A “New” Approach to Eating

  Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and told yourself “I breathe too much”? Or looked at the person next to you and thought, ” they look like they breathe less than me, I should try to breathe like them”. Has the thought of “If only I could breathe a little less or a little slower, I would be happier” ever entered your mind? I am going to take a leap here and say no to all...

Holiday Gingerbread Latte

  Happy December! It seems unreal to think that christmas is only a few weeks away and 2017 is almost over. One month to enjoy this holiday season with music, movies, parties, and of course festive food and beverages. Tis’ the season for coffeehouses to feature their seasonal specialty drinks. While these drinks always look and smell amazing,  any time I drink a sugary flavored coffee I end up with a sick stomach and at least $5 less in my...

The Bullet Journal: Why No Other Planner Can Compare.

There is something calming and reassuring about a piece of paper and a pen. Sure, I could updated my phone calendar, use a budget app to keep track of my finances,and  keep my meal plan and grocery list in a note on my iphone. Honestly, just thinking about doing that with technology makes my head spin. Having all of my important dates, figures, ideas, and memories in one place that I can flip through, touch, cross out, and change has...

Returning from a Blog Vacation

    I may have taken an unannounced blog vacation over the past 2 months.  I haven’t given up the blog, just taken a much needed break.   At the end of August I began my new job as the dietitian at a local PACE center. To say that this move was a good one is an understatement. I am challenged every day to learn something new and become a meaningful part of someone’s ongoing care. Being so satisfied in my...

Money Saving Meal Plan

Next week marks the start of my new job and also the start of a cut in hours. Going from 40 hours a week to 32 hours a week (5 days to 4 days) has been my goal ever since I went back to work from maternity leave. An extra day at home with my baby, being a mom? I have been praying for the day this would be possible. I can’t put a price on time with my baby,...

Surviving Colic: What to do When Your Baby Won’t Stop Crying

  “Colic is a frustrating condition marked by predictable periods of significant distress in an otherwise well-fed, healthy baby.” – Mayo Clinic This is not a usual topic for Plate Half Full RD and this is quite a personal and raw thing for me to talk about on something so public as the blog. I was recently discussing the trials of being pregnant and a new mother (with a mother-to-be). I remembered how many hours I spent searching the internet...

Vanilla Chai Avocado Mousse + G~I~V~E~A~W~A~Y!

I have been on an avocado kick since the little one started eating solid foods. For the past 5 months or so an avocado or 6 can be found on our kitchen counter or in the refrigerator. That being said, I have found A LOT of uses for this delicious green fruit. It is smooth and creamy and oh-so-satisfying. Sometimes you just need the satisfying goodness of fat- and avocados are packed with that heart-healthy belly-pleasing fat. How I enjoy...

Friday Finds: A Few of my Favorite Things 3

This has been a roller coaster week! I can now freely say I have accepted a new position and will be starting a new job at the end of the month. It is incredibly difficult to leave the place and the people that have helped me grow so much as a dietitian and as a person, but I am so excited for what lies ahead. I have had the craziest range of emotion this week as I accepted and announced...

What I learned from the Plant Protein Challenge

Last week marked my very first facebook challenge: Plate Half Full RD Plant Protein Challenge. The idea was simple: One week, one meal a day, replace meat with a plant source of protein. First off: I was SO excited that so many people were involved, shared recipes, ideas, asked questions, and just had fun with the challenge! Thank you to everyone who participated! I challenged myself to give up meat for the WHOLE week. I did 4 days with no...