In 30 years, I Have Learned These 30 Things

1. Friends and family are the best gifts in life.

2. Life is too good, to eat bad. When I choose foul foods for my body, my quality of life is deterred. Not worth it.

3. Working hard doesn’t mean I’m working smart. Keeping the end in mind is vital.

4. To take 3 deep breaths at least one time a day, if not more.

5. To turn off my computer and avoid my phone when watching a funny show. It’s harder to laugh when multi-tasking; or for me, understanding the joke!

6. To treat myself monthly, from anything including a walk in the park. a trip, or a massage. This helps prevent burning my fuse at both ends.

7. To be skeptical of any advice I get; even if it’s from a profound doctor. My Grams just turned 87 and she is still hesitant to fully endorse any opinions she is given.

8. To not be hesitant to say “I love you” to those I care about.

9. I will never know enough, but will always have the drive to learn.

10. To always go with my gut feeling. I sure nourish it! #Probiotics #Diet

11. To be my own health advocate, get second opinions and also research for myself what is best for me.

12. Gratitude is the key to happiness.

13. Walks are the best dose of medicine.

14. I don’t ever want to win the lottery. If I do, well my friends, we have a vacation to go on.

15. Let food by thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food. The end.

16. Mind over body is powerful.

17. We should take hot baths weekly in the winter months. Epsom salts are an extra perk!

18. Relationships come and go, but the memories mold us to who we are.

19. I am able to achieve anything and everything I put my mind to. This serves as a reminder to dream big.

20. It’s worth the expense to spend extra on good wine.

21. If I had genie in a bottle, I’d wish that we all were gluten free (eating foods that are naturally gluten free, not foods that have a label gluten free on it).

22. I love love love to travel. October Fest is now on my 5 year bucket list.

23. I consider New Zealand to be what heaven looks like.

24. It’s okay to cry.

25. Having a baby/family is the best feeling in the WORLD.

26. You can’t put a dollar on time.

27. We all have stress, and we should not stress about things we cannot change.

28. Once I found my calling, I became my best person.

29. If money were no object I’d continue what I do, become a natropath and be a bike taxi in my spare time.

30. That I am blessed.


Today, my boy is 5 weeks old. Holy cow, how did this time fly by so quickly?


IMG_7885Nonetheless, as many new moms suggest, I am so in love with my baby, Declan (we call him Dex). No doubt, being a mom has its’ moments, but the smiles, cuddles and new role is indescribable.

Already, embracing this new family dynamic, I have learned heaps – from honing in on personal strengths (and understanding my weaknesses) and streamlining my outlook on priorities, health and more. Of course, with any situation I am presented with, my wheels begin to turn on how to grow stronger, regarding wellness, and how to apply my observations into my nutrition practice. Indeed at 3 weeks postpartum, I have continued to meet with clients. Granted I am not working as many hours right away, yet, if I can balance it all, I want to continue my love of helping people with their health goals. As well, now that I am on the other side of my pregnancy, I have similar goals as my patients to shed some weight, all while taking care of myself.

Often enough, internally I find myself echoing recommendations I preach to clients, including:

  • Be patient with the process. Whatever goal you are trying to achieve – weight loss, new eating habits, etc, the results will not come overnight, within or week (or 5!). Striving for a set objective comes with a journey, and along the way, aim to make the best choices, stay positive and assess progress routinely. 
  • Love the skin you are in. When we love ourselves, rather than criticize ourselves, we become more confident and determined.
  • Consistency is key. Try to not make too many changes as once – as well, eating on a routine helps us understand how much food our bodies need. Thus can prevent overeating, especially in the night hours. If I, or a client, find myself ravenous at night, it’s quite possible too little food is consumed during the day.
  • Make small, realistic goals. For example, my priority is to eat healthy and maintain optimal blood sugar control, providing the best nutrition for Dex, as well as, to make sure the scale is going down, not up, during the process. Over the last 10 months, I gained 35 pounds, and I don’t want or intend to make it a goal to lose all the weight by my 6 week appointment with the doctor or sooner. If this was the case, I would merely set myself up for failure, and I would have to take obscene measures to even try to get there. So my solution is to have a daily goal to consume a certain amount of produce, protein and water and to ensure my measures are going in the right direction weekly.
  • Treat myself. It’s important, no matter how busy we get, to have small weekly or monthly treats for ourselves. And this does not include food; I am suggesting personal enjoyments like getting my nails done, or buying a favorite magazine, booking a massage, etc. Health isn’t only about how much we eat and/or move. There is SOOO much more to it.

This list can easily continue but I am happy to be on the same page as many of my clients, and will continue to be once I hit my goal. Maintaining optimal health is not a breeze. Wherever I stand with my goals, I need to address a plan. “If we fail to plan, we plan to fail,” and this is true starting with a grocery list to ensure we plan balanced meals.

I am enjoying my new motherly role and look forward to continue to grow as a person and a more impactful dietitian.

What tactics do you layout to meet your health goals? Do you have any feedback on how you achieved your latest personal initiative?

Feedback is always welcomed!


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.

Monday Movers – My Hero

Ten years ago, February 5, 2002, my family was truly blessed. On this particular day my dad received a dual transplant for a kidney and pancreas. And yes, I will state that again, it has been 10 years and he is doing well!!

This occurrence among many others has taught me and those close to my family how precious life can be. Regardless of what we are dealt with, we have to keep moving on and looking ahead, continue being a good person and having fun while we are at it.

Today’s post is dedicated to my Dad. He inspires me to be the best person I can be and to always remember that when the going gets tough, to never give up. He is a fighter and at the same time one of the most genuine people I know.

I am proud of you Mike O’Connell. You are the best Dad and Grandpa (since 2011) anyone could ask for.

Cheers to you and good health!