{Guest Post!} Cheating to Survive

Hi everybody! I have a special guest post today from Christine Ardigo, Registered Dietitian and Novelist!  Give Christine a warm welcome, and go check out her book!  I mean, come on, it features clinical dietitians!  


Hello! My name is Christine Ardigo, I’m a Registered Dietitian and a Personal Trainer but my love has always been for writing. Sure I wrote for high school and college newspapers, and yes I even created and contributed to many Hospital Nutrition Department’s Newsletters but my love for creating stories (basically lying about events for fun and getting away with it) was not happening.

I sat down behind my computer two years ago and began writing. I ditched two whole books, learned how to do it correctly and started over. I was devastated at first. Now what do I write about?

Then it came to me. So many Contemporary Romance novels had the lead women as lawyers and journalists, or some didn’t work at all. Why were there no dietitians in any novels? Well except for this one:

amorous dietitian

(I tried to buy it, by the way – it’s not available)

What if I wrote a book about us!

Cheating to Survive was created from this. The three lead characters, Heather, Victoria, and Catherine are all co-workers at Norlyn plains Hospital, working as dietitians. I had fun working their daily life into the book and enjoyed showing everyone what the life of a clinical dietitian was really like.

Christine Ardigo

Book Blurb:

Can Cheating on Your Husband Bring Unimaginable Pleasure or Completely Destroy Your World?

To her three daughters, Heather is a fun-loving, silly mom. Her co-workers at Norlyn Plains Hospital think she has it all, including a handsome lawyer husband.

But when a flirtatious new doctor chooses Heather to spend his down time with, he reminds her of the man she regrettably gave up so many years before. Each interaction breathes new life into her and she gives in to the doctor’s seductions, threatening her fifteen-year marriage.

Her co-workers Victoria and Catherine, are stunned by her actions, but when they see the positive transformation in Heather, and question their own crumbling marriages, they wonder if she has the right idea.

Can cheating on their husbands bring the three of them happiness? Or will they be destroyed by the consequences?


Find out more about the book, and read all the great reviews it’s receiving here: http://amzn.to/1uMO3wW

I hope you love the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. There’s lots of humor in it as well.


Author Bio:

Christine Ardigo

I’m a registered dietitian/personal trainer who writes contemporary romance novels in my spare time. When weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting and jumping out of airplanes wasn’t enough, I decided to fulfill a dream I had as a child: to write a book.

I’ve lived in New York my entire life and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I have the beaches, the bay and the city, all a half hour away. I’ve built memories here with my husband, two silly daughters and a bunch of crazy friends, all whom I love very much.

Author Website: http://christine-ardigo-author.com/

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Christine.Ardigo.Author

Nutrition & Exercise Smoothie Website: http://christineardigo.com/


Thanks Christine!  Check out “Cheating to Survive” available on Kindle for $3.99.  Can’t wait to read it!  



What to Wear :: A Dietetic Intern Style Guide

In keeping with Saturday morning’s post, I am going to continue with our foray into Dietetic Intern styling after receiving a comment from future intern, Meg (Hi Meg!). She says, “I have scoured the internet and have found little help in the ‘what to wear to a clinically based internship’ area.” Obviously, I am just beginning my journey as a Dietetic Intern, but from my experience as a Diet Tech at a large hospital in Rochester, I have picked up a tip or two regarding what to wear.

The goal is to to look professional, but be comfortable. With that being said, is my personal opinion to be slightly over-dressed, than too casual. As the saying goes, “dress for the job you want.”

Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up, shall we?


The standard shift at my hospital was a 10 hour day, which can pose a major challenge for those tootsies. To combat foot fatigue, I would frequently bring two pairs of shoes to work with me. A pair of reasonable, closed-toe pumps (3 inches or less with a sturdy heel) and a pair of supportive flats. A tip for choosing flats: if you can bend the sole backwards, you will not have enough arch support.  Also, make sure the sole is not too slick, as spills in patient rooms and kitchens can be hazardous.  I prefer something with a little rubber.  Here are a few of my favorites:

A bright, unexpected heel can brighten up an ensemble.  As my mother always says, “shoes make the outfit.”

Skirts, Slacks, and Smart Dresses

My work wardrobe includes several pairs of nice slacks and skirts in various styles and colors. As far as slacks go, I have a couple of heavier wool pairs for winter (which I probably won’t need in California!), many cropped ankle-length for the warmer months, and then some in between.  Make sure to have your pants tailored so as to not drag and damage the hem.  Some shops will measure in store (Banana Republic, J.Crew, Nordstrom, etc.) and send them out for you, so ask if they provide tailoring.  Generally, this will cost you about $12 or less.

Pencil skirts are probably my favorite work-related garments.  This season bright colors are in, so take advantage of exciting hues and prints.  Don’t forget flattering A-lines either!  Check with your hospital preceptor before coming to work with bare legs; nylons may be required.

Just keep them a modest knee-length.



Temperature regulation can be tricky at the hospital. Some patient’s rooms are kept very hot or bone-chilling cold; layering is key. Camisoles, light blouses, button downs (short sleeve!), cardigans, and light pullover sweaters are appropriate year round.

As you can see I am drawn to cream/neutral colored tops.

I also love the dressed-up tee look too.

As you can see, there is no need to go out and buy up a whole new wardrobe.  Dressing up what you already own is as easy as accessorizing!

And yes, that would be a pineapple belt.  Can you say perfect for a future RD?


Keeping hair clean and away from your face (and patient’s food) is a no-brainer.  Here are a few styles I am totally digging.

I hope this takes away a little of the what-to-wear worry!  For more ideas and where to purchase some of the items I’ve posted, check out my Professional Stylings Pinterest Board.

Here’s to Future RDs!