Happy Aussie day! 

 Ah… S’traylia day,  

Historically known as ‘forceable invasion and ostracisation of indigenous Australians’ day. 

Nationally celebrated as ‘let’s f*ck up our liver’ day.    

Being Australian myself, I make it a habit not be found engaging in the annual behaviour of: 

1. calling in sick

2. binge drinking 

3. attaining diabetes with lamington overdose and finally…. 

4. finding yourself lying unconscious, poolside (or beachside) on a couch – surrounded by the wreckage of VB cans, cheap plastic cups and cold sausages. 

I do however, love beaches.  

 Unfortunately, today… I was working! 

Though, my shift got cut short (Great job once again Aussie weather). 

I found it interesting though, in the space of two humid hours; my snapchat stories had been quietly accumulating. My phone repeatedly buzzing. Muted but none the less annoying – notifying me of new drunken updates. 

 
I wasn’t surprised when the majority of my ‘friends‘ had sent me short snippets of their booze fuelled public holiday. 

Watching everyone have a good time via social media always fills me with a mixture between regret and relief. Regret for missing the occasion and relief for not being exposed to those socially awkward situations in the first place. 

  
   Atleast tommorow I’ll have a clear head, whilst a quarter of all Aussies will probably fall victim to the post Aussie day hangover. 

(Evil chuckle) 

My unsteatated liver is quietly thanking me for now – don’t worry liver, the cruise will sort that out.

 Hope you all had a great day, whether you be a sober Aussie, a drunken Aussie, or not even Aussie at all. 

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Spotlight: Natto (Fermented Soybeans)

Being half Japanese comes with it’s perks, one of those being a broadened spectrum in all things regarding gastronomy.

Natto may scare the living daylights out of some, or have the others sighing in pleasure – the wafting aroma that can only be oxygen deprived bacterial growth accumulating on week old soybeans definitely stirs up some mixed reactions in people.

The little pocket usually comes with two sauce-type sachets, one is an amber fluid (soy sauce) the other is a yellowish smaller packet of mustard.

These little white mystery packs contain a deliciousness that is hands down one of my staples. 
You can add both, or none! (though I would personally recommend adding the soy sauce) – otherwise the end product is quite bland.

Mix the two together and you create a marriage of flavoury goodness.

FYI: The sticky- ladyfinger/okra snail-like slime enveloping these once vibrant green legumes comes as a shock to many Westerners. Or maybe it’s just the smell?

Forget your Spirulina shakes or poached eggs with avocado for brekky. Like most health foods – Natto boasts some of the best macronutrients around.

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Breakdown: Nutrient style.

A cup of this stuff contains HALF your recommended protein and Magnesium and over 80% of your recommended iron intake! (Take that steak!) Not to mention the generous addition of calcium and vitamin C contained in there too (1).

Add some avocado and you have yourself a… (yes I’m actually going to do this)

vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, gluten free, meat free, whatever the hell else superfood!

I just had this delightful beauty for lunch!

The combination of high protein, paired with the fiber and iron of this breakfast staple in japan will refuel my muscles with energy (still aching from that body attack class I did an hour earlier).

There was also a japanese study in the journal of nutrition stating that Natto had the highest single source of the vitamin K2 in foodstuff, this was linked to an endemic population that had significantly higher levels of bone health (2).

Maybe this is why you don’t see many Obachans (Grannies) confined to wheelchairs in their mid 80’s?!

You won’t find Natto in your local Coles or Woolies – check out japanese specialty stores such as GoGo Mart.

A few weeks left of my Uni holidays, can’t wait to go back and learn some more. My brain is yearning knowledge!

Eat well, sleep well, eat some more. 

===Anna Freeman===

=== Student Dietitian===

Biography:

  1. http://www.nutritionvalue.org/Natto_nutritional_value.html
  2. Kaneki, M., Hedges, S., Hosoi, T., Fujiwara, S., Lyons, A., & Crean, S. et al. (2001). Japanese fermented soybean food as the major determinant of the large geographic difference in circulating levels of vitamin K2. Nutrition, 17(4), 315-321. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s0899-9007(00)00554-2

High seas for me!

I’m excited to share some news with you all! 

I’ve just received the conformation email for my seven day cruise next month, I’m officially going to be sailing the high tides on the P&O Pacific Dawn in February! 

I’ll be on this ship!!!!! credit google. 

It was a spontaneous buy.

It all started with a late night text and laughs over caramel pecan icecream.

