Hi! So sorry I just saw this question! I’m afraid I can’t be of much help. I’m not really a supplement girl myself, and it’s a bit beyond my scope of practice. If you have any questions on getting nutrition from whole foods, or incorporating your favorite indulgences into your healthy lifestyle, I’m your girl. I hope you found the answers you needed!
Today, I begin my 25th year of life on this often times lovely planet. And I am pleased to report that I find myself in good spirits, and very happy with where I am right at this moment. I think back to my younger years, when we girls were planning out…
The wise will choose to be happy rather than to be sad or to make others sad. It is wiser to be happy and make others happy as well.
Found the above sentiment (that I somewhat paraphrased) floating around the blogosphere, and it spoke to me loudly. Since…
Well, I tried to record a Weekend Video for you all while waiting in a very long line for a drive-thru car wash before moving the entire contents of my life down to San Francisco, however, my phone decided it only wants to see my pretty face, but doesn’t…
Of course we do, ya numnuts! Our brains use carbohydrates as their primary source of fuel, and to feed them we require a MINIMUM of about 130 grams per day.
Today’s video is a RAP (yes, rap) that explains the details of the Krebs Cycle (aka TCA or Citric…
Today’s Quick Tip: TAKE THE STAIRS! It’s a great way to squeeze activity into your busy day, and will give you the boost you need to kick those Monday moody blues in the bee-hind.
Going up sound daunting? Try skipping the elevator on the way down. You’ll…
My take on juicing!
I have been wanting to do a post addressing this juicing craze that has graced our nation recently. But I came across this article, and I really couldn’t have said it…
…And I mean a LOT. As I log onto wordpress to find 15 new comments, I am elated… Only to find they are about 95% spam (sad face). I am so very interested in what my readers think. Please, if you have a thought or question on a post, or would like me to…
And here we are again. One full year + 1 week after the post below, wishing we could just sleep through the next 24 hours, and wake up to the match awaiting us in D&D at 6pm Central time tomorrow. I feel the need to re-post this from last year’s…
CALLING ALL DI APPLICANTS: It WILL All Be OK.
Anxiously awaiting mid-day tomorrow to learn the results of the dietetic internship match, we applicants are likely in agony. Each of us has been anticipating this day since we clicked “submit” for our final application on February 15. Or, if you are like…
What is the best type of egg to purchase to get the most bang-for-your-buck, and to ensure your own safety when it comes to breakfast? Watch and find out….
Accompanying post with more details can be found here:
Eggs. Often demonized in the past for their high cholesterol levels, they’ve recently been gloated as a highly nutritious food. And rightfully so, as they are a great source of protein (a complete one, in fact—meaning they contain ALL…
I learned a bit about this today, and I certainly had a gut reaction. I would like to collect some of that good ol’ evidence-based research to form a true opinion before writing a post on it. But I’m also curious as to how all of YOU out in the…
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…is going to be a great day—a positive force that will carry throughout the week.
Because I said so.
…It’s becoming more and more apparent. I need a regular yoga practice in my life. Immediately.
In these last few weeks, I am really reminded of the importance of taking care of myself. I know I preach it every day, but it’s often so difficult to put into practice for oneself. On that note…
Can anyone recommend a great yoga studio in Santa Rosa, Ca?
Typically my first tip for avoiding that dreaded fallin-down-slurred-speech level of drunk is pretty fool-proof: offer to be the designated driver. This works for me, becaue of a) the law, and b) it’s sometime easier to follow a rule I’ve made for myself if others will be impacted by my decision not to follow it. However, I feel that New Years Eve is only part complete without a sparkly beverage in hand. Here are some tips that have worked for me in avoiding the slop.
1) DON’T DRINK
As fun as it is to attempt moderation, it’s not a reality for all of us at this juncture in time. If you feel the need to go sans alcohol for the night, but fear your ability to stick to it, drink something like sparkling water (or even the infused ones are pretty good), or a diet soda with a lime. I find that drinking something that feels almost cocktail-esque fills my need to over-indulge in the real stuff. 7Up and OJ is also a favorite of mine!
2) STEER AWAY FROM SHOTS
When ingesting shot after shot, our bodies have zero time to alert us to the fact that we’re tipping over into schwasty territory. Try to stick to mixed drinks if you’re drinking hard alcohol.
