Thanksgiving Calories!

Hey y’all!

So many of you know that you consume a lot of food during the big Thanksgiving meal, but do you know the average amount of calories you are intaking? How much fat? When researching this topic I was SO shocked of what I found. The average person will consume around 4,500 calories during the ONE Thanksgiving meal, with an average of 229 grams of fat! WOW! Now do you understand why everyone in your family falls asleep right after that huge meal? With all the fats and sugars cooked in Thanksgiving dinner it makes you extremely sleepy. When talking about metabolism in cellular and molecular biology, can you imagine the work your body does to break down all of that food? CRAZY!

Here’s the website I found to give you some healthy suggestions on what to substitute in your recipes to lower the calorie intake a little for you this Thanksgiving: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=324

I hope every one has a relaxing and enjoyable break! Happy Thanksgiving!

Logan Hand

How Cancer Has Changed My Life

Hey y’all,

I hope everyone has had a great week. This week I have really been touched personally by the cancer assignment. My father, who is like my best friend, has recently been battling stage 3 colorectal cancer.  This assignment has encouraged me and inspired me to learn about the subject of cancer and find out exactly what this evil enemy is. It amazes me how complex this cell really is and what it can actually do to the human and animal body. Going through cancer with my father I have personally seen how difficult it is to treat and how it physically breaks down someone.

I truly hope that no one ever has to face this disease. Throughout this process I have become involved in Relay For Life at Virginia Tech by becoming a committee member. I strive every day to help raise money to find a cure for this disease. Now that we are on this topic, it influences me even more!

I hope you all have a great week!

Logan Hand

Alcohol Kills Brain Cells

Hey y’all!

This week I found an interesting article from the New York Times stating that intake of alcohol could possibly kill brain cells. This article states that consumption of alcohol can disrupt brain function by damaging message-carrying dendrites on neurons in the cerebellum; however it does not kill the entire cell.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/23/health/23real.html?_r=0

Another article I found states that the more you consume and the longer duration of drinking alcohol will cause a larger effect in cognitive development and brain cells.

http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/HealthIssues/1103162109.html

Hope everyone finds these articles interesting, and has a great week!

Logan Hand