ourselves.  However, some people try to push through this feeling going above and beyond their max.  While it’s great to challenge yourself when working out, it’s more important to listen to your body.  

OMG, will I die if I workout to hard?  

I try my darndest not to bombard my physicians with constant questions, but I always have soooooo many.  What causes rhabdo?  Who’s can get this?  How do I prevent it?  Can I still max out at the gym?  

workoutWhen I’m presented with some new case that I think could affect me, I mentally freak out on the inside.  After a few minutes, I pull myself together and start researching.  Then I try to formulate intelligent questions so I don’t sound like a complete idiot.  

After many google searches, I found quite a few articles associating rhabdo with crossfit.  While I haven’t personally seen any cases where the patient admitted to crossfit activity, having done crossfit in the past, I can understand the association.  

The cases I have seen have varied from weight lifting to just difficult daily exercises.  They are normally diagnosed by analyzing symptoms and blood test.  Some common symptoms include muscle weakness, swelling, inability to move, dark urine, or inability to urinate despite staying hydrated.  

workout

The most interesting thing I learned is many times, patients diagnosed with rhabdo have been using some type of dietary supplemental or performance enhancers such as diuretics, creatine, or stimulants.  The problem is that some performance enhancers may cause electrolyte imbalances increasing your chances of rhabdo from prolonged usage.  

While I have nothing against dietary supplements, I’m not a big advocate of them.  The only supplement I take is cold pressed cod liver fish oil.  My chemistry professor told me years ago, they were a waste of money and my physicians have reinforced his claim.  Interestingly enough, half of my physicians (approximately 5/12) still take dietary supplements in the form of multivitamins.  Their reasoning is, they realize their normal diet doesn’t provide them with maximum nutrition.  They admit that most of their supplement is literally flushed down the toilet as urine but they rather have something over nothing.  

So what’s the take away?

Listen to your body.  After difficult workouts, give your body sufficient time to rest and heal.  Don’t over do it.  Eat a well-balanced diet and stay hydrated.  Avoid taking performance enhancers if possible.  I’ve noticed, blood test of those with rhabdo have high amounts of creatine and low amounts of potassium.  

Most importantly, if you’re starting a new workout regimen consult with professionals.  Still kill it in the gym, but be safe.  This is by no means a reason not to to stay active.  

If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, go to the emergency room immediately.  Everyone will not react the same way, but if your body feels “off” seek medical attention.  

Hopefully, you learned something.  I did.  

Make practical changes for a healthier lifestyle.

Tiffany Rebekah

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3 Reasons For A Vacuum Sealer

I’ve mentioned several times my love for the FoodSaver.  I’ve owned my machine for over 10 years.  It sits permanently on my counter top and I use it almost daily.  Let me break down why this vacuum sealer is so valuable. 

Check out how easy it is to use. 

3 Reasons For A Vacuum Sealer

1.  Meal Prepping 

By now you’ve realized meal prepping for the week is invaluable.  A vacuum sealer will elevate your prepping process to higher level.  Imagine grabbing a healthy pre-made salad for lunch each day.  Do you know how much time and stress you’ll save?

vacuum sealer

I’ve nixed all store-bought juice.  The downside is juicing takes time and preparation.  Batch making juice isn’t wise because the shelf life is 48 hours tops!  With the vacuum sealer, I’m able to store my juice up to five days before it becomes rancid.  

Removing the air allows me to have fresh homemade juice throughout the week without worrying about unnecessary additives and preservatives.  
vacuum sealer

2.  Buy In Bulk

A vacuum sealer allows you to buy in bulk and take advantage of sale items, like those awesome BOGO deals.  How many times have you passed on a great sale because your family won’t consume it before it spoils?  

Not any more.  A vacuum sealing keeps your produce fresh two to three times longer.  

vacuum sealer

3.  Save Money

vacuum sealerAfter reasons 1 and 2, saving money is stating the obvious.  My vacuum sealer has paid for its self a hundred times over saving me thousands of dollars throughout the years.  Yes THOUSANDS!

Stop throwing away rotten produce.  Save your money and your food with a vacuum sealer.

My machine came with canisters and re-usable bags.  The canisters are nice but I prefer mason jars.  The seal seems to be stronger.  The mason jar attachment is sold separately.  Buy the mason jar attachment and invest in mason jars too.  

Things you can store with the mason jars:

  • Soups, Stews
  • Salads, Lettuces
  • Fruit, Vegetables
  • Homemade Milk
  • Homemade Juice
  • Nuts, Seeds
  • Rice, Quinoa
  • Sugar, Flour


There are many uses for the re-usable bags.  I like to use them for my pre-made frozen meals.  These bags prevent freezer burn preserving freshness and food quality.  