Ash: Meet me at Baskin Robins in 15 x

cred: dogonews

My best friend excitedly dropped me the deets as icecream was dribbling down the sides of the chocolate waffle cone, melting (like I was) in the humid summer air;

Anna, how do you feel about going on this cruise next month? It’s just before Uni starts!

And of course, in true Anna fashion; I replied:

OH MY (EXPLETIVE) GOSH – YES. 

YES YES YES YES

YES.

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It was the last minute sales, we nabbed our cabin – more like bunker of four,  with two other mates that very night.

The following day they sold out.

The last cruise I went on was in the winter of 2006 (with the same company) – I’m a little more than out of shape cruisewise.

But the cool smell of the sea, dancing, smiles and mocktails in hand  will never fade from my memory (even though I was barely 8 years old the last time I went).

THIS TIME THOUGH, I’LL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO DRINK

MHAHAHAHHA

to be honest though, this will probably be me.

I distinctly remember one of the Islands we ventured to, it was a beautiful place. The twang of ukulele’s filled the air. Shade from the palm trees gave much needed respite from the sun kissed sand, and the snorkeling  (though I don’t remember much of it).

Sea cucumbers dominated the seafloor, I remember being scared of them and refusing to go back into the reef.

Instead I decided to make a deep pit in the sand, in which I would hoard countless hermit crabs.

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Those poor hermit crabs….

For 2 and a half hours there was this huge, strange, monster pushing them back into this pit when they tried to escape. Their attempts at climbing the sandy cliffs – an act of desperation – proving worthless.

Looking back, they probably felt like this. 

I don’t know what came over the strange mind of the 8 year old me, but I loved having this hermit crab zoo more than the cruise itself.

When it came to leaving I had left some half eaten biscuit crumbs in the pit, tears streaming down my face – Goodbye friends!

Yeah, I was really social back then.

I’ll have to tell you about the time I found a trove of coconuts by a beach and absolutely lost it.

But that’s for another time.

====== Anna Freeman, Student Dietecian ======

Ps: So if you have any cruise tips at all, please let me know! I’ve forgotten the in’s and outs of the cruising life!

Open letter to the Australian Weather

Hi  Weather,

We haven’t met, but I see you all the time on television. I absolutely adore what you did with our forecast during June and July – you know, the WINTER months?

So now the compliment sandwich has finished it’s complement aspect…

I don’t know if you’ve had a rough week, or your boyfriend just broke up with you.

But girl, you need to calm the fuck down.

Yesterday I was in direct line of your BFF the Sun, and I was getting backsweat WHERE THERE SHOULDN’T BE BACKSWEAT.

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Okay, i’ll admit it.

I stink.

Badly. 

My mum (adorable as she is clueless), suggested I should have surgery ON MY ARMPITS – because they smell that bad.

When I’m trying to sell stuff, I really don’t need to have the wavering odor of corpses protruding from my underarms at the same time.

Hell, was it really that hard to chuck a random cloud in there sometime, you know to let my BLOODY PORES BREATHE?

What’s the go with the wind too girl?

like I had NO BREEZE yesterday.

I was drenched in sweat – my SOCKS were swimming in it, my armpits smelt like dead eggs, I looked like an absolute mess – combined with screaming at people to buy various cheap Chinese toys.

I probably looked mentally deranged.

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To be honest,there’s reason to worry when signs in Australia go past ‘extreme’.

Since we are a culture of lists, here’s my:

Top 5 things you can fix about yourself, you crazy bitch. 

Now I’m not asking for much. 

  1. Some RAIN would actually be lovely, fuck the mosquitoes. I can complain about those when I feel them. Do I need to do a bloody Rain dance or something? Because I WILL DO IT. I don’t have friends and my reputation will not precede me. By all means, feel free to rain on my parade. I’ll  even sacrifice some old carrots i have lying in the back of my fridge.

    (Water) – I NEED IT!!!!!!!
  2. And when I say Rain, I don’t mean the thundery-stormy type (which I also know you’re a fan of at this time of year). Just the nice gentle drizzle that moves people out of the park and gets me home sooner.
  3. What the heck is going on with this humidity too? Like I like my saunas just as much as the next person, but honestly, Do I LOOK LIKE I WANT TO GO BACK TO LIVING IN CAIRNS? I DON’T. 
  4. Also, feel free to rain all during the weekdays when I’m working. But girl, when I have my time off I want to actually get a tan this summer to prove I go outside. So please, just rain on certain days. NOT when I intend to go outside and look  reasonably cute.
  5. Finally, do you see my car just chilling out of the garage there? THAT MEANS RAIN ON IT. I don’t intentionally put my car outside for birds to adorn it with their shit. When I see clouds, I EXPECT rain. Don’t keep messing us around like this.

