Love is what we are doing right

Hey Friends! I have been somewhat out of touch as I have been traveling for my daughter’s wedding and on a bit of a “talking circuit”. Right after my daughter’s wedding in Santorini, Greece, I presented at Harvard Medical School’s GI Motility and Functional Gut Disorders program (my topic: Food Intolerance).

This talk was followed by a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan to provide 2 talks at University of Michigan– more about food intolerance and diet therapy for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Food intolerance can take many shapes and forms and it is always great to share the latest research with healthcare providers. I do think the current food culture is entrenched in food-based fear mongering and IBS and SIBO patients need help from registered dietitians to separate the hype from the science. An overly restrictive diet can lead to malnutrition, health risk and a poor quality of life. This topic was a common thread in my talks at Harvard and U. Michigan.

Next week is Harvard Medical School’s Gut Health, Microbiota and Probiotics throughout the Lifespan (dietary influences) symposium. I have been asked to work as media for this event to help translate the research presented into consumer language. I will be providing a detailed post about what I learn at this symposium right here on the blog… so stay tuned!

To say I love my job, is a bit of an understatement. 🙂

I have been a little off grid as well, as I had a little fall in Greece and I am healing from post concussion syndrome. Fortunately, the fall did not impact the lovely time we had celebrating the wedding of my daughter, Chelsea and her new husband, Ian. Our time was magical on the island of Santorini.

The sunsets on the island were beyond beautiful.

Like a golden orange ball hitting the horizon. Amazing.

Eating in Greece was wonderful too. My favorites included their fresh and delicious Greek Salads, which unlike the ‘American version’ do not contain any lettuce–just a lovely vinaigrette with fresh tomatoes, creamy feta and cucumbers (onions can be easily removed or ordered without), grilled octopus and chicken kabobs. I also became addicted to their Freddo Espresso and Freddo Cappuccino (sans sugar)— topped with cold milk foam (not too much lactose).  We found the cutest little cafe in Fira called Lila Cafe which made the best Freddo Cappuccino.

We also enjoyed a 2 1/2 hour hike from Oia to Fira. The views were amazing and I was able to enjoy some one on one time with my sister who came to the wedding.

We hosted the celebration at Nafsika estate which was ridiculously breathtaking.  

And the fam…

Chelsea’s vows include a few key sentences that resonated with the romantic in me,

“Love is what we all share- our universal truth. Love is what we are doing right.”

13 replies on “Love is what we are doing right

  • Deb

    Kate, gorgeous photos and gorgeous family. Thanks for sharing, and best wishes for a full recovery from your fall. Good to know you were in Ann Arbor presenting. I live 2 hours away, and have considered gong there for IBS nutritional counseling, as I cannot find it at home. So I follow you and Patsy Catsos, which is so helpful. Any suggestions for specific people to request in Ann Arbor? Thanks for all you do!

  • Sandy Kirby

    Wow! What a great blog update! Congratulations!!!! What a beautiful place to have a wedding and family celebration! I am so thrilled for you and the direction your career and life’s journey is taking you! I hope you are all healed up now. Welcome back! We have missed you! <3

  • Jenni

    So sorry about your fall! But congratulations on your daughter’s wedding! What an amazing location. Writing to you from Portugal. Always fun to hear what other dietitians and those with IBS eat when they’re overseas. Thanks for all you do for us!

  • Janet Wisniewski

    Congratulations, Kate! My daughter just got married, too, and we are so happy for her as I’m sure you are for your daughter and family. Best wishes to all and hope you heal from your fall and injury quickly!

  • frances mary

    we celebrate your joys, challenges and achievements with you, kate. you are a blessing to all who know you. and your daughter Chelsea’s words are wonderfully profound! thank you for including us in your family 🙂 love and blessings to all!

  • Denise

    Beautiful pictures! I’m sorry to hear about your injury. I hope you’re getting back to normal.
    I wish I was attending the Harvard presentation in Norwood next week. What a great meeting with top professionals in the field. Enjoy!

  • Melinda

    Congratulations on your daughter’s marriage. Love is a wonderful connecter. Greece is an amazing place & perfect for a wedding. Your pictures captured your feelings about it & the breathtaking beauty there. It is easier to eat there when you have digestion issues since the foods are simple & fresh & the Greeks are flexible to adjust to suit individual needs. I have gone many times (have in-laws there) & don’t stress, knowing eating there with a SIBO/IBS condition isn’t a worry !! With much uneven pavement & surface conditions, there is a higher potential for falling when not used to it. Hope you are healing quickly. Congrats on your work with Harvard Medical School & the University of Michigan. Appreciate you keeping us all abreast of the pioneering work going on in the field.

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