I’m able to eat heather, buy in bulk, take advantage of sales, and preserve my food 3 times longer.  The investment is definitely worth it.  

I’m not tied to any particular brand.  This just happens to be the brand I chose.  You’ll reap the benefits from any vacuum sealing machine.  

Make practical changes for a healthier lifestyle.  

Tiffany Rebekah

Find me on Pinterest and check out my article on eating real food.  

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SALES
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Beginners Guide To Green Smoothies

Beginners Guide To Green Smoothies


Beginners Guide To Green Smoothies

Have you ever made a disgusting smoothie?  Here is a basic smoothie guide for beginners to ease you into the game.  

The USDA recommends a daily consumption of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables.  Drinking green smoothies can help you reach that goal.

WARNING!! Be careful with excess fruit.  Although fruits contain essential vitamins and nutrients, it also has sugar.  All sugar reacts in your body the same regardless of its source.  Remember too much of anything is not good.  Your goal should be to acclimate our taste buds to tolerate less fruit and more greens.

I’m not trying to scare you, just make you aware.  It’s better to us fruit instead of plain sugar or sweetener.  Unlike plain sugar or artificial sweetener, fruits come with other essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.  It’s always a better idea to sweeten your smoothie with fruit.  

Just be mindful of the amount you use.  Keep your fruit servings to 1-2 per day.  

Beginners Guide To Green Smoothies

beginners guide to green smoothies

Additional Tips

  • If you choose bitter greens, use acidic fruits like pineapple or oranges.  It helps to balance the bitter taste.  
  • Choose a liquid without added sugar such as plain coconut or almond milk.
  • Let your fruit ripen.  Banana are sweetest if they are heavily spotted and almost over ripe.  

As you become better with making your smoothies start to decrease your fruit and add more greens.  Your goal should be to adjust your taste buds to less sugary things.  

Click here for smoothie don’ts.

beginners guide to green smoothies

If you are struggling to get your fruits and vegetables in your diet, try making green smoothies.  I’ve been able to improve my diet using smoothies.  It’s kept my blood pressure down and relieved me of irritable bowl syndrome.  

Check out a few of my smoothie combinations here.

Make practical changes to promote a healthier lifestyle.  

Tiffany Rebekah

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5 Grown-Up Kitchen Must-Haves

You don’t need restaurant appliances to prepare delicious meals.  With a few kitchen staples, you’ll be able to create healthy palatable cuisines that’ll make you want to stay in and cook.   

Consider theses kitchen must-haves for yourself.  I only promote quality and durability not any particular brand.  So after you read this go check your mail, dig out that blue and white Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon, and go save some money.  

6.  (Bonus) The FoodSaver

must-havesOk, the FoodSaver isn’t a must-have, but trust me you want it.  This handy machine has literally paid for its self over the years saving me hundreds of dollars.

Recently FoodSaver introduced the mason jar attachment, which changed my world.  My salads last THREE TIMES longer now.  I also use this to extend the life of fruit, veggies, nut milk, cheese, deli meat, and anything I freeze. 

Check out my salad in a jar or homemade frozen meal process.

must-haves

5.  Food Processor

must-havesIf you want to take your kitchen skills up a notch, then invest in one of these bad boys.  This thing slices, dices, chops, shreds, creams, mixes, and more.  It’s great for sauces, salsa, dips, butters, batters, and dough.    

What’s the difference between a food processor and a blender?  Well unlike a blender, the food processor gives you better control over the texture of your food.  Like your salsa chunky?  You’ll want to make it with your food processor using the pulse setting.  

How do you like your nut butter?  I like it creamy.  Below, I made spicy roasted almond butter.  Talk about fresh and delicious, that didn’t hang around my house too long.

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4.  The Crock Pot

must-havesThis is arguably the most convenient kitchen appliance known to man.  There aren’t to many appliances where you can make an entire meal in one pot and leave the house while it cooks.  It’s great for soups, stews, roasting, and even baking.  Your kitchen is not complete without a crock pot.

Below, I made a vegetable soup.  Every other week, I make a soup composed of anything in my refrigerator that looks like it’s about to spoil.  I don’t have a specific recipe except chicken broth, onions and garlic.  Everything needs garlic.  

The crock pot is definitely an essential grown-up kitchen appliance that everyone needs.  It just makes life easier.  

