Health

All things healthy and happy


Maytag IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead

A week ago I completed Steelhead 70.3, my FIRST HALF IRONMAN!  My friend & triathlon training partner, Uryna, and I signed up together last fall – this was both of our first 70.3. And now, I cannot believe the race has come and gone.  This summer has been a crazy, fun whirlwind with a busy […]


Happy World Vegan Day

Hello! Today is World Vegan Day, I know, I know, there is a day for almost everything now but this day in particular is very important, and I would like to share my vegan experience with you. I became vegan a little over 3 years ago after I attended a talk at Ann Arbor’s first ever […]


Upcoming: Gastrointestinal-Specific Dietitian Lecture Series

FOOD: The Main Course to GI Health Nutritional Management of GI Disease Really excited to announce that the University of Michigan Digestive Disorders Nutrition & Lifestyle Program along with the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the School of Public Health are offering a comprehensive, three-day lecture series for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists with an interest in caring […]


Throwback to Exploring Boston and Attending Kate Scarlata’s Digestive Health Seminar

Last year in early March I traveled to Boston, MA to attend Kate Scarlata’s Advanced Digestive Health Seminar for Health Professionals. I had changed jobs in January and moved from an inpatient clinical setting to outpatient with the Division of Gastroenterology. Kate’s seminar on FODMAPs, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and the gut microbiome provided a […]


Dietary Supplement Safety

This past week Frontline aired an eye-opening documentary on dietary supplement safety in the United States. If you take vitamins, minerals, or any other type of supplements I highly encourage you to take an hour of your time and watch this video. I get asked daily about dietary supplements – “what’s good for this”, “what’s bad for […]


Making Room for a New Year

With a new year comes new goals, resolutions, and intentions. The motivation and inspiration the new year brings is exciting and at times can be overwhelming. To make space for NEW and desired change it’s important to clear out the old. The past few years I have used January as a time to get rid of the […]


2015: A Year of New

2015. New year. New Job. New Training Program. New Class. New Goals. New Recipes. So far this year has been anything but slow, and January was the month of all things new: I accepted an outpatient position with the Division of Gastroenterology, still working for the wonderful University of Michigan Health System, where I provide […]


Healthy Office Snacks

Most people spend 8 to 9 hours at work so having a healthy snack or two during the workday provides the opportunity to increase energy, improve focus, and enhance productivity. Having healthy options available will decrease trips to the vending machine or cafeteria, which can save money and help avoid less nutritious, higher calorie options. […]


Fall Favorites 1

Fall is finally here and I could not be happier! Don’t get me wrong, I love summer, but there is just something special about fall…. especially when you are in the Midwest. Leaves changing from green to burnt orange and fiery red, cool evenings, fall recipes, cider mills , bonfires, football, and Halloween are all reasons to embrace this […]


Training on a Vegan Diet

Last Saturday Demond Johnson, AFAA, AFPA, IFA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and I provided an informative and interactive session about training on a vegan diet. The talk was done at A2 Fitness Professionals in Ann Arbor and the turn out was great!  We had mostly vegans in attendance, although there were some vegetarians and even some omnivores […]


Love your heart

The month of February is filled with pink and red heart everything, candy, flowers, and lots of celebrated love which is perfect because February is also American Heart Month. Make sure you celebrate your health this month and show your heart some love. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is […]