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Marching In

Happy March! I feel like we have started to get a little spring weather here — not quite like spring at home, though 😉  On Friday I went to a neighboring town on a field trip for the class I TA for — they have a larger hospital and a handful of specialty clinical dietitians, which was very cool for me to see.  The hospital where I interned did not have trauma, peds, oncology, maternity, etc., and I did not see the largest variety of patients.  That hospital was also the only one I’d really spent any time in — it was cool to see another one, and how different it was.  I also love meeting other dietitians and hearing about what they do in a typical day. I learned a lot, especially about clinical nutrition for diabetes and cancer patients.


On Saturday I had a few friends over for dinner — I made salad and a lasagna with zucchini, spinach, and arugula.  I didn’t use a recipe, and if I made it again I would cook the veggies down a little bit more and maybe skip the arugula.  All the men had two pieces though, so I suppose it wasn’t too bad!  I had a little too much wine with dinner, but that did mean I was ready to get dancing when we headed downtown afterwards.  Such a fun night with friends!


Today I caught up on e-mails and also The Following on Hulu.  In related updates, I am never sleeping again.  That show is scary! But really good — I got sucked in!

I just love Kevin Bacon

I just love Kevin Bacon


Well, that about wraps up my night! I am still working through Unbroken, but plan to finish it this week and return it to its owner 🙂


Something New Weekend

Well, it was back to work today, but I had an amazing, full weekend!  On Fridays I typically only have lab, but I set up a follow-up appointment with an athlete I’ve been meaning to catch up with.  What was meant to be a quick check-in turned into over an hour of talking about nutrition, cooking, recipes, and healthy living.  I love my job!

Saturday started out with a 4 mile treadmill jog.  It’s been a little cold and windy! Fortunately I do enjoy treadmill time — I love seeing people I know at the gym and just people-watching.  That evening, I invited a friend over for dinner.  I kept it simple & easy with tortellini and a starter salad.  He brought wine — what a guy 🙂  We then met up with some friends for a night on the town, which included some country dancing!  I headed for home a little earlier than usual, however, because I had big plans for Sunday!

One of my outdoorsy friends had been promising to take me cross country skiing for my first time, and yesterday was the day!  I borrowed a bunch of equipment, corralled my fears about injuries and devastating embarrassment, and hit the road with my friend and his dog.

The verdict?  I had an AMAZING time. The trails and the trees were so beautiful, and it snowed ever-so-lightly for most of the trip.



I did spend a small portion of the trip tumbling around in the snow, but loved the experience! We spent a few hours out on the trails and I had a blast the entire time — my companion (and his dog) were pretty patient with my slow progress too 🙂 I can’t wait to go again!


The One Food EVERYONE Should Be Eating

One thing I have noticed working as a dietitian in a consulting-type environment is that individuals will often be told to see me if they are on any type of restricted diet — especially vegetarian diets.  This is definitely a positive thing — any time a food is eliminated or limited, I think the total diet needs to be assessed for completeness.  However, I feel that these diets — particularly vegetarian — cause coaches and others to be immediately concerned that the individual is not meeting their nutrient needs.  While vegetarian athletes should certainly be cautious and ensure that they are meeting their nutrient needs — so should everybody else.  I like to emphasize that meat itself is not a nutrient, but simply a food.

This is true for other foods and diets as well.  I don’t necessarily think a gluten-free (or grain-free) diet is best for all individuals, but that certainly does not mean that individuals who need to follow this type of diet or choose to follow this type of diet cannot meet their nutrient needs.  Wheat is a food, not a nutrient.  Soy is a food, not a nutrient.

I do not advocate a low-carb or Paleo style diet to people I work with — nor do I necessarily advocate another specific type of diet.  Everybody is different — that’s why I love working with individuals!  An athlete recently came in who was interested in Paleo-style eating — I talked with the athlete about being careful to meet energy and nutrient needs during training, offered some guidelines, and said I would be available for any questions or concerns.  A few weeks later, the athlete returned, thrilled with the new diet and the huge variety of foods now being consumed — far greater variety and far greater nutrient density than the previous diet.  The athlete was also spending more time and enjoying more meals with friends who had already been following a Paleo-style diet.  For this individual, this style of eating helped maximize relatedness with teammates and also improved overall diet quality.  Who am I to say the diet is inappropriate?

If a guy comes in to my office and tells me he doesn’t like carrots, or spinach, or oatmeal, I certainly don’t tell him he’ll fall short on his nutrient needs — just choose other foods to help him meet those needs.  There is no one food that everyone needs, and people can meet their personal needs with many different eating styles!




It was pretty warm for this ol’ high plains town today, and I rode my bicycle over to campus to see the basketball game. I don’t ride as much as I’d like since it’s often cold, windy, snowy, and/or icy … Continue reading

Positive Thinking

It’s amazing how some positive feedback and support can make your day!  I’ve recently opened up about my goals to some people at one of my jobs, and have really come to realize that some of them are willing to go to bat for me and help me reach them.  Regardless of what the outcome will be, it feels good to know I am supported, and makes me want to work harder.

My mom’s birthday was yesterday, and I received a gift!

lovely little Valentine's package!

lovely little Valentine’s package!

I did, however, send her a little something in the mail, and we talked twice on the phone yesterday.  She’s the greatest and I miss her a ton, but I know she’s happy that I’m living my dream in the wild west 😉  Part of my gift to her was the new Alabama Shakes album.  I cannot get enough of them lately — especially this song (it’s not on the album, but it’s in the film Silver Linings Playbook, and it’s amazing!).

Tonight, I am finishing up a presentation on fiber for my Carbohydrates class, and baking some cookies for my Valentine 🙂

Food, Sleep, Etc.

I had a great weekend, which actually made it easier to get back to work today!  I had a relatively uneventful day, and then enjoyed a sushi date with a couple ladies from work.  We went to the “cheap” (but awesome) sushi restaurant in town.  It’s located in a hotel and this sign was outside:


I had a vegetable roll, a cup of miso, and a few of my boss’ edamame — it was a good time!

Yesterday, I read this article on Science Daily (link) about how individuals’ dietary patterns are related to their sleep patterns.  Researchers found that individuals who were “normal sleepers”, or slept 7-8 hours at a time, had the greatest dietary variety.  People who slept 5-6 hours at a time had the highest caloric intake (more time to eat?) and people who slept <5 hours at a time had the least dietary variety.  Interesting! I am a really good sleeper 😉 and think I also have pretty wide dietary variety…I also often have amazing vivid dreams and I would love to know if there is anything I can eat to increase that! It makes for a funny thing to think about in the morning 🙂  I keep a dream journal sporadically but perhaps I should also keep a dinner journal along with it!

Another Week

I’m so happy it’s the weekend! I had a good,busy week with school and work.  I also shopped for and cooked control meals for a study — spending time in the kitchen making food and setting the table is a little bit different than what I thought I’d be doing in grad school 😉 We don’t have those study days that often, though, and it’s actually really fun! I kind of enjoy weighing all the food also…weird?

Last night I met up with some coworkers for drinks and dinner.  We hit a dive bar called Bud’s and then walked across the street to Chelo’s, a Mexican restaurant.  This artwork was on the wall, and I feel it demonstrates how I approached my enchiladas:


(I apologize for the blurry pic — We were pretty sure this depicts a bear fighting a bull…or a chupacabra)

This weekend the weather is supposed to change a bit for the colder, although certainly nothing like the Northeasterners are experiencing!  I am hoping to spend a little bit of time outside, and also get some reading done!