Doctors’ orders

I will be bringing you health advice and tips from medical practitioners, nurses and psychiatrists, just so we can keep up with our health. Staying healthy is so much fun.

The Vietnamese-French Hybrid


I for one am not a major sandwich girl, but with all the stuff I have to do, I have to eat something and I don’t always like them to be burgers and fries. Meet my fried
Banh mi (pronounced “bun mee”) masterfully combines a crisp baguette with a succulent filling, such as tangy-salty grilled chicken, and bracing toppings, from chilies and cilantro to cucumbers to pickles. Once a trendy food, it has now settled into the realm of classic-Asian-sandwiches-Americans-love-to-eat; and now, established food writer Andrea Nguyen has devoted an entire book to the subject, aptly titled The Banh Mi Handbook. Her advice: Be choosy about the bread but don’t suffer over it; a toaster oven can be your best ally for reinvigorating a soft baguette.
This recipe assumes that you’ve made the main filling already: Have everything prepped and your sandwich will come together in a snap.

Serves 1


Vegetable add-ons (choose all, some or none):
A small handful (1/4 cup) pickled vegetables, drained of brine
3 or 4 thin slices medium-hot chili, such as jalapeño or Fresno (retain the seeds for fire)
4 to 6 cucumber strips, rounds or ovals, cut 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick
1 to 2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped cilantro sprigs, or 1 to 2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh herb leaves
About 3 ounces of Hanoi Grilled Chicken (see separate recipe)

Bread (choose one):
1 banh mi roll
Petite baguette
Section of French baguette
Other suitable bread

Fat (choose one or more):
Mayonnaise (regular or flavored)
Salted butter
Avocado slices

Seasoning (choose one or more):
Maggi Seasoning sauce
Spicy hoisin sauce
Soy sauce or tamari
Salt and pepper


Before assembling the sandwich, prep the vegetable add-ons and set aside. Slice, reheat, sear or return the chicken to room temperature.

If needed, recrisp the bread in a toaster oven preheated to 325° F for 3 to 6 minutes. Cool for a few minutes or the mayo or butter will melt into a yucky oiliness.

Use a serrated bread knife to slit the bread lengthwise, leaving it attached on the back side to hold the sandwich together; it’s okay if you accidentally cut all the way through. Use your fingers to remove some of the insides from one or both halves, depending on how much doughiness you want. (If you like, cut and hollow out the bread before recrisping.)

Spread your chosen fat on the two cut sides of bread, covering all the way to the edge. (If using avocado, lay down thin slices and mash them slightly so they stick to the bread.) Season by drizzling in Maggi or other liquid condiment, or by sprinkling salt and pepper. Working from the bottom up, layer the filling and the pickle, chili, cucumber and/or herb. Close the sandwich and use the bread knife to cut in half crosswise. Enjoy.

From The Banh Mi Handbook (Ten Speed Press) by Andrea Nguyen.

5 Unexpected Signs You’re Draining Your Own Energy

Time management doesn’t actually help you be more productive or happier, experts say. What do you need instead? Energy management.
Sign 1: People often say, “You have an amazing work ethic!”

When it comes to supervising the work project, selling the raffle tickets for the school benefit and supervising the kitchen renovation, you consider yourself someone who can get things done. You work hard at everything you do. You’re reliable—and not a quitter.

How this drains you: You’re doing what you can—and must. Not necessarily what you want. Continue reading

The Science-Backed Exercise For A Great Butt

A new twist on an old move for twice the toning
Standard bodyweight squats work your legs, but with a few simple changes, you can squat deeper and target your butt muscles too.
Try 10-15 repetitions of 2-3 sets a week.
Make sure to work at your current fitness level.

3 Things Standing Between You and Perfect Health

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The author of What Are You Hungry For? explains how to reformulate our lives to become happier.
By Deepak Chopra
A baby is given its health by nature, as a birthright. This perfect state will remain until we interfere with it. That “interference” is just another word for “living your life.” How you live today either causes your health to degrade or to improve, and optimal living allows the body’s healing system to reach its full potential. Continue reading

Before You Go Under The Knife


The Dos and Don’ts of Plastic Surgery.