So Weather, I know you’re probably not feeling that hot right now, but can you just pull your head out of the clouds for a fleeting second and fix this damn psychedelic pattern you have going on?

 

Many thanks,

Anna Freeman.

 

 

 

CaTherapy

Finally a day off!

I’ve been busy at work for the past  week, and I think I’ve sprained one of the flexor muscles in my palm (which incidentally makes texting hot guys EVEN MORE DIFFICULT than it has to be ;-; )

I wouldn’t say my work is extremely strenuous- but sometimes it can be downright tiring!

Hard at workies….

I’m one of the most energetic people on the games, and being energetic comes with its own set of pros and cons;

One of those being shouting at the top of your lungs for around 4 hours straight – and losing your voice as a result…. Now i sound like an obese pug.

Sexy.

So… It being my day off (and my payday – yay!).  I’ve decided I’ve earnt myself some decent R&R!

 Who needs acupuncture when you have this cutie???? 

Fuku, clearly choosing to ignore me here.

Sleeping with a cat is possibly one of the most comforting things you can do; the purring, the soft fur, the smell of bad cat breath…..

Okay scratch that last one.

see what i did there?

… well I thought it was funny.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Did you know the purr from a cat can aid in BONE REPAIR? 

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Veterinary and Orthopedic research Scientists have shown that low magnitude, high  frequency vibrations between 25-100 Hertz can actually aid in repair of bone tissue!  

In a 2008 case report in the journal of Orthopedic research suggested that the application of mechanical low magnitude signals can improve bone healing and speed up recovery in the peritosteal region of sheep with fractured tallus’ (1);

The periosteium is the outer layer of membrane that covers bones. Cred. Google

At 10-weeks post-op, the callus in the Experimental group was 3.6-fold stiffer (p < 0.03), 2.5-fold stronger (p = 0.05), and 29% larger (p < 0.01) than Controls. Bone mineral content was 52% greater in the Experimental group (p < 0.02).

These data reinforce the critical role of mechanical factors in the enhancement of fracture healing, and emphasize that the signals need not be large to be influential and potentially clinically advantageous to the restoration of function.

And, the American acoustical society filed a report referencing the fantastic felines themselves :

Domestic cats, servals, ocelots, and pumas produce fundamental, dominant, or strong frequencies at exactly 25 Hz and 50 Hz, the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth/fracture healing.

These four species have a strong harmonic exactly at, or within 2 Hz of 100 Hz, a frequency used therapeutically for pain, edema, wounds, and dyspnea (2).

 

Perhaps the best way to heal a skull fracture after stacking it at your next basketball game is to put a cat on your face.

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They went further to mention that this supposed ‘healing mechanism’ of purring may in fact, be used by cats purely in times of stress – when the cat’s are injured or sick.

So all along, when I thought Fuku was loving my weirdly close hugs – perhaps was getting over the stomach bug, or had nausea, a headache?

Next time I cuddle up to Fuku, i’ll make sure she’s okay first.

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Bibliography:

  1. Goodship, A., Lawes, T., & Rubin, C. (2009). Low-magnitude high-frequency mechanical signals accelerate and augment endochondral bone repair: Preliminary evidence of efficacy. Journal Of Orthopaedic Research, 27(7), 922-930. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jor.20824
  2. von Muggenthaler, E. (2001). The felid purr: A healing mechanism?. The Journal Of The Acoustical Society Of America, 110(5), 2666. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4777098

Spotlight: B vitamins 

No, I’m not talking about the ones that are stuffed into an overpriced plastic container in pill form that boast of having ALL the essential vitamins.

Nor the ones advertised as ‘ARE YOU UGLY AND DON’T HAVE NICE HAIR?’

 – ‘BRITTLE NAILS THAT DETRACT FROM YOUR FABULOUSNESS?’

– How about my personal fave: ‘TIRED OF BEING TIRED ALL THE TIME?!’ WELL, HERE’S THE SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS! ONLY $45.85!’

…….No

I’m talking about the ones in SIMPLE food. Food that certainly doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg (no activated charcoal here)!

Back to basics

Vitamin B is one of the WATER soluble vitamins, this means that an excess is excreted in the urine (so generally, they aren’t toxic).

Water soluble vitamins are thus: NOT STORED, with the exception of B12- Coablamin.

