From the Archives: Blerg. Plus Holiday Eating Tips.

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This is my most popular post from the 2014 holiday season, so I thought I’d share it again! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Next week is finals.  This is my first semester taking a full load of classes since 2008, and…well…
Blerg. That’s pretty much all my brain is capable of of at this point.

In the meantime, I’m still trying to keep up with nutrition news, which means one thing:

Holiday Eating Tips.

Apparently, this is all dietitians want to talk about at this time of year.  There are a few articles out there with good-but-healthy recipe ideas, but the majority are about How To Keep Off Weight Gain During This Oh-So-Disastrous Season. Continue reading

Meal Plan Ideas: Summer Lunch in the Tropics

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(c) PublicDomainPictures, pixabay.com

So school started this week! The class I’m in right now is called Meal Management. I was super excited for this class. It turned out to be a little more basic than I thought it would be – more focused on shopping, costs, timing, etc., than designing nutritional content based on outside factors.

It’s definitely still a lot of fun, though! Continue reading

Coming Attractions: Summer School

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(c) Hans, pixabay.com

After a very restful semester off from classes, they are beginning again in June. I’m actually kind of excited to go back! (I say that every semester, regardless of how long the break was. I don’t know why I expect any differently.)

I’ve decided to only do two classes per semester from now on. It’s going to take me longer to finish, but it will also preserve my sanity, so I think it’s worth it.

The two I’m taking this summer are Meal Management and Management Principles. Continue reading

Writing Sample: Nutrition and Mood, part II

Way back when I first started Healthy Emily,  I wrote a blog post about how eating different foods could affect our brains’ production of neurotransmitters that affect mood. This post was, and still is, one of the most popular posts on this site. About two years after I wrote it, I took a Food Science class that asked us to write a term paper on a topic relating to, as you might assume, food and science. Since the topic of nutrition and mood stability still fascinated me, I decided to turn the idea for that post into my term paper.

Since the post was so popular, I thought I would share with all of you the final results of my paper, with the actual, scientific research that answers the question:

Can dietary changes positively (or negatively) affect mood at a neurological level?

This is part two of the paper – read part one here! Continue reading

Writing Sample: Nutrition and Mood, part I

Way back when I first started Healthy Emily, I wrote a blog post about how eating different foods could affect our brains’ production of neurotransmitters that affect mood. This post was, and still is, one of the most popular posts on this site. About two years after I wrote it, I took a Food Science class that asked us to write a term paper on a topic relating to, as you might assume, food and science. Since the topic of nutrition and mood stability still fascinated me, I decided to turn the idea for that post into my term paper.

Since the post was so popular, I thought I would share with all of you the final results of my paper, with the actual, scientific research that answers the question:

Can dietary changes positively (or negatively) affect mood at a neurological level?

Here is part one of the paper – click here to read part two! Continue reading

Photo Diary: Catching Up

One final down, one more to go.

At this point my brain is in the usual finals mush stage. So I thought I’d catch you up on what’s been going on since Thanksgiving with a photo diary post instead!
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Quite a Day, was My Day

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(c) grimaldello, fotolia.com

Today I had my second exam in Human Nutrition.

It was exhausting. Here is one of the essay questions on the study guide: Continue reading