The daily grind (WIAW)


What’s going on guys?
Today I’m sharing my eats from yesterday for WIAW. Find the rest of the good eats here!
I’m currently in week four of my dietetic internship and it is going by so fast. So far, I’ve spent my time in a long term care/rehab facility, which has been fun. I did the majority of my volunteering pre-internship in long term care, so I’ve enjoyed using the skills I learned earlier and building on those. Nutrition care for the elderly is so different from care for most other populations. The goal is for patients to have as few restrictions as possible and be able to eat food safely. We are usually encouraging patients to eat plenty and prevent weight loss.
As far as my days go, I usually wake up around 5:40 am to take the dog for a ~15 minute walk. As soon as we get back in, I start making coffee and getting breakfast together.

Breakfast: baked oatmeal with sunflower Tri7bet butter puddle -> I used my pear and chia baked oatmeal recipe but used apples from my recent apple picking trip instead of pears.

Breakfast time was spent reading over materials on tube feedings for the critically ill. Sometimes I spend the morning reading blogs and sometimes I spend it going over nutrition related things. It just depends on my mood/how motivated I am.

Once I got to my internship, I spent time doing diabetes education with a patient and attending a long meeting for treatment team, where we discuss the comprehensive treatment plans for various patients. I also got started on some notes.
By the time I had lunch, I was starving. I believe that I need to add more protein to my breakfast so that I’m not so shake-y hungry by 11. I read a research article the other day that suggested 30 grams of protein for breakfast to ensure satiety. I have about 15 grams to go…

Lunch: Egg sandwich -> two boiled eggs on hearty whole grain bread with mayo, mustard, and spinach.

Plus a glamorous side of grapes with a few walnuts. I brought cabbage to eat too, but I forgot a fork. Oops!!

I was sooo tired this afternoon. I don’t know why, but I could have used some afternoon coffee. I managed to finish two nutrition assessments with determination. I eventually walked around the unit to visit some patients, which helped to wake me up some. I really wish I had a standing desk. I think that would help some.

I was excited to get off, because after work I headed to see my very best friend. She’s in town from Nashville and I’m so excited for all the plans we have together this week while she’s here. We caught up over coffee. I had a mini dark chocolate peanut butter cup too. Yum! I joked that the coffee was only about 6 hours late. 😉

We went to dinner at a local place, Groucho’s. It’s one of her favorites and we usually hit it up when she’s in town.

Dinner: tuna salad-salad (with SO much iceberg lettuce, I couldn’t finish it), with a tangy honey mustard dressing, and crackers. Plus diet coke!

Because we’re running low on groceries, I ran by Kroger on the way home. I tried to hurry because I was missing The Voice! Lol.

I did some arm exercises and then some dishes while I watched TV. Then it was time to settle in with some dessert!

Dessert: vanilla ice cream with PEANUT BUTTER cheerios.

Funny story, I was going to buy frozen yogurt, but when I saw the ingredient list I was turned off by the long list of weird ingredients. I chose all-natural Breyers vanilla instead, which only had 5: MILK, CREAM, SUGAR, TARA GUM, NATURAL FLAVOR. Much better.

Then I stayed up about an hour later than I should have before I crashed. I’ll try better next time, okay?

So you tell me…

What do you do to beat the afternoon slump?

Favorite source of caffeine?

Apples and sleepovers

Apples and sleepovers


I keep saying I need a weekend with no plans, but I keep eagerly loading up all my weekends. Not that I mind spending time with the people I love. I suppose a mentality of WORK SO VERY HARD during the week and DO NOTHING RELATED TO WORK over the weekend is my most realistic plans.

This weekend I went apple picking with Mom’s church. We loaded up a small van with 15 people, including my godson. He and his parents have been living in Alaska while his dad served in the army for the past four years. I was happy to tote this little one on my hip all through the apple orchard. See that smile? It’s literally almost always there!

We went to Stepp Farms in Hendersonville, NC. It was packed! It was quite a warm day too, so pulling wagons and toting babies made for a real work out.

Of course, not everyone was interested in picking apples. Leaves were also a commodity…

I picked a BIG ol’ peck of apples. Mostly of my favorites, golden delicious. I can’t really eat raw apples without intense stomach cramps, so I have big plans for baking sbobet link. I’ve already made my pear chia baked oatmeal (but with apples) and an apple crisp. I made sure to stop by the store for vanilla ice cream. What is a warm apple dessert without a scoop of ice cream?

After apple picking, I drove up to Rock Hill for my friend Olivia’s birthday party. I miss seeing this girls on the regular so much, so getting together for a slumber party was exactly what I needed. We have a pretty strong group text going on, but nothing compares to quality time in person.

Aren’t they beautiful? I wore a romper my sister gave me, since it was too short for her. I think it’s funny you have to get naked to use the bathroom when you wear them, but it’s nice to only need one article of clothing.

We had dinner @ Chili’s. It was burgers in some form all around the table. I ordered the guacamole burger (with a turkey patty) and it was so good! Definitely spicy, so be warned.

The rest of the evening was spent exactly how a sleepover should be spent: dancing, laughing, and eating cake.

Now it’s back to the grind. Since my birthday is next weekend, I definitely need to follow my WORK SO VERY HARD during the week mantra. I believe in birthdays, after all 😉

So you tell me-

What did you do over the weekend?

Favorite apple dessert?