What Can You Do With A Degree In Nutrition?

Earning a degree focused in nutrition can have many potential career paths other than becoming a nutritionist. There are six main types of nutrition paths to choose from, including teaching nutrition, public health nutrition, nutrition consulting, clinical nutrition, food science, and food service management. Most nutrition jobs should fall within one of these categories.A degree in nutrition could help individuals land employment as a public health official, dietetic consultant, school food service director, quality control manager, food distributor, or wellness coordinator. Individuals may be employed through health maintenance organizations, school systems, food manufactures, wellness centers, and exercise and fitness centers. Government agencies also have the potential to employ those with degrees in nutrition. Some of the government agencies could include Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, SNAP- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Department of Health, and U.S. Public Health Services.While earning a college degree, individuals will most likely be required to study a wide range of courses to gain a well-rounded education. Students could be expected to take courses related to nutrition, consisting of anatomy and physiology, introduction to food science, sociology, bacteriology, chemistry, and biochemistry. By completing an internship, individuals are able to gain hands on experience in the nutrition field before committing to a job or while still in school. Internships can serve as a great way to determine where your interests are, and if obtaining a career in this field is a good fit.It is important for individuals wanting to succeed in a career in nutrition to possess skills such as organization and planning, strong verbal and written communication, proficient math skills for weights and measures, and interest in the well-being and health of others. To be successful working in nutrition, individuals may be required to advise patients in practicing good nutrition, monitoring diet modifications, and assessing health plans. Those with a degree in nutrition should also be able to monitor food safety conditions and create menus for specific dietary needs.Depending on your place of employment and job description, individuals with a nutrition degree may be asked to create visuals aids and nutrition manuals that could be useful in teaching. Companies dealing with food service may hire nutrition graduates to create meal plans, ensure food safety, or develop new food products. Salary potential can depend on more than the actual job, but also education level, years of experience, and location of employment.

Is Mental Health Illness Or Well Being?

What does your mind conjure up when you see the words ‘mental health’? Yes, the phrase does reek with all sorts of connotations doesn’t it!When you think of the phrase Mental Health….. is it about
People who are strange or not normal.
Mental illness is a stigma or label to be avoided or kept quiet about
Referring to issues of incapacity of the mind and behaviour
A term that is a label to describe insanity, madness, weird people
Pathologies like depression, schizophrenia.
Or even the Mental Health department in your State’s Health Department? The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”Not the first thing that comes into many people’s minds with that phrase is it?Part of the problem is the actual term ‘mental health’ – it conjures up images of illness, yet the word health is the opposite of illness – if we have health, we have wellness, not illness.Formally, it is a term used to describe either a level of cognitive or emotional well-being or an absence of a mental disorder. From perspectives of the discipline of positive psychology or holism mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life and procure a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.The problem lies in the term itself – it is not accurately descriptive of what it means
So perhaps mental wellbeing or wellness is more to the point when encouraging or doing something positive about your own inner health.Mental good health can also be defined as an absence of a major mental condition (for example, one of the diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, IV) though recent evidence stemming from positive psychology suggests mental health is more than the mere absence of a mental disorder or illness. Therefore the impact of social, cultural, physical and education can all affect someone’s mental health.We live in a society that takes great care of physical health or well being/wellness – look at the tremendous technological, pharmaceutical and research advances occurring every day.Consider all the resources for physical health we have put before us constantly – weight loss programs and diets, gyms and exercise programs, fitness activities, sports, obesity concerns, nutritional supplements and so on.Yet where is the equivalent education and push for mental well being? We readily take steps to ensure we avoid infections, injury and organic conditions (e.g. heart) – yet what do we do to avoid negative effects on our mental wellness?So do you think of your own inner health as it were? And take care of it?This is critically important when you consider that depression and anxiety affect so many, let alone more serious mental illness diagnoses.In families, do we put as much conscious focus on mental well being as we do on physical health. Many know lots about good physical well being activities, but are we as informed about good mental health equivalents as we raise and teach our kids.And, what State doesn’t have under-funded mental health department?We have lost the concept of an holistic approach to our bodies, lives and society. We too readily compartmentalize – and put mental health into the too hard basket or simply neglect it.We have ‘abnormalized’ mental health, instead of seeing it as important to our well being and a normal part of life – even if someone suffers from a mental illness.People who suffer adverse mental well being conditions are still ‘normal’ people – just as an injured person is ‘normal, or just as a deaf person is normal.