The vitamin B complex is the broad term for the 8 major B vitamins, all of which are essential in the diet.

I’m not going to cover all 8 here because seriously;

no one cares.

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So I’ll get right to it; (the important stuff).

The B Vitamins, in layman terms; have the principal role of making sure you extract energy from your macronutrients- fat, protein and carbs.

I know this image just makes you want to hate life (it sure made me think so). But have a look, these are the co enzymes of the B-vitamin complex. In each bubble you’ll most likely see a  TPP,FAD or NAD (these are the first 3 B vitamin co-enzymes derived from the vitamins I mentioned earlier – Vitamin B1,B2 and B3 respectively)
This just highlights the sheer IMPORTANCE of these little vitamins in our lives. Glycogen being converted intoglucose and then

pyruvate on the left via Glycolysis. Triglycerides and fatty acids entering the TCA as the 2 carbon CoA in the middle,

and Proteins transaminating to amino acids and entering the TCA on the right.

If you are deficient in a certain co-enzyme you can slow this whole reaction down – you’ll NEVER stop the TCA, that’s impossible and would mean you’d be dead.

B what

Vitamin B1,B2 and B3 are my chosen vitamins of choice, I could go all the way to B12, but we both know that’s not going to happen.

  • B1   = Thiamine

  • B2   = Riboflavin 

  • B3   = Niacin 

That’s a mouthful already right

Where can I found them & how much do I need?! 

Don’t buy overpriced pills, eat some bread instead!

I won’t give you an intense encyclopedia on the foods that contain the highest amounts of B1,B2,B3 etc… But I will give you a basic understanding of cheap and healthy food that will give you what you need.

  • B1   = Thiamine

Now, B1 is really easy to get your hands on. If you live in Australia (yay) or NZ, the food industry has actually FORTIFIED many staples of grain to be enriched with B1; Including bread, cereals and pasta.

Nuts and Soymilk are also a relatively good source of B1. One 85g lean Porkchop has over 90% of the RDI for thiamine (making it an excellent source) So unless you’re on some intense diet without carbohydrate you’ll probably be meeting this without thinking about it.

This was the only image I could find with a moderate amount of vegetables, I’d be happier if the salad made up 3/4 of the plate and the pork was a quarter of the size and not barbecued… but hey; beggars can’t be choosers.

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Was just doing some research on the side, and found that drinking loads of tea >1L a day can hinder your ability to adequately absorb B1 by interacting with the tannin compounds (1). I know this won’t affect many of you but just thought i’d point it out.

Ah tannins, responsible for that so called ‘tannic’ flavour in your mouth after you have some tea – bitter and tart.
  • B2   = Riboflavin 

Another important vitamin in the metabolism of energy, remember FAD? If you don’t I don’t blame you, it’s boring AF. 

The highest concentrations of B2 are found in animal sources, especially liver (with over 150% RDI in an 85g fried serve).

Mmm, not that appetizing in truth is it? Though it does boast some EXCELLENT health benefits.

Not a fan? try some yogurt or eggs instead. If you simply can’t do that, fortified breads and cereals will also give you an adequate shot of Riboflavin goodness.

And for those… Gluten-free,Organic, Vegan, Frutarian, (whatever I’ve missed) try 2 and a half cups of mushrooms or 11 bananas, that should do the trick.

  • B3   = Niacin 

Another one which is relatively easy to get into you without noticing. Nician can transaminate with Tryptophan (it’s an a-amino acid), so if you’re ever too low or too high in one or the other they’ll balance each other out (the body is amazing right?).

Fun fact, since Christmas has just passed us… If you’re anything like me; you would have stuffed your gob with turkey a few days past and fallen into the deepest sleep ever?

It’s widely (and wrongly) accepted that tryptophan induces sleep, and for some reason… people associate tryptophan levels to be particularly high in turkey.

A common misconception, it’s like the nutritious MYTHBUSTERS!
However studies have shown that tryptophan levels in the big bird are actually not significantly different to that of other poultry! (2)

“Paradoxically, what probably makes people sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner is…dessert,” he adds, “Eating carbohydrates increases brain serotonin in spite of the fact that there is no tryptophan in carbohydrates” Ballantyne, 2016

So it’s not the turkey – but the trifle, that takes you onto the fast shuttle to snoozeville, post Christmas lunch.

The more you know right?

Niacin is found in…. like the above, fortified breads and cereals (you’d probably now know why you feel so lethargic without carbs – Carbs contain alot of the B-vitamins).

