Hi Ya’ll March is National Nutrition Month and today, March 14th, is RD (registered dietitian) Day, so this seems like a great opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little bit more about me.

Top 10 Things You May Not Know About The Food Sensitivity Detective…in no particular order

  1. Back in the day I was a BIG meat eater. I ate things like pickled pigs feet, cow tongue sandwiches (yes, my mother fed that to me and I ate it), sucked the marrow out of every bone on my plate and even loved to have a sliver of raw beef when my Mom was cooking up steaks! Yikes…I know. Many say “no wonder you are a vegetarian now!”  Once I was at college (to become a dietitian)  I found out quickly meat was expensive and 2 of my dear friends had been vegetarians since birth. As a result I slowly turned lacto-ovo vegetarian and when I moved to Charleston SC about 15 years ago I turned pescatiarian.
  2. I have an Ironman World Championship husband that I love to death. I’m his biggest cheerleader at races. On big race weekends my job is to focus on him and support him so he can have a spectacular race. I work hard to feed him (well of course I do, right. I’m a dietitian), run his errands, do his laundry, take photos, and just be there to cheer him on. Many of you know we’ve had our ups and downs trying to balance racing  seasons and life but so far we’ve managed pretty well.  
    Don found his name in the thousands of names listed.

    Don and I on the Big Island of Hawaii after he completed his Ironman. October 2016.
  3. I love animals, all kinds of animals except maybe snakes, yuk!  When I finished my dietetic internship I adopted 2 cats, Chloe and Elena. They were with me for about 13 years. Saying goodbye to them were separately some of the saddest days. Now we have Lucy, and not even a year after adopting her we found out she has cancer. So far she is doing very well but she gets extra love because we know her days are limited with us.
    Elena and her beautiful blue eyes!
    Chloe gave top-notch snuggles.

    Lucy aka Queen! She loves to show her belly to everyone.
  4. I’m a big believer in living a debt-free lifestyle. My boyfriend, now husband introduced me to Dave Ramsey, together we’ve worked hard to live debt-free (except for the mortgage). At times it can be tedious but together we sit down, make a plan and stick to it. The way we have been able to save and pay cash for everything is something we are really proud of.  Most of all it allows us to be free from owing anyone anything!
  5. I’m 47 years old but feel like I’m 30 years old…but feel like my mind is 47. Ha! It’s really just a number, but some days I still can’t believe I’m less than 3 years away from 50. That is just nuts! Anyone else feelin’ this way?
  6. I love to cook. Nutrition starts with our senses, especially sight and smell when it comes to food. If it looks pretty and looks delicious how excited are you to try it? Plant-based is my thing. I love scouring Pinterest for new ideas and recipes to try. It helps even me step out of my comfort zone, I get to try new foods and new combinations of foods and how exciting is that?  
    Veggie bowl filled with kale, corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, lentils and of course avocado!
    Shrimp and Grits!
    Roasted veggie pitas with avocado dip.

    Golden soup with roasted chickpeas.
  7. I love to travel. If I could just travel, travel, travel I would. I have lots of places on the list that I want to visit and explore. The best part of traveling is being active on vacation, really seeing and experiencing what each location has to offer.  We’ve been lucky enough to hike Huayna Picchu at Machu Picchu and the Pitons in St. Lucia. We have snorkeled with the beautiful fish of Hawaii, and we’ve hiked gorgeous trails in Oregon. We have kayaked the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe and out to Chinaman’s Hat on Oahu. Paddle boarded in our waters at home, biked the awesome wineries of Napa Valley and swam with the Manatees on the Big Island of Hawaii. We can do all of this because of how we live our lives and embrace health and wellness as our friend not our foe.  
    Don and I at Machu Picchu. We hiked the BIG mountain behind us, Huayna Picchu.
    Kayaking with friends to Chinaman’s Hat on Oahu.
    A stop for a photo on our 20 mile bike tour of the wineries.

    Hiking and enjoying the beautiful waterfalls in Oregon.
  8. When I graduated from high school I wanted to be a flight attendant, I wanted to travel the world for free or at least cheap (I guess that ties into the travel thing) but I wasn’t old enough. At the time I was 17 and I believe the minimum age was 19 or 21 years old to apply. Well that just ruined my plans, I wasn’t going to wait around to get older. I had NO idea what to do or what to “be” for the rest of my life (didn’t we all think that, you pick one thing and stick with it forever and forever and at 17 it did feel like…forever!)  My mother kept mentioning healthcare so here I am…a dietitian!
  9. I don’t consider myself a risk-taker but I took a leap of faith and became my own boss. What pushed me….FINALLY to do it? As a dietitian my passion is to get and keep people healthy. I just couldn’t do that in a hospital setting, not the way I wanted so as a result I started my own business. I wanted to have a much bigger impact, I wanted to feel like I was changing peoples lives…for the better.  Therefore, my goal is to share my knowledge so people can ditch the thought “I guess this is as good as it gets” and coach them to live a life they dream of.
  10. I LOVE avocados, mangoes, papaya, black beans, grilled ciabatta bread, spicy food, coconut curry, red wine, crab, shiitake mushrooms…oh oh oh I cannot forget I am a LOVER of all cheeses. Sometimes the smellier the better (I know, some of you are saying, YUK!). I don’t really like cooked broccoli or cooked carrots.  Brussel sprouts are better when they are cooked not raw in a salad. Perfecting my salad dressing making skills is something I would like to do. I never knew what okra or grits were until I moved to the South.

Well people, that’s a wrap. Maybe you know a little more about me now, I sure hope you continue to follow along so we can get to know each other better. Drop me a line below and tell me something about yourself. I’d sure love to know!

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