Let’s Talk New Year’s Resolutions

Do you have one? I have a few in mind, and while my yearly goals do not always last the 12 months, they are still good to have.

Come 2013 I will be embarking on an auto-immune diet protocol during my January Paleo Infused Nutrition Pledge. I am doing this because it will be a good challenge that will bottom-line improve my health. Most recently my thyroid has been showing some variation (signs of hashimoto’s) and ensuring my gut integrity is optimal for my well-being and defense in thyroid problems.

If I suggested this resolution to be last year or the year before, I would have set myself up for failure. It will (hopefully) work for me for this year coming, because I have a clear understanding of what I need to do, and my food intake is already rather restrictive, and more than half way in meeting the auto-immune protocol guidelines.

Overall though, the Paleo Infused Nutrition Pledge is not about restriction. It is a Pledge you come up with that aims to improve your health. You make a commitment/goal to yourself and to me your dietitian. And through the 4 week Pledge I help you stay on-top of your health game and propose some guidelines of being your healthiest you. So if you are interested, just let me know. It’s nothing to be scared of, it’s an opportunity to learn a whole new way of looking at food. Best part, you don’t have to spend time commuting to appointments, etc. The Pledge is an online private forum, where you have a dietitian, me, at your fingertips for questions and/or to voice your successes and struggles. Who wants to join?!

If you want something more hands out, I can also offer a Clean Eating Bootcamp developed by myself and an excellent Personal Trainer, Becky Schlageter, here in Chicago. Our Bootcamp is composed of 6 sessions, giving the client personal attention to their diet and fitness program. This Bootcamp will start the second Monday of every month. Who wants to join?

As a health professional, I make it my duty to create programs that are appealing, yet attainable for consumers. If neither of the above attract you, let me know what does. Nonetheless, aim to be your best person this year. Because you deserve good health, and the quality of life that goes with it.

Cheers to you and good health,.

Happy Holidays,


Time For An Update

Life’s been a whirlwind.

Starting in March we went on a 3 week holiday visiting about everyone we knew in the US. Nothing short of spending time in Vegas, Missouri (sister and new baby), Indiana, Cincinnati, Columbus and Chicago. Exaggeration nil, I think we met up with over a 150 people – it was awesome to be back and hard work.

   Yet thpace e didn’t slow nor has it. A few days after returning to Melbourne and doing a final parental-approved clean sweep through our house, my mom came to visit for 3 weeks. We engulfed ourselves in adventures stemming from a pub crawl in Sydney, hot springs in Victoria, a wine tour, 15k run (I smashed my husband’s time), wild life tour, and many nights out on the down and loved every bit of it.

We certainly haven’t left time for any grass grow beneath us. Currently we entertaining another bout of friends from Chicago for 3 weeks.

This time adventures include footy, a trip to Cairns, white water rafting, snorkeling, wine tours, zip lining and more.

In all fairness it has been a bit challenging to eat right and keep blood sugars level. Yet, it’s been a blast and I am always aiming to put my best foot forward. Nonetheless I have many posts to come – addressing acupuncture, meditation, mental health/diet, vitamin K2, recipes and more.

Thanks for your patience and stay-tuned. Cheers to you and good health.

Dear Food Diary – 5/12/11

Today, Monday, I ate the following and took these motivational pictures of Fawkner Park on my way home from work:

20 min. walk to the train.

Breakfast: 10AM
Not hungry when I woke at 7AM. Ate once I got to work and settled.
1 small banana
1 hard boiled egg

Lunch: 1:30PM
2 homemade nori avocado and ham rolls

Exercise: 5 mile walk

Snack: 3:30PM
Charizo and shrimp
Nutbutter via spoon

Off to a friends and then monthly book club: 7:30PM-10PM
Olives, black

To end the night I had some Glutamine fortified Jell-O.

Dear Food Diary – Day 4

Today, 20/11/11, I ate

Breakfast: 9:45AM
Protein Smoothie
Allergy meds
Cromium Picolinate

Exercise: 4 mile walk around Albert Park lake with a good friend

Lunch: 2:00PM
Not that hungry but headed out to the Polish festival and did not want to eat heaps of Polish fair
Leftover cabbage
Jello fortified with glutamine
Spoonful of pumpkin, chili dip

Polish Festival: 3-5PM
1 Polish vodka
Potato pancake (not paleo)

Polish Fest - Federation Sq, Melbourne
View of Polish Fest

Exercise: 3 mile walk home from the festival, felt good after the potato pancake splurge.

Snack: 7:30PM
After making some homemade cilantro, pepper and garlic lean burgers, I ate about 2 ounces of a mini burger along with a slice of gluten free bread and almond butter.

Sundays are always a little different as are my eating patterns closing down the weekend. Do you find Sundays or would it be Saturdays or Friday nights harder to stay on track of your health or diet goals? Sometimes I think a day with a few splurges should not be a day of guilt but a reason to try harder tomorrow. If I were to give myself a grade for today, I would give myself another B. I strive for a 100% paleo and I need to make a decision and stick to it. 

Please let me know if there is anything else you want me to add to each daily post.

Cheers to you and good health!