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Think About It Thursday: Hot Apple Cider or Hot Chocolate?

My friend over at Mumfection who has gotten me into blogging, does these Think About It Thursday Posts every week.  I decided to join up this week and post about their topic.

This Week’s Topic: Hot Apple Cider or Hot Chocolate?

I have to admit, I don’t think I have ever drank hot apple cider. So, I guess I would have to say hot chocolate. I love having a hot chocolate on a cold winter morning, it keeps me feeling all warm inside and like I’m still in bed. Now obviously, it wouldn’t be much of a think about it thursday if I just ended it there.

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So, let’s really think about it. Is Hot Apple Cider better for you? Or is Hot Chocolate better for you?

Right off the bat, I would think that Hot Apple Cider would be better for you rather than Hot Chocolate.

Instead of just making assumptions, I decided to do a little research.

I quickly found a Huffington post called “Warm Up! The Health Benefits (and Pitfalls) of 5 Fall Drinks

According to that post, apple cider has the nutritional health benefits of apples but it’s downfall is in how much sugar it has in it. Remember the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well apples do have Vitamin C, fibre and a little bit of iron and potassium, so there is some truth to that saying. You can get those benefits too by drinking apple cider versus eating an apple.

However, according to that same post, hot chocolate doesn’t have to be that bad for you. They suggest using skim milk and our own homemade chocolate syrup. I don’t know about you but I might be too lazy for that but if you aren’t, skim milk will give you all the great benefits of milk without the fat and studies have shown that chocolate especially dark chocolate can be good for your heart and has antioxidants.

So, both have their benefits. However, I continued to search the webs for more information and I came across this post about The Health Benefits of Apple Cider. According to this post, if you add a bit of cinnamon to your hot apple cider, it can give you more benefits because cinnamon has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. According to the blog post, so not only will you get all the vitamins from the apples but also the antibacterial and antioxidant properties of cinnamon.

But I’m not done yet, this is mostly psychology focused blog, so what are the benefits to the brain?

According to this post, drinking hot chocolate can help you think better because chocolate has something called flavinoids in it that can help increase the blood flow and oxygen to your brain. Who knew snacking on chocolate while studying could be a good thing?

Now, I couldn’t specifically find a post for apple cider, but there was one on the benefits of apples. According to that post, apples can also help prevent/protect you from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

So, the verdict, they both have amazing benefits but you might want to cut down on the sugar in that apple cider of yours and add a bit of cinnamon and you might want to make your hot chocolate homemade.

Which do you prefer? Which do you think is better for you?

 

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Struggles and Decisions

Originally, I planned to make a dear abby like post today instead I pushed myself to do something that SHOULD be more important to me and that is graduate school applications and just narrowing things down. I started really looking at applications yesterday with a friend and realized I really need to do this like ASAP.

But let’s be honest, after my GRE exam, I have been avoiding this like the plague. It’s not like I haven’t looked at schools. It’s not like I haven’t started. I have a whole bookmarks folder on my browser just of graduate school stuff. There are many problems that have gotten in my way though

  1. GRE Score and GPA: I don’t necessarily feel like my GRE score is up to par nor do I feel like my grades are either. This is a major fear of mine, getting rejected because my grades suck.
  2. Location: I have been struggling with the question of where I want to end up. Honestly, I just knew that I needed to leave Ontario. I wanted to head back west but where? I thought about California and at first I really wanted to go there but then I was worried about how practicums would work for me since I’m not a US citizen and then I started to worry about working in the states in general. So, I was stuck/confused with what I should do.
  3. Lack of Ambition: In my about page on this blog, I have already stated that I am not an ambitious person naturally. Therefore, it is taking a lot out of me to push myself to get to where I want to be, a major reason why I am blogging to help me focus on my goals.

Despite all my struggles, fears and indecisiveness, something changed my mind today. I was very indecisive about location, so much so, that I just could not narrow down my grad school options, which is a MAJOR factor when thinking about which schools to apply to. What changed today was this conversation I had with someone while volunteering that made me realize that my heart isn’t just in the west in general, it’s in Vancouver and honestly, so is the rest of my family’s heart. I grew up there, I didn’t want to leave there but here I am in Toronto. As much as I would love to start a fresh somewhere new, hence the wanting to go to California, it just seemed like it would be too much work and no guarantee. Not as if going to Vancouver would have any guarantees but at least it’s still home in my mind.

