Celebrate! A New Chapter

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As many of you may have guessed from my goals over the past few months, I am very excited to be finally launching my own nutrition counseling practice! When I first went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian, having my own business was something I thought of as a very far-reaching goal, never actually believing it was something I would or should or could do. There were so many avenues I was interested in pursuing in nutrition, so I kept studying and figured time would work it all out.

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Then I got to my Dietetic Internship, and in the place that terrified me the most, clinicals, I discovered that I genuinely enjoyed educating people on nutrition. Especially those who had a medical need for very specific, specialized diets and were desperate for someone to tell them what they could eat, not just what they had to avoid. At the same time, I was engaging with friends who were going through similar battles, and the challenge and reward that came along with being able to help these people made me feel fulfilled and whole in my work. I began to think, maybe I could do this, maybe I should do this.

So onward I went from clinicals to shadowing an RD in private practice. And she was transparent and genuine and real with me about her journey, the day-to-day, the good, the frustrating, all of it. Three weeks later, I came home knowing this was something I would do. One day.

As the internship ended, I fell in love with community nutrition. Here I was blending my background in marketing and business with nutrition and making a real difference in people’s lives. And this is something I still desperately want to focus on. It’s why I went back to study nutrition in the first place. And there is absolutely more to come here as this journey progresses over the years. But for now, in my current stage of life, I came to a point where I realized starting my own business wasn’t for one day. It was for today.

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So just as this year has been about celebrating others and cultivating gratitude, it’s also now about celebrating food. Celebrating life. And celebrating the extravagant balance between enjoyment of life and nourishing the body. And so Celebration Nutrition began. (You can read more about my nutrition philosophy and what guides my practice in this post over at CelebrationNutrition.)

I cannot wait to see where this path goes. And while this business will remain separate from Neat & Nutritious, you will continue to see healthy recipes, nutrition information, and healthy living discussions in this space, with a more personal spin on them. And for anyone looking to partner with me on any nutrition projects or counseling needs, you can easily connect with the new Services and Contact Me links at the top of the page. Thank you so much for supporting me in this space and this journey over the past few years!

Friday Favorites: August

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How are we already at the end of August? This summer has flown by, although I am definitely thankful for cooler temperatures as we head into fall. Fingers crossed that all this rain in Texas lets it stay cool for a while longer.

To continue this week’s celebration of my favorite time of year, back-to-school (and the onset of fall), all the nutritious recipes I found this month are perfectly delicious sweet treats, healthy enough for a daily indulgence without going crazy. And a handful of fun minimalist items to help simplify the new school schedules.

Neat:

  1. 7 Simple Ways to Get Back on Track // New (school) year, new goals, new start!
  2. Lending Lunch a Helping Hand for Back to School // Great organizing tips for busy mornings!
  3. Simplify Homework: Put Supplies in a Caddy // Perfect for kids and adults alike.
  4. The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon // Timely reminder on how our attitudes shape our outlook and outcomes.
  5. The Simplified Planner // My absolute favorite way to stay organized with all the tasks, assignments, meetings, and activities going on.

Nutritious:

  1. No Bake Salted Caramel Cups // Make. These. Now.
  2. Banana Bread Blondies // Banana bread and dessert rolled into one.
  3. No Bake Almond Butter Bars // Homemade nut butter cups without the hassle of shaping them.
  4. The Best Healthy Donut Holes // Yes, donuts can be healthy AND delicious.
  5. Watermelon Coconut Ice Cream // A creamy way to say goodbye to summer.

Happy reading and eating!

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Weekly Menu: Back to School

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Happy 1st Day of School! While I am no longer in school nor do I have kids, I absolutely LOVE this time of year. New school supplies, new year, new start. It was always an exciting day growing up. And for all those working students who have no time for meals or parents struggling to find new lunch ideas (or fast dinners after a long day or filling and fast breakfasts), here is a roundup of some of my favorite, easy to make, (mostly) short ingredient list, delicious meals, perfect for back to school.

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  1. Blueberry Baked Oatmeal // Cookie + Kate
  2. Pumpkin Pie Oats // Minimalist Baker
  3. Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie
  4. Strawberry Basil Smashed Avocado Toast // Love & Lemons
  5. Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwiches // The Simple Veganista
  6. Mexican Noodle Soup 
  7. Ultimate 4 Layer Vegan Sandwich // Oh She Glows
  8. Green Goodness Power Bowl 
  9. Falafel with Tahini Garlic Sauce // Edible Perspective
  10. Quinoa Veggie Enchilada Bake // Daily Garnish
  11. Cauliflower Fried Rice with Scrambled Tofu
  12. Slow Cooker Chana Masala // The Kitchn
  13. Cheesy Vegan Quinoa and Broccoli Bake // The Full Helping
  14. Kitchen Sink Peanut Stir Fry

Have a delicious and fun-filled week!