We’ve got a heavier post today, but bear with me because it’s paired with a step by step picture tutorial to make your own homemade Cinnamon Cashew Butter! It’s clean, easy and best of all has only 2 ingredients! Cashews are a great source of protein and healthy fats, too. Even better? It requires no oil, added sugars, or chemicals so it’s healthier than most of the packaged variety you find at the grocery store. So, what are you waiting for?! Let’s get blending.
Sorry guys, this will be a bit of a heavy post, but it will come with a tasty picture tutorial on how to make a comfort food of mine, because after this post we are going to need some comfort. Today’s comfort special? Nut butter! Specifically cashew butter. Yum.
Ok, so in my last post I was describing some things that have been going on in my life recently, both good and bad. Unfortunately one of those bad things is on the much more serious side. One of the intern at the place I’m working at decided to commit suicide. I didn’t know the person, but I was suppose to meet them today. Even being somewhat on the outside, I can see the wide repercussions this event has already had. It’s difficult seeing all the emotions, or having an attending just start crying in front of you. The program and the people in that particular residency are reeling and I can’t even imagine how the family is feeling. My prayers and thoughts go out to them and anyone who is trying to come to terms with what happened.
One of the many medical topics I had considered covering in upcoming posts was depression. Now, I am more committed to doing it to help you be able to recognize depression in yourselves, or those who are close to you. So, stay tuned for that.
This incident, though, is devastating in so many ways. It is so hard and takes a lot of work to become and continue to be a doctor. There are pressures put on you from so many different angles. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, there is a huge emotional, mental and even physical toll that this job can take on you.
Also, unfortunately, those in my profession are at significant risk for things like burnout and depression likely because of the demands placed on us. Even worse? We have a very significantly higher risk of suicide than the average population and remains so even when compared to other professions. We are also much more likely to complete suicide (in our world we differentiate between suicide attempts and those who successfully complete their suicide attempt) than the average person. I imagine this is solely because of our knowledge base.
Even though we have a much higher risk, these things can affect anyone. I just ask you to be aware of others. Notice if things don’t seem right. Say a (genuine) kind word if you see someone is having a hard day. Kindness, however small, can really make a difference. Take the time to ask if everything is ok. If you yourself feel down, talk to someone! Try and get help. Setting up an appointment with your primary care doctor (or go straight to a psychiatrist) can be a way to get started finding what resources and treatments are available.
There are a number of specific resources available for those who are depressed, needing someone to talk to, or contemplating suicide. One such resource is the national suicide prevention lifeline. 1-800-273 TALK (8255). This hotline is available 24/7. it is confidential and the people answering the phones are trained specifically to deal with these types of calls. It can be a great resource for those who need it. Know someone who is at risk? You can also call this number and find out what resources are available in your area to help that person. You may be surprised, especially in our modern world, how much is out there and available for you or for someone who is at risk.
Now onto the comfort food. As you’ve seen in the post, this is the way I make homemade cashew butter. Unlike most pre-packaged nut butters found in the store this one has no oil, or sugar, or other chemicals added. It’s perfectly clean and only requires 2 ingredients. So, if you’ve never tried making homemade cashew butter before, now you can see how easy it is! Looking for ways to use it? You can try out a few of the recipes I have on the blog so far that request cashew butter such as:
Double Chocolate Raspberry Protein Notmeal
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