nutrition basic

Ramadan Tips for a Healthy Body
  • Understanding some basic nutrition science can help you stay healthy this Ramadan. Your body gets its energy (glucose) from food, and for 2-4 hours after you eat your energy will come from that food (after that your liver will release glucose to be turned into energy). Try to eat foods like potatoes, beans, vegetables, and grains at suhoor (breakfast); these foods are called complex carbohydrates and because they are ‘complex’ the body takes a longer time to turn them into glucose (energy) - giving you a long lasting source of energy.
  • Dates, and other fruits, are simple carbs meaning they’re digested quickly and are good for quick jolts of energy. Don’t eat them at suhoor, they’ll end up making you thirsty throughout the day, save them for when you break your fast to quickly recharge your system.
  • Invest in a once a day multivitamin that you can take at suhoor.  Your body will be in famine for extended periods of time, and chances are you aren’t getting enough nutrition while you’re able to eat. A multivitamin can help make sure you fill in those gaps that your dinner isn’t covering.
  • Drink some water every hour you’re able to eat and drink. After that first gulp of water in the evening it’s easy to forget that you were dehydrated all day.
  • Exercise after iftar (dinnner); exercising while fasting will only make you more dehydrated and more fatigued. Your muscles can store glucose (energy) that they can use during exercise, but you’ll see the consequences, of exercising while fasting, when you’re not able to lift as much weight or run as far as you’d expect. You’re also more prone to cramping and injury while you’re fasting, so wait until after dinner to exercise if you can.
  • I know that halfway through the month it becomes harder to eat suhoor as you become more and more tired. My suhoor of choice, once it comes to that, is a protein lassi, which hydrates me and keeps me full the majority of the day. I mix water, greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, mango nectar, and a sprinkle of cardamom powder the night before, and once it’s time for breakfast I wake up drink the smoothie, pray, and then go back to bed.

Stay Healthy this Ramadan! Remember that you can’t fast anyway if you get sick or injured, so do your best to prevent it! 

Ramadan Mubarak! Happy Ramadan!

anonymous asked:

What The Health (documentary) states that one egg is the equivalent of smoking 16 cigarettes. I want to know your opinion as an RD!

Hi! Sorry this was delayed - I needed time to sit down and formulate my thoughts into words on this one.

So I will be completely transparent here and say that I have not watched What The Health in its entirety, and I’m not sure if I plan to in the near future. I have seen a plethora of clips from it. So from my outside view here’s what I think of What The Health. 

I completely get the filmmakers intention with this documentary. I agree that the world and environment we live in would be better off if we ate less factory farmed meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. However, that does not make it okay to demonize a certain macronutrient (in this case fat) by scaring people with over-stated “research.” I don’t really understand why the filmmakers thought it would be a good idea to turn the film into a fat vs. sugar argument - they argue that sugar does not cause diabetes. Anyone who has taken a basic nutrition, CHO or lipid metabolism class would question the “experts” on these claims. My jaw literally dropped when one of the doctors explained that you get diabetes from eating dietary fat. This is not true. At all. 

And then the eggs… another “expert” talking about how terrible eggs are for you because of their cholesterol content?? We’ve known for literally decades that dietary cholesterol has no effect on cholesterol markers in the blood. This is outdated!! science!! that these people are regurgitating and utilizing to readily back their claims. If you ever hear someone say “I found one study that says that…” that is a huge red flag. 

Nutrition will always be such a debated subject. There is no one-size-fits all answer and there is no perfect diet. Your friend who competes cross country collegiately may thrive off a diet filled with lean meats, healthy fats, whole grains, etc. while your other friend who power lifts thrives off a ketogenic or vegan or whatever diet. Genetics are real and play a big role in what your specific needs are. 

I am definitely in favor of the main points they try to make - eat more plants, our gov’t has too many ties with pharmaceutical and ag industry, the recommendations from the FDA/USDA are biased and are based on funding they receive. But… honestly, when is the last time you looked at a gov’t website to determine what your meals should look like? 

