Maren's Birth Story: Part 1

I originally wrote this to Maren, as a way for us both to remember the events that surrounded her birth. However, after writing it I received a lot of requests to share it - I guess a lot of people love reading birth stories as much as I do! To save time, I didn’t rewrite it, so it is still directed towards Maren. It’s a long one that I am splitting up into two parts, so buckle up and enjoy reading about the 3 day induction, pain medication-free birth of my Christmas baby..

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You are More than an Equation

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the myth that eating a “bad” food after a workout “cancels” the workout out. Or that a workout must be done in order for there to be “room” for a “bad” food that day. Or how about the thought that putting butter on your veggies “cancels out” the “good” of the veggies. Basically…all comments centering around the idea of calories in < calories out = weight loss.

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Intuitive Eating with Gestational Diabetes

Often, when you start digging into intuitive eating, everything makes sense until you start thinking about intuitive eating in the setting of chronic illness. I mean, that was my first question too, especially because I work with pregnant women with gestational diabetes. How in the world can you tell someone to eat what they want when they want, when their body is having a hard time doing what it is supposed to do?

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How to Move Away from the "Summer Body" Goal

If you’re like me, you’re a “I need practical steps to do what you’re telling me I need to do” kind of person. I can read and research something all I want, but what I really love are some step by step ways to put into practice what I’m reading about. So, if you read my post about having a summer body, here is a follow-up to that post with practical things to do to help you get to a place of appreciating your all-seasons body.

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Having a Summer Body

It’s around this time of year that everyone starts acting like there is some sort of countdown to the first day of summer and if you don’t have a perfect body by then, you’re screwed. Like now they have to really stick to their diet, now they have to get serious about their workout plan.

Why does each season warrant a different body? Why is it that as soon as we have to wear a bathing suit, we all of a sudden don’t deserve to eat the way we’ve been eating since the fall?

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How I Grocery Shop

How do I plan my groceries while keeping budget, convenience, and intuitive eating in mind? This is a question I often get asked as a dietitian, and I also just think it’s a fun thing to talk about with people. Everyone grocery shops differently and I think all different ways have their benefits. This is just the way I choose to plan and shop, but if this isn’t how you like to do it, no problem! Stick with what works for you.

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What is Intuitive Eating?

You’ve probably heard me mention intuitive eating quite a bit at this point. I refer often to listening to hunger and fullness cues, body image, not giving food moral value (good vs bad), and other concepts that aren’t often talked about in the nutrition world. I figured it was only appropriate that my first blog post was about this “strange” concept. I want to thoroughly introduce you to what intuitive eating is and to help you understand why it’s so different from any way of eating you’ve heard about before.

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