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Friday Love List

I love the idea of making a list summing up a few things that made my week or that I’m looking forward to and want to try to do it more often. This week my loves are:

1. This delicious Lavender kombucha. It’s a refreshing, calming tonic when I’m feeling stressed with assignment deadlines. Super low in sugar, though it tastes slightly sweet, and good for your digestive health, too!

2. Haifa Falafel. I get take-out from here probably around once a week. Their sandwiches are the BEST (I’m partial to the majadra) and come stuffed with fresh, shredded vegetables and the prices are super reasonable for the large portions. I always share my sandwich with my boyfriend and get a side of hummus and/or a fattoush salad.

3. Not having any major pressing assignments to do over the weekend! I actually have some time to relax and do something purely for fun.

4. VegFest is coming up on the 21st and will be featuring speakers such as Dr. Neal Barnard, and Scott Jurek, as well as food vendors and The Herbivore Clothing Company, all the way from Portland, OR! This will be my first VegFest and I’m pretty excited. Starting on the 22nd Ann Arbor will also be having its first Veg Week, with events happening at different locations. I plan on going to the kickoff night and trying to make a few of the talks, such as the ones by Joel Kahn, M.D. (whose article I linked to my last post) and Swaroop Bhojani, PhD.

As always, I like to leave you with a couple of links to articles I found interesting or relevant this week. A friend posted this op-ed by David Katz, M.D. about the rise of “nutrition expertism” (I just made that up) on Facebook today. What do you think? Do you agree there are too many nutrition “experts” out there without proper knowledge or credentials to be giving that type of information? I’d have to say yes.

And also, this is a brief review of an article I used in my symposium research project. Good to see it get some recognition from the American Diabetes Association.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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Just a quick, checking in post

Another busy week for me, but what’s new when you’re a full-time student? The end of the semester is approaching and so all major assignments and papers are piling up. Exams will be in a couple of weeks, oh boy!

To own up to my good intentions, the meal planning went well for a few days and then I got sidetracked again. I have been preparing a lot more simple, quick meals at home, though. One thing that I’ve recently started doing that helps a lot is to buy frozen, chopped greens. I used to only buy fresh and then stress about using them up before they got wilty. My favorites are the leafy green mix from Whole Foods I mentioned in my last post, spinach, and collard greens. Instead of having to wash and chop my greens, I can just throw them into a pan with some water or into whatever recipe I’m using them in, such as stir-fry, curry, or soup. They are a time-saver and are just as, if not more, nutritious as fresh greens since they are flash frozen almost immediately after being harvested. That doesn’t mean I don’t still appreciate fresh kale from the farmer’s market!

Before I get back to my paper,I wanted to share this article from a (more or less) local cardiologist, Why I’m a Vegan: A Cardiologist Explains.

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