Lately + Mediterranean Diet 101

Hello, hi, hi! How are you all doing today?Β Let’s take a look at some tidbits of my life recently, and then I have a cool presentation to share with you πŸ™‚

Can you guys believe this is an iPhone photo? I can’t believe it. That just goes to show us how important lighting is. Simple avocado toast with truffle salt and black pepper, scrambled cheddar eggs with spinach, leftover veggie and potato bake.

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Check out my old and new USB sticks! The one of the left was one that Dad brought for me from BC. The blue part with the chain is supposed to be connected to the actual metal USB part, but the superglue got undone and all of the parts separated. It’s too scary just carrying around that baby USB chip because I’m worried I will lose it! I keep all of my schoolwork on that little guy. So yesterday I bought a brand-new USB stick from my school’s bookstore. I’m so thankful now for having a USB stick that isn’t microscopic!

Even though this semester is much busier for me, I still spend lots of time FaceTiming my mom, sister, and dad. Sometimes we don’t even talk, but just go about doing our own things with the occasional comment. It makes me feel like they’re here. Or I’m there. IDK.

And Dad thought the picture on the bottom left was the funniest thing ever! I didn’t get why he was laughing for so long until he sent me a screenshot.

BRrrrrrrr. It’s been really cold here in Waterloo recently. This morning, it’s -18 degrees but gloriously sunny outside. I’m worried to go out because I might accidentally become a human popsicle! Last week, I’ve been bundling up like crazy every morning. Winter boots, scarf, fluffy jacket, and hat. My new lunch bag is now becoming an all-purpose bag – I put all my random things (calculator, computer mouse, iClicker) inside πŸ™‚

Do you like colouring? I do. Mom and Dad bought me the human anatomy colouring book from Coles for my birthday, and I’ve been corresponding the lecture material with certain pages in my book. We’re learning about upper limbs now – the bones, the muscles, their innervations (nerves), functions, and blood supply. The human body is so, so much more complex than I had ever thought.

My aunt Mimi has been colouring, too! She bought a very cool historical people colouring book from the bookstore in Wendel’s Cafe a couple weeks ago and has been putting her colouring skills to use by filling out this King Tut. It’s almost done – amazing job as always, Mimi! πŸ˜€

Another day, I went to my school’s Henna Club and doodled all over my phone case with a Sharpie. It is so addictive! A simple google search for “easy henna” gave me tons of inspiration. Okay, Sharpie isn’t exactly the most authentic form of this intricate, traditional Indian art, but this was such a therapeutic and relaxing way to end my afternoon with some friends. The gold and silver are from little drops of fabric paint πŸ™‚

PS: It’s been a couple days and my sweaty fingers have smeared off most of this design!

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One more thing: there’s nothing cooler than writing in third-person.

Especially when the person you’re talking to (MOM) tells you to make “mula”.

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A couple months ago, I approached my school’s nutrition professor, Doctor Heather Keller. Professor Keller is a nutritional epidemiologist (someone who researchesΒ the patterns of health and disease in a certain population) and dietitian. Her job is to analyze samples of data and turn the information into real practice to support frail older adults who are malnourished. She’s also published numerous articles and aims to improve the nutritional intake of seniors across Canada.

She is so amazing. πŸ™‚ Did I mention that she is so kind and smiley too?

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Anyways, I told her that I was interested in helping out with her research in any way possible, whether that’s data entry in a lab or volunteering with the participants. Professor Keller’s grad student, Tara, contacted me a little later and told me that I could help by creating a presentation on the Mediterranean Diet.

A lot of the time, Professor Keller is asked to give presentations at schools, hospitals, and senior homes about health and nutrition, but she doesn’t always have time to put together a slideshow with facts and photos about a healthy diet. So I put my winter break to good use and compiled these facts and photos to make a PowerPoint presentation about the key components and tips of the Mediterranean Diet.

The Mediterranean Diet

PS: See if you can identify which photos I took! πŸ˜‰

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The following slide really amazed me. I looked at lots of studies about this (sources on the last slide) and they all agreed with each other for the most part. It’s amazing what diet can do for the mind and body!

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Not too bad, right? πŸ™‚

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I think I need to take my own advice and look beyond bread, quinoa, and oats. I really want to try cooking barley, buckwheat, and enjoying popcorn as a snack!

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As if my titles weren’t bad enough already (Go Fish? Grain Brain? Get Fresh?)… they are about to getΒ worse and worse… beware. πŸ˜‰

I need to get my hands on some kefir! Foodies, do you drink kefir straight-up or use it in recipes?

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Moderation is key.

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I want to buy a jar of tahini, but it seems like the only thing you can do with it is hummus (which I don’t have a blender for) or possibly lemon-tahini dressing. Is there anything else to do with tahini?

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Tea after a meal is a totally new concept for me. I’m always 90% full after eating and don’t have room in my belly for liquids!

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Yay! These next few slides are all my photos. You’ve probably seen them before, actually!

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Okay, I couldn’t do a slide without oatmeal. You knew it was coming.

