Happy Lunar New Year and some announcements

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Today marks the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. It’s the year of the wood horse. Got your lucky red underwear? As a New Yorker, I can’t help shaking my head at the madness of the Superbowl festivities in Times Square and the New Year festivities in Chinatown, but then again I’m working all weekend, so it doesn’t make much difference to me. Mostly, I just like the symbolism.

Though I didn’t plan it this way, it feels appropriate to me that it’s a new moon/new year the week I say goodbye to one clinical job and hello to another. If you’ve been with me a while, you know I’m a bit kooky like that. IMG_4813

My coworkers actually managed to surprise me with a cake on Tuesday. I got a good laugh about the leaf on top because at first glance I thought it was feather. Unless it is a feather? Hard to tell because I was out sick the day we did the botany of chocolate in science class. Anyway, my manager would have no way of knowing about the odd feather motif that came to be when I was working at this place, so it was one of those funny little moments that reminds me of why I don’t believe in coincidences.

Long story short: It feels like a really good time for change and for new endeavors.

As I hinted at a few weeks ago, I am expanding my time available for private clients. You can see more about specific nutrition services I offer on my Nutritional Counseling page.

I also have an event coming up in February in New Jersey where I’ll be speaking about Nutrition for Healthy skin. Email me at KeepingItRealFood(at)gmail(dot)com for more details if you’re interested in attending!

Lastly, I have a fun project I’m working on with a nonprofit organization where I have been interviewing musicians about life and healthy living on the road. If you or an artist you know would like to be included, please get in touch with me!

Do you believe in coincidences? Do you know your Chinese astrology sign? I’m an ox. Go figure. 

Fun-Stuff Friday

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How about a little more randomness to wrap up this workweek?

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Songs for Libra Season

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Good morning and happy Tuesday! Because the universe has a sense of humor, I started my week off by losing a filling (again) in what is basically my only cavity. It’s been a long time since the last time it happened, but it’s so absurd I just had to laugh. It hurts a bit, so I’m glad my dentist was able to offer an early-evening appointment.

A fortune cookie I found on the ladies' locker room floor one day
A fortune cookie I found on the ladies’ locker room floor one day

It’s also been a while (if not nearly as long) since I’ve posted a self-indulgent playlist hasn’t it? Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately. And by lately, I mostly mean when I’m doing yoga by candlelight at the ass-crack of dawn on weekdays. Or when I’m on the subway or when I’m trying to get into a groove with nutrition assessments at work or crying over a tooth or…okay, maybe, like, all the time. Some of my playlists are more “up and at ’em,” where this is much more mellow while still a bit “I acknowledge your intense feelings, October!” Have fun.

  • Make War-Bright Eyes
  • Carey-Joni Mitchell
  • If You See Her Say Hello (bootleg series version)-Bob Dylan
  • Singing Call (demo version)-Stephen Stills
  • Still Crazy After All These Years- Paul Simon
  • Round and Round (It Won’t Be Long)- Neil Young
  • Bookends-Simon & Garfunkel
  • Clean Slate- M. Ward
  • A Case of You-Joni Mitchell
  • Right Between the Eyes (demo version)- Graham Nash
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow?-Carole King
  • Landslide-Fleetwood Mac
  • In Spite of Me-Morphine
  • Eyeoneye-Andrew Bird
  • Four Winds-Bright Eyes
  • Shake-The Head and the Heart
  • Simple Twist of Fate-Jeff Tweedy
  • There Goes the Fear-Doves
  • Walk on Me-Ben Kweller
  • Ridin’ in my Car-She & Him
  • Train Underwater (live)-Bright Eyes

What songs are you listening to on repeat lately? 

Weekend Loves

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Happy Saturday! Can you believe it’s June 1st? I woke up this morning really excited about the new month. So far, this weekend couldn’t be more different from last. For starters, it’s freaking sunny out! And hot! Love it.

I also love that I have time for summer reading and diner brunch with friends. My aunt surprised me with a gift card to Ann Taylor LOFT so of course I had to scope out the 40% off sale…

I’m also really digging this new snack of sliced peach/nectarine with cottage cheese and fig & ginger preserves. So many good flavors. I go through phases where I forget about cottage cheese—I tend to alternate between that and nonfat ricotta. I really love how versatile it is, though, especially the no-salt-added kind. Maybe it’s the reign of Gemini influence talking, but I appreciate having the option of going sweet or savory. Options are good.

What are you loving this weekend? 

Random Facts

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Good morning! Thanks for sharing your favorite go-to snacks on Wednesday. Today happens to be my birthday and I used my floating vacation day from Labor Day today instead of in September so I could take the day off. I’m also taking a break from regular posting in favor of a little fun randomness. Thanks to Raechel from the RebelGrrrl Kitchen, who nominated me for a Liebster Award the other day!

Liebster comes from the German word for “dearest,” and the award is designed to honor and promote bloggers that you appreciate. It’s also a way to get to know the blog creators a little better. It has five parts:

  1. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 interview questions you’ve been given by the person who nominated you.
  3. Create 11 new questions.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in your post.
  5. Go and tell the person who nominated you, along with the people you’ve nominated about your post.


For some reason I love fake Christmas trees

11 Random Facts

1. I pay attention to the moon and the planets. Even if it’s total BS, being aware of some potential celestial influences has never steered me wrong.

2. I do not take a multi-vitamin. However, I do take vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, a probiotic, and fish oil. The fish oil is a more recent addition, as I’m seeing if it helps keep the eczema away this winter.

