What I’ve Been Up To Lately: Spring Edition

It’s definitely been a busy past few months! I’ve actually been working on a lot of behind the scenes in addition to counseling my clients. One of those projects includes a new website! We’re still putting finishing touches, adding content, and adjusting the look and feel, but I’m so excited. It will have a lot more functionality and personalization not to mention more goodies for YOU. Last year when I launched this current site, I didn’t put much thought into the look and feel, as I wanted something simple to just broadcast my services, have the blog, and establish a presence. I’m all about that “just get started” life, otherwise my perfectionist tendencies get in the way. My husband, who has a pretty demanding day job, also just so happens to be my resident coder extraordinaire. I’m very happy with how things are coming together, and it’s looking like it will be completed by next month, June!

Besides a new website, I’m coming up on a year of working for myself which makes me feel all sorts of things. It’s been an incredibly challenging, stressful, life-changing journey, but I’m so happy I jumped on an opportunity that gave me the ability to set up my own practice. It’s also the time that I’ve started to reevaluate my goals I set when I first started. So far, so good! 2015-2016 was a time of exponential growth, both in my career and personally, and I’m feeling like the luckiest dietitian on the planet for the amazing clients I have working with me right now. There’s a lot of truth to the saying, the energy and good you put out comes right back to you!

Here’s what I’ve been up to this season so far:

+ Cooking a lot of simple, easy dishes and mostly vegetarian! For budget and health purposes, we made the switch to eating meat, poultry, or seafood only once a week. We’re definitely more lacto-ovo in that we still eat eggs and dairy products like cottage cheese or yogurt during the week. We’ve definitely noticed a difference in energy levels, our bank account, and overall attitude. When you go vegetarian-ish, you tend to eat more veggies. Imagine that! Our go-to meals have been lots of different variations of roasted chickpeas with brown rice, pasta dishes and “zoodles” with loads of veggies, whole-grain pizzas, veggie sandwiches, green smoothies, yogurt bowls, soups and salads, tofu tacos, and much, much more. Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing some of our fave meal combos!

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+ Listening to my new podcast collaboration, Table Chat, with my girl and fellow dietitian, Rachel Cassinat! She also writes the hilarious Food-ish Blog and has a great post on why we started ‘casting together which you can read here. We’re two episodes in, and have much more content on the way each week! Launching it has been a long-time coming, and we’d be so happy if you check it out over on iTunes and our website, The Table Chat Show. I’ve also added a picture with a link to our iTunes page over on my sidebar for easy access.

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+ Reading lots of web articles like this one on why you should always “flat pack” your suitcase, this one on intermittent fasting (it can work for some), this one one that reminds me of my own meticulous German grandmother, and Padma Lakshmi’s new book, “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” I picked up her book at CherryBombe Jubilee last month because I knew she’d be doing a signing as you can see in the picture above. I finished half the book on the flight home and have been reading little bits here and there right before bed. More often than not, I fall asleep before getting very far (because I’m lame) which is why it’s taking me forever to finish, even though the book is excellent! Padma intertwines the most beautiful stories of her childhood, combined with favorite recipes, tales of her intriguing and sometimes tumultuous romantic life, how she got her start in modeling, Top Chef, and her lifelong struggle with endometriosis. Girl crush even bigger now!

 

+ Moving around however I can, whenever I can. It’s taken me about a year to get back in the groove with consistent exercise after completing my dietetic internship. Who would’ve thought that focusing on the health of others could lead you to forget about your own health? This is not the case for most people, but I find that when I have an exercise plan, it often backfires. It might have to do with that rebellious side I talked about last month. Instead, I’ve been focusing on getting activity in throughout the day, briskly walking/jogging with my dog for 30-40 minutes each morning at the crack of dawn, and doing some type of strength/high intensity interval training 3-4 times a week. Somehow this relaxed approach to choosing the types of exercise I want to do vs feeling forced into something has been very refreshing and helpful. I’m feeling great, noticing some long-forgotten tone in my arms, abs, and legs, and have much more energy. Lately, my favorite workouts include any of the Barre3 online workouts, Kettlebell videos, and kickboxing. I love me some YouTube!

Let me know what you’ve been cooking, listening to, reading, and how you’ve been moving this month in the comments below!

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