Let me just say that I don’t know if the picture on the left is really Latoya, but if it is- danmmmmm!!!
So, here we go;

1. Research your doctor
• Does he/she do a lot of these procedures?
• Is he/she a board certified plastic surgeon?
• See his/her results from past procedures.
• Meet with his/her patients
• Confirm that his or her facility is accredited Continue reading

Dr Phil: 4 Questions You Must Ask to Be Truly Effective

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I love Dr Phil Mcgraw and this piece was interesting and thought to share. Pretty straight forward, concise and helpful. Let me know if you like it.

You’ve heard me say that to get what you want, you have to be able to define exactly what that is. It’s just as important to know exactly who you are, so you can let other people know it, too. If you want to be truly effective—personally, professionally and socially—then you must identify your unique qualities and commit to making the most of them. It’s the key to success.

Corporations know that’s just good business. Think about McDonald’s. Whether you see those Golden Arches in Boise or Bangkok, you know just what to expect: a product that’s distinguished itself in a market full of seemingly endless options. McDonald’s gives its fans something they can count on—and that’s why it’s one of the most flourishing brands on the planet.

The same holds true for people. As “Dr. Phil,” I have a pretty clear identity. Whether you love, hate or feel indifferent about me, you always know what you’re going to get: I offer straight talk and common sense, and I tell the truth, whether it’s what you want to hear or not. I’m committed to the horse I’m riding, and I’m taking it to the finish line. Continue reading

Two Reasons Why You Are Still Hungry

The all-nighter you pulled for work.
What makes you hungry: Studies of people around the world have shown a connection between sleeping less than six hours a night and a higher body mass index. It makes sense that the longer you’re awake, the more time you have to snack, but the weight gain could also be due to the way sleep deprivation affects your hormone levels. In one study from 2004, when people slept just four hours, they had lower levels of the satiety hormone, leptin; higher levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin; and reported being 24 percent more hungry—especially for sweets, salty snacks and starchy foods (i.e., the entire contents of the vending machine).

What to do: Weight-loss experts have been careful to point out that sleeping more won’t necessarily make you shed pounds, but it may make you feel less ravenous and will also help you stay in control around junk food. Continue reading

What Chocolate Can Do for You

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Katharine Hepburn reportedly said of herself, “What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” Inspired, we broke that down into hours, weeks, months and years.
By Jena Pincott

We all say that chocolate is bad for us. Our teeth, our weight, our overall health. Here’s what i found on Pretty Interesting and lenghty, but I think it will give you a different perspective and answer some weird questions. Tell me what you think.

Within 90 minutes…your neurons are humming.
One way in which scientists test for alertness and mental stamina is by asking their subjects to do math in their head—counting down by 3s and 7s, for instance—tasks so tedious they’re prescribed for insomnia. But 90 minutes after people drank cocoa, they rattled off correct numbers, found a study at the U.K.’s Northumbria University. Credit goes to flavanol, a plant antioxidant that has been found to widen blood vessels and increase blood flow in the brain. How much flavanol you get depends on origin, harvesting and processing, says one of the study’s authors, Crystal Haskell-Ramsay, PhD. The most flavanol-rich options are usually the darkest and bitterest, like cocoa powder and baking chocolate. To match the study’s cognitive sweet spot, she says, we’d need roughly 7 grams of special, enriched high-flavanol cocoa powder or a 3.5-ounce chocolate bar with at least 70-percent-cocoa content. (The cocoa powder in the study was Cocoapro; it’s in CocoaVia and Dove Dark Chocolate products.) Continue reading

Dixie’s Pickled Eggs Recipe


These are fantastic with beer.

Makes 3 dozen


4 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup premixed pickling spices, such as McCormick
1 tsp. crushed red-pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
1 large sprig fresh dill
3 dozen hard-boiled eggs, peeled


In a large pot set over medium-high heat, bring the vinegars, garlic, sugar, salt, pickling spices, pepper flakes, cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaf and dill to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Turn off the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Put the eggs in a large container and cover with the brine. Refrigerate the eggs for at least 48 hours before serving. The eggs will keep in the brine in the fridge for 14 days.

From The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival (Clarkson Potter) by Alexe van Beuren and Dixie Grimes.

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