I think it’s important to remember not to get caught up in the things that instill fear in you when it comes to food. Do your best to fuel your body. if you watch the documentary and walk away with some knowledge you needed to eat less meat and dairy… great. If it helps you start cooking more at home, and thinking more about how your food got on your plate, then they did their job. But don’t think that cutting out fat or any other macronutrient is the answer. Healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, eggs, salmon.. they are all nutritious foods that fuel your body and send that satisfaction signal to your cute little brain. 

ok, this is getting long. I could probably talk more on the subject but I think I’m done for now. and if you’re thinking of sending some hate in response to this.. just know it will end up in my inbox and instantly deleted. thanks!

xx, D

tbh when Tim and Damian get older I bet they get really defensive of their rivalry
like full on “You’re not allowed to say that to Damian, he’s a brat but he’s my nemesis and you have absolutely no excuse for stepping in on my territory–or for giving that insult. Damian’s plenty awful on his own, why the hell do you have to bring the al Ghuls into it?”

but also “Drake, I picked you up some vitamins. I plan on attacking you while your back is turned soon but while I’m not looking for a fair fight, I’m also aware that you’ve been neglecting basic nutritional requirements, and I don’t want this to be /too/ easy”

and also
“…You…. Called Jon your rival?”
“Well, yes. He was present and being annoying. What is it to you, Drake?”
“–Fine. /Fine./ Do what you want. Why would I care who your rival was.”
“(tt) If it matters that much to you–”
“It doesn’t!”
“–I shall ensure that our next battle is within his sight.”
“……….Whatever, demon brat.”
“Hmph. Your gratitude is overwhelming.”

and tbh at the end of the day when they’re exhausted from fighting? they’ve been known to fall asleep on the floor right where they stood.

With the recent references to the Qur’an and Arabic words hidden in the panels, I decided to do some research and came across some interesting things on ghouls in Arabic folklore.

*Note not to confuse folklore with Islamic doctrine (they don’t appear in the Qu’ran or Bible, but do in both Muslim and Christian tales). I am also new to some of this, so please feel free to add or correct me!

The mythological Arabian “ghul” (corpse-eaters) could have derived from the Babylonian/Assyrian underworld monsters “gallu”, which also refers to dangerous human adversaries.

Sinibad visits Dr. Kanou’s lab

They frequent One and One Thousand Nights, often opposing Sinibad; Hadith, countless parables, old wives tales, and so on. 


While the description of shiqq ghouls are literal halves of men (one eye, one arm, one leg), there’s a particular description told by a Boudin traveling companion:

[It had] ‘a cyclops’ eye set in the midst of her human-like head, long beak of jaws, in the ends one or two great sharp tusks, long neck; her arms like chicken’ fledgling wings, the fingers of her hands not divided; the body big as a camel’s, but in shape as the ostrich; the sex is only feminine, she has a foot as the ass’ hoof, and a foot as an ostrich. She entices passengers, calling to them over the waste by their names, so that they think it is their own mother’s or their sister’s voice….

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It’s time to reblog pretty little Baylor, a beautiful and rare petite pale orange female tabby kitty coming at you from the West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue in Eugene, Oregon.

This sweet and demure young girl was found abandoned and struggling to survive on the streets of Eugene – who knows why someone so cruelly turned her out to the elements?  She cowers and is defensive when other cats come close, so she may have been terrorized by them.  

After a month of good nutrition and basic health care, her beautiful coat is restoring itself and there’s sure to be a very fluffy tail in the making too.  

In her foster home, she adores being carried and held, as well as cuddling in your lap, and she offers appreciative little mews of gratitude with soft purrs.  
Baylor needs a stable forever home where she can be the only pet and thus focus solely on her person – could it be you?  

For more information please call  541-225-4955 option 1, or send an email to!

We’re constantly encouraged to “learn new skills” for the sake of finding a job, and I really hate the idea of skill learning being reduced to what is profitable and exploitable under capitalism, so this is going to look like poor people tips, but I want to talk about learning skills that will be usable directly for your life and make you less reliant on capitalism! 

