Moves. Menus. FODMAP update. And other business.

Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I was little under the weather {allergies/sinus infection?}, but that made for a fairly productive couple of days for blog updates.

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New Things On the Blog!

First off, I created a new Facebook page!  I decided it was time this site got its own little corner of the social media giant instead of tagging along on my personal page.

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Next up, I’ve joined the fabulous ladies at Recipe ReDux.  It’s a recipe challenge site created by RD’s to improve or create healthy, delicious tasting dishes.  Each month we are assigned a theme or special ingredient for recipe development inspiration.  I’m so excited to take part!  Keep an eye out May 22nd for what I’ve conjured up!

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Lastly, you can check out some of my favorite recipes on Healthy Aperture– another site founded and moderated by RD’s.  Think of Healthy Aperture as an image-based recipe box filled with nutritious recipes developed by Registered Dietitians and the like.

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FODMAPs

After spending two weeks removing all FODMAPs out of my diet {and feeling great!}, I have now progressed into the Challenge Phase of my FODMAP Elimination Diet.  Yesterday was my “Lactose Cautious Challenge.”  I had a little cream cheese on my morning toast and cream in my coffee, goat cheese on my polenta pizza {recipe coming soon!}, and a cup of vanilla froyo – for science, of course!  No GI problems!  Not that I really expected any issues anyways…

Today I throw caution to the wind and go full-out lactose heavy.  As I write this, I am sipping on a glass of fat-free milk {something I never do…}.  I’m also thinking Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and ice cream {once again, for science!} will be on the menu.

The difficult part about the Challenge Phase is making sure you consume only lactose and no other FODMAPs.  For example, I need to choose yogurt that doesn’t contain honey, HFCS, inulin, fruit juice concentrate, or any other FODMAP.

Tomorrow I go back to strict elimination for 3 more days before I methodically repeat the process with fructose, fructans, polyols, and galactans.  Wish me luck!

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Moves

Week 3 Run on the Sly Half Marathon Training:

Monday :: 3 mi Legs + Abs
Tuesday :: 4 mi + Arms
Wednesday :: 4 mi + Legs + Abs
Thursday :: Shoulders + Tri’s
Friday ::  Rest!
Saturday :: 6 mi + Legs
Sunday :: 3 mi

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Menu

I’m thinking something along the lines of these recipes, which coincidentally are all brought to you by the Healthy Aperture recipe gallery!

+ Ginger-Soy Glazed Salmon
+ Rice “Krispy” Popcorn Chicken
+ Berry Chicken Salad {+ apples, pears and dried fruit for my Fructose Challenge}

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That’s all folks!

Have a great week!

You Better WORK! {Announcements!}

Alright, alright, so I know I have been dropping hints all over my twitter regarding my new j.o.b., and a few of you already know, but finally I have a moment to make a formal announcement…

I am going to be the new clinical dietitian at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center!

Yahooooooo!!

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I know, I know… They spelled dietitian the old skool way.  I may pop over to HR to see if I can get that fixed…

Can you believe it, ME,clinical dietitian! Something a year ago {before my internship} I would have never thought I would pursue!  Goes to show – especially to all you dietetic interns starting out – keep an open mind!  You really have no idea what you may fall in love with!

The hiring process was definitely long and drawn out.  The background check took f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  {I think it’s because they have to check CA, NY, & WA for my records}, which is one of the main reasons I didn’t shout from the rooftops about my new position!  But I am now, and I am thrilled!

My formal start day was this past Wednesday, which was just orientation, and then I jumped in with training on Thursday!

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First day jitters!  I arrived 20 minutes early… Excited much?

I just love my co-workers, and the staff is awesome.  The coolest thing I would have to say so far about Sierra Vista is that the communication between the RDs, RNs and MDs is stellar.  I am so impressed how supportive the staff is to the dietitians!  And to top it off, we have an office with a WINDOW and it even opens!  Haha!  Those of you out there who have worked in hospitals, know such working conditions are rare and greatly coveted.  I think the biggest change overall would have to be the electronic medical records – the charting is definitely something to get used to, but I’m getting the hang out it!

