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I have a hard time including vegetables in my diet. There, I said it. Even with all of my nutrition training, I always think of the protein on the plate first. I blame it on my Dad and his side of the family. They owned a large cattle ranch outside of Albuquerque, NM. Meat has…(Read More)

Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast

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Around the holidays, we all need easy food to have in the house. With people visiting, an abundance of activities, the last thing we need is to worry about cooking. One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is have a breakfast ready to go that all I have to do is put…(Read More)

I was working with a new client the other day who brought in a food log he had been keeping. As we reviewed it, I becamed alarmed at his sodium intake. It was sky high – between 3,000 and 4,000 mg per day! The current recommendation is 1,500 mg per day (however, athletes…(Read More)

I met with a client the other day who was trying to lose some weight, improve his blood pressure, and cholesterol. As we were talking and he was telling me about what he normally eats, there was one food that seemed to appear a lot in his diet – nuts. He was eating almonds, almond…(Read More)

In last week’s post focused on taking time to plan your weekly dinners. There is a tool that I have found invaluable for meal planning – a cookbook and recipe software package. These packages allow you to enter recipes, size them, put together a menu (either for a specific meal, party, or week), and .…(Read More)

Planning weekly meals has always been difficult for me. I know I should and that I eat better when I do, but it is so easy not to. A few weeks ago I got a copy the new book 7-Day Menu Planner for Dummies by Susan Nicholson, RD, LD. In this book, Susan does…(Read More)

The Famous Dried Fruit Pie!

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I love to bake pies.  I used to be afraid of pie crust until I took a class at Central Market and learned how to make pie crust.  I like to make the crust with my hands – feeling the butter work into the flour until it is just right.  I like how the crust…(Read More)

A few weeks ago, I admitted being a recovering food-pusher. A food-pusher is someone who pushes food on you. Someone who makes you feel guilty if you do not eat the food they have prepared. And, the food involved is usually food that challenges your ability to choose not to eat it (read…(Read More)

John and I were looking for an alternative to oatmeal and wheat-based breakfast cereals.  A friend of mine recommended we try Teff.  She ran across it at Whole Foods.  Teff is a North African grass.  The grain can be ground into flour and used in baking. Teff is kind of like millet or quinoa…(Read More)

“Go To” Dinners

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We all have those times when you just get too busy, too overwhelmed, or too tired to deal with deciding what to have for dinner.  In these instances it is great to have a few “go to” ideas that are quick and easy.  Here are a couple of mine: Get a roasted chicken from the…(Read More)

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My goal is help you take control of your triggers so you can lead a normal life. I’ve had Irritable Bowel Syndrome for over 14 years. I’ve been told, “It’s all in your head.” And, “You just need to figure out what’s causing your symptoms” without being provided any help to figure it out. I’ve finally gotten my symptoms under control. I want to help you do the same thing. I want to help you get your life back.


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