  • Learn to tamper with your clothes. You’ll be able to buy clothes anywhere (thrift shops, second hand shops) and modify it so it fits you perfectly and looks like it was made for you, while saving loads of money. Tampering is not hard! You don’t always need a machine, even a needle and thread can hold most materials, not to mention how environmentally friendly this is
  • Learn to identify all edible plants in nature. If you’re living in rural area or close to any forest or field, you’ll be able to gather your own tea, salads, medicine, fruit if it’s summer (wild strawberries, blackberries) sometimes even full meals if it’s autumn (mushrooms, chestnuts, edible flowers). Make sure your plants are coming from a clean place though! Don’t collect close to roads or railroads.
  • Learn to make origami. This sounds ridiculous but the number of times I was able to make an origami box out of an old newspaper and use it to store nuts and seeds and all kinds of food, or even just to not make a mess while peeling enabled me to save on bags, boxes, paper towels. Also make your own decoration, right now I have a paper vase full of origami flowers, origami shades on my lamps which makes them look artsy and trendy even though they were the cheapest lamps available
  • Learn to grow vegetables, berries, and beans. If you have any kind of land, use it to produce your own food, even if you start by only planting some strawberries this can easily turn into garden, which means you have fresh, healthy food and don’t have to buy it. If you don’t have your own land, but have access to a balcony or any place where fresh air and sunlight can reach, buying some pots and planting some basic edible plants can be really worth it. 
  • Learn basics about nutrition and cooking. If you know what nutrition you need you can focus on buying and cooking exclusively the food that will keep you strong, vital and healthy. Becoming a vegetarian or vegan saves a lot of money for example, meat and animal products are always more expensive than vegetables and fruit, and your body doesn’t actually need them, all necessary nutrition is found in plants. You will save both on food and future medicine bills, as you have much bigger chance of staying healthy. Not to mention you are actively fighting against animal slavery, saving water, land, trees, labour, and being as good for environment as possible.
  • I could go on about making your own soap and shampoo, cleaning supplies and learning to fix every machine in your home but I wont because I haven’t tried all that yet :) I also want to recommend learning new languages, not for the sake of a job but because understanding what words mean is so freaking cool! Knowing more about other cultures is so freaking awesome! Being able of communication with more than just people from your own country rocks! You don’t have to use this for capitalism, you can use it to improve the quality of your own life.
  • add more!

Point is, we need to take back the means to have our own lives outside of what capitalism can dictate to us, fuck em up by being as self reliant as possible and you’ll have to work less, earn less, and enjoy more leisure time! 

princen-aspen  asked:

Hi, I'm writing an argumentative essay against feeding dogs and cats vegan diets. Do you know any good sites to research for sources portraying both sides of the argument?

The article @animalsustainability and I wrote about vegan pet food here is a good place to get an overview, and you’ll want to read the papers and check out the textbooks that are cited in the sources. Similarly, many articles that are pro-vegan pet food cite scientific studies and you’ll want to get access to those primary resources and read them. You may also want to look up some basic animal nutrition / digestive science so you can better understand the primary sources. 

princess-sith-lord  asked:

I'm considering buying a miniature pig. I have an old pug who is very gentle and docile and I have six chickens enclosed in their own spacious area. Is there anything I can prepare for? I've done extensive research on owning a miniature pig, but also I want to know from a professional like you what to look out for. Thank you so much! 🌸

I’ve worked a fair amount with production pigs, but not with pet pigs (though I’d really like to). I don’t know what you’ve found in you research, so sorry if this is repeat, but I can relay what I do know about pet pigs. The first thing to know is that teacup/mini/micro pigs don’t stay particularly small. Unfortunately breeders often sell animals that they claim will be the size of a toy breed dog, but end up weighing over 100 lbs. Even worse, production pigs are sometimes sold under false pretenses as “teacup pigs”, like Esther. My biggest problem with the pet pig industry is that there is very minimal regulation, and completely varied information about what is or isn’t a mini/micro/teacup pig.