3) STICK WITH BEER, YOU’RE IN THE CLEAR
If you’re just learning how to moderate your drinking, sometimes it can be extra challenging to follow a loose set of guidelines that tell you to “not drink TOO much, just a little.” When I first began my journey into moderation, I found it very useful to cut out hard alcohol for a while. Beer and wine will at least show you you’ve had enough through signals other than the swirvs—once you feel full, it’s hard to keep drinking! Eventually you’ll be able to figure out ways to slip it back into your life in moderation. A plus to drinking beer—hangovers are far less severe without the use of those high-sugar mixers.
4) H2O! (…and other virgin bevs)
Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night. This will force you to shoot through your alc more slowly, and if you’re spending the evening at a bar, you’ll save money too! Having your non-alcoholic drink be water is probably your best bet, as it’s important to stay hydrated. However, I know it’s often difficult to pull off once others around you have lost their inhibitions, and may want to push alcohol on you. It’s easy to disguise a non-alcoholic beverage, using some of the ideas in Tip #1 (you can throw a lime in almost anything, and ask for it in a high ball glass or tumbler, and trick most people… ;-)).
Also, in any situation involving drinks—ALWAYS be sure to stay hydrated, and eat properly leading up to drinking (well, ideally, all the time…). Drinking on an empty stomach typically ends… not well.
Everyone have a FANTASTIC New Years Eve. Have fun, and remember that a good evening is a waste if you can’t remember it :).
See you all in 2013!
There is good to be found in humanity.
Just remember, all the shit you have going on in your head—most people have got their own. Take ownership of your actions, but know, their actions and judgements do not always accurately reflect who YOU are.
Be strong. Be you. Be kind.
I agree whole-heartedly. Enjoy yourselves, and be proud of the dedication you’ve given to your health 90% of the year.
YOU are lovely, beautiful, and worth it.
Reblogged from fitvillians.tumblr.com:
The diet industry is deeply invested in leading you to believe that your are fat and sick. As a trainer, I talk with women every day who look me right in the eye and start listing all the things that they believe are wrong with themselves. And I’m looking at them thinking ‘you’re freaking BEAUTIFUL woman! There is NOTHING wrong with you at all. If you only could see what every other human being on this planet can see, you would stop wasting all this energy and time hating imaginary flaws.’
The diet industry plants those thoughts, and waters them with marketing, and before too long you’re buying their pills and potions and diet books in the belief that 1. you’re flawed, and 2. their pills and potions and diet books will correct those flaws.
You are not flawed. Not a single one of us, NOT A SINGLE ONE OF US, looks like the models in the magazines and ads. Not even THE MODELS look like the pictures in the magazines. We ALL have lumps and bumps and hairs in crazy places and wrinkles and cellulite and bellies that bulge over our waistbands when we slouch, and no diet book or pill or potion is going to turn you into a photoshopped and professionally lit image on a magazine cover.
Oh and also. Enjoying a special meal and some pie some extra candy on Christmas is not going to ‘ruin all your hard work’ or make you gain 15 pounds. I promise. It’s ok to relax and enjoy time with your family, and that includes EATING THE FOOD that has been lovingly prepared and offered up in celebration. No guilt. No shame. Promise me that you will ENJOY the next few days with every fiber of your being, and enjoying includes letting go of the shame the diet industry tries to shove down your throat.
Love and pie to all. ♥
via Go Kaleo
…In relation to my previous post—I would like to do some baking tonight, so I can a) hopefully take my mind off the negative, but also b) bring in some treats to thank all of my incredibly staff that will be working with me on Christmas Day!
I am hoping for something healthy (-ish… it IS the holidays), and that I can make in a large batch.
Today I arrived to work to learn that one of my patients was “actively dying.” Belly gurgled, feet and fingers tap-tap-tap without control, and staying even within the realm of “on task” was out of the question. This is not the first patient I’ve lost. However, this will be the first one I have grown to know, and can truly say I will miss. I don’t know if daily encounters with the grim is something that becomes easier the longer one is in this field. I don’t know if perhaps there are those with the capacity to cope, and those without.