3. I have a tattoo on the inside of my right wrist that says, “Yes.” Aside from being a reminder to think positively and be strong in my decisions and actions, I also kind of got it because I love this story.

4. I have deformed feet. This is the main reason you will never see me posting about running. Or about high heels. Or okay, not that often, because sometimes a lady just wants to feel like a lady. Or something.

5. My first real job was teaching tennis at a local swim club when I was 15. I did that for two summers and then basically gave up tennis for poetry. I still played for fun but had no interest in competing or teaching anymore.

6. I have a tennis racquet but have not picked it up since the summer of 2007. I’d love to find someone to play with, though!

7. I play the harp and the ukulele, but I totally suck right now, as the whole work/internship/grad school thing makes practicing hard. It’s a good day if I remember to tune the instruments. My favorite song to play on the harp right now is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and my favorite song on the ukulele is probably the Rolling Stone’s “Dead Flowers” because, well, come on—it’s a great song! Yes, I always sing along, and hopefully my neighbors don’t mind too much. This week I’ve been teaching myself James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James” on the uke because it’s way easier than I thought it would be.

8. During the week, I go to bed pretty early. I used to be embarrassed about going to bed at 10 pm on a weeknight, but I prefer being clear-headed during the day when I’m seeing patients.

9. I eat plain yogurt almost every day. Me & lactose are just fine.

10. Since high school, I’ve started almost every morning with oatmeal. I even wrote a personal essay a few years ago about the variations over the years and how they reflected what was going on in my life. I remember sharing some of the weird sh!t I used to make in college, the first time I lived alone. Um, yeah. I think maybe one other person has ever read it. I haven’t looked at it in a few years. I’m sure it’s pretty bad.

11. I think “thank you” is one of the most powerful phrases there is. I say it as often as I remember.

This demented little tree brings me great joy—Thank you to my mom for getting it for me a few years ago as “feel better” gift when I had a bad cold.

Raechel’s Questions 

1. You are hosting a dinner party. What is on the menu?

A big salad; crusty bread with great olive oil for dipping; roasted garlic and roasted veggies; garlicky greens, salmon with a miso glaze or balsamic happing; roasted potatoes; dark chocolate and/or flour less chocolate torte for dessert; plenty of wine—maybe lambrusco because it’s cold out. Or anyone else like bourbon?

2. You are hosting a dinner party. Who is on your dream guest list? (People can be living or dead, famous or not).

Some of my best lady friends, my sister, my writing group, Ben Franklin, Woody Allen, Mark Twain,  John Lennon, Joan Didion…this is starting to sound like a really big dinner party.

3. What’s the best trip you’ve ever been on?

I did a 3-week course on the Mediterranean diet in Italy in 2010. Worth every penny (and those 6 grad credits).

4. What is the best meal you ate at a restaurant?

It had nothing to do with the food and everything to do with the company. I’m grateful to have quite a few memories of enjoyable meals—it kind of makes up for the not-so-nice ones.

5. With whom did you have your first kiss?

I think it was on a school bus in the 8th grade with the boy I was “dating” at the time. I wish I could say I remembered it well, but it’s just a blur of chins and teeth.

6. If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?

I’ve been told I’m kind of catlike. I do like to stretch and yawn and slip quickly into small spaces.

7. What was the best birthday you ever had?

I’m going to hope that today is that best birthday! At least so far.

8. What is your favorite season?

I love summer, but I also dig fall a lot.

9. If you’re a yogi, what is your favorite yoga pose? If you’re not, what is your favorite type of exercise?

I have a love-hate relationship with half-pigeon. My hips are so damn tight. My right psoas muscle also loves to remind me I’m not getting any younger.

10. Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Yikes! I don’t know—no one would buy Angelina Jolie as little old me, but hey, in a perfect world…

11. What was your first pet’s name? (If you never had a pet, what would you want to name it?)

My parents had two cats—Casey & Studley—when I was born.

My questions:

  1. What are your desert island albums? 
  2. Do you pay attention to astrology?
  3. What’s your hidden talent?
  4. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
  5. What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
  6. Hot weather or cold weather?
  7. Do you have a “signature” dish you make? What is it?
  8. What’s your favorite drink? Alcohol or non…
  9. What song do you listen to over and over?
  10. What time do you usually go to bed?
  11. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

My Blogger Nominations (Note: I tried to make sure to nominate people that haven’t been nominated already, so there are definitely bloggers I appreciate that aren’t on the list because it appears they’ve already been nominated!)

Eclipse Weather

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Good morning and happy Tuesday! Today happens to bring a solar eclipse, which will be visible from parts of Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, South America and Antarctica. Pretty cool, right? Also cool—this is my 1,234th blog post. I’m amused. 

Astrologically speaking, eclipses bring changes that tend to be long-term. While change often involves things that are often out of our control, an eclipse is a great time to harness that “new phase” energy by adopting a healthy new habit. For me, that means using my rest days days off more effectively—aka practice relaxing a little. This is a huge challenge for me, so we’ll see how it goes, but it’s good to at least have a goal!

What do you want your healthy new habit to be? 


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So it looks like this blog is a Taurus! I suppose it’s fitting that a blog about food, nutrition, and general wellness should be an earth sign…

This blog was created to act as a space in which I can post thoughts, observations, along with articles and other media I encounter during my course of study for a Masters in Nutrition & Dietetics.

There’s a lot of info out there about what to eat and why. It can be hard to tune out the noise, but it’s not impossible to tune in to yourself and your body and learn what your personal needs are and how to meet them. I have a lot to learn myself, and much to ponder along the way. This should be interesting, if nothing else…