Living Big on Little Money – A Guide to an Inexpensive Lifestyle

First off, it’s important to let everyone know that this article reflects my personal views and the way I like to live. I respect the way everyone chooses to live and the path they must follow may that be a corporate lifestyle our one of living off the land. Everyone is here to experience there own journey and I respect all of us and the courage it takes.With that said, let’s start.I was in the newspaper business as an artist & prepress artist for over 20 years. I always had a good paycheck coming in but most of the time found myself struggling for money soon after pay day. Of course I blamed it on not being paid enough and it wasn’t until I left the corporate world that I learned that not being paid enough was not my problem. It was what I was spending it on and how much money I was actually throwing away.I decided to leave the corporate world after I reached the weight of 335 lbs. I was very badly depressed, close to suicidal and saw no hope in life. I had no idea how hard my decision to leave the corporate world would be and I had no clue how rewarding and inspirational it would turn out.I learned that money wasn’t as important as I thought it was and that it didn’t bring me happiness, it was honestly part of my depression. What I have learned sense the summer of 2004 I have to give thanks to Joe, a homeless man I met in Homer, Alaska. I think he could tell that I was out of my element and he took me under his wing and taught me how to survive.The first thing you need to understand is that people can survive on much less food than what they consume every day. My journey to Alaska proved that, I had a daily food budget of just $1.00. That’s right, $1.00. The funny thing is that I never seemed hungry, I was to busy trying to find wood to make life just a little more comfortable.When I got back to the lower 48, I was still unemployed so every cent counted. I would go to the grocery store and look in the reduced price section of the meat department but most of the time it was still to expensive for my budget. I found something that added flavor to each meal and it cost next to nothing. This may sound disgusting, and maybe it is but the key ingredient in many of my meals at the time was pork fat. I know, Oh my God and junk, that’s disgusting. I will be honest, it took a while to get used to it but it did add flavor and was filling. I usually mixed it together with Ramen noodles for a filling meal.When I did find miscellaneous employment here and there I still didn’t splurge but kept my food choices to not the best cuts of meat. Some of the cuts that I really enjoy are Pork Boston Butt Roast, Beef Chuck Roast and Chicken Thighs.Uses for Pork Boston Butt Roast:- You can cut it up to make pork fajita
- Slow cook it for a great tasting roast
- Slow grill(3 to 4 hours, med. low heat) for one of the tastiest meals you can imagine.
- Slice thin to make BBQ sandwiches.
- Cut pieces, pound with mallet, flour and make your own chicken fried steak.
- Grind to make pork burgers or homemade sausage.
- Cut or sliced and served with Ramen noodles.Experiment with different seasoning and marinades to desired taste. This is a versatile cut of meat.Uses for Beef Chuck Roast:- Cut it up to make beef fajita
- Cut into steaks, grill or fry (taste like steak, not roast)
- Slow roast with potatoes and carrots for a pot roast mealUses for Chicken Thighs:- To many and varied to list here. Grilled, fried, baked, whatever way you prepare always ends up in a good meal. Experiment and explore the web, you will find great and cost efficient ways to create a great meal.I know everyone loves Pizza but let’s be honest, Pizza is terribly expensive. I have a great recipe at the end of this article for a simple pizza made with tortilla’s that is surprisingly good, the kids will love it.Use something at each meal that will help fill you up. Some cheap ways to do this are with rice, potatoes or Ramen noodles. A good way I have found to make rice is to use either a beef or chicken broth instead of plain water. I like to use chicken and beef bullion cubes, they cost less than the pre made broth.When it comes to canned foods and fresh vegetables check the grocery stores newspaper ads for deals. Also shop smart, look for deals and always buy at least a weeks worth of groceries. Stay away from going to the grocery store every day, getting what you are hungry for at that time. It will cost you.If you have the means, grow your own vegetables and herbs, even if you live in an apartment you can do this. My wife and I live in an RV and still grow some of our own stuff. Place planted pots of veggies and herbs on your deck, build an above ground garden, making sure it has good drainage. Also, join in if your town has a community garden. It’s a great opportunity to grow your own stuff and a way to make new friends. Check the web for other opportunities.Another good way to save money is to make my own bread. The recipe I use along with others are listed at the end of this article.I have been known to visit the dollar menu’s at some of the fast food restaurants and when I do I make sure to take an extra pack or two of condiments and napkins. Even though this may sound unethical, you have to be honest with your situation at the time and it all comes down to survival.A very important rule to remember is to never steal, purposely hurt or take advantage of another human being. When I was in Alaska, I had my life savings stolen from me and as tough as that made things, it had a good affect and taught me allot about myself in the end. Like Earl, I believe in karma and what goes around comes around. That’s something I don’t want to be on the losing end of.Like I stated earlier, my wife and I live in an RV year round. If you don’t own your own place this is a good option other than renting. When you rent you are just throwing your money away. If you are concerned about living in the RV during the winter don’t be, read my article Winterizing Your RV – Enjoy a Comfy and Cozy Winter Retreat.We still pay rent for the land we are parked on during the winter, $350 a month and that includes sewer, water, cable and the internet. During the summer months we drive up into the mountains and just find places to park. You still need to pay to dump the tanks and fill up the fresh water tank but that costs just pennies a day.There are many ways to live a less expensive life, it’s up to you to find your comfort zone.
If you would like to read the story of my trip to Alaska you can find it on my blog listed in my profile. The stories name is “Homer in a Hurry”.Backwoods BreadThis is a very simple recipe and easy to make, you don’t even have to kneed the dough.Ingredients:6 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of active dry yeast
2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of either garlic salt or onion salt. (optional)
3 cups of room temperature waterIn one bowl mix the yeast in the water. In another bowl mix the salt and garlic or onion salt into the flour. Pour water into flour and stir with a wooden spoon. This will make a sloppy, stringy wet dough. Cover with a cloth and let sit for 12-24 hours.After 12-24 hours dust the top with flour and roll into a greased cooking bowl or crock, it does not do well in a pan. Once in baking dish, let sit for 1 hour before baking.Bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes in high altitudes, 45 minutes at lower altitudes. Let cool on cooling rack for 1/2 hour. Butter and enjoy.Extra:Very good if you butter the bread, place on cookie sheet and bake at 410 degrees for 10 minutes or until crisp. I add a fried egg on top for a quick and tasty breakfast.Indian Fry Bread4 cups of flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoons of salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup warm waterMix flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add in the shortening and water. Add only enough water to make dough stick together. Knead dough until smooth, make into fist sized balls. Cover them with a towel for 10 minutes then pat them out into circles about the size of a pancake. Heat shortening in cast iron skillet and fry until brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and serve.Great with butter and jam.Pork Boston Butt RoastIngredients:1 (5-pound) pork butt roast
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons seasoned salt
4 tablespoons liquid smoke
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup waterPreheat oven to 350 degrees F.Mix salt and pepper, garlic salt and seasoned salt together in small bowl.Sprinkle 1 side of the roast with liquid smoke and rub salt and pepper, garlic salt and seasoned salt mixture onto meat, making sure to rub well. Flip the roast over and repeat. Place the roast in a large roasting pan. Add the onion and water to the roast. Place in the oven and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until thermometer reads 170 degrees F. Let meat cool for a few minutes and then slice.Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.Cooking in the great outdoors always seems to help the food you create to taste even better. We wanted to share some of our favorite recipes, thus the reason for this cookbook. Every recipe indicates our personal preference of ingredients, so you can make changes to any recipe for your personal tastes. If you love the outdoors, enjoy cooking and love the way food tastes in the great outdoors, we think you will enjoy these recipes.Crispy Grilled PizzaSingle serving with your choice of toppingsIngredients you will need:1 medium sized flour tortilla
4 tbls. spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
You’re choice of toppings: Pepperoni, sausage, ham, mushrooms, etc…How to prepare your meal…..
Spread the spaghetti sauce evenly over the flour tortilla. Cover the spaghetti sauce with the mozzarella cheese add your toppings. Make sure not to over do it with the toppings or cheese, this can cause the finished pizza to be soggy.The grill should be on a medium to medium high heat. Rub grill with olive oil, this will help the pizza not to stick and give you pretty grill linesFor a crispy pizza, place pizza directly on grill. If you don’t want your pizza to be crispy, place on a cookie sheet.Grill for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.Can also be done in the oven. Place pizza on rack and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Avoid Emergency Home Repairs With These Tips

