You are what you eat. Time can escape us during dental school, but it is important that we are receiving the essential macronutrients and micronutrients that our body requires. Food is fuel and the diet we consume can dictate our energy levels and how we perform on a given day. Here are some healthy and convenient recipes:
Health Hack: Smoothies
There's nothing easier than blending a nice combination of some ingredients you have lying around to create a delicious smoothie that contains all the nutrients you need for that kick start in your day. You can play around with the ingredients as well to keep it interesting
Template for the perfect smoothie:
ASDA's Wellness Smoothie:
Other Supplemental Smoothie Ingredients:
Pineapple, Coconut Water, Blueberries, Strawberries, Acai, Sorbet, Kale, Watermelon, Mango, Greek Yogurt, the list is endless....
Health Hack: Meal Prepping
Eating balanced is the key, including meals that include a sufficient amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Eating healthy does not have to be plain, experiment cooking and find the perfect recipes that make the food taste desirable. Keep what you do consistent and you are guaranteed to meet your lifestyle goals.
Meal Prepping is a really helpful tool for us busy students. Taking out some time on the weekend or a free weeknight to cook meals ahead in time can keep your stress free during those busy days.
Here are some quick and easy recipes that are also really nutritious:
Delicious Meal Prep Chicken and Rice for the Go:
Salmon Fish Tacos:
1. Pat salmon dry, if necessary, then evenly season all sides of the filets with salt, pepper, and spices.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. When oil is hot but not smoking, add salmon. Cook until deeply golden, about 5 to 6 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, until salmon is opaque.
3. Let rest and cool slightly, then flake into large pieces.
4. Make pineapple avocado salsa: In a medium bowl, add pineapple, avocado, onion, tomatoes, and lime juice. Season with salt and toss to combine.
5. Assemble tacos: Top tortillas with salmon, avocado salsa, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing.
As dental students, life can get busy. Taking the time to take care of yourself is crucial for your mental and physical health. Here are some tips from our Wellness Committee on what you can do to help stay healthy!
To start of this year’s Wellness Wednesday Posts we are going to give you a few nutrient filled and delicious smoothie recipes!
The 'right way to start clinic' energy smoothie
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
3/4 cup frozen mango cubes
3/4 cup 100% orange juice
1 tbsp chia seeds
A big handful of spinach
Meet the Class of 2024 Officers!
A new school year means a new incoming class. This week we caught up with the newly elected class officers of the Class of 2024! D1 year looks a little different for this class, but they have high spirits about it! Congrats to the elected officers!
Position: Class President
Fun Fact: I was born in Wisconsin, but moved to Florida during high school. Whenever I’m back home, I love to go surfing!
Position: Vice President
Fun Fact: I love to run in half marathons!
Position: IT Liaison
Fun Fact: I like building computers!
Fun fact: I love running, hiking, sports, and pretty much anything active/outdoors! I’ve loved everything about Birmingham so far and am so excited to be part of the UAB family!
Position: SGA Representative
Fun Fact: I’m a part of an entirely left-handed family!
Position: SGA Representative
Fun Fact: I was stung by a stingray once (I survived, but it hurt a lot!)
Position: SGA Representative
Fun Fact: I started trading and investing in the stock market when I was 15 and received my real estate license at 18. I also know how to both ski and snowboard!
Position: Ethics Council
Fun Fact: I have lived all over the country, courtesy of the United States Marine Corps. I was commissioned officer for over a decade and was retired at the rank of Major. I flew the MV-22B Osprey, a tilt rotor aircraft, the first of its kind, both in the United States and in combat. (pictures below)
Position: Ethics Council
Fun Fact: I worked as a chemistry teacher!
Meet Jayneel Patel!
IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM!
I graduated from dental school back in my home country of India in 2011 and was involved in private dental practice for three long years before coming to the United States. After migrating to the United States, I kept chasing my dream to become a licensed practitioner over here. I spent numerous amounts of days preparing myself for the future challenges my journey to dental school was about to bring.
My first application cycle to dental school was a heartbreaking failure. After applying to almost everywhere, I did not have any luck getting interview calls despite of having a good GPA and boards scores. My second application cycle gave me little hope as I was waitlisted at a few schools. During that time, I started working in a dental lab and earned CDT license after clearing a couple of exams in dental technology.
I relocated from South Carolina to Alabama a year ago and initiated my third application cycle. With a cumulative of experiences as a dentist, dental assistant, and laboratory technician, I strengthened my profile and finally there was a day where I had acceptances from reputable universities including UAB. My eyes were set on UAB School of Dentistry since my very first cycle, which made my transition easy for the International Dentist Program.
As an IDP student and part of D3 class, I am proud to be a part of the program. This school offers great environment to learn lifelong values and knowledge as a dentist and as an individual. Our first semester as an IDP student was intensive and involved didactic and preclinical classes. However, we had enough time to learn and ease our transition to the regular D3 class. In addition, this year we have an unprecedented breakout of novel COVID-19 virus, which changed the way of how traditional dentistry is being taught. We are learning newer ways to advance the knowledge, and our faculties are going above and beyond to keep us on track.
Overall, my journey from a small town in India to UAB School of Dentistry had taught me many life lessons and skills and humbled me more than ever before.
