Too much fruit?!

Is it possible?  Do you think that there really could be such a thing as eating TOO MUCH fruit?!  Noooooo!!!!  But you thought fruit was healthy, right?  Well, it can be, but it can also cause problems for those of us that are sensitive to the fructose in it.  Let’s just say that I fell hard and madly for my beloved fruit, again – and found out the hard way why we shouldn’t be close friends.


Months back I pretty much broke up with fruit due to the sugars and being keto/low-carb.  Plus, I do faintly recall that it didn’t make me feel (or smell – sorry, tmi!) all that great… but, I loved it!  Anyway, fast forward to a month or so ago and somehow fruit’s sweet siren song wheeled me back in!  I ended up eating ALL the fruit!!  My all-time favorite to munch on was probably a big, juicy, crisp apple!  Although, I did do love me some Asian pears and persimmons too! 😉


Unfortunately, it took me awhile to realize what all that fruit I was eating was doing to me.  It was doing me a HUGE disservice – and making me feel icky!!  I was SO freaking bloated from my fruit that I felt like I looked pregnant some nights, but yet I refused to acknowledge it.  I was also tired & suffering some hardcore sugar cravings (aka eat ALL the food!!!).  Plus, there were some other unpleasant side affects of all my fruit munching… I’ll just let you use your imagination. 😉

I spent a while in denial… after all, fruit is healthy & so good for you!!  That’s what everyone always says.  Well, there’s a respectable amount of fruit that one should probably stick to as well – and I’m sure I was exceeding that, especially at night.  Most days I definitely ate more than 2 servings of fruit (which seems like a safe, respectable amount), often eating 2 apples, a pear, and sometimes a banana with PB.  For me, this was just way too much.  My body just doesn’t digest fruit well at all, unfortunately.  Plus, the fruit just feeds my good ‘ol sugar monster… & I want to starve that thing! 😉

All of this came to light for me after struggling with my night eating, feeling horribly bloated & huge, & knowing I needed to change something in my diet.  This all lead me to Lily’s article: 5 Signs You’re Eating Too Much Fruit.  Most of the things she said definitely rang true with me.  Also, if I’m bringing my entire fruit bowl with me from my Janesville apartment back to my home on the weekends… probably not normal.  I got a bit too obsessed and hooked on the fruit, at least for MY body’s liking.

Some other articles I came across regarding fruit consumption… Are you Eating Too Much Fruit? and Bloating and tired?  Why feasting on too much fruit may be to blame

I just want to re-iterate that I’m NOT telling YOU not to eat fruit, simply sharing my experience and that it may not be a good thing for everyone.  Also, anything overdone and abused isn’t good either.  😉

Fruit: are you friends or foes?  Fruit lovers: how much fruit do you eat per day?

Tips to cope with emotional eating…

In this past Wednesday’s blog post I opened up about my struggles lately with emotional & stress eating.  I know a lot of people can relate to this and struggle with night eating and binge eating as well.  Today, I’d like to share a few tips to deal with the emotional eating struggle.


My tips to help deal with emotional & stress eating (in no particular order)

  1. Find someone to talk to about your feelings (a friend, Dr, psychiatrist, counselor).
  2. Ask yourself WHY you’re eating.  Is it to fill a void emotionally?  Is it to procrastinate working on a project?  Is it to self-sabotage yourself?  Are you happy or sad?
  3. Try to keep busy… take a walk, do some yoga, or call a friend.
  4. Ask yourself if you’re REALLY physically hungry.  If yes, then try to enjoy whatever it is that you’re eating.


Foods and tips for when your eating is just out of control… and you need to eat something – now!! #allofthefood

Sometimes you have the best intentions, but you just end up falling down the hole and keep stuffing food into your face.  Here are some tips to help minimize the damage and potential feelings of guilt:

  1. Figure out what your trigger foods are & keep them out of the house.  If that’s not possible, don’t make them as accessible.  For example, nut butter is a big one of mine, but I don’t want to go without it completely, so I put the jar in the fridge (somewhat of a deterrent for me).  Cold and thicker PB just isn’t quite as appealing as the warm gooey stuff.
  2. Keep fresh veggies on hand to snack on.  I sometimes keep raw green beans around to snack on since you can eat a lot without many carbs and/or calories.
  3. Edamame is another thing I like to snack on at night.  I buy the frozen organic edamame in pods & warm them, salt them, then snack on them.  They’re full of protein, take time to de-shell & eat, so they keep my hands & mouth busy for awhile.
  4. If you eat grains – organic popcorn in coconut oil and sea salt may be an option.  The fiber will help fill you & you can eat quite a large amount for the calories.
  5. A few warmed cheese curds with a bit of garlic salt on them taste AMAZING & help to satisfy the craving for something decadent and salty.
  6. Fruit: I always keep a fruit basket in plain sight for easy accessibility, stocked up with apples, bananas, or pears, & cuties.  If I’m feeling hungry I’ll typically reach for a piece of fruit first – it often satisfies the sweet craving & is a snack that has fiber & nutrients.
  7. Drinks: I sometimes try reaching for a LaCroix sparkling water, Zevia, or kombucha.  Often times the carbonation helps fill me up & satisfies the need to eat or drink something.

