Archive for August, 2011

Well, friends, September is almost upon us, and that means it’s time for the 30-Day Ancestral Health Challenge.

I’ve gotten a few questions from some folks who are asking me specifically what this means.  I’ll try to be concise:

  1. It’s definitely not a detox sort of plan.  The goal is to spend 30 days eating strictly paleo (no sugar, grain, legumes, dairy, or processed oils), and let the body adjust gradually to that way of eating.  After 30 days, if I so choose, I’ll start adding in some non-paleo (but still healthy) foods to see how my body reacts.
  2. It’s definitely 30 months of moving!  I’ll be working out pretty hard and playing pretty hard.  The “playing” portion of this might include some leisurely bike rides, long walks through the city with friends/family, or just a Wiffle Ball game in the park (Roger, are you reading this?).
  3. Last, but not least, one might be tempted to call this a “diet,” and yes, it sort of is.  I’d like, however, to call it a lifestyle.  I know that sounds all hippy-ish and new-agey or whatever, but I’ve eaten this way before and I know that my body feels wonderful in doing so.  I sleep better, I have more energy (after my body starts burning fat for energy instead of sugar), and my skin feels healthier.  It’s a lifestyle because I really want it to be.  And this 30 days, I hope, will be a nice kick-start to get me on the right track.

A friend (Hi there, E1!) recently pointed out to me, in the nice way she often does, that I am definitely an “all-or-nothing” kind of person.  I set out to do things, and if one or two little things go wrong, it spells impending doom and it’s the end of my grand plans.  It was a pretty stark reminder of how far I have to go, and I thank her for that.  In any case, though, I cannot wait to get started tomorrow.  I went shopping today, and our fridge, freezer, and pantry are loaded up with paleo deliciousness.  Hopefully I’ll start adding some photos of the yum meals I have in store.

Again, visit my partners in crime by clicking on their links to the right (Jenn Siegel and E-Chopz), and wish us luck!

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Over to the right on this blog you’ll see some new Nutrition Links, one of whom is Robb Wolf, a leading voice in the paleo/primal community.  He recently guest-authored a post on Mark Sisson’s site (Mark’s Daily Apple, also over there to the right) and answered some basic questions about paleo/primal.  It’s a fantastic reminder for me as well as anyone interested in learning more about this way of eating.

Click here for the link and enjoy!

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A common theme I’ve heard among new grads is the lack of jobs out there for us.  Now, I do live in the heart of a major city, which is absolutely saturated with many nursing schools.  In addition, I’m assuming a lot of retirement-age nurses aren’t able to retire because of the economy.  In addition to that, I’m assuming a lot of hospitals/agencies aren’t able to hire and train new grads, given the demanding cost of doing so.

However, I’m learning that it really is all about who you know.  You can apply online for all the jobs in the history of the world, but the people I know who have gotten jobs as new grads are either a) former externs who were hired on by their units, or b) knew someone who worked in the department and was able to sort of “bypass” the online application.

I’m sure the online application method just gets you bogged down in the morass of dozens and dozens (hundreds, maybe?) of other people applying for the same job.

However, I have to remember that I’m the type who isn’t really all that interested in working in a traditional hospital setting (for reasons I may or may not divulge later on).  A NICU?  Yes please.  An OR?  Maybe.  An ED?  Could be perhaps maybe sorta kinda.  (TorontoEmerg and Shrtstormtrooper, convince me otherwise!)

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Yes, yes, yes, let’s just get this outta the way right away.  The entire East Coast felt an earthquake today, after one hit southwest of Washington, DC.  People here in Philly were all a-tizzy, but everything is fine overall.  My shower curtain shook, I was not experiencing benign positional vertigo (as I first thought), and that was pretty much that.  Earthquake over.  Next topic.

In other news, I have links!  There are three of us undergoing this 30-day challenge, and they are (besides me, obviously) …

Erica (AKA “Chopz”).  Her Web site is here.

Jenn (nickname to be determined).  Her Web site is here.

As I noted yesterday, we’ll be starting our 30-day Ancestral Health Challenge on Thursday, September 1, and running it through Friday, September 30.  As part of this, Jenn, Erica, and I will be eating strictly paleo.  What is paleo, you ask?  Glad you did.  Here’s a nifty little infographic about that, following some other info:

I know it’s a lot to digest (pun intended), so I’ll leave it at that for now.  I’m still trying to understand it myself.  The basic tenets of eating paleo include:

  • No grains, sugar, dairy, legumes, or processed seed oils
  • Fruit, nuts, and seeds are ok, but in limited quantities
  • Yams and/or sweet potatoes are ok, but also in limited quantities

More tomorrow!


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The last time I posted here, August 10, 2010 (over a year ago), I mentioned I was going on a little hiatus.  A hiatus is usually a very brief delay, but in this case it lasted … over a year.

However, I’m back!  You’ll notice the title of this blog is no longer “Adventures in Nursing School.”  That’s right — I’ve since graduated, passed my boards, and am currently looking for a job, either a) in a NICU (neonatal), or b) in a Community Health setting.

Anyway, since we last talked (or interacted, or saw each other’s comments, or whatever), I’ve become a member of a growing community of fitness/nutrition enthusiasts, and have started researching and trying to understand (key word, trying) the paleo/primal way of living.  As a part of this, one of the people with whom I’ve become friendly is Jenn, and she and I will be holding each other accountable for the month of September, which we are treating as our own personal 30-day Ancestral Health Challenge.

These 30 days will include eating primally and moving primally, and we can’t wait.  I’ll link to Jenn’s blog at some point soon, but in the meantime, keep an eye out for more blog posts to follow.

I’ll be writing more about my job search, living in Philadelphia, and of course, nutrition (maybe even with photos).

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