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3.  Cast Iron Skillet

must-haves

Every real grown-up should own and know how to use a cast iron skillet.  Once seasoned properly they are invaluable.  Cast iron is remarkably versatile and can easily be transferred from the stove top into the oven.  Iron can withstand extremely high heat and is perfect for searing steaks.  As a matter of fact, it’s the only way I make a steak.  

Are you taking an iron supplement?  Well if you cook with your cast iron skillet, you’ll increase your iron intake naturally.   

Below, I made a Chicago style deep dish pizza.  I adore making pizza with my skillet because the dough rises to perfection every time.  The inside is soft and chewy while the outside is golden and crispy.  Heat distributes evenly in cast iron helping your food cook to perfection.  

must-haves

2.  A Good Blender

must-havesOk, so I said I wasn’t going to endorse any particular brand.  Well for the Vitamix, I’m making an exception.  This blender is the BOMB!  By far it’s the best appliance investment I’ve made.  Although I’m in love with this blender, it’s rather expensive.  I found mine at Costco for $359.  

 You may not want to shove out hundreds of dollars for a blender.  But, if you’re into green smoothies, you’ll definitely want to invest in a good quality mixer.  You’ll be able to make soups, sauces, cocktails, ice cream, flour, and powdered sugar.  

Below, I made a grapefruit smoothie.  Sorry folks, but it’s virgin.  I often times decorate my smoothie in a pretty cocktail glass to make myself feel better. must-haves

 1.  Real stainless steel cookware

must-havesGrown-up kitchens invest in quality cookware.  Stainless steel is a staple piece that you absolutely need to own.  Like cast iron, steel can easily be transferred directly from the stove top into the oven.  

Real stainless steel is heavy and resist corrosion; so it will virtually last forever.  Since it doesn’t corrode like teflon or other non-stick products, you won’t have to worry about toxic chemicals being released into your food.  

Below, I made orange chicken.  Check out the recipe here.  I’ve used this for roasting, sautΓ©ing, and stir fry.   Stainless steel is worth every penny.

must-haves 

Follow these tips to turn your kitchen into your own gourmet restaurant.  Cooking at home gives you control over what goes into your body and establishes the foundation for a healthier lifestyle.  

Do you have any kitchen must-haves?  Share them with me!

Tiffany Rebekah

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GMOs: Link Between Lymphoma and Pesticides

Controversy

I’ve been met with a great deal of opposition in social media lately regarding GMO and pesticide safety.  Although there are countless research articles reassuring us they are safe, it still raises concern.  Who’s funding this research?  Should I really be concerned with GMOs?  Who do you trust?  

Non-GMO-project

I stumbled upon an interesting PubMed Central publication, a biomedical and life science journal, that links lymphoma to pesticides.  The “GMO & Pesticide safety committee” has some explaining to do.  

Is the link to lymphoma a false claim?  How can we tell?  For those without a science background let’s show you what to look for. 

What is research? 

Respectable research follows some form of the scientific method.  A question is asked, research is done, and observations are made.  Based on what’s observed,  a hypothesis is developed.  A hypothesis is an attempt to explain answers to posed questions, almost like a prediction.  Then the hypothesis is tested.  

The test must be clear, concise, and repeatable.  Other scientist should be able to duplicate the experiment and achieve similar results.  The experiment results are analyzed, summarized, and reported.  Those reported results are then used by other scientist to answer new questions and the cycle continues.     

link between lymphoma and pesticides

 

Image adapted from www.sciencebuddies.org

All respectable research must use some form of this method.  This is a simplified version as it can become more complicated.  I share this with you so when reading “research” you can ask yourself if it follows this basic form.

So, back to the issue of pesticides being linked to non-hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).  This article says there is a positive association with NHL and occupational exposure to some pesticides.  It notes that further research is needed to investigate epidemiologic trends with more pesticides [1]. 

My opinion 

Occupational exposure pertain to farmers and their workers.  Average people do not experience the same exposure as workers do.  However if there is even a possibility of risk, I’m good.  I’ll continue to avoid conventional produce if possible.  I’ll let the confident GMO scientist be the guinea pig.    

link between lymphoma and pesticides

link between lymphoma and pesticides

 

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So, are GMOs and pesticides safe?  You have to decide for yourself.  My advice is research, educate yourself, and then decide.  If you’re interested in the research I found, check it out.  It definitely opens the door for concern.  

I hope this was helpful.  

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Tiffany Rebekah 

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1.  Schinasi, Leah, and Maria E. Leon. “Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Occupational Exposure to Agricultural Pesticide Chemical Groups and Active Ingredients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. MDPI, 23 Apr. 2014. Web. 02 June 2015.