Obviously, all of my tips may not work for you, but some of them sometimes help me when I’m feeling like stress eating and/or emotional eating at night.  The BEST solution is going to be getting to the bottom of WHY you do it and other constructive ways to deal with your issues.

The bottom line is – realize that you’re important and worthwhile… don’t hurt & sabotage yourself with overeating and eating your stress or emotions.  I think this quote from Dr. Gail Dines says a LOT about today’s society: “If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business.”  We all need to work on loving ourselves & the bodies we have now, feeding them good food with love.


How do YOU deal with emotional/stress eating?  Any of your tips you’d like to share?

The hardest thing about this new rotation…

The absolute most difficult thing about being in my latest (clinical) rotation is living away from home during the week.  I’m not gonna lie, it’s rough.  And – the biggest challenge I’m having lately is stress eating & overeating in the evenings.  I’ve always known I’m an emotional eater.  I eat because I’m happy.  I eat because I’m stressed.  I eat when I’m sad.  You get the idea.  


My typical weekday breakfast: a mix of organic plain full-fat & greek yogurt, topped with a serving of grain-free granola, side of black coffee.

So…. yeah, it’s a struggle every night to NOT eat everything not nailed down.  I stock up on lots of fruit to snack on and raw veggies like baby carrots and/or green beans.  Often times though, what ends up falling victim is the coconut butter or PB.  I try to keep them to a minimum here and I keep my PB in the fridge to try & deter myself from scarfing it down at night (cold PB isn’t quite as runny and/or desirable to me).

Trying to come to terms with myself as to why I think I need to keep eating things at night when I’m just fine during the day has been a struggle.  It’s like I have a hunger, but I am never satisfied, no matter how much I eat.  I’m pretty sure the void I’m trying to fill can’t be filled by food and the comfort from the food doesn’t last all that long these days… the comfort I’m seeking and void I’m trying to fill is my loneliness in missing my husband & furkid… it’s stress as well.  When you’re an intern, not only do you work full days for free, but you also have all of these CRD projects you have to complete at night.  It’s very stressful.  Plus, you have to somehow find time to exercise and eat right.  Oh, & sleep… wait, what’s that?  😉

Scenes from my evening walk...

Scenes from my evening walk…

Besides the stress and emotional eating struggle, there’s a complete change in city and fitness routines.  I no longer have an elliptical I can just pull out into the living room and use while catching up on my favorite show.  I can’t drop a lot of money on a gym membership either, & the other one I checked into isn’t going to be worthwhile for the time I’m here.  So… I’ve been walking outside when it’s decent out (with my pepper spray, beware creepers!) and I’ve been doing a dance video off of, as well as some Pinterest no-equipment circuit workouts on days when I have some time.  I try to make do, but I sometimes feel like I’m fighting a losing battle with my waistline.  Oy.

Thankfully, my rotation is only a couple of months and I’ll survive.  I need to work on acknowledging when I’m stress/emotional eating and WHY I’m doing it.  As I always say – I’m not perfect, far from.  I’m a work in progress, but how I see it is that no one is perfect and it just teaches me more life lessons, as well as making me more relatable to others who have similar struggles.

I love what I’m doing at the hospital, which makes things so much better and the day passes pretty quickly.  The evenings… well, those are rough sometimes, BUT at least I get to drive back home on the weekends, which has been a total lifesaver!  I live for Friday nights when I head back to my little family.  <3  Is it Friday yet?!

Who else is a stress/emotional eater?!  Unite!! :)

Clinical Rotation – Week1

Hey there, friends!!  Long time, no talk!  Sorry, I know I tend to fall off the face of the earth these days from time to time.  Life is busy these days, but I’m back now to update you on my 2nd dietetic internship rotation – clinical!

Me in my white coat - #rd2be mode!

Me in my white coat – #rd2be mode!

I’m one week into my 8-week clinical rotation… & I’m LOVING it!!!  I’m living in Janesville, WI during the week and doing my rotation at a large hospital there.  My preceptor is great – really nice & very knowledgeable & experienced!  There are also several other RDs there at the hospital, which is really awesome since it allows me to learn from them & see their styles as well.  There are 6 RDs (only a couple are full-time) & one diet tech that is full time.

So far, I’ve just worked with inpatient & had my doubts on how I’d like it going in, but am pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoy it.  I think a lot of it has to do with having a pleasant experience with how the RDs approach patients, as well as a lot of patients to visit & screen (since they are different in that they nutrition screen EVERYONE here).  We keep busy & on my third day I learned how to go through the binder of patients & then went through the surgical patients (to see who is due for a screening or follow-up), going up to see the Diet Tech’s patients on my own.  It was fun!!  The next day, I did the Surgical floor’s (each floor/dept. has it’s own binder) binder again on my own & then got to do the RD screens (there’s a sheet for the RD screens for higher level risks & one for the Diet Tech – lower level risk) for that day on that floor (fairly easy level to start with since many are clear liquids or NPO).  Friday, I did the same thing – Surgical floor again & saw both the Diet Tech’s and RD screens for the day, about 10 patients!  It was great!!!  

