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Adventure #16: Baking up a Barney Cake


One of my favorite things in life is food — the act of cooking and baking,与朋友分享食物,当然,eating it.I don't know betway必威about you,但我可以亲自证明,在我的肚子里装满了美味的糖果后,我有非常积极的想法。

One day,after eating the remnants of uncooked brownie batter (don't try this at home),the thought occurred to me that there must be some link between food and stress reduction.Lo:看,事实上,有大量的文献将食物(包括食物的制备和食用)看作是self-therapyor"culinary art therapy."The production of food ascreative expressionis a form of stress relief and the act ofoffering foodto others is a form of positive interpersonal interaction and emotion regulation.Certain foods,such as cocoa powder and chocolate,对情绪也有积极作用,对血管系统也有积极作用。including cerebral blood flow.

所有这些信息,特别是关于吃巧克力的最后一点,都足以让我决定一些与食物有关的东西,preferably sugar-related,would be my next stress-relieving activity.I decided to enroll in a cake decorating class with some friends.

Each of us was given a nine-inch plain white cake to decorate as we saw fit.One of my friends had found some ideas online and printed them out,比如她想要做的一个详细的星球大战主题蛋糕的不同角度。我们其他人决定振作起来。After a failed attempt at copying a globe (with Europe looking like a purple dinosaur),我改变了策略,决定利用欧洲的形状,为亲戚的生日做一个巴尼主题的蛋糕。我惊讶地发现,蛋糕装饰不仅仅意味着创造蛋糕上的东西:它涉及到实践基本的边界技术,decorative piping and making elaborate items such as drop flowers and leaves.I soon became familiar with the different cake decorating tools and was able to call instruments by their proper names instead of just"that pokey stick."I was completely unprepared for the physical strength needed to continually squeeze a piping bag and humbled in my realization that cake decorating isn't nearly as easy as it appears.It is a lot of work,从生理和心理的角度来看。The time passed by quickly and,before I knew it,我是巴尼生日蛋糕的主人。

For those of you who are less artistically inclined like I am,实际上,我建议你提出一些关于你想要你的蛋糕长什么样的先入为主的想法。Although printing out different views of TIE fighters and Kylo Ren's duck-shaped mask might be a little on the extreme side,I think that having a general theme makes the experience more enjoyable.Also,be prepared for your hand to get very tired and shaky.如果我和我的朋友们不知道我们开始的时候谁打算进入一个外科领域,我们最终肯定会知道的。Decorating a cake and keeping your hand steady enough to draw something resembling a golden retriever rather than a lumpy potato are not as easy as they might sound.除此之外,this was a great bonding experience and a lot of fun,很值得的价格和好处,不用担心混乱(加上一块蛋糕带回家)。betway必威

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Mind Your Mind

一个非常重要的话题是医生的心理健康,notably medical students.根据一项研究学生英国医学杂志,30%的医学生报告有精神健康状况——80%的医学生表示,现有的支持水平很差,或者只有适度的支持。This column was born from these alarming statistics and aims to stimulate conversation on mental health in medical students,from providing suggestions on how to maintain one's mental health to discussing the taboo and stigma surrounding conversations on mental health in practitioners and students,以及如何消除它。

Neha Kumar18 Posts

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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


Neha is a third year MD candidate at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.为了抗击克利夫兰的冰雪,内哈花时间打盹,探索艺术博物馆,带着当地的早午餐风暴,one sweet confection at a time.When she has saved up enough money,她计划进行一次世界巡演,访问每个国家的每一个首都。

Mind Your Mind

A very important but rarely discussed topic is that of mental health in medical practitioners,notably medical students.According to a study in the Student British Medical Journal,30% of medical students report having a mental health condition—with a majority of 80% stating the level of available support was poor or only moderately adequate.This column was born from these alarming statistics and aims to stimulate conversation on mental health in medical students,从提供关于如何保持心理健康的建议到讨论有关从业者/学生心理健康的谈话的禁忌和耻辱,以及如何消除这些禁忌和耻辱。