April 5, 2009

Starvation Study

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 12:33 pm by Jenn

It’s days like today that I wish my grandmother were still alive so that I could ask her questions, pick her brain about what she remembers about a certain time period or subject.

This week’s lecture in my Advanced Nutrition class is on starvation.  It’s a subject that I’ve read, lots and lots about, but today I read more about the “Starvation Study” that took place in the US during WW II.  I find this study to be facscinating, and being a real geek I’ll probably read more of the actual research but for now this piece from American Radio Works gives some great background information on the topic.

Now for me, back to the lecture and note taking.


November 20, 2008

For Real Writing

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 1:51 pm by Jenn

Scott mentioned to me sometime ago that the spouse of a friend he met at the gym worked for a local magazine here in Baku.  She mentioned to Scott that it would be great for me to write an article for the magazine.  At the time the idea was to generate business.  Of course, I’ll be writing this piece and not be paid.  Of course. 

I’m going to digress for a minute now. 

Why is it that dietitians have such a hard time getting paid for their services?  We are very caring and giving people, but for just how long should we be expected to volunteer before we have paid our dues?  Don’t get me wrong, I’d gladly package meals for Senior Citizens, work a day at a soup kitchen, donate non- perishable food items, etc. but I paid a lot of money to go to school to learn what I know and I really just want to make some money now. 

So, as I was saying before I interrupted myself – I’m going to write this article, for free, not to drum up business, not to see my name in print, but because I need some mental stimulation.  Now I’m thinking of ideas.  What to write?  Since it’s the holiday season should I write about ways to avoid unwanted weight gain during the holiday season (one of them being DO NOT HOST A COOKIE EXCHANGE). 

One thing’s for sure, no matter what I decide to write I’m sure it will be more science/evidenced based than the piece on the Watermelon Diet that I read when we first arrived in Baku.  I wish I knew the name of the magazine that it was in because I would link to it for sure.

So off I go, to a blank word document, with the hope of transforming it in to something useful.

January 14, 2008

Nutrition Day!

Posted in Journal tagged , at 9:27 pm by Jenn

Today was probably one of my most rewarding days in Belarus so far.  Last week I spoke to the head of the Gastroenterology/Nutrition department from the Belarusian Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education to see if he would be able to assist me in gathering information for my country information report on Belarus.  He gladly accepted a meeting with me for today (Katya went with me to serve as a translator just in case). 

When I arrived I was surprised to see that I was being welcomed by the entire department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition  They had prepared a presentation and had a wonderful banquet in my honor.  This was the first time that they had hosted a dietitian from America.  

The presentation was in English and was very well done.  After the presentation they allowed me to ask questions of them and then they in turn asked questions of me.  It is my hope that I am able to have continued relations with this group of professionals.  They have invited me to attend the upcoming educational conferences in 2008, and I will seriously consider taking them up on these offers.

I in turn provided my contact information and have agreed to help them obtain information on membership with ADA.  They are very interested in evidence based medicine and are very interested in the ADA’s Evidenced Based Library and journal. 

So, I think that I have a great start on my project and should be able to prepare a draft tomorrow and possibly be ready to submit the final to AODA (American Overseas Dietitic Association) by the end of the month.  

I am so impressed with the hospitality and generosity of this group of professionals, they provided me with wonderful conversation, gifts, food and information.

 Some of the gifts I received were a musical box with strawberry/cream flavored tea, a briefcase with the academy logo (the bag contains several books related to the academy and its professionals, a key chain and pen), a handmade box with a handmade angel and a bottle of Belovezhskaya which is a special alcoholic beverage made from herbs.

Here is a picture of all the goodies I received:


For all my RD friends at NHRMC, we started a discussion on TPN vs Tube Feeding and I asked if they used more TPN or more TF, the reply was, “It’s very simple.  If the gut works, use TF”.  I almost cried!

I’m going to have a cup of my new tea now! 

До свидания! (pronunced Dasveydanyah)


PS – I started Russian classes again today!

January 7, 2008

Pins and Needles

Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , , at 12:22 am by Jenn

This weekend I’m on pins and needles, anxiously awaiting my partner assignments for the 3 swaps that are getting underway.  I’ve joined the Be My Valentine 2008 swap on Ravelry, The Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 4 and the Hot Cocoa Swap

Packages don’t have to be mailed out for a while yet, but since I’m overseas it takes about 2-3 weeks for items to get to me, so the sooner I get my partners the better.  Besides I want to get in on some of these year end sales before it’s too late… 

Voting for the next project of the Sexy Knitter’s Club is also in full swing.  I’m not really interested in the patterns that are winning at this point, so I may end up sitting my first round out!  That’s ok, it will give me more time to learn some new stitches and work on my first sweater!  Need to find a pattern for that.  Besides, I’ll be busy with these swaps and the Sock a Month 5 Knit Along.  I’m about 75% finished with my second sock!  I’m hoping to be able to finish it by Tuesday and have a picture posted to the blog (and have it count for my “January Sock” – I’m still undecided about my next sock pattern, maybe a toe up one this time).

I didn’t realize that there were so many fun groups and things involved with knitting.  Thanks Mom and Heather for getting me back in to this!  Maybe next year we’ll have to plan a visit to a European Knitting Convention (note to self – look up european knitting conventions).

 I finally figured out how to get my Flickr pictures to Ravelry – operator error so now my projects and stash can be viewed!  It was a very productive Ravelry weekend!

At some point I need to focus on this report for the American Dietetic Association (ADA)!  In fact, no time like tomorrow!  I’m going to devote at least two hours a day this week to the project in hopes of making progress.  I have what I believe to be a great contact who should be able to provide a wealth of information.  I’ll need to do a separate post on the project because I don’t believe I’ve mentioned it before, but in summary I’m going to do a country profile on the nutrition profession and nutritional concerns in Belarus.

When am I going to have time to work? 

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