I have spent the last agonizingly drawn-out 7 or so hours trying to piece together how to pull something positive from this experience. But I keep coming up blank. Watching this patient’s daughter, sitting at bedside, just… waiting…
I know I have, and continue to, learn invaluable lessons on a daily basis. And for that, along with the satisfaction that comes with most days, I am grateful for my job. But this—I’m not sure how long I can stand it.
I will continue working on what positive learning experience this motif of deaths may bring. But for now, maybe it’s ok to just be… sad.
Nourish yourself. Even if that means weeping like a toddler.
Ok, I think most of us occupying the realm of sanity do believe we will live to see December 22, 2012. But that little conspiracist in me has something to say (I mean a VERY tiny voice… so please don’t judge me).
She says “Well, maybe the world IS ending tomorrow.”
And then the part of me living in reality responds. Now, while I do not believe that as of midnight my days are numbered, that little tiny voice got me thinking… If the world did end tomorrow, how would I feel? Would I feel accomplished? Would I feel fulfilled? To these questions—I say yes, I would. I feel that I am where I am supposed to be at this very moment.
But then Michael Stipe took a backseat for a moment, as It’s the End of the World dimmed, and I began to here Dave Matthews sing “When the world ends… I’m going to be there with you somehow.”
Again and again we are told that you never hear people gripping onto the last breaths of life, remarking they wished they had worked more. Regrets tend to come in the form of not spending enough time with the ones you love, and doing things that truly make you happy. Yet I never truly got it until now.
So, what I’ve chosen to learn from this experience is this: If the world DID end tomorrow, my one wish would be that I spent more time with loved ones, telling them what they truly mean to me… not so much that I don’t yet have a PhD. So today, I will begin working on making that reality, so I don’t have to worry about it for the next apocalypse.
If there’s one thing this crazy Mayan miscalculation can teach us, it’s to remember what’s truly important. When the world ends, where will you be?
Visiting New York, getting a break from work, and responsibility, and getting to hang out with some of my favorites. Then it’s off to St. Paul, MN for a visit to my current top choice DI! Any tips out there? Very nervous. Very excited. Very cold.
This past month has been a special challenge. At work, we have seen rapid weight loss in so many of our patients. Naturally, I starting questioning: What is the variable in this situation? Well, isn’t the variable me? Aren’t I the one who took over, only to see insidious weight loss happening before my eyes? Could it be possible that there is a direct correlation between me accepting the title of Dietary Services Director, and weight just falling off of some of my most frail residents?
And then I stopped the self-interrogation, and tried to determine what was actually the cause of this. With my wonderful interdisciplinary team, I began to brainstorm. Something I have come to believe is that food should always be first when trying to improve nutritional status. Supplements are great for certain circumstances. However, most people get just what they need through a healthy, well-rounded, balanced and moderate diet. So, my team and I began to wonder… if this is our mind set, why are we handing out Mighty Shakes and Med Pass (high protein supplements) like they’re M&Ms on the 31st of October? And so we looked at our residents with significant weight losses, and looked at how many of them were on these food-replacements. The numbers were astounding. But what was even more astounding was seeing how many of these little cartons of artificial calories were going to waste every single day, since clearly, as evidenced by the weight losses, they were not being consumed.
The team decided we needed a game plan. We live in a country where one of our biggest health problems is a direct result of too many calorie dense foods; why are we providing supplements when we have an abundance of energy just waiting to be consumed right inside my giant walk-in fridge. And so we made a choice—for some people, these shakes are working. However, this long list of significant losses shows that for many, they’re not. So for those who are not benefitting, let’s recommend fortified diets, and/or snacks between meals, and see how things go.
………….. 2 weeks or so later……….. I bet you’re all on the edge of your set now…….
I received our list of weekly weights this morning upon arrival to work…….. ONE undesirable significant weight loss. And even that one was a slowed weight loss, showing much better results than in weeks prior. Not only did we not see weight losses in residents we usually expect to whither away, but I saw more weight GAINS on that list than I have seen the entire 4 months I’ve been at this facility.
So, moral of this story is, choose FOOD over SUPPLEMENTS. I know most Tumblers tend to be perusing the site for tips on how to LOSE weight, but the idea here is the same. Treat your body right, with the nutrients it was meant to break down, and beautiful results will come of it. Don’t expect it overnight, but stick with it. Your body will thank you for it!