Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Greenfest DC (May 31 - June 1)

The mourning dove eggs have hatched, fledged and flown away.  How time flies when you fly for a living.  I never expected my 75% travel job to be so, well, nonstop.  In the flurry that was spring, I was unable to move around my work schedule to attend the Functional Medicine conference in San Fransisco.  Bummer!  However, instead of a trip to gain knowledge, I now have the opportunity to spread knowledge.

What am I talking about?  DC Greenfest!  Being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on May 31 - June 1.

Genesis Today, the company for whom I work, is sponsoring a booth (#364) at the DC Greenfestival and a speaking opportunity.  I will be talking about Cleansing 101 at the Good Food Stage at 1pm on Saturday, May 31 (see schedule here).  If you've been following my blog, you know that I completed a 3-week cleanse in January 2013 and that I've been on several elimination diets.  I cannot wait to share my knowledge (and humorous analogies) with you!

If you are in the area, I invite you to attend show and visit me at the Genesis Today booth (#364) from 10-6pm either day.  To make it even more enticing, follow this link and use the code: EX014GF to get your FREE ticket!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mourning Dove vs Container Garden

Look out the sliding door onto my porch and you will see many things.  A small table, some chairs, a blue compost bin, and several potted plants.  If you look closely, you will also that one of the pots no longer contains a plant, but a bird nest!

The view of my porch on a sunny day
When I cook, I use real food - onions, carrots, celery, asparagus, oranges.  And instead of throwing the food scraps into the trash, to add to the landfill, I re-purpose them.  The onion skin, carrot peels, and celery bottoms I put into a plastic bag labeled "Mirepoix" which lives in the freezer until I have enough raw material to make vegetable stock (Thank you, Marie Donadio, from PCC Cooks for telling me that I can use scraps instead of whole vegetables to make stock!).  The other veggie and fruit non-edibles I usually compost, placing them temporarily in a small bowl in the kitchen to take out later.

The last time I went to put the vegetable scraps in the compost, I was greeted by a petrified Mourning Dove.

Ready to fly away if I got any closer, but obviously not wanting to leave the nest!
Mourning Doves build flimsy platform nests of twigs. They usually lay two white eggs,which hatch in 14-16 days. Both parents take turns keeping the eggs warm, the male sits on the nest during the day and the female usually incubates at night. Once hatched, the baby mourning doves fledge (develop wing feathers that are large enough for flight) in about 12-14 days. The parents continue to care for the fledglings until they are 25 to 27 days old.

It looks like I won't be able to add my food waste to the compost bin for about a month.  I also have very little hope for the two rosemary plants that are far enough under the eaves that rain will not reach them.  Such is life.  My garden held hostage by a family of mourning doves!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What is the Right Diet?

What is the right diet?

This question has inspired me my whole life, or at least since the day my mom read the book Sugar Blues by William Duffy and removed all the sugar from our house in Beaverton, OR (very shocking to a 10 year old!).  Some might argue that this question is what inspired me to become a dietitian.

Well, this summer I might have the opportunity to answer the ageless quandary.


The Institute for Functional Medicine is having their Annual (International) Conference on Food and Nutrition on May 29-31, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.  The topic is Functional Perspectives on Food and Nutrition: The Ultimate Upstream Medicine.  Cutting edge experts - scientists and clinicians - will discuss how they have applied personalized therapies in clinical practice - comparing veganism to the Paleo diet to the Mediterranean diet.  I really want to go.

Video: what is the right micronutrient ratio for your patient?

Speakers include:

The first step to making something happen, to manifesting something in your life, is to speak it out loud.  With this blog post, I am letting people know that I really want to attend this conference.  I believe that attending will help me to be a better clinician.  The purpose of conferences is to learn from all the experts - all in one place - to hear the latest research that I otherwise would have to spend the time to find, read and interpret.  It will be worth the time and money.

Things that are currently in my way:
$950 registration fee
Airfare (~$500)
Currently planned work trip to Toronto, Canada (May 27-30)