Pigs are very smart and will do what they want to do. They are absolutely trainable, but they need the right motivation or they won’t bother to listen to what you want them to do. They also can become bored quite easily, and when they do, they can be very destructive. Chewing, rooting, and scavenging are natural behaviors for pigs and if they don’t have the opportunity to practice these behaviors in an appropriate manner they will practice them on your couch and carpet. If you don’t want your pig destroying your house, you will need to spend a lot of time setting up suitable housing and providing different kinds of mental stimulation for your piggy. Your yard is also likely to be torn up by a pet pig. In terms of getting along with your dog, it’s impossible to say. Many pet pigs live fine with other animals but every situation is unique. Make sure you do a slow introduction with the animals and make it a positive experience. Another thing about pigs is that they are not quiet! Pigs make many different sounds, including squealing, snorting, and screaming. And it is loud. I have permanent hearing damage from working with production pigs. 

Something really important to consider is whether or not pigs are legal where you live. In many areas, pet pigs are not permitted because they are considered livestock. I would not recommend pet pigs for an apartment. You also need to make sure you find a vet in your area that will see pigs. Pig medicine and behavior is very different from cats and dogs, so a small animal clinic may not see them.

Proper husbandry and nutrition are imperative for pet pigs. Treating them like a cat or a dog will not be sufficient. Many pet pigs are overweight, which is just as problematic for pigs as it is for other overweight pets. This is not healthy, but it is unfortunately what a lot of people think pet pigs should look like. I am not familiar with pet pig husbandry or nutrition beyond the very basics so I don’t want to give you any incorrect information. I’d love to learn though.

In terms of health, pet pigs do have issues to watch out for. Pet pigs that are not spayed or neutered, especially males, can become very unruly and generally don’t make good pets. Production boars also have a very pungent  stench, and I believe intact male pet pigs do as well. Pigs are also sensitive to temperature extremes and sunburn. Providing a mud wallow allows for natural behavior and can help protect them from sunburn. Pigs should be vaccinated for erysipelas and tetanus at the very least. Pet pigs are also susceptible to both external and internal parasites. Apparently it’s also relatively common for pet pigs to get foreign bodies due to their natural scavenging behaviors. Pig hooves will also need trimming and care, especially if they aren’t being worn down on hard surfaces. Pretty much all pigs, production and pet, also get dry, flaky skin and should be cared for with wiping/moisturizing. Pig dentistry is another concern. At least in pot bellied pigs, canine teeth grow continuously and will need to be cut down approximately once per year by your vet because elongated teeth can cause serious pain/discomfort and even prevent a pig from chewing properly. There are a number of other diseases that pet pigs are susceptible to that can be found here. And here are the rest of the Merck resources regarding pot bellied pigs. 

anonymous asked:

Some ppl trying to say Raw-till-4 doesn't say enough fat but you have always said 10% max and from my research is perfect. Then others saying orthorexia but you have always showed yourself eating fatty vegan junk foods like other insta users. Some say you don't recommend beans but you even have recipes in your book with beans!! LMAO! Do they even know what RT4 is? WHAT IS GOING ON FREELEE.

Hey, yeh it’s actually pretty crazy! Ive been in this movement for over a decade now and pretty much seen it all by this point. Lots of people come and go. Lots of people like to blame the lifestyle (or myself) as they go rather than take personal responsibility. The thing you have to remember is that the Raw Till 4 lifestyle and book has reached many many thousands of people (esp youngsters with no understanding of nutrition or basic physiology). Raw till 4 is actually heading for 1 million tags on Instagram, that’s incredible! Even though I was visualising it, I never imagined it would be this successful! As a result when lots of people are trying and talking about a diet/lifestyle then you will also get all sorts of misguided experiences/comments about it.

I’m honestly just glad people are actually talking about it and making videos (positive or negative) because they are just helping spread this healthy lifestyle to even MORE people. That’s how I found the whole raw vegan thing, through someone trashing Doug Graham’s 80/10/10 lifestyle, I was like “Hmmm this person just sounds bitter and uneducated and fuck you I like the sound of eating unlimited fruit!!” haha. So I checked it out and eventually years later developed Raw Till 4.

