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Lunch Meal Prep Ideas

Lunch Meal Prep Ideas

Over the past few years, my lunches have been fairly boring. Always a turkey sandwich, wheat bread, and no mayo (because it’s gross). Recently I decided to give meal prep a try to make lunch time a little more interesting. Since I started studying for my board exam a couple of weeks ago, I have been setting aside time on Saturday afternoons to cook my lunches for the week. It has worked out really well so far! I’ve found myself snacking less because the meals are so much more nutrient packed than a plain sandwich. Here are some recipes I have tried or will try in the near future (links direct to recipe author’s website):

Roasted Veggie Bowls

Honey Lime Chicken and Asparagus

Italian Chicken Bowls

Greek Chicken Bowls

Chicken Fajita Bowls

Rainbow Peanut Noodles

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Shakshuka with Feta

Breakfast Stuffed Peppers (I’m a proponent of eating breakfast foods at any time of day.)

Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Power Salad

Bonus: A meal prep subreddit

Do you meal prep? What are some of your favorite recipes? Let me know in the comments!

3 Ways to Practice Mindfulness

3 Ways to Practice Mindfulness
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If I’ve learned anything over the past two years of medical school, it’s that life and school are stressful. Life comes at you fast, and you never know what is coming! Fortunately, there are ways to prepare for stressful situations. When I started medical school, “mindfulness” seemed like a social media fad, so I ignored it and dove head first into school. At the beginning of the second year of medical school, I had built up so much anxiety that I knew something had to change. I was burned out, so I decided to talk to the school counselor. She introduced me to mindfulness, and it has made such a difference in my happiness and approach to life and school over the past year. Today I’m sharing 3 ways to practice mindfulness, and I hope you find these practices helpful!

Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert in mindfulness, and this post should not be taken as medical advice.

  1. Start your day with you time. Every morning I make a cup of coffee and read a devotion from the First 5 app. Spending a quiet moment with God in the morning centers me and prepares me for the day ahead. You could also try meditating or reading, as long as what you’re reading doesn’t stress you out!
  2. Breathing exercises: When I’m stressed out and my heart is racing, I try to do a breathing exercise or guided meditation. It helps calm me down so I can think more clearly. My favorite app for guided meditations is Smiling Mind because the guide has an Australian accent.
  3. Do something that you love to do. I love to go for walks in the park in the springtime (before the Louisiana heat makes it miserable). It’s so nice to just enjoy nature and forget about everything that is stressing me out. Whatever it is that you love to do, make sure that you’re making time for it often.

What are your favorite mindfulness practices/resources? I would love to hear from you!

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A Busy Spring

A Busy Spring
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Hi, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful Tuesday! I’m back at school today for my last two weeks of MS2. These last two weeks are part of a course called “Integrative,” and we are having lectures and small groups that pull together concepts from all of our coursework over the past two years. After the semester is over, I’ll start my dedicated study time for Step 1 (6 weeks). It all feels so surreal that in a few short months I’ll finally be working with patients!

Life, Love, and Med Links March 2017

Life, Love, and Med Links March 2017
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Medicine:

A look at how one doctor fights burnout.

What doctors can learn from La La Land.

Blogs:

My desk could use Rebecca’s productivity tips…I’m the Queen of clutter.

A tutorial for pretty milkmaids braids from Lauren Besette!

I love Alissa’s definition of feminism.

Lagniappe:

I love the details of costumes in movies, so I enjoyed this in-depth look at the costumes in Beauty and the Beast. 

The story behind Ed Sheeran’s song Nancy Mulligan gives me the warm fuzzies!

Have you watched Victoria, yet? I’m already rewatching it. One of my favorite quotes from the show: “I have to prove my worth every day. And I cannot do it alone.”

Wishlist:

How cute is the sunglasses print on this wrap dress?

If it weren’t already in the 80s in Louisiana, I would love this bell sleeve cardigan for spring.

Old Navy is on top of this season’s embroidery trend with this pretty pink shell!

It’s Been a While…

It’s Been a While…

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…since I posted an outfit or life update. How about I do both now?

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Hi y’all! I’m a wife, second year medical student, and puppy momma from Louisiana. Welcome to Life, Love, & Medicine, your dose of outfit and lifestyle inspiration, with my journey through medical school mixed in!

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  • Ever since I visited Venice a few years ago, I have loved glass sculptures. Last week we were able to visit the glass museum in Tacoma, and today we have a few hours before our flight out of Seattle so we checked out the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. It was so beautiful! More in my stories.
  • We're leaving Victoria this evening, but I'm already planning our next trip! Victoria is a beautiful little city with the friendliest people. Here are some pics from high tea at the Fairmont Empress. I definitely felt like a princess!
  • We just spent most of our day exploring The Butchart Gardens! There were so many beautiful flowers, but these were my favorite. They're called "Fuschia".
  • We are having a blast exploring Victoria! Yesterday we strolled around downtown and bought all the souvenirs, and today we're having high tea at the Empress. I love seeing everyone's vacation pictures this time of year! Tell me where you're headed!

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