Archive | May 2014

What sweetener should you use?!

Interesting!

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I am not going to lie, I love walking through bakeries and seeing all the beautiful cakes decorated lavishly with many colors and designs. And candy stores, full of jars and containers hanging on the wall, all containing an assortment of colors are also quite beautiful to me,  but how beautiful is it really? 
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Not only are these candies and cakes filled with chemical food coloring to make them beautiful and appealing to the eye, but they are also full of processed sugars. Whether it be white sugar, artificial sweeteners, or high fructose corn syrup…these sweets have a not so sweet side. While I do believe in enjoying everything in moderation, I also understand the importance of making the best choices for my body and my health.
There has been lots of research on the dangers of eating a diet high in sugar, including fruits, but I find that choosing the…

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Homemade Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Delicious!

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I never thought I’d enjoy ice cream again. During the 4 months I spent volunteering in Costa Rica, I became obsessed with ice cream. It wasn’t my fault; it seemed that the whole population was obsessed. At the end of a long work day, one could spot businessmen nursing a McDonald’s soft-serve cone, leaning their bodies back from the drips that threatened to send their suits to the dry cleaners early.

This obsession with ice cream, which is damp and cold, is probably not the best thing for people of Kapha constituion, but I knew very little about ayurvedic medicine back then. I also had no idea that one could be intolerant to dairy, which I now know that I am. My almost-daily ice cream treat contributed to a 40-pound weight gain in those 4 short months.

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Naturopathic Medical School Interview, Part I

 

 

It was a cold and snowy February afternoon. My mom and I, were driving to Long Island to stay with my sister’s for my interview at Bridgeport. I was bored and decided to check my work email on my phone. To my surprise, my interview has been CANCELED due to the Nemo storm. I emailed the admissions counselor back to reschedule my appointment for March. It was somewhat disappointing, considering my supervisor made it very difficult for me to take off because we had a huge project that needed to be done. But, everything was changing for the worse at my job and I believe, to this day, God was trying to move me out of there to pursue my passion. So, I used these vacation days to chill at my sister’s house and practice the interview.

The week came were I had to drive down once again to Long Island to stay with my sister’s. Thankfully, I didn’t have to pay for a hotel and my sister did not live that far from CT. That Thursday, my Great Uncle passed away. It was a very devastating. I loved my Great Uncle dearly and he will be missed greatly. But, he was sick for quite sometime and I rather have him be at peace than to suffer. My Great Grandmother  also passed away the following Thursday at the same time! It was a very sad month. They both will be missed!

That Sunday, I have emailed my supervisor that I won’t be in Monday or Tuesday because I had to attend my great-grandmothers and great-uncle’s funerals. I didn’t tell her about my interview because I didn’t want to risk getting fired. It very unexpected because we thought the funerals would be later. I couldn’t reach her by phone so I emailed. Also, my interview was that week so I had to take time off for that and the funerals when I get back. So, I packed my suit, interview questions, and me and my mom drove to my sister’s house to stay the night in Long Island. It was an interesting and very scary experience because, there are not a lot of websites out there where students talk about their interview when applying to naturopathic medical school. I didn’t know what to expect! So, I’ve looked over every possible question I could find, even the MD and DO blogs I just replace ND information and issues. I’ve brought the kindle “The Best Book on Naturopathy”, which was $5 at the time. It was a little helpful, because the student attended University of Bridgeport. But, the interview process was not enough and it is different for everyone. I mean, when it came to me interviewing for a MD school, it was kinda easy but then again it wasn’t. You can find possible questions but it’s still difficult to explain bad grades, MCAT, opinions on issues, etc if any. Naturopathic Medical School, same deal. But, it was hard to find possible questions, but easy to explain grades, they did not require an MCAT, and they really look at you as a WHOLE applicant. It’s still competitive, it’s just their selection process is WAY different which I will explain later. I can’t really speak for the rest of the Naturopathic Medical Schools, but only for University of Bridgeport.

 

Cheers!

Krystal

 

Finished My First Year Of Naturopathic Medical School!! Whoop!

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It was a very challenging year. I am very proud of myself! I use to lack self-confidence and believed I could not do something as challenging as medical school. But, I did it! I am learning more and more about myself and I am loving it! I started crying when I was done and completed the year with a high GPA. I had an idea that naturopathic medical school would be challenging, but not this challenging! I have lost some class mates and upperclassmen. I have met a lot of cool people in addition. Even though, it was a joyous year, it was sad too. 😦

We have to take the same basic sciences as in conventional medical schools and the course load was a lot! We had to take basic sciences and on top of that, complete projects, take research classes, and take naturopathic classes. Even though it was challenging, but I love it! I love a challenge and I am glad I decided to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture ( Yes, I was just accepted into the program too! So, I am dual-degree chick 😉 ). I do not regret my decision and I am very excited for my life and career.

For now, I am relaxing and traveling this summer. I decided to deactivate my Facebook because I do not want to waste my summer in front of the computer like that. Plus, I will admit, I will get kinda jealous looking at my friends travel to France, England, Japan, etc this summer. I am happy for them and I too will travel across the globe one day. But, looking at it constantly will make me a little down.  I plan to continue on learning my Japanese, travel and spend time with the fam and my dog, catch up on my J-dramas and anime, do yoga, pilates, meditation, renew my mind, read my Bible more, preceptor an MD and ND,  make some tincture, have fun with my herbs and invent healthier dishes, and just live a holistic and fun life this summer. I am saving so I can buy a better car and get an apartment in CT. I have tons to focus on and it’s very exciting!

Until then! 🙂 🙂

Krystal

herbal preparations: lozenges

I am trying!!

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lozenges are one of my favorite herbal preparations because they give nearly instant gratification.  oils and tinctures are wonderful, but there’s all that waiting for the finished product.  with lozenges, you skip the 5 weeks of infusion in favor of a mix and a quick dry.  they’re less like a scary science experiment and more like instant proof that you’re your own herbalist!

there are other, more fundamental preparations that i was going to teach about first, like vinegars and tinctures, but today was my day with kindergartners and first graders, and you can only be coughed on so many times before you take the hint and write about something that folks obviously need this time of year.   the lozenges that i’m going to show you how to make are specifically for coughs and throat irritation, but with a few adjustments (that i’ll mention later) the recipe can be…

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