It’s also found in meat sources such as chicken breast, tuna and liver.

Veg lovers don’t worry, mushrooms and peanut butter also have a good hit of the stuff, you just need 2 cups of cooked mushies or 2 tbs of Pb.

The NRV’s (Nutrient Reference values) from the Australian Dietary guide will give you a brief overview on how much of each B vitamin you need daily. Ugh does that mean I need to click the link?

So much effort.

It’s alright guys, I’ve condensed a table for you all.

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Courtesy of the Australian and NZ NRV guide
*already you can run into some confusion with this table (Damnit! why does Nutrition have to be so complicated!).

Two different terms:

RDI: or Recommended Dietary intake, RDI is centered around an average adult. Of course this value changes depending on such a host of different factors that it’s moreso a average framework rather than a set-in-stone guideline.

and

AI: or Adequate Intake: AI measures the adequate intake for the health and well being of at least 50% of the population.

You’ll also notice the measures: ug and mg 

THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING 

The latter is Miligrams the former is Micrograms! the difference between 1mg and 1 ug is 1000 units! You don’t want to be eating 100ox the recommended intake of the vitamin because…. well, for one it’s a waste. Secondly, (rarely) you could get a toxicity by ingesting that much.

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Deficiencies : (now the interesting stuff!)

  • B1 deficiency can be nasty on the body to say the least. The deficiency itself can manifest as the condition known as ‘Beri-Beri‘.

And it can certainly be…. Beri Beri bad

I’m sorry, that was terrible.

There’s two forms of Beri beri that can be diagnosed;

Wet Beri beri or Dry Beri-beri.

The former causes weakening of the circulatory capillaries leading to odema (swelling of the tissues with fluid) due to the reduction of oncotic pressure at the venous end.  Patients may have increased heart rate, confusion and labored breathing (as milder symptoms).

Odema in the left arm, note the significant change in size. This is purely due to a build-up of fluid. 
Dry beri-beri is associated with nerve parenthesis (losing the sense of touch or pain), Emancipation and difficulty walking, talking or breathing.

Similar in appearance to those campaign adverts you see on television regarding malnourished  children right?
Because this particular vitamin is most abundant in carbohydrate rich sources, first world countries do not often see persons afflicted with Beri-Beri.

In the first world it’s  much more common to see conditions such as Wernikie’s Encephalopathy or WKS; in persons who are chronic alcoholics. Chronic Alcohol abuse can actually diminish the body’s stores of B1 and over time and can cause symptoms shadowing that of Beri-beri.

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  • B2 deficiency can manifest itself as Arabinflavinosis;

A scary dermal condition which can effect your eyes, skin and practically anything on the outside of your organs – reports of anemia have also been documented in these individuals.

B2 deficiency is often observed in the poorer provenices of  south east Asia or Africa – where corn, rice or potatoes are the main carbohydrate source of the population.

Chelosis at the corners of the mouth, common in Arabinflavinosis. We’ve all experienced this atleast once right? Credit: vitaminstore

Fun fact: want a party in your toilet?

 No… Not the type you were thinking; 

An excess consumption of B2 produces fluorescent urine!   (I’m not saying to go do it for the lols by the way 

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  • B3 (and to a lesser extent tryptophan) deficiency is witnessed as Pallagra. 

Pellagra can manifest itself as a particularly severe deficiency. Usually characterized by the three D’s: Dementia, Diarrhea and, (left untreated) Dermatitis. 

I call it ‘Sandman disease’ because patients can develop sandpaper like skin, the consistency of which eventually turns a grey-blue- black colour.

Since NAD (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and it’s phosphorolated version NADP are the cofactors of Nicain – a deficiency in Nician would lead to the eventual decline of all NAD available to the body. NAD is an EXTREMELY important co-enzyme in the body’s metabolism (remember that really ugly diagram)? NAD was practically everywhere.

So what’s it like to have Pallagra? 

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Imagine yourself with a inflamed beefy tongue that hurts when you talk, large angry scabs appearing everywhere on your body. Your constantly tired- but unable to sleep, hence you’re going to naturally be pissed all the time. You’re also now very sensitive to sunlight and you’re losing your hair. And to top it all off, you’re losing the ability to perform simple co-ordinated movements and eventually forget who you are and what you’re doing.

Doesn’t sound that great does it? 

Final thoughts

I think the main thing I wanted to emphasize in this post was the importance of having a balanced diet. Like I mentioned; it’s very uncommon to see these conditions in first world countries such as the US, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and parts of Asia. But they still exist to remind us of the importance of meeting those RDI values.

