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Post Physiology Pig Out

It feels so good to be done with Physiology!!! A whole 2 months worth of heavy, constant studying… DONE, A FINI! I learned SO MUCH about the human body, everything was interesting, but I am finally FREEE. It feels strange now that I have absolutely NOTHING TO DO. I have kickstarted my 2 week vacation, sort of. This upcoming week is just Foundations, a class of Feelings and Learning To Be a Doctor. Next week, it’s “Ni Hao” China! THEN, I have to look forward to Hola INDIA! Woot, such a banging year for an MSI =) Thought I would have no life, but my life has just begun.

So what did I do post-physiology? First, I hit the gym. After a week of intense brain work-outs, I needed to balance it out with the rest of my body. I felt fat sitting on my butt all day, doing exams, drawing pictures of the nephron, making maps and pathways, and jamming my neurons. I snacked and ate late into the night, believing food will keep me awake and focused. How wrong I was… because I’d just end up laying on my bed, dozing off. However, last Friday, I still made time for a PIG OUT and celebration. I went out to a house party, featuring our guests of honor, Dr. Cameron and Dr. El-Maghrabi. Yes, medical students party with the professors. We’re cool like that. Anyway, I had some dinner plans with a group of friends and we ended up at no other than… BOBBY’S BURGER PALACE. I have yet to try everything on the menu, so that evening was the interesting Miami Burger, with pressed ham, turkey, and provolone.

Welcome to Miami

And I tried the Blueberry-Pomegranate milkshake… absolutely fulfilling and heavenly =P

Tian Ren Tea Shop in Chinatown

House-party was a blast. I had a good time with friends. The next day, I was setting out for Manhattan. I hung out with some friends and ate more good city food. First stop, I met with some NYU people at the Grand Sichuan for old-time Chinese food. Then I met up with my friend Dana and her buddy in Chinatown. I gave in to my bubble tea craving, so I ordered a Caramel Milk Tea with Jelly at 天仁. It was a nice, cold breeze through my body, after battling up Soho.

Next, we made our way uptown and visited Grand Central Station, New York Public Library at 42nd, and 5th Avenue towards Central Park. There was plenty of walking, the life of a New Yorker.

We were such tourists in Grand Central. I mean, people go there to GO somewhere. We were there awing at the ceiling, snapping pictures, and looking for the really long escalator to mess with our vestibular system! See, if you go on a really long escalator and look straight up, you will feel like you are shooting and flying upwards. We wanted to try that, except, we couldn’t find that really long escalator.

Grand Central

Strobe lights

Grand Central from the outside

We also strolled to the library. After finally seeing the library, I really want to study there. There’s plenty of people looking studious around me, the atmosphere surrounding me is MADE to motivate you to study, and the library’s architecture is beautiful. When I am in a beautiful setting, I get just comfortable enough, with just the right amount of distraction, to focus and get work done. Once I am in the mode, all concentrated, I will get things done. That’s how I felt in the NY Public Library.

Or at least, when I am in the city, I am merrier and more liberated. I feel at ease. I feel cool, sophisticated, and on top of the world. I’m a New Yorker at heart, and Manhattan is where I belong.

 

Roar

Marriage at the library... how romantic

The ceiling

Saks 5th Ave: This is where my first paycheck will go. I’ll treat myself to a nice pair of shoes and favorite dress. I will get my sister a classy handbag. I will treat my mother to her heart’s desire. I will get my father something he cannot break (he has a history of breaking watches and losing rings; I know where I got my genes from…). So classy and glamorous inside!!!

Saks Fifth Ave

An Unhealthy Health Nut

Look at that oozing goo~

Alright, my diet must change. The past few weeks in medical school has not helped. You would think that free lunches in a medical institution would at least be nutritious and delectable. But you know what hungry, cheap medical students are fed? Cheese pizza, garlic knots, Chinese food, and occasionally a decked-out Italian feast. Most of the time, it’s just plain, greasy pizza.

What's Quicker than Quickly's?

Now, let’s flashback to my college days at NYU. I was pampered with good New York food all the time. I could bounce into Trader Joe’s next door in my pretty pajamas. I attended weekly Asian events where, of course, all the free Chinese food and goodies were happening. Oh, I indulged in bubble tea, Asian desserts, rice, vegetables, artichoke pizza, Italian cuisine, vegetarian wonders, etc… There were times I went a week without having to cook dinner or eat out. Aside from the hearty feasts, I had convenient access to a state-of-the-art gym facility in my residence hall. I lived at the Palladium for 3 years for that very reason. No blizzard or blustery rainstorm could hinder me from working out every day; I just toss on my shorts and T-shirt and took the elevator down 6 or 12 floors to the gym in the basement. Exercising was never this easy, again… because now I’m stuck in Stony Brook.