I also followed one of the RDs to watch her do a Diabetes diet education session for a patient that needed one before she was discharged home.  This is where I struggled a bit because the patient asked if she could have butter & if it was ok – & the RD said NO.

IMG_5651 She instead instructed the patient to use a margarine or light olive oil spread, rather than butter because “butter is bad for you”.  I just about died inside a little, not gonna lie.  As most of you know, I’m all about natural foods & healthy fats.  I consider butter a natural food & healthy fat.  After all, saturated fat was shown to not contribute to heart disease risk (study). Humans have been eating natural foods & saturated fats since the dawn of time – I really think it’s all of the newer manufactured products that we need to be wary of.  Regardless of my thoughts on the issue, I kept my mouth shut & minded my business.  It does make me question myself at times since my views are different from theirs, but there IS research out there that backs up my views & practicing RDs don’t always stay completely current with the latest research.  An online RD friend of mine (newly registered) that is also a real food advocate suggested that I join the Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine DPG group on the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics site, which is what I just did.  I’m hoping to get support & encouragement on finding ways to practice & support theories that food should be medicine & can heal the body, as well as unique approaches to nutrition for each individual.  Plus, more access to research articles to back up my arguments. 😉

In other news… I got to attend rounds Thursday morning, which was really neat!  The doctors pop into the conference room & talk about the patients to everyone and keep filing in & out of the room, doctor by doctor.  Next week, I’m hoping to attend the one for ICU and to follow the RD that does most of the tube feedings & parenteral feedings.  :)

Can’t wait to progress & learn more!!  Have a great rest of your weekend, friends!!!

Have you ever had to meet with an RD?  Thoughts/comments?

Pumpkin Molasses Chip Cookies

Helloooo!!!  Happy Saturday!  So… guess what?!  I’m officially DONE with my first dietetic internship rotation – Food Service Mngt!!!  Yay!!  It feels so good to have 8 weeks done & under my belt.  Moving on… Clinical starts on Monday & is my next 8 week rotation!  I’m pretty excited, but also pretty nervous since I feel it’s going to be VERY challenging.  Also, I’m moving tomorrow… to Janesville for 2 months so I can do my clinical rotation at a larger hospital!  Talk about stressful… at least I’ll be able to drive home on the weekends, so that’s a plus!  Well, that’s my internship update for now… moving on to today’s topic – cookies!!!  Nom, nom, nom!!


I made a batch of these Pumpkin Molasses Chip Cookies the other night to bring for a “healthier” treat for the employees on my last day of my internship rotation.  They wanted me to bring a treat, but I warned them that it would be a “healthified” one!  No donuts from this dietetic intern!  

I didn’t have a lot of time the other night after I got home, plus limited supplies, so I dug through my cabinets & got out things that spoke “Fall”, warm, & spice to me… & I whipped up these cookies off the top of my head!  I knew I wanted them to be grain-free, refined sugar-free, & to have pumpkin & chocolate in them.  As for the rest – it just kind of came together!

Pumpkin Molasses Chip Cookies
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These cookies are perfectly suited to the Fall season - they have a hint of molasses & spice, & just the right amount of sweetness. Plus, the bits of chocolate... well, you just can't go wrong!
Recipe type: Dessert/Snack
Serves: 15 cookies
  • ½ Stick organic butter, melted
  • ½c Swerve, granular sweetener (or erythritol)
  • 1tsp Stevia glycerite (liquid)
  • 1T Organic honey
  • 1T BlackStrap molasses
  • ¾c Almond flour
  • ¼c Coconut flour
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • ¼c Pumpkin puree
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • ½tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • ½tsp Pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅓c Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Dash of pink Himalayan sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine beaten egg, melted butter, Swerve, honey, stevia, molasses, & vanilla.
  3. Stir in pumpkin, both the almond & coconut flours, spices, baking soda, baking powder, & salt.
  4. Lightly stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper & place dough (about 1-2T sized depending on size preference) onto paper & bake for about 15 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  6. Cookies will be very soft & fragile, so use care when removing & cooling from oven.
Use care when removing cookies from oven since they may crumble easily - tops will be very soft & squishy, but firm up some after cooling. I recommend cooling them, then carefully wrapping them loosely in wax paper in a tupperware & storing in the fridge. This seems to help them hold up better.
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Serving size: 1 cookie

These cookies are somewhat fragile, light cookies (mainly due to the coconut flour), but they got rave reviews, so I decided to post them here.  To solidify them a bit more it helped to let them cool, then to place them in the refrigerator.  You may also want to try possibly adding another egg to the batter.  I haven’t tried that though – if you do, let me know how that goes!  😉


What’s your favorite Fall type of cookie?