Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Secret Life of a healthy med student?

Hi everyone!

Long time no talk! I hope that all my readers have been well. It's been busy lately on my end, so here is an update you on how I've been.

The last few months have been bitter-sweet  with two major close deaths. Most recently, I lost someone who was very close to me - my grandfather. He passed away due to heart complications (aortic dissection, and bronchitis for those of you who are medically interested) which he fought very hard. Now, on one hand, I'm heartbroken to have lost him. But more than anything else, I am very honoured to have had him as my grandfather.

Because I lost him during February, which is heart month in Canada, now I've become even more aware of the realities of heart complications and how serious they can be. And for those of us with relatives who have unfortunately dealt with serious complications, our risk of developing heart problems increases by a significant margin.

To honour my grandfather's life, I've become very dedicated towards maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Yes, that means exercising regularly (versus never), and eating much healthier. Currently, I'm at a healthy weight, so this is very much geared towards ensuring I keep my heart nice and healthy.

If any of you have exercise tips, I would love to hear them!
Currently, I'm exercising around 3X a week, for 45 minutes, with 30 minutes on the elliptical machine and tracking the amount of water I drink. I've noticed that dehydration is becoming too common with me!

Have a great week!
<3 C

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  1. I'm so sorry to hear that, I know very well how that feels...

    As for your "live healthier" plan, I think it's good! I tried to work out every day before and that was too stressful, and unnecessary as I do a lot of walking anyway (with my dog). You're right about drinking, it's too easy to drink too little. I'd emphasize fish and other sea food, as we learnt that the omega acids are very good for keeping the circulatory system in a good shape, and 0,5 kg of veggies and fruits a day without exception (but you've probably had more nutrition classes than I did :) ).

    1. Hi Vita, Thank you very much for the tips! I'm a vegan though, so I have to get my omega 3s primarily through flax seed oil, but nonetheless excellent heart-healthy tip!

  2. Welcome back! ...Although I am very sad to read about your grandfather :(
    As for your plan to be healthy--sounds like you are doing a great job!
    Keep it up!

  3. This is probably the most helpful blog i have ever seen! Best of luck of being a med student!



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