So I’ll be doing this part-time/per-diem, and then I will also be working at Spencer’s Fresh Markets as a Consultant Dietitian.  Talk about the dream work situation – a little bit of clinical, a little bit of community!  At Spencer’s, I will be helping them set up healthy recipe demonstrations, promoting local farmers and vendors, social media consulting, and making changes with some store signage.  Cool, huh?!

You know what else is really cool?  So I was putting together my Professional Development Portfolio for my Continuing Education credits a few weeks ago, and I pulled out the guide packet for career guidance that we filled out in our internship months ago…

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Dream it and do it.

Life is pretty rad.  I’m off to run 9 miles now – 5 weeks till City to Sea!

Have an awesome Sunday funday!

Currently… {Announcements}

So life has been a little wild and crazy as of late.  I’ve been keeping quite busy, but there are a few things I need to share to catch you all up to speed.

1.  If you follow me on twitterfacebook, or instagram,  you know I shared some exciting news…

I PASSED MY RD EXAM!

I am a real-life, certified Registered Dietitian!

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#myfacewhen… Yeah, I was a little excited.

Thank you to everyone who congratulated me.  I most certainly felt the love. ❤

One of these days I will write a post about the whole experience…The test center, the questions, what I studied and what I shouldn’t have worried about.  Keep an eye out for that in the near future.

I still haven’t gotten used to the fact that I have letters behind my name.  Stephanie Wilson, RD.  It has a nice ring to it!  I’ve been having fun changing my e-mail signatures, social media profiles, and just general updating to reflect my recent accomplishment.  Which leads me to…

2.  I have been working my fingers to the bone to come up with a new and improved heading/theme/focus for this darling little blog.  Now that I’m an RD and all, the title just doesn’t quite work…  I’d like to clean things up and simplify, but re-branding is scary you guys!  Any suggestions are welcome!  I’ll give you plenty of notice before I make any huge changes, but in the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for a few smaller revisions.

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3.  I’m hesitant to share my last bit of news because I don’t want to put the cart in front of the horse, BUT what I will let you know is yesterday I received some good news.  I am super excited, but nothing is official yet… so I will keep my mouth shut, continue to think good thoughts, and {hopefully} celebrate with you all in the near future!

I think that is all for now, folks.  We’ll be in touch.

Ride On, Cowboy.

KitchenAid Lover

OH my gosh! Two posts in a row!

…you lucky ducks. 🙂

So continuing with my graduation theme, I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to the family…

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HECK yeah! A KITCHENAID!

Owning one of these has been a dream of mine since I was little girl.

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I pined and lusted over my momma’s this past summer. And whatdya know, she just happened to notice!

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I mean, I never dropped any hints at all… 😉

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Group gift from the ‘rents and gramma! I even got to pick out my very own. I went with classic silver to match my blender and food processor.

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So to say thank you, I baked a HUGE batch of oatmeal raisin cookies – not anything exceptionally healthy or interesting here folks. Just Quaker Oat’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe. Still delicious.

Gosh, my darling KitchenAid makes mixing SO easy. Have you ever tried to handmix oatmeal raisin cookies? Nearly impossible.

For example, see exhibit one:

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Uhhhh yeah… the frickin’ spatula snapped in half when I was pushing the batter down. Oatmeal raisin cookie dough is cement I tell you! I really don’t know how I survived before…

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Nom, nom, nom.  They turned out perfect! And it took me half the time to make!

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Thanks Mom, Dad, and Gramma! Love you!

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By the way, I’m taking treat requests. ANY excuse to bring the mixer out! 🙂

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Bahaha! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

And don’t worry. A cookie every once in a while won’t give you diabetes.

So let me make you some!

Toodles!

Brooks Pure Flow 2’s and MATCH DAY!

Hey there heyyyy!

So if you follow me on facebook or twitter or instagram you know I have been raving over my NEW Brooks Pure Flow 2’s.

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I was in dire need of new running shoes, and after I started having a little medial arch pain, I got myself RIGHT down to Running Warehouse.

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The girl who helped me was so friendly.  I initially went in there thinking I would just pick up another good ole’ pair of mizunos, but I wanted to try out a few other pairs just to be sure.

