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Isaac Alade | University of Sunderland

Pharmacy MPharm

  • Name: Isaac Alade
  • Age: 24
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: London, UK
  • Ambitions: To start my career within community pharmacy, eventually leading to me owning my own chain of pharmacies.

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April 3rd, 2015

The careers and employability service was extremely helpful!

I found the Careers and Employability Service at the uni to be extremely helpful in terms of practicing for my pre-registration interview. It’s a free service for students that the university provides and i definitely believe everyone should take as advantage of it whilst they can. Link below for further information.



March 17th, 2015

Cooking with my housemates!

Cooking is always fun when done with my house mates!!

March 9th, 2015

Please do not put on weight during the exam period.

Hello everybody, so it’s that time of the year again where final exams are only a few weeks away and you are inevitably going to be spending the majority of your time sitting at desk revising.

Perhaps the most comical aspect about this time period is that the weather always seems to be at its best when we have no choice but lock ourselves away in the deepest dungeons of our study material.  Without a doubt this frame of time can be very boring if not slightly depressing.

But what’s this ? A light in the end of the tunnel ? Food glorious Food! Crisps, chocolate, candy, cake, cake and more cake.


All these sweet tasting delectable’s which makes long hours at desks so much more bearable. Yes I’ve seen this firsthand, in fact I used to do it.  Devouring mountains of snacks to make my revision much more enjoyable.

Please do not do this, firstly it reeks havoc on  your blood sugar levels throughout the day and once you have sat your exams it will hit you that you now require a belt the size of Saturn’s ring.

As this is a unavoidable period of life when you are extremely immobile , it only makes sense that you should be taking in less calories instead of tripling it with your “to share” chocolate bars and crisps.

I know revision can become dull and just having a little something to chew on can help keep you more alert and focused. So here’s a few personal suggestions on how you can snack during this period of time to avoid putting on weight!

  • Your first goal is to always minimise calorie intake when snacking.
  • Sugar free chewing gum is a critical weapon that will help you maintain your weight. It’s sweet, has 0 calories and you can chew for hours. Just don’t  chew so furiously that everyone in the silent study can hear you or you might not make it to your final exams.
  • Sweet tasting vegetables to snack on like cherry tomatoes, carrots and bell peppers. They are all high in fibre, minerals and vitamins.
  • If you must snack, then snack wisely for example instead of buying gummy sweets buy hard candy. We all know a bag of gummy bears does not require much time to finish……
  • For heaven’s sake don’t ever buy biscuits because you are not going to eat 1 or 2 you will eat the whole pack! The whole pack of biscuits is probably your calories for two days.
  • Replace milk chocolate with 70% dark chocolate or stronger. Dark chocolate is highly nutritious, high in antioxidants and studies have shown that it may improve cognitive function.  Dark chocolate is still high in calories so  I don’t suggest eating copious amounts but definitely suggest making this your 1st option when it comes to a chocolaty treat.

To  conclude now if never is the time you should be more cautious of what you’re eating if you’re trying to avoid weight gain.