A lot of people sit back and wait until something goes wrong in their house before they get it repaired. But if you actually calculate the cost of repairs, you will realize that it works out to be much cheaper to just get everything in your house checked and maintained properly instead of emergency home repairs. Not only will this save you money in the long term but your house will generally function a lot better and you can enjoy your home instead of struggling with problems that keep popping up.List of Places to be MaintainedThe Bathrooms: Cracks in the bathroom walls can create a lot of problems. Since there is so much water flowing through pipes, a lot of leakages take place. This then spreads to the rest of the house. Get all the fixtures, walls, tubs and sinks checked once a year. Cover up any cracks and make sure the waterproofing is done correctly.The Roof: Roof repairs can cost a bomb if you suddenly get a hole in the roof or it starts to leak. Fall is the best time to hire someone to get up on the roof and check it properly. This will keep you warm and safe during the winter and save you a lot of future trouble.Tiles and Walls: Mold tends to collect under the tiles and at the edges of walls. Having to replace tiles and keep painting your walls will cost a fortune. Get them checked regularly so that you can catch the mold before it spreads and treat it so that the walls and tiles stay dry.Drains and Gutters: We often forget to look in the places that can’t be seen easily. So even though we may notice some mold on the bedroom wall, we probably won’t notice a leakage in the gutter on the outer wall of the house. Cleaning the drains and gutters once a year is very hygienic and it keeps out a lot of bacteria and smell. It’s better to get it checked than suddenly have dirty water getting blocked and flowing into the house!Devices to be Maintained• Check your HVAC before every spring so that it works properly and smoothly.
• Fix any broken smoke detectors and check them yearly to protect your house from fires.
• Stain your deck every year to keep it looking great and prevent moss from growing.
• Clean all air ducts and replace the air filters.
• Keep a check on the light bulbs and lamp shades so that they are clean and working all the time.
• Fix any small leak as soon as it starts, before it turns into a major leak and destroys half your house.