Well, I have finally had enough people tell me to start a blog, so here I am, a mother to a newborn, getting ready to go back to work, involved in way too many things to imagine–which now includes a blog. I guess it was just a matter of time before I joined the 21st century and starting putting my every passing thought onto the Internet. Now, this blog may not be as entertaining as those people you are secretly friends with on Facebook only because their lives are a train wreck and they aren’t afraid to share, but I hope to offer some great advice regarding health, nutrition, and overall wellness with some personal experiences along the way.
My husband and I are both pretty fanatical when it comes to food and how it affects our health. Heck, he even made raw beef liver “pills” for us to take every day and has tried endlessly to get me excited about this. It is probably safe to say that the majority of our conversations revolve around what food we want to cook next, which new food we will get at the market, the crazy foods our clients ask us about, the deceiving food industry, food, food food! We always try to commit to days of being lazy and binge watching Netflix, but we inevitably wind up in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes and ingredients. Food, health,cooking, and nutrition is our personal love language.
Now that I am a mom to a precious little boy and am responsible for what goes into his body, I am even more aware of the things I eat. My goal is to raise him to truly appreciate the healing power of food as well as the environment and community from which we obtain it. I feel as if Baby Boy was born with a “clean slate” and I want to keep it that way as long as possible before the inevitable birthday cake, Pop Tarts, and soda start creeping in like the monsters they are.
I spent years working in the hospital setting and found myself really disheartened by where my life as a nutrition professional was heading as I spent the majority of my days calculating calories, adjusting tube feedings, and telling diabetics that “these Cheerios, this skim milk, and this sugar-free juice is good for you”. It doesn’t take a genius to know that’s far from true, but coming from a Registered Dietitian (RD) like me who had gone through numerous years of schooling in nutrition, it’s almost comical. How in the world does an educated “nutrition expert” get away with telling patients that these processed, GMO , Frankenfoods were okay as long as they stayed within a certain calorie, fat, and protein limit? Why was I recommending sugar free protein shakes with zero carbohydrates and a mile-long list of chemical ingredients as snacks to patients instead of real food?
This realization is why I left the mainstream medical world and started my journey in Integrative and Functional Medicine. I started learning more about therapeutic dosing of vitamins and minerals, food sensitivities, the importance of micronutrients, locally sourced foods, and holistic approaches to healing and prevention by simply having a good diet. It is my mission to change the way people view what they eat and to encourage others to truly have a love affair with good, quality, beautiful food. I have a private practice in the Houston area in which I see clients for medical nutrition therapy to treat chronic disease and weight problems.
Thank you for taking the time to go on this endeavor with me and I hope I can be a source of life-changing information for you.