Back then, I was a serious health nut. I was vegetarian for 3 years, until senior year when I gave way to my cravings for the real deal. However, I still ate healthy veggie-laden meals from Trader Joe’s (plus the occasional craving for falafel over rice from down the street!) and I did cardio almost every night before hitting the books. Now, the gym is not so easily accessible and my school work fills up my schedule. The gym is not so nice and medical school keeps me buried in books, though I always make time for fun and leisure.

Now, I’ve been tracking my food intake again, to help me with my nutrition assignment due soon. I used to utilize Livestrong’s “My Daily Plate,” which helped me slim down and see what’s going into my gastric pouch. Here are a few things I learned about myself from this nutrition assignment:

1) I don’t need a lot of calories to stay alive. The ‘typical’ 2000 calorie-diet would make me fat. Instead, my calculation came out to ~1400.

2) My workouts are intense. I do between 30-60 minutes of cardio, split between the elliptical (aerobics setting) and the treadmill. With the treadmill, I gradually increase my speed over a period of 20-30 minutes, depending on my mood, up to 6-6.5 mph. An hour workout lets me burn up to 500 calories. Sweeet!!!

3) I also walk a lot. It was a lifestyle back in Manhattan, and I brought it to Stony Brook. Not the most practical out in the suburbs, but whatever. Rain, snow, sun… I like a challenge.

4) Oh, I think I just kicked my own butt today with points 2 and 3 above. Trudging through deep snow and ice + running my legs sore = stretched calcaneus, aka Achille’s tendon. Ouchies…

5) I must stop eating free food at the medical center. Yes, the food is yummy. I get hungry. I have cravings for junk food. Free lunches save me from bringing in or buying my meals. But, the medical school is ironically contributing to the nation’s fat problem. Way to expand my abdominal viscera and plump up your future doctors =/

6) This past Monday was a carb hell: garlic knots and cheese pizza filled up my day. I’m not putting myself through that absorptive state again.

7) My healthy alternatives:

– Trader Joe’s whole wheat bread, avocado relish with some chili sauce and lemon juice, lite Havarti cheese, Tofurkey deli slices, and edamane hummus

– corn, peas, carrots with lemon juice and lite basil vinagrette, sprinkled with dried cranberries and cashews

– blueberries, Fuji apple, and medium banana, drizzled in low-fat strawberry yogurt

Made in the USA, but with Taiwanese ingredients

I keep seeing this advertisement for cafepress.com on Facebook: Taiwan is NOT China! I keep gravitating to that website, because I really am tempted to buy a shirt from that site.

This one hits closest to home, but I’m more like 50/50 Taiwanese/’Chinese’ and all-American, who is really “Fobulous” because I’m still an Asian overload for an ABC:

You can see I’m a little biased to be more Taiwanese =)

Very Hipster

This one is my favorite: Made in the USA, with Taiwanese ingredients! Makes me sound like a dessert.

And this is how I quench my thirst, not with Mountain Dew. Done the Asian way =)

My new addiction: Milk Tea

Monkey Milk Tea

I’m studying like mad for my upcoming Anatomy midterm. It’s long, endless, complicated, and a tad fun. I like doodling and picturing the relationships. Plus, I learn the clinical applications and what can go wrong with the human body. Welcome to medical school.

So I need to kick my desperate coffee habit. I’ve replaced that with milk tea! Ah, I miss bubble tea in Chinatown with my friends. I’ve resorted to Lipton tea packets, Sweet n’ Low sugar substitutes, hot water, and milk to replace my craving and eliminate my bad caffeine need. Basically, add about 2 packets of Lipton red tea, hot water, 1 packet of sugar, and some whole milk, and you have instant bootleg milk tea. I don’t feel as guilty drinking the milk tea as I did with the sugar-laden French Vanilla cappuccino from the physician’s lounge. *Yums, I just took another sip*

Fluorescent Green Tea is so pretty

Now, I know I’ll get sick of this. I’ll have to stock up on boxes of snacks and Chinese green tea like all my friends here and stash them in my locker for late night study parties. Green tea will be healthier, since it’s jam-packed with antioxidants and relaxing herbal aroma. Or even jasmine tea =)