Saturday, January 30, 2010


Our neighborhood bday pizza party was a success. Here are some photos that captured the night well....

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Back to Bikram!?

Even with my great new camera, I have no good light at night to take photos of any food I have been making.  But, slowly it is staying lighter longer at night and I am thinking more about food. I sent a check to a local farm this week. I am subscribing to their experimental winter share. It starts in a matter of weeks, and I know that having a box of vegetables to prepare will motivate me to create new dishes more than any trip to the grocery store.

I finally saw Food Inc. this past weekend, and of course it was amazing. Have you seen it?

This whole week has been a wash. Little M has had croup since saturday night. She has not gone to school this week, and I have been coughed and sneezed on for the last five days. Yesterday it seemed she was taking a turn for the worse. Her ears hurt, red eyes, snot, fever and a cough that really hurt. She was requesting crushed ice, so I knew Bryonia was the remedy to turn to. Sure enough after starting her on it, she coughed very little last night, and woke up today in a much better place. All I have to say about croup is thank goodness for homeopathy. When you hit the right remedy, the results are almost instant!

I pulled a muscle (my tricep?) after jumping oh so enthusiatically back into bikram yoga last friday. Since sunday it has hurt to move my arm. The first thing I thought to myself was "oh, right, you are 38 now, not 25." Not that I could go back to class while my sick child is in my care, but still I am excited to. The last time I was there was when I was 9 months pregnant.
I had joined the local gym for a free trial week last week, and really disliked it. A victim of our small town, the locker room was just not up to my standards, and I was spending way too much time thinking about how unclean I thought things were and feeling really out of place with the tv's and machinery.
My bikram studio on the other hand, is spotless, cheery, calming and just what I need. I have my own spot on the floor, touching nothing but my own towel! Very essential for a person like me.
But this muscle in my arm which may very well be something related to something else happening in my arm is taking its own sweet time repairing itself despite by best efforts using arnica gel and regularly massaging trigger points that may or may not be related to the soreness.
Tomorrow is my husband's pizza birthday party. I will try my best to take photos and post something entertaining!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Office Space!

Things are busy around here. One of the things I seem to be doing less of lately is cooking. I did cook some appetizers at my friend's 30th birthday party a couple of weeks back and that was lots of fun.
What I have been doing is getting ready to work out of my new office space!! Located downtown in an uber-cute location. (a 40 min drive for me however!) My neighbor and friend found prime space to rent and open her business! The space does not have a name yet, but it is a sweet little second story place that is perfect for me to see nutrition clients and work. Along with my friends esthetician's practice, there will be a doula, massage therapist and others occupying the beautiful space. So, here is a little look inside...along with a certain five year old's saturday outfit.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January's Puff Pastry

Cool, windy january day before a rain storm. Had some puff pastry in my fridge and decided to sprinkle with parmesan, thyme and oregano and let M have a special after school snack.
She would have ate the whole thing if I had let her. I drizzled it with some olive oil and truffle salt for good measure. 10 minutes in the oven and it was finished.

This is M's bedside table. She is a knick nack kind of kid. If I put those winged horses inside her nightstand, she them gets back out. I have given up trying to de-clutter it. The reason I am posting the picture however is to show you the latest addition to our family; The Seamonkeys. Remember those? Oh how they capture little ones imagination! Santa gave those to her, and she is doing well taking care of them.

A closer look......that little green turtle was actually mine when I was a child. She loves finding old things of mine and claiming them for herself!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Out of Balance

Guess what? Remember how I told you I was getting some "tests" done? They are back. My appointment is not until next week, but I requested to pick up copies of my labs early.

I had my steroid hormones, neurotransmitters and thyroid tested along with a chem screen. And, it was almost completely covered by my health insurance.
First I will tell you that my PMS is crazy. I worry a lot. I have very big germ fears. Headaches, fatigue, exhaustion. I feel anxious a lot. It is all there. And I am a nutritionist, so go figure. I help people with these exact problems. But, as I live in the world, I am coming to find out that this is normal. The very doctors who spend 15 minutes with you at your annual gyno exam feel just as crappy. They do not have the answers you are looking for. You get shuffled out with a prescription and you are on your way! We just all live in a perpetual state of "just barely hanging on" and mostly find nothing beyond that. Do you agree? Perhaps not. But, I have noticed that our culture uses caffeine, drugs (both food and chemical) and addictions to survive.
Today the sky opened up and I got to the bottom of the question I have had for 10 years now. Why do I feel so awful, so much?
I learned the exact levels of my neurotransmitters. I know now, that feeling anxious, depressed and stressed have a REAL basis. I know my vitamin D level is very low. I know that my adrenal glands need some help. I know that feeling calm  and happy is a very short distance away.
I know it is not all in my head.
Hear that one more time (and shout it to your doctor.....)
My biochemistry is off, and will soon be back on track.

The Mood Cure by Julia Ross is worth it's weight in gold.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Ok, back to normal

I made it through today getting up early and taking M to carpool. A part of me is so relieved that we are back on schedule, a part of me depressed it is January.
Last night however I went out with some girlfriends and had some extra special fun. We saw Its Complicated and then went out to dinner. And no matter what happens in the world or my life, having girlfriends is the most essential element for me.  I am blessed beyond measure.

Here are some photos of my birthday celebration with family. My brother-in-law made me a cake which was extra special. My birthday being so close to christmas has meant a lifetime of getting lost in the holiday shuffle and having very few cakes ever made for my special day. It was devils food cake with cinnamon buttercream!

This was little M's birthday apples she made my sister and I. Topped with sugar and mints. She created it all on her own

My birthday card from my daughter. Made me cry.


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