Those people trying to say it’s ‘too much fruit’ and unhealthy honestly need a serious reality check, the same people who regularly pour refined sugar sweetener on their foods and also eat processed junk foods loaded with refined sugar. **Remember their bodies always find the simple sugar elsewhere if they do not eat enough fruit**. I’m ok with them eating that and I do sometimes too but stop trying to act like Raw Till 4 is bad and that you just eat whole foods when you clearly don’t. Raw till 4 actually recommends MORE whole foods than any other vegan lifestyle so it is actually THE whole foods diet. Raw Till 4 staple components are fruits, veggies, starches (which everyone knows is healthy) BUT for this modern world is also flexible at the same time. Here’s my response to the yawn ‘orthorexic’ RT4 comment: If you feel orthorexic eating a certain way then you clearly have psychological issues you need to address within yourself, not blame external sources for how you feel.

Let’s straighten a few things out for those who didn’t actually read and implement the book/lifestyle properly / are confused/ who say there is no scientific backing to Raw Till 4:

* Raw till 4 recommends a max of 10% of daily calories coming from fat (for everyone) which is also recommended by leading plant based Drs like Dr Mcdougall (recommends 5% actually), Barnard, Esselstyn, Novick, all of which have recommended 10% for decades. Dr Dean Ornish a renowned Cardiologist also recommends no more than 10% fat. The Pritikin Longevity Centre, a facility that holds the finest heart disease reversal record of ANY such organisation in the US recommends a dietary fat consumption of 10%. Health has been shown to decline significantly practically on every level the higher into the teens the fat levels climb.

* The Omega fat ratios in Raw Till 4 and a totally raw diet are actually the MORE optimal for human health than any other promoted vegan diet/lifestyle. It may be confusing but here is a scientific answer.

* If individuals consume sufficient calories on the raw till 4 lifestyle then they will meet all their nutritional requirements, if you under eat that is not the fruit/mine/lifestyles fault. 

So those trying to say Raw till 4 made them ‘fat phobic’ is not my problem or the lifestyles problem it’s their incorrect implementation and interpretation of the lifestyle as I’ve always recommended a max of 10% fat and so do all the Dr’s (which they always like to quote). 

* A quote from Dr Greger highlighting the importance of fruit in the human diet:
“The Global Burden of Disease Study published in 2012, is the most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death undertaken to date, involving nearly 500 researchers from more than 300 institutions in 50 countries, and starting with almost 100,000 data sources. What did the researchers find? Here in the U.S., they determined that our biggest killer was our diet. Number 1 on their list of the most important dietary risks was not eating enough fruit, responsible for an estimated 4.9 million deaths a year around the world.”

* Not that I need Science to tell me that eating an abundance of fruit & veg is healthy but for those who do here is science confirming that 20 servings of fruit plus 43 serves of vegetables per day is very healthy!
Like one of the commenters says 

“20 servings of fruit? Sounds like RawTill4!”  hmmm yep!

* When it comes to beans, you are right. I actually ate them last night and I enjoy them a few times a week. I have them in my book, I clearly state on page 13: “Chickpeas, beans, lentils are not high carb choices so should be used as side dishes instead of main staples.” and I stand by that, eat them by all means! But there is no vegan diet/lifestyle out there that recommends beans as a staple OVER carbohydrates so please people get your facts straight before misrepresenting Raw Till 4.

I am first to admit that Raw Till 4 can be hard to sustain in this fruit-phobic modern concrete jungle we live in and that’s why many do not sustain it HOWEVER that doesn’t mean the lifestyle doesn’t work or isn’t fucking awesome ✌🏼because it actually is (when it’s treated as a LIFE-STYLE) and yes I actually have countless testimonials from others who agree. Here is just one link to check out some of those who DID the lifestyle correctly and at the time got great results, (remember to always listen to what people say while they are ON the lifestyle, not afterwards when they are off because they don’t do what it takes to implement the lifestyle long term)

I am not so rigid that I only support those vegans who eat raw till 4 style because I know it can be tough in this world hence why I don’t trash other (calorically-sufficient) vegan lifestyles but say “Go for it if you want to, give it a try!!”.