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Looking at the following slide, I really need to spice up my life a little more. I want to experiment with sage and spicier spices like cayenne!

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I used the following resources – no Wikipedia here! But gosh, I love that website. “I don’t know, ask Wikipedia” is my motto.

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That’s it for today! My to-do list this weekend is a MILE long. Although most of the things are tasks that I’m not very excited about I really don’t want to do and will probably procrastinate on (Physics assignment, I’m looking at you), there are some things that I actually want to do. Namely, my yoga teacher training scholarship application (I LOVE writing essays – especially about things I love), my French presentation script, and my Psychology readings. These are things that I can’t wait to get started on! πŸ™‚

On a side note, Psychology readings are SO interesting! I never thought I would find the human mind so fascinating, but it truly is. The psychology textbook is NEVER a chore to read, in my opinion! What are your favourite classes?

Time to wash dishes, make my bed, and get on with the day!

Happy Friday, friends!

20 thoughts on “Lately + Mediterranean Diet 101

  1. Nice powerpoint!! πŸ™‚ It seems like you know how to keep yourself busy, and live everyday fully!
    I do the same thing with my parents as well – leaving skype/facetime on while we do our own things! πŸ˜› thanks to the technology haha

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    1. Thank you! That comment actually means a lot because I do try to maximize the number of things I do and the quality that I do them with (does that make sense? LOL). Yet I still waste so much time *cough* Buzzfeed.
      Haha yes! Glad I’m not alone!

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  2. It seems the weather has been exactly the same around here! My mom actually colors as well, it’s become such a popular activity for adults! That was a great presentation, the mediterranean diet is definitely an area of interest!

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    1. Does she really? That’s fantastic! It’s really quite therapeutic. What kinds of things does she colour? I’ve seen mandelas, underwater worlds, and so many more at bookstores!

      Thanks! πŸ˜€

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  3. Hi baby, your Iphone photos look great. Thank you for giving me a lot of ideas of cooking delicious foods. When I want to make muffins, I can find the world best recipe on your blog. When I want to make some light dishes , your blog has tans of good ways of making them. Keep writing it,never give up. You are such an awesome baby!

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    1. I read your comment about five times while smiling like an idiot the whole time! Your words never fail to cheer me up and keep me going through the day. Thank you for that, Mom!

      PS I like how I’m still the baby even though I am 18! πŸ™‚

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  4. Delicious breakfast ya got there! I love that henna case too!
    The Mediterranean diet sounds promising too–I think Greek yogurt, olive oil, salmon, lots of fruits and vegetables are super tasty and healthy as well!

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    1. It was actually a yummy lunch! I’m too addicted to oatmeal to have something savoury for b-fast. πŸ˜‰
      What I like about it is that it’s more of a lifestyle than a diet, so it’s better for the long term. πŸ™‚

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  5. Great presentation with lots of good information and tasty food ideas. Do you base the meal suggestions on the Canada Food Guide recommendations? I recognized your dinner plates so I’m pretty sure which pics you took based on that. πŸ™‚

    The tahini question made me ponder. You can use it as a dressing for cooked noodles/pasta, most recently the dan dan noodles I made. Add lots of fresh veggies and just a bit of protein for a healthy and tasty noodle bowl. Anywhere you use peanut butter, you can use tahini ie cookies, spreads on sandwiches/toast in place of mayo, stir into oatmeal/porridge along with some honey. Use it as a dip for fresh veggies. I wonder if it would taste good in smoothies.

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    1. Thank you! I based the meal suggestions off of Mediterranean Diet “requirements” or guidelines, which is essentially maximizing fresh, real foods – not difficult! πŸ™‚
      I smiled when I read that you recognized my dinner plates!
      Wow! I just took all of your suggestions and made them into a “note” on my computer. Those are some fantastic ideas! I think I will pick up a jar next time they are on sale. Thank you! I love the idea of a noodle bowl and a sub for PB. Yum!

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      1. Sorry, I meant the portion sizes/amounts on the CFG. I DID get the Mediterranean Diet reference. Wish it was possible to edit my comments after posting when I mess up like this. πŸ™‚

        You can make a type of Jewish dessert/fudge with tahini called halva too. I didn’t think of it until later and then had to look up a simple recipe. Here’s a link.

        http://macrobiotic.about.com/od/wholefoodsdesserts/r/Sesame-Tahini-Halvah.htm

        PS: I buy the pistachio version though the plain/chocolate marbled one is what I grew up with. πŸ™‚

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      2. I’ve seen halva in specialty food stores but never actually knew that it was Jewish fudge! How cool. It is in the cheese section at Vincenzo’s so I always thought it was some form of dairy dessert. I will take a look at the recipe!

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      3. That’s what I call it. Halva is common through the Middle East but I was first exposed to it through my mom’s job at a Jewish deli when I was in gr 5 on. There are various halvas including a carrot version found in India.

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    1. Really? That’s so cool! I’m really interested as to what you found out with your research. Are you going to share bits of cool info on the blog? πŸ˜€

      Aww I am happy to hear that. I think it’s so important! How often do you get to see your parents? πŸ™‚

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