Time really flies fast! It’s already been a year for me in St. Louis, studying in Fontbonne University. Back to the day from last year, I was in California and struggling with what I should do after graduation. It was a really scary thing to me when I thought that it seemed like I’d already achieved my academic plans and didn’t have any goals in front of me to achieve anymore… Until I got an email that night saying that I got accepted onto a master’s program combined with a dietetic internship — my mind and emotions totally changed. I could finally achieve what I was longing for for years!!!!!! Even though within this year, I still have encountered struggles since I moved to a new place independently while my family members are all living very far away from me. I always remember that this is an opportunity that I can use to get my master’s and internship. I treasure it and I believe that God can help me bear it through all the way to the end even though I think I can’t. That makes me want to continue to work my best, and he will help me with the rest.
I know this semester is almost over. And some of you may had encountered bumps in this semester. However, I really want to encourage you to not give up your dreams! Bumps will eventually be gone. But your dream will never move away from you. If you keep working hard, your path to reach the goal will shorten and eventually when you reach your destination, this will forever be for you!!! So, let’s Dream Big together!!
This summer is a period that I have been looking forward to for so long since I came to the United States, because this summer I will be truly having my dietetic internship and gaining experience in different areas of the dietetics field, including clinical, food service, and community nutrition. I’m very very excited because this is my dream career to become a Registered Dietitian, but at the same time, I’m kinda scared of stepping into the real world for “Real” practice! But I believe that every new challenge needs a buffering zone to get through it, and I’m sure my heavenly father will accompany me all the way through my hardships as well as the exciting moments that I will have. Right now, I just want to prepare myself well, study hard, and continue to fight for my life-long goal!! Cheers everyone!
Have you noticed all the National Nutrition Month events on campus this month?!
Well, last weekend, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – St. Louis held their own event in honor of NNM!
The Taste of Achievement 6k and 1 Mile Fun Run!
ANDSTL encouraged people of all ages to come out to Creve Couer Park for a morning of fun and exercise!
Participants not only got to enjoy a scenic route around the lake, but also pre-race yoga, complimentary massages, raffles, and refreshments!
Fontbonne Nutrition undergraduates and graduates students were also at the event giving participants pre- and post-race nutrition advice!
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics arranges the National Nutrition Month campaign to advocate for nutrition and healthy lifestyles. This year’s theme is “Take A Bite Out Of A Healthy Lifestyle”!
For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit the academy’s website!
And if you want to stay up-to-date with what ANDSTL is doing to promote health in St. Louis, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
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Having grown up in the Chinese culture for many years, I have seen that many Chinese families like using ginger for preparing different kinds of dishes such as ginger fried rice, ginger tea, and sweet and sour ginger soup, etc. One of the great functions of ginger, from the Chinese point of view, is that ginger helps remove the odor and taste from fish, just like we use lemon juice here in the West. That’s why the Chinese people use ginger so often for steaming fish! From the above examples, it seems that every Chinese dish is used with ginger for cooking. So, you may ask: What’s actually good about ginger? Are there any health benefits of eating ginger? If yes, how can we incorporate ginger into our meals? Well, let me share some of the delicious, easy Chinese recipes with you. More importantly, let me tell you some of the health benefits that research studies have found in Ginger.
Ginger is a tropical plant originated from Southern China. It has green-purple flowers and an aromatic underground stem (called a rhizome). It has been historically used as an Asian medicine to treat stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy and pregnancy (NIH, 2012). In China, ginger is considered as a folk medicine that helps prevent illnesses. For example, tea brewed from ginger is used to prevent colds; dried ginger candy that’s fermented in plum juice and sugared is consumed to suppress coughing.
What are the Health Benefits of Ginger?
Research studies have shown that ginger helps reduce pain in people with arthritis, menstrual pain, nausea and vomiting following surgery or during pregnancy. However, there’s still a controversy on research whether ginger can help relieve nausea from motion sickness, chemotherapy, or surgery (WebMD).
Is Eating Ginger Safe?
Regarding the safety guideline by the National Institute of Health, there are few side effects of eating ginger when it is taken in small doses. Some of the side effects include heartburn, diarrhea and general stomach discomfort (gas and bloating).