Today, I have made a few decisions. Now, the application process should be easier. Hopefully.

Wish me luck ❤

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I was bad… Reading update #2

I’m sorry to say this but last week I let life get in the way of my focus. Somehow, I just couldn’t find the time to really read and haven’t made much progress on the book I have been reading. I am hoping things will turn around this week seeing as I am not working as much so that I can talk about the book. I may not have read a lot yet, but I have so much to say about what I have read so far.

As you may have come to realize, this blog is all about searching for my focus.  My focus being psychology and counselling and well getting myself to where I want to go in life. This blog was supposed to help me focus on my goals at hand but what happens when I lose my focus? Well you can find out on my tumblr blog http://to-me-sarah.tumblr.com I also publish the posts here on there as well but you will find posts on there that aren’t here.

Hope life isn’t getting in the way too much for you guys like it is for me. Also, in other news, expect more posts to come. I’m working on some things.

 

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Reading Update

Last week, I made a post about how I wanted to read more and in particular, about/relating to psychology. Since my last post, I have made a conscious effort to read a bit each day. Now, I am definitely not reading for hours on end like I use to but I am going through the motions and just getting into the habit of taking my ebook out to read.

So, the book I decided to start my reading journey on is called “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness” by Kay Redfield Jamison. The authour is a clinical psychologist who has bipolar disorder and has focused her work on that disorder. I think I chose this book because I wanted that dual perspective of being both the sufferer of the disorder as well as the psychologist. I wanted that dual perspective because I sometimes feel like I may suffer from depression and I want to know that if I do, that I can still be a psychologist. I also wanted to start off with a book that’s from the viewpoint of the person suffering from a mental illness because I feel like the best way to understand an illness is to understand what the person is going through. Textbooks just don’t help you understand the disorders in that way, they teach you about the disorder but not how people are like when they suffer from it or what’s going on to the person really. Obviously, every person is going to be different but you need a starting point. I really noticed that when I was studying Autism and then having to work with children with Autism, it’s just very different.

As much as I would like to start talking more about the book, I think I will wait till I am finished reading it all. I know I will have a lot to say. I’ve only read about 2 chapters and I already highlighted quite a few quotes. I know I am reading it slowly but please bear with me, I am trying to get back into reading. I’m not quite there yet.

 

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Learning to read again

I don’t remember when it happened or why but I stopped reading. I mean I would still read every so often but not like I use to when I was a child and could disappear in a book or two for a couple days or so and come back to reality only wishing to be lost in another book. I remember the days when I would reach for a book but now, I choose to watch a show or listen to a song. What happened to the days lost in books, imagining a life that isn’t my own but a life created in part by the book and in part by my own imagination?

Somewhere between elementary school and high school, I lost that. Now as I have grown older, I miss it but clearly not enough for me to be reaching for books as readily as I use to. So, because of what I want to do with my life, and because of this blog, I am trying to teach myself to read again. This time, it’s a more focused reading. I want to learn more about psychology but not in a textbook way but in readable books kind of way. I never read any of my textbooks when I went to college anyways. I would start off the year well and read a chapter or two but then I would give up. I didn’t learn much academically, I learned a lot from living on campus, from the people I have met, from the experience of being in college but not from the school work itself. It’s sad because it is those marks that matter the most ultimately and I am so afraid my marks just aren’t high enough for me to get into Grad School. I should be working on my applications and I will but I also need to get back to finding these simple pleasures such as reading and learning through non academic ways. I always learned the most when I would randomly do my own research on random things when I was younger. One of the main reasons why I know so many random facts is that natural curiousity of mine.

This is a reason why you see a goodreads widget on my sidebar now. I will be writing about the books I read, not reviewing them per se but more like responding to them.

I really want this blog to help me learn more about psychology and how to get myself to becoming a psychologist/counsellor/therapist. I want to help people but I can’t do that unless I learn more and in order to do that, I need to read more.

So, today, I read. When was the last time you read?