Meet Zarish Mubarik!
Welcome back future dentists! We are excited to bring back our Member Monday posts where each week we highlight the hidden talents of the students at the UAB School of Dentistry. This week, we caught up with Zarish Mubarik, a fourth year student in the International Dentist Program. Zarish completed her dental training in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Ft. Lauderdale Florida in 2017. She was accepted into UAB’s IDP program in 2018 and will graduate in the class of 2021. Besides being a talented dentist, Zarish has a huge passion for fashion! Take a read below and find out how you too could become a fashion blogger.
I’ve loved fashion and styling since I was very young. I remember sketching my own clothing line when I was in the 5th grade and dreaming about the different designs I wanted to create. What I really enjoy about fashion is experimenting with colors and prints and mixing different aesthetics to bring one look together. I’ve always used it as a creative outlet and to express my individuality.
With the discipline and hard work that goes into a career like dentistry, it’s important to find things that you enjoy that can help you unwind and stay in touch with the things that inspire you and ignite your passion. When I am in the middle of a busy and stressful week, what gets me through is having a day planned where I can get some looks together and do a fun photoshoot or styling video. It helps me have something to look forward to and power through the week. I set small goals for myself and it really helps me excel and do better in all aspects of my life.
During quarantine, with all the time that we suddenly had to ourselves, I was able to take my love for fashion to the next level and began a fashion brand with my talented mother in law. We design unique, one-of-a-kind, statement outfits hoping to contribute to the sustainable fashion movement and make a niche in that market.
For someone interested in fashion and wanting to start blogging about it, I would advise them to buy a few good quality key pieces and learn ways to restyle and repurpose them. I think fashion is taking a positive turn towards being more mindful and not following fading trends. Investing in some basics and allowing your creativity to take the lead and find inventive ways to re-wear pieces while remaining true and authentic to your own personal style!
Insta handle @zarumubaru
Fashion brand @virgocoutureofficial
This Monday we are catching up with Jackson Algiers who is part of the UABSOD Class of 2023!
Jackson was a swimmer at Birmingham Southern College. “I started swimming before I was 10. I was in swim lessons and then moved to club swimming and loved it.” His favorite part of swimming are the friendships you make along the way and how good you feel after a good practice.
Some of his favorite memories about swimming include the weeklong training trips he went on in college. “We would go to Miami and train in an outdoor pool. While we were not swimming, we would hang out at the beach. It was a fun way to get in good shape after the holidays and also reset for the next semester.”
Sometimes you may find Jackson at the UAB Rec Center Pool doing some laps. “I usually try to make sure I swim 2-3 times per week. It loosens me up and stretches me out after being in various positions in PCD lab. Personally, I think it is easier to get a workout done in the in the morning as opposed to after school.”
When asked what his biggest advice for someone wanting to start swimming, he suggested just starting. “The hardest part is making the decision to go. Anyone can get a lot out of it no matter their skill level, and there is always room to improve, no matter how good you are.”
Andrew has always loved being outdoors and found himself venturing into hiking and camping during his college years. He eventually learned how to rock climb. “I live for the view at the top of a climb or the end of a long hike. I also hate going to gym and lifting weights so it’s a great form of exercise,” says Andrew.
“A few summers ago, I went to Banff National Park in Canada with a group of friends. We spent the whole-time backpacking, rock climbing, and hiking around. The Canadian Rockies are a different kind of paradise with their baby blue lakes and jagged mountain peaks,” he says.
We all likely struggle to make time for ourselves. It’s easy to feel bombarded with school and the daily tasks of life. When asking Andrew on how he finds time for his hobby he said that is can be tough. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that you will always feel like you could study more. I’ve found that forcing myself to leave the books for a few hours to go to the climbing gym or on a trail run helps more than a few extra hours of studying.”
For anyone wanting to start being outdoors more whether that be through climbing, hiking, or camping, Andrews advice for you is: “Don’t shy away from being uncomfortable. I’m frequently asked questions like “why would you want to sleep on the ground” or “how is it fun to walk for miles on end?” It’s true that those things aren’t the most fun, but the overall experience is worth the discomfort.”
Don’t forget to take some time this weekend to enjoy your hobby and take care of yourself!
Bryna was a successful runner from the start. In the fourth grade, she qualified to run the 400 meter in the Junior Olympics, a memory she will always cherish. “My favorite memory of track is going to the Junior Olympics for the 400 meter in the 4th grade!” explains Bryna. “I remember how nervous I was standing at the start line, but the second I started running the nerves left and I ran my heart out.”
Running is a great stress reliever that all dental students can do. Although Bryna is not on a track team anymore, she continues to run in her spare time. “I love going to the rec and running on their indoor track when dental school allows,” she says.
For anyone out there that may want to start running, Bryna has this advice for you: “It is super easy to start this hobby because it is an independent sport. Someone interested in running/track can run for free outside. This hobby is a great way to stay active and get some endorphins flowing.”
With the weather as beautiful as it is, now is a great time to get outside and start running!
With the start of a new school year, the Class of 2023 has joined us here at UABSOD. This week we introduce the newly elected officers for this class. Welcome to the Class of 2023 and congrats to the elected officers!