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So glad I did because as soon as I tried on these babies, I was hooked.

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Lightweight, plenty of cushion, great arch support, and a biodegradable sole – hello, I’m saving the landfills!

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The Brooks Pure Flow 2’s weigh 7.2 oz, which is slighter lighter than my Mizuno Wave Precisions at 8 oz. #racefaster

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I love the asymmetrical lacing and “burrito” style fold over tongue, which really helps it stay in place. Don’t you hate it when your shoes get all wonky to one side?

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It’s also got this fancy split toe – which honestly, I can’t feel any difference. Ha!

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Pretty sick, huh?

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Now I’ve just got to get my lazy butt out for a run.

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On an unrelated note, CONGRATULATIONS to all the future RDs out there who matched this Sunday! You guys are all rockstars!

Let me know if you matched at Cal Poly!
{Congrats Karen!}

And remember, if you didn’t match this time around, don’t give up on your dreams! You’ve got second round, and fall match, PLUS time to make yourself a stronger candidate! YOU CAN DO IT!

Adios Muchachos!

Rotaract COOKIE Fundraiser

Good Monday morning to you!

I’m on my 4th cup of coffee.

I should take a typing test right now, because I am a SPEED DEMON!

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ZOOMIN’.

Three day weekends allow for things like 7 cups of coffee.

{Which I don’t feel bad about after drinking this article.  I am pro- anything that allows me to incorporate more of my vices into my everyday life.}

And three day weekends is what I will be getting up until January! WOOHOO!

No more Monday classes = 1 of the few perks of being an intern.

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Let’s rewind to my weekend baking extravaganza with Rotaract.

First, for those unfamiliar with what Rotaract is {because I had never heard of it until about 2 weeks ago either}:

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true “partners in service” and key members of the family of Rotary.”

It’s like the young professional version of Rotary.  Cool, huh?

And there are clubs are all over the U.S. {even in little ole’ Wenatchee!}

So anyways, I sort of forced my way in to helping – my friend told me of this cookie fundraiser he was doing for the SLO Noor Clinic and I immediately wanted to get involved. {Hello, I love extending recipes and calculating food costs.

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Two weeks later I was baking cookies along side a group of awesome 20-somethings.

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+ 5 batches at a time.

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+ 4 ovens blazing.

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+ 12 batches of chocolate chip.
+ 5 batches of peanut butter.
+ 5 batches of sugar.

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And then we packaged them up in cellophane with nice ribbon {which I wish I would have taken a picture of…}.

I think our final total came out to be about 700 total cookies baked!

Cookie monster approved.

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And don’t worry, we did have some veggies and hummus to balance out the sugar overload.  As a future RD, I approved.

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Can’t please them all.

All in all a very successful day for a great cause!

I’m off to Power Yoga and then to run up a big hill.

Party On Rockstars!

My First California Race

Good Morning!

It is a gorgeous sunny day here on the Central Coast – the perfect way to kick off my Thanksgiving Break!

Woohoo!

My plan is to just relax, clean, and workout.

So today:

  • Beach Run
  • Yoga at noon with my favorite teacher
  • Get my tires checked out – the flat tire light is on… wah wahh
  • FREE Personal Training session at 3:00 (thank you Kennedy Fitness!)
  • Yoga Flow at 4:30
  • Drink wine

Not too shabby, eh?

So in other news, I signed up for my first California race!!

I’m going to run Castle to Coast on January 19th!

It’s a shorty 8.2 flat and fast course.

Last year’s 1st place woman ran a 6:15 average min/mile pace, and the second place winner ran  6:58s.

I’m thinking I can get my butt back in racing gear to come in somewhere between that.

As you may probably don’t remember, I ran an average 6:59 pace at last Spring’s Flower City Half Marathon.

My goal is still a sub-1:30 half, so if I could be running at a 6:50 pace, I would be on the right track for that. And with 5 miles less in Castle to Coast, I think this is totally, 100% doable.

Woo!

I’m excited!

I have a goal!

6:50s here. I. come.

With that being said – anyone have any ideas where I can do dreaded track workouts?

Sorry to end on that note! Ha!

Happy Monday!