My Latest Writing Project

Over the past few months I have been contributing monthly articles to the website The Good Calorie.  It’s a great nutrition website that features articles written by Registered Dietitians, such as myself.  The focus of my articles are mainly on lactation and nutrition for pregnancy.  My articles so far include:

“How Does Mom’s Diet Affect Breast Milk Production?”

“Are Pumps Necessary for Breastfeeding Success?”

“Is My Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk?”

More articles to come!  I will keep posting as the articles are added to the site.  Writing is something I really enjoy and will be expanding on in the future!

My Long Hiatus

It’s been a long time since I last posted on this blog.  My excuse?  I quit my job, gave away most of my belongings, and moved to Hawaii with my boyfriend who I have only been dating a few months.  This is not typical behavior for me, folks!  I usually am the type of person to over analyze and play it safe by not making drastic changes in my life for fear of regretful consequences.

Last winter I felt I was in a rut.  I did not really enjoy my job which I had gone to school for many years to achieve.  I went through many terrible and embarrassing online dates with pretentious Portland dudes.   I craved change for the better and sunshine to replace the Pacific Northwest’s dreary climate.  With only myself and my cat to look after and my 30th birthday approaching next year, I made the decision to make my life what I always wanted it to be.  I wanted to move to Hawaii.

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My Mean Green Smoothie

Green smoothie

Smoothies are all the rage these days- specifically ones of the green variety.  Adding some kale or spinach not only gives a beautiful green hue to your fruit smoothie, but it also adds fiber, vitamin A, C, and K.  And because of the sweetness from the fruit, the green veggies don’t have much of a flavor at all.  My favorite green smoothie is a wonderful way to start the day.  Usually I’m not too hungry for breakfast in the early morning before work, so this smoothie is easy way to get a power boost that does not drag me down.  The fiber, vitamins, and cancer fighting phytonutrients make this recipe a great choice to make every day.

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No Knead Bread

No-Knead Bread - Finished Loaf (294068096)

A few years ago no-knead bread became all the rage in the food blog world after Jim Lahey’s recipe was published in the New York Times.  I absolutely love this recipe.  It is so incredibly simple and extremely economical.  I probably make this recipe at least a couple times a month.  This bread has a chewy inside and crispy outside that could easily be compared to a professional bakery.  It does take some planning ahead of time for the dough to rise (14-18 hours), but it involves very little actual work to prepare.  I usually adjust the recipe to have much less salt and half whole wheat flour to add some extra fiber and micronutrients, but you can adjust it how you like it.  The recipe calls for the bread to be baked in a heavy covered pot, I use a heavy casserole dish with a lid- some good examples of what else can be used can be found here.

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Not All Calories Are Created Equal

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One of the most common pieces of advice for weight loss is to simply reduce the amount of calories you take in.  If you eat less food you will lose weight and if you eat more food you will gain weight.  Easy, right?

Not exactly.  Nutrition is a complex science and I don’t blame people when they are confused about what foods to choose when planning a healthy diet.  No matter how educated you are on health or nutrition, it is a pretty well accepted fact that fruits and vegetables are a healthier choice than processed and high fat foods.  We are taught that foods that are higher in fat and calories will make us gain weight and that we should limit these foods.  This is all true, but unfortunately people are still confused when it comes to calories and exactly how much of the healthy fruits and vegetables they should eat daily in order to lose weight in a healthy way.

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