It would be nice if others stopped misrepresenting Raw Till 4 but at the end of the day if you want to make a video about RT4 then for sure please do! You are doing a great job in helping me spread the Raw Till 4 message further. Thank you ^_^

Let's talk about seed libraries

Okay, so I’ve seen mention a few times of seed libraries in a solarpunk context, and I want to talk about that for a minute because HELL YES. Two facts before we begin: one, I am a librarian by trade, so I freely admit to being super biased toward anything and everything that smacks of libraries; two, my home state happens to have a kickass seed library that was shut down not too long ago.

First of all: seed libraries are an absolutely fantastic idea. Not only are they a great way to preserve a wide diversity of plant life, especially heirlooms and varietals that would be difficult to find and grow otherwise, but they are a cost effective, community based way to encourage sharing and gardening (with all that entails, like reduced carbon footprint, small-scale and sustainable agriculture, and food independence).

The community aspect is especially important here, I think: rather than expecting each person to obtain their own seeds, you have the option to purchase a small number of seeds collectively and share them among the community. Participating members can switch crops regularly, to prevent the soil from getting tired, without giving up on certain crops completely. Plus, as a community you can use seed libraries as an affirmation that sustainability is important, while offering ways to actual support sustainable practices (gardening) within the group. I’d be hard pressed to think of anything more solarpunk than that, unless you turned them from formal institutions into super local community-based efforts, a la the Little Free Library program.

Secondly: holy accessibility, batman! I mentioned above the cost-effectiveness, but I wanted to mention it again because it is important. Seeds are expensive, especially if you have an interest in uncommon varietals, like purple potatoes or heirloom tomatoes.

Add to that the fact that some seeds are patent-protected (I’m looking at you, Monsanto), with farmers expressly forbidden from replanting any extra/leftover seeds from one season to the next, and you have HUGE monetary barriers to entry in gardening and farming. Small scale agriculture is virtually impossible, and definitely not economically sustainable, when you are required to pay through the nose at the beginning of each growing season for seeds. Purchasing seeds collectively, saving and replanting them from year to year cuts out one of the major barriers to local sustainability efforts: the cost. Fight capitalism through sharing!

There are two big problems with seed libraries, though.

One: they run counter to capitalistic ideals, and specifically threaten large companies that have made major profit off of seed patents (yes, I’m talking about Monsanto again). While this does seem like a good thing at first glance, these companies are also responsible for major advances in agriculture and food science. Remember the time they created a new rice strain that included beta-carotene to reduce childhood blindness and malnutrition?

If seed libraries go large-scale (or just get really popular), we run the risk of reducing funding going toward scientific food-based research, so we’ll need to find an alternate way to make sure that necessary research gets funded. Although we are privileged enough here in the U.S. to get away with disliking GMOs, other countries depend on them for basic nutrition, so we need to make sure that appropriate progress is still made when it’s needed.

Two: there are concerns that seed libraries may increase the spread of agricultural diseases. Literally the very last thing that a solarpunk society needs is another Great Potato Famine, which is a risk when seeds are stored and distributed by untrained people who don’t know what to look for. I don’t have a good solution to this one (dammit, Jim, I’m a librarian, not an agricultural engineer!) but maybe someone else does? Is there any easy way to decontaminate or identify spoiled seeds in the collection, or are we all going to start seeing witches everywhere because of spoiled wheat if we give seed libraries a try?

Does anyone else have any thought on seed libraries? What are some good ways to overcome the issues inherent with them?

reasons why college in the uk is better than the us:
  • they’re older and more prestigious but not as well known
  • start at the end of september so 3 month summer breaks
  • one month for winter, one week in october and three weeks in easter
  • so 5 months off a year
  • student loans are easy to get and every university in the uk charges only $12000 for local british students while internationals pay about $25-35000 per year.
  • if you’re financially unable to pay off your student loan in 10 years the govt will write it off.
  • degrees don’t have stupid useless “core subjects” to meet credit requirements so we only study what’s relevant to the course and anything else you WANT to.
  • basically you don’t have to do math, chemistry, english, nutrition or some weird basic subjects unless it was extremely relevant to the course
  • there is coursework to do for the final grade and account for anywhere between 10-30% of the final grade
  • no midterms, no quarterlies, no pop quizzes, no homework
  • lectures and tutorials are not compulsory so theres no stress
  • basically you can study at your own pace by watching the lectures online at home and taking your own notes. doors are open by the lecturers every week to ask your questions.
  • british unis say that you’re fucking adults now we aint gonna force you to come to uni if you dont wanna like get a bad grade not my fucking problem
  • no need to suck up to any of your professors british people dont fly like that
  • so literally no added stress except for what you need to endure to ensure you get a good honorable grade.
  • no requirement to BUY textbooks, usually there are enough to borrow from the library.
  • exams are set on exactly what the lecturer teaches and what he says will be on it. so not many horrid surprises on the day or swallowing textbooks
  • uk universities emphasize on the understanding of a concept and learning instead of how many credits/gpa/work you can get or achieve.

