Although I have given up meat well over 6 months ago I decided I would officially pledge to have meatless Mondays.

Ever since dabbling in vegetarianism 7 months ago, I have quit meat altogether. I added back fish four months ago but I definitely do not consume as much as I used to. I don’t want to call myself a pescatarian or a vegetarian wannabe.  I don’t really like to label myself, so I won’t.

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Creativity through photos and cooking! I made this a while back. Here’s my version of mini baked brie (which was inspired by Simply Recipes). Enjoy!

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This past summer I was casually walking through Powell’s Bookstore in the food section skimming the endless number of titles on the ceiling-to-floor shelves. While exploring what kind of books are out there, even though I don’t ever buy cookbooks, I came upon a section full of food memoirs. Filled with curiosity, I picked up a book called “The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love The Stove” by Cathy Erway. Quickly flipping through it I saw that at the end of each chapter were a couple of recipes. Interesting, I thought. A memoir and a mini cook book.

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I'm Blogging National Nutrition MonthHappy National Nutrition Month® everyone!

The theme this year is “Eat Right with Color.” What does that mean?

It means vibrancy. It means being daring to try something new. It means taking control of your health.

Would you want to stare at a boring beige wall? No! Of course not. So why would you want to look at that on your plate?

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For the past 2 months I have gained a new respect for those who are forced to be limited with their food choices.

Let me start from the beginning. In mid-January I had an unexpected trip to the ER for abdominal pain. Over $450 later I was told that it was gastritis. My stomach was inflamed. I was sent home with some acid reducing medication, pain killers, and told to eat bland foods.

Now it’s almost 2 months later and I’m still living with this awful thing called heartburn. So as my own dietitian I try (or in this case, I tried) to stay away from everything that may flare it up. Acidic, spicy, fatty, fried, greasy food. Chocolate. Alcohol. Coffee. I avoided it all. (Maybe with a couple of exceptions.)

(Here’s a handout on preventing heartburn with diet. Click here.)

So what was I supposed to eat?

For awhile I was eating Ritz crackers, bananas, and peanut butter and jelly on white toast. Bland, bland and some more bland.

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