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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 […]


Triple Threat Chili

My friend Angie and I decided to compete in a local chili cook-off contest that was held back in February. The cook-off was put on by / benefited the Ann Arbor Civic Theater and was held at my favorite Ann Arbor brewery, Wolverine State Brewing Co.   Angie and I brainstormed different chili ideas involving various […]


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 […]


Zoo-De-Mack Ride Recap

I participated in my first Zoo-De-Mack ride this year and it was a blast!  Put this event on your bucket list if you live in or near Michigan and enjoy the following: outdoors, riding a bike, a good party. Straight from the Zoo-De-Mack website because I can’t describe it any better than they do:  EVENT DESCRIPTION:  The Zoo-de-Mackinac is […]


Great Gift for Snack Lovers

I can’t believe I have waited so long to post about this. A good friend of mine ordered me a few Love with Food boxes as a gift for my birthday back in October. Love with Food is a monthly box delivery service that delivers a variety of organic or all-natural snacks each month in a […]


Banana-pineapple Green Smoothie

This morning I met up with some of my fellow Girls on the Run 5K committee members plus a few southeast MI coaches to check out this year’s 5k course. (it’s on North Campus and awesomeee) This is my second year volunteering on the 5k committee and I love this inspirational organization. GOTR embodies strength, creativity, […]


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 […]


Weekend Adventures – Ann Arbor Distilling Company, Frita Batidos, & The Bar at 327 Braun Court

Celebrated a friend’s birthday Friday night and checked out Ann Arbor Distilling Company for the first time. All of the drinks we had were A-MAZING. I had a dirty gin martini and moscow mule and will definitely get them again….after I try all of the other drinks of course. I also had a sip of the corpse reviver and annie’e eyes […]


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 […]


Low FODMAP Quinoa Tabbouleh 2

Since I have started teaching the low FODMAP diet I am always thinking of new ways to convert some of my patient’s favorite meals/recipes into low FODMAP alternatives. This recipe inspiration came from my recent experience working with a few Middle Eastern patients who described Tabbouleh, (tabouleh or tab(b)ouli) as a favorite and popular dish to make. Generally […]


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. […]


Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving Recap and Five Healthy Tips for the Holidays 2

Soooo I threw my first Friendsgiving party last Friday and it was a blast! An evening full of great company, delicious food, beverages, laughter, and even a little crafting. It was potluck style … with a slight twist…in that one person has a wheat allergy (Celiac), another is allergic to tree nuts, and I am vegan. So […]


Simple Spicy Potatoes O’Brien

Potatoes are a very versatile vegetable, a good source of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Manganese. Potatoes O’Brien are a classic and one of my weekend go-to recipes. They are great alongside a tofu-scramble, in a breakfast burrito, or alone smothered in ketchup.   Ingredients: 2 medium potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 cup finely […]


How to make the best pumpkin chili

Vegan Pumpkin Chili 2

I am super excited to share this Vegan Pumpkin Chili recipe! I was asked in early October to create a healthy recipe to be featured in The Ann‘s November issue and I immediately knew I wanted it to involve pumpkin and be a fall favorite. After brainstorming a few ideas I knew a crock-pot chili recipe was the […]


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 […]


Properly store your food to save cost and reduce waste.

Food waste directly impacts the global economy, uses up valuable resources such as water, and produces green house gas emissions. By organizing and properly storing groceries you can reduce your food waste, save money $$, and have a positive impact on the environment. Triple win. A clean, organized refrigerator makes it easy to see what you have, simplifies meal planning, and again […]


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 […]


Are you getting enough potassium?

Did you know, for the average adult, the recommended daily intake of potassium is 4,700 mg? Did you also know that many American’s fall short of this amount on a daily basis? This mineral is important in maintaining normal fluid and electrolyte balance, supporting cell integrity, and assisting nerve impulse transmission and muscle contractions. Potassium plays […]