{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!  



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.


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.

Stephanie RDN facebook

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!

Recipe ReDux

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.

my healthy aperture gallery



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!



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



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}


That’s all folks!

Have a great week!

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 am a real-life, certified Registered Dietitian!


#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.


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.

Back at it

Guess who’s back among the living!

{or girl, rather.}

I’m feeling a ton better.

Yesterday I basically lived on my couch, read, watched bad tv, and cranked out a bit of homework.

I slept like a maniac too, made sure I was hydrated, and added an extra yogurt to the ole’ diet.

My stomach is still feeling a little bit uneasy, so I’m going to continue with a nice bland diet today.

I also made a complete mess of my apartment.

It’s amazing how messy things can get if you don’t pick up after yourself for a mere two days…

Don’t worry, mom [she’s probably having a heart attack] — I at least picked things up this morning.


So the exercise plan for today is to test of the stomach and go for a 3 mile jaunt, then BodyRock it UP.

Since my fever has broke, I don’t see why I can’t.

Then off to nutrition counseling, class, more counseling, and then home to get prepared for tomorrow’s trip to Albany!

We leave at 5:00 am! Blergggg.

I can’t remember if I told you why I was going…

I’m presenting my research on The Impact of Social Media on the Circulation of Nutrition Information at the New York State Dietetic Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo.


RIT was nice enough to pay for all of us girls to travel, attend, and display our work.

I’m really excited as this will be my first professional conference and opportunity to network with a ton of RDs!

Hopefully all of our work will be well-received!

Check out my twitter feed for a play-by-play tomorrow, or the following for more info: @NYSDAmeeting, #2012AME, & #NYRDChat.


Time to get crackin’.

Rock ‘n Roll!

National Nutrition Month Proclamation

Good Morning Folks!

I have a busy day today!

So pardon me as I sneak out quickly today, I will however leave you with the pictures from yesterdays National Nutrition Month Proclamation!

We are incredibly grateful to Dr. Ornt and President Destler for acknowledging NNM on campus at RIT!

Happy National Nutrition Month!