——- Anna Freeman, student Dietitian ——

Bio

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In-text: (Ballantyne, 2016)

allantyne, C. (2016). Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?. Scientific American. Retrieved 1 January 2016, from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-does-turkey-make-you-sleepy/

2. NLM.NIH.GOV

Thiamine (Vitamin B1): MedlinePlus Supplements

Chemicals in coffee and tea called tannins can react with thiamine, converting it to a form that is difficult for the body to take in. This could lead to thiamine deficiency.

In-text: (Nlm.nih.gov, 2016)

Nlm.nih.gov,. (2016). Thiamine (Vitamin B1): MedlinePlus Supplements. Retrieved 1 January 2016, from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/965.html

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Nutrient Reference Values | Nutrient Reference Values

In-text: (Nrv.gov.au, 2015)

Nrv.gov.au,. (2015). Nutrient Reference Values | Nutrient Reference Values. Retrieved 1 January 2016, from https://www.nrv.gov.au/

4. ITG.AUTHOR-E.EU

Illustrated Lecture Notes on Tropical Medicine – Pellagra

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ariboflavinosis, (TheFreeDictionary.com, 2016). TheFreeDictionary.com,. (2016). ariboflavinosis. Retrieved 6 January 2016, from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/ariboflavinosis

Animals of human nature: Christmas and New Years.

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New year, filled with food, joy and happiness.

If you’re anything like me; the last few weeks in December race by in a flurry of colour, sound and madness. Almost like some bizarre play in which there is no sense.

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‘ Late for Meeting’ credit to youtube

Shopping becomes laborious, the energy sapped out of you the moment you walk through those automated doors at the shopping centre.

Almost like another world, you’ve entered ‘Humanity’s Christmas Zoo‘.

You see the circle of unmoving, relentless mothers picking through the clothes aisles. The children at their mothers hip holding a toy of somesort and begging for it to be bought, with big pleading eyes – and a cry to match. Or spotting the chance at escape….

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The cheapskate or, last-minute shoppers; who buy the bare minimum and know it’ll just suffice. Eyes darting around anxiously, looking for another deal.

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And then there’s those that buy too much… Extra of everything, cakes, bowls, presents, placemats, toys. They hoard the belongings with the excuse of ‘just in case‘.

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And in the end, whether you compiled and completed your Christmas list or not; the 25th races by – all too quick for many, and all to slow for some.

The shops from whom you bought overpriced ornaments, have since slashed their prices overnight and you’re caught in the relentless cycle of buying, giving and buying again.

This is actually me credit to memegenerator.
This is actually me
credit to memegenerator.

 

The Christmas zoo is an interesting place indeed. I’m left bittersweet; nostalgic for it’s passing but sure glad it’s over for another year.

Amidst all the chaos of Boxing day sales, overjoyed in the surge of new cash or presents that you’ve been eagerly playing with for the past few days…. you forget that the new year has been sharpening it’s claws – ready to strike when you’ve almost completely forgotten about it.

Then it hits you, before you even have a chance to recover from the massive feast you had on Christmas day – New Years Eve is upon us. And you’re left with multiple options; fireworks, dinner, partying or staying at home.

It’s like a double whammy of celebrations in less than a week. Complete with grandiose displays of fireworks and masses of drunk people who shuffle the night away.

Echoing cheers of ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR‘ – similar to the screams of a howler monkey; returned some distance away with the same (or more) enthusiasm from likeminded partygoers.

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This year, I went out with a few friends to Surfers Paradise – a notorious spot on the Gold Coast for nightlife.

Well, it certainly lived up to it’s reputation.

Masses of people,young and old; dominated the strip by the beach. Music was blasting out of every nook and cranny – muffled only by the shouts of people who were singing, laughing and screaming.

I went to a few cheap bars with my best friend and partner in crime; Ash. Dancing to 80’s pop hits; we were the odd ones out in the group of 40-somethings that dominated the dance floor. People my age would usually be down at Shooters, Cocktails or even *shudder* Sin city on a night like this.

the beautiful Surfers by sunset… Photo cred surfersparadiseschoolies.com

I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it though. Despite the mockery of behavior that us humans display in our drunken state; I danced with some very able bodied 50 year olds to Queen’s ‘I want to break free‘ that night.

And I honestly think,

they had better moves than I did. 

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All the best wishes for 2016!

——- Anna Freeman, student Dietitian ——