Keeping with the Plan

Hi, everyone! 

This week I started a new part-time job as part of my plan to save a bit of money prior to graduation. I will be working about 15-20 hours per week at a local health food store. This part of my plan will allow me to continue my courses right now, complete all class work, then in a few months, complete my studies in student clinic and main clinic here at NUHS. 

This job is well suited in that the store is within walking distance of both campus and my apartment, so I can save on fuel expenses. The working hours are flexible to accommodate my class schedule as it changes from trimester to trimester and a few of my fellow students currently work in the store. Another benefit is that working in a health food store assists with keeping my mind sharp on the nutrients in certain foods, understanding customers' requests when they describe a specific supplement, mineral or nutritive product they need based upon a physiological requirement. 

The reality of graduating from medical school encompasses the costs of moving, setting up shop or joining a practice as well as being able to "pay the bills" after graduation. The months after graduation and prior to sitting for NPLEX II (or the second round of national board exams) can be quite lean, based upon the experiences shared with me from recent grads. I am taking action now to help alleviate the challenge of those first few months after graduating. 

A little "whole foods diet" update for this week for you. The new way of eating is going well with a couple of hiccups. I fudged and had some chocolate-covered peanuts (I know! Milk chocolate with perhaps the most inflammatory food...peanuts!). At the same time, I have been enjoying some incredible smoothies with a good friend as well as making "lettuce wraps" out of everything from chicken to squash with butter lettuce leaves. Here's a quick pic of my simple organic chicken lettuce wraps with some hot sauce on the leaves (in other words, whatever I have in the cupboard or fridge gets thrown in a pan or the oven and added to the lettuce leaves to make a lettuce wrap, hehe). Nice!

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Organic Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 large whole organic onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves organic garlic (minced)
  • 1 head butter lettuce (organic if you can get it)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Hot Sauce that you like (peppers, vinegar, salt, water) 

Instructions

  1. Dice and sauté the chicken in a wok or saucepan.
  2. Dice and add the onion and garlic once the chicken is nearly done.
  3. Add soy sauce to taste.
  4. Remove from heat and serve with lettuce leaves and hot sauce!