we have social and work lives and its extremely hard dont get me wrong the subjects are still very hard and the complete freedom is still quite not enough with all the work we have to do. but the education system here doesn’t force people to deal with work they don’t have to or are not relevant. you get exactly what you paid for. I hear a lot of my friends in the us have such SUCH hard student lives with too much work and pressure and too many financial setbacks and I have such a great and balanced life in the uk. I get really really good grades and I have scholarships and a job offer, and a lot of my friends are doing well mentally too.

the uk offers everyone a chance at education. i love living here as an international student. 

Sugar on Top - Chapter 2

Summary: When baking prodigy Phil Lester finally manages to enter the prestigious culinary school of his dreams, he doesn’t account for the fact that one very famous, very rich, and very pretty heir named Dan Howell will become his culinary rival.

Genre: Baking, AU, School, Rivalry, Enemies-to-Something-Else

Warnings: none

A/N: Hello again! Here’s the second chapter to Sugar on Top. It deals with a lot of background information, so I hope you guys can excuse the repetitive info, as all of our characters start putting things together. This chapter is to set the tone and setting of our story, as well as to give us an idea of Dan and Phil’s opinions of their classmates. Hope you enjoy! Based on this post.

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I just want to get one thing straight
Please don’t ask me for advice.

I can’t help you, because I can’t help myself, and I don’t know how to help anyone else.

I don’t want to give you the wrong advice and end up hurting you.

Any advice I have given before is incredibly basic nutrition that kids are taught in school.

Please don’t ask me how to fight cravings, or how to end a fast, or how to burn x amount of calories, or if I can tell you how to lose x amount of pounds/kilos in x amount of days.

I can’t tell you that because I don’t want to tell you the wrong thing and kill you.

aliciaqi  asked:

Hey! I was thinking about studying nutrition in college, I was wondering what it's like?

Hi! Believe it or not, I’ve only taken two Nutrition classes thus far. I’m transferring from community college where I completed my lower division GEs and a /couple/ major-prep courses. So honestly, I don’t even know what it’s like yet lol. BUT I’ll tell you, if you’re anything like me, don’t be put-off by all of the Chemistry involved. You’re going to have to take quite a few science classes before your super-fun Nutrition classes. But don’t space out in Chemistry thinking “ugh it’s not Nutrition” - nutrition IS chemistry, basically. But I’d advise you to choose carefully which college you attend for Nutrition because some course programs are going to be a lot more Chem-heavy than others. Also, make sure you choose a school that is Accredited in Nutrition. I applied to CSULA and CSUN because they’re the only two universities in the LA area that are Accredited in Nutrition, and I /chose/ CSULA because I preferred the course program. LONG STORY SHORT: so far, I’m happy with my decision. I’ve been passionate about nutrition for years (even all through my fruitless stint as a Film major) - and I wish I hadn’t been so nervous about all of the “hard work” it takes to become an RD. Nothing worth having ever came easy, right? So I’d say, if you’re interested in it, do it. But stay tuned, because as the semesters go on I’m sure I’ll be posting updates here. Sorry for the novel. XOX


Love this machine. Hammer strength incline press. I’m a believer that most of your attention should be focused on the upper chest when it comes to developing a commending chest on a bodybuilding stage, or the public stage. I’m a straight practitioner, a purest at my core when it comes to training, and bodybuilding. I think to many today overcomplicate their training worrying themselves with the latest training style or trends. Stick to the basics TUT, drop sets, supersets, and giant sets, etc. But with that said no effort, or training will make a damn difference if you don’t eat enough, or eat the wrong foods. PROFESSIONAL TIP: Stick to the basics!!! NUTRITION,STRENGTH TRAINING(basics), and CARDIO. KISS principle.

Hammer strength incline press
3 sets, reps 6 to 12 range increasing weight to max through progression.

Then pyramiding down, dropping the weight lower after going to failure in each set. In the drop set, I’m not concerned with rep range so much as I am going to exhaustive failure.

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placid--dreams  asked:

How would you go about convincing a strict parent to let you become vegan? This is something I really need and want to do but my mother is standing in the way of that and I need advice. You're fabulous btw

first educate yourself on why you want to go vegan (ethics, animal product industry etc) & do research regarding plant based nutrition so you can ensure your parents you’ll be recieving adequate nutrition and thrive as a vegan

nutrition links: (basic) (detailed) —> would recommend printing this list out, and keeping it handy or stick it on the kitchen fridge for easy reference

starter vegan grocery list:

informative documentaries to watch prior to going vegan/show your parents:

summary of animal product industries in under 1 minute:

vegan recipe ebook:


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rainbowbarnacle  asked:

Why Karkat Became The Meteor's Resident Cook

Dave: Only eats things that are covered with orange powdered cheese substance.
Rose: Only eats things that can be heated in a microwave, when she does eat.
Terezi: Eats only red things. How did she survive on her own??
Gamzee: Lives off dust? What the fuck is he even eating.
Kanaya: Lives off of us. Needs us healthy to survive.

You stare at your list and try to muster up the grim determination necessary to find a way to feed all these idiots. You’re not the leader anymore, but you can’t help but feel that if you don’t do something that will get everyone’s basic nutritional needs met, everyone but you is going to fall apart from malnutrition by the time you get to the new session.

You know what the major malfunctions of the other trolls’ upbringings were, but the hell were the humans’ lusii *thinking*?? You don’t think Dave or Rose would last more than a couple of months feeding themselves even if you all lived on an actual planet with actual supermarkets. They both seem to think food grows off of trees in ready-to-eat packages.

Not that you have a lot of options. Food synthesized with the alchemizer is subtly wrong in ways you can pinpoint, but it’s better than nothing, and cooking something from basic items - rather than just alchemizing packages of heatable food - almost makes it okay. And it’s enough. Better than the crap they’re eating, at any rate, and someone obviously needs to teach them how to feed themselves.

(They look worn, frayed around the edges, dark circles under their eyes, shaky hands and wobbly knees, everyone getting frightfully thin. Even the humans. Apparently being a god doesn’t prevent malnutrition.)

You sneak off to cook, to experiment, to throw your failed attempts down a waste chute. You get some worried looks, insofar as anyone is able to pull their heads out of their own misery; Kanaya is the one that finally confronts you, worried you’ve developed a problem. She’s relieved to the point of tears when she finds out what you’ve been trying to do, and does her best to help you get things just right.

(If it weren’t for her, you would have fiddled forever, too nervous to share anything less than perfect, leaving everyone else to starve.)

When you finally get it good enough and make a meal for everyone to share, Kanaya convinces everyone to eat together (everyone minus one; you leave him a sealed box in one of his usual haunts). They drift in, one by one, giving the covered dishes suspicious looks (or sniffs, as the case may be).

“It’s food,” you tell them. “I realize that after the processed cardboard crap you’ve been eating you may be unfamiliar with the concept, but luckily for you you have me to re-introduce you.”

There are grumbles. You prepare to shout, and perhaps cry with frustration, embarrassment, and worry. Then Terezi sniffs and says, “Is that grubloaf?” and beelines for the dish, despite Dave’s mutters about dead babies (which stumble to a halt in the face of your baffled stare).

After a moment, Rose shrugs and takes a plate (ever so carefully, but you still see the tremble in her hand), which of course makes Dave cave and take one too. They take depressingly little, and eat in silence.

They all take seconds. The humans take thirds.

And, when you check the box you left for Gamzee, it’s empty, with a little :o) drawn in what little remains of the sauce.