Well this New Year, I have so many new things in store. I am in the midst of merging my website and blog and giving it all a fresh new face. Very exciting…stay tuned –should be up and running by the end of the month.
I tend to look at the start of a new year as a clean slate. Do you? I like to think about what new adventures I can take on with my family. Last year, we zip lined, ran a color run, flew in a vertical air chamber, biked the Cape Cod canal… to name a few. Here’s our holiday card…
And from a work perspective, I challenged myself and did many, many talks on my favorite topic: FODMAPs. I do enjoy finding and creating new ways to educate more people about the low FODMAP diet–a diet therapy that has been life changing for me and many of my clients that suffer with GI distress.
Last year, my goal was to provide numerous educational sessions on the low FODMAP diet to medical doctors and dietitians as part of my mission to spread the word about this therapeutic diet in the US. I was fortunate to provide a talk to gastroenterologists across the globe on FODMAPs at the the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society’s Rome Symposium on the subject of Food and IBS. But also provided numerous dietitian workshops across the nation! More dietitians that know how to implement the low FODMAP diet means more people suffering with digestive discord can find the help they need! I have been interviewed or have written in many magazines too…spreading my low FODMAP diet love….including Living without, Reader’s Digest and more recently in the Feb 2014 issue of Gluten Free Living on the hot topic of gluten sensitivity and FODMAP diet overlap!
I also have been quietly working my tail bone off in a collaborative book project that is now being sold at most bookstores nationwide! The book, 21-Day Tummy is a Reader’s Digest project that I provided expert consultation along with menu planning for those who desire to calm digestive symptoms: IBS, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas and heartburn ALONG with trimming some belly fat. We tested the diet on 12 testers and had excellent results. Everyone experienced improvement in digestive symptoms and everyone lost weight! But what I personally noticed was that the testers were more energetic, slept better and seemed so happy and healthy eating the nourishing plan of real foods we put together in the book. The 21 Day Tummy includes many delicious low FODMAP recipes-developed by 2 top NYC recipe developers Kate Slate and Sandy Gluck–and a few–by yours truly. The overall goal of the nutrition plan in 21 Day Tummy was to include low FODMAP