Contentedly busy

by Christina on August 18, 2013

Life has taken over and it’s been really hard to keep up with this blog – I’m sorry! I do want to get back into it and I’ll start with a brief update on a few things that have been keeping me contentedly busy. I’d especially like to get people’s thoughts on #3 below.

1. Third year of residency. I feel exponentially happier. Most of my time is spent in outpatient clinic where I see a lot of my regular patients. I am more autonomous, but when I have a question there is always help immediately available. I’m starting to think about what I want to do next year and could not be more excited to be a family physician.

2. Yoga practice. I’m back into a daily mysore practice with a wonderful yoga community and could not be happier. I’m doing kapotasana again, my back is sore in a good way, and I have lovely little bruises on my back from deep adjustments. I found such a great teacher here and am loving it.

3. Vending machine revolution. Maybe not quite a revolution yet, but there is finally some momentum for change in our clinic and hospital. There is general consensus that we should not provide soda in our vending machines (which we still currently do), and we now have a committee tasked to overhaul the machines to make them “healthy.”

My personal view is that our new healthy vending machine should 1) have zero added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, 2) offer whole foods with under 5 ingredients per item, and 3) be affordable (ideally under $2). For example, our beverage machine would include water, sparkling water, coconut water, kombucha, unsweetened ice teas and coffees, fresh juices, nut milks. Our unrefridgerated snack machine would offer nuts, nut butters, dried fruits and fruit bars, popcorn, lentil/banana/plantain chips, dark chocolate/cacao nibs, larabars. (A future refrigerated machine would provide fresh fruits and vegetables).

I suggested the idea of not providing cow’s milk in the machines and to instead offer other sources of protein and calcium, but have gotten resistance to that idea from the committee. I referred to the group to The China Study and this Pediatrics paper, but am having a hard time finding other well-designed studies on the risks and benefits of milk.

I would love any thoughts and suggestions on the milk question, or any ideas you may have for other healthy vending machine items!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Palmer August 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm

How about small packets of organic raisins, and small cans of black beans?


Vivien October 31, 2013 at 2:19 am

Good work on the changes made to vending machines! All the best for achieving you complete revolution.


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