August of 2015 - Work Head Shot. Approximately 133#
Same as last. Playa del Carmen. 120#(ish).
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I am a 33 year old active, full-time working dietitian mother of an ambitious 5.5 year old girl, Jaeleigh, a wild 3.5 year old son, Jenson, and a sweet 1 month old baby girl, Emberlynn. I am married to the love of my life of 8 years (13 years dating) who is also an active 33 year old full-time working ER nurse father. In our spare time we are working on the continuous project of remodeling our home and just loving life! I enjoy cooking and baking (with new recipes especially!) and event planning.
Our family loves the outdoors and loves the beach. Vacationing is our passion, although at this time we only get to travel about once per year! We also love camping, skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, kayaking, and basically anything outside!
Our daily passion is healthy living in general. We strive for the best home environment we can create including our food (first and foremost), our activity, and our lifestyle. We strive to eat mostly fruits/vegetables, 100% whole grains, lean protein sources, and organic dairy in moderation. We strive for whole foods and limited hormone, antibiotic, and chemical exposure by choosing local and more so choosing certified organic. This year is our third year with our CSA and we recommend CSA membership to everyone!
We stay active by running (our first choice of regular activity), using our small home gym, and limiting our TV/sit down time (we don't have cable/satellite and our TV exposure is about 1 movie every few weeks and we like it that way!!). We are doing our best to keep our home free of harsh chemicals by, once again, seeking out natural, organic methods of cleaning, freshening the air, and overall living.
This really became a much bigger deal with our daughter was born. We knew hands down that she would be 100% breastfed (for multiple reasons) and 100% cloth diapered, and that she would sleep on an organic mattress (crib and co-sleeper), be changed on an organic changing pad and be surrounded by as many natural, organic fabrics as possible. So far, we've kept our promises to our little girl (and now little boy too) and we know in our hearts that she is being raised healthier than many.
We often get deemed "obsessed." I often hear the term "crunchy" used in regards to how we parent and, we flat out get told that we're going to die of stressing about these things before we would die of chemical exposure. What people don't really understand is that all of our doings have had a natural flow. We did not change our lifestyles in a day. We have done it over time. Nearly as long as we've been together - 10 years now, we have been making healthy changes and even before that, as individuals. People do not realize that this is not a "stressful feat" for us. This is something we enjoy. We love taking the steps to seek out more organic food options at the supermarket, we love getting online to research what type of mattress is as close to organic as possible and we love the conversations we have in regards to healthy living. It is a huge part of who we are as individuals and who we are as a family. It is not stressful.
So this is us. Many call us crazy, but we call ourselves smart! We are just two loving, hard-working people raising our little kiddos the best way we know how, while trying to stay healthy!
1. Drink 8 cups of water daily.
2. Exercise 5 Days / Week.
3. Eat Whole Foods.
I live in Northern Michigan where I work at a cute little hospital as a Clinical Dietitian and Program Coordinator / Certified Diabetes Educator for our out-patient Diabetes Education Program.
I love being outside. I like all of the seasons (winter is a smidge too long though). I love dark chocolate, learning more about nutrition, sports, running, the beach, cooking, and lots more!
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Oh yes, as a dietician I can see how you would feel the pressure to be the perfect role model. You're right, you can't win with the personalities you mentioned. We need to do what's right for us, for sure. I know what you mean about being labeled "food snob" or standing out in social events. I actually had to "fake eat" a cupcake at my niece's birthday party because I would never want to hurt anyone's feelings. I've been trying to eat no sugar, but turning down a birthday cupcake seems really lame. Accepting the cupcake with a yes and thank you was a show of "participation" and helped avoid any social tension. I took a bite in front of family and then smashed the rest around and spread it out. I don't enjoy box cupcakes and tub frosting. Sugar is just not nutritious for us and I'd rather save my calories for something that will nourish my body.
1075 days ago
Welcome to the MISparks team!
1092 days ago
Hi my 5'3" friend! I think it is fabulous that you are a dietitian and that you revolve your life around healthy eating first and foremost! I'm very interested in nutrition myself. I live in a college town in California (UC Davis) and our whole town is known as "granola". So "crunchy" is a way of life here. In fact, I just made my own homemade protein bars with almond meal, peanut butter, unsweetened coconut, almonds, banana and chia seeds...just joked with my husband that I must officially be "granola" now! Our town is inter-connected by bike trails and people bike everywhere (students and families), including the professors who are often wearing blazers and ties on their bikes. I love that you have used organic materials with your children. You are a leader and know to use your own sound judgement. I think the other people are just behind the times! It takes effort to make healthy lifestyle choices and you and your family are way ahead of the curve. Nice to meet you!
1095 days ago
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Hey girlie ready to start this new year off right with some SPARK!?
1116 days ago
Here to invite you to visit my page winter challenge week 1 , just stop by leave a comment, emoticon, or give a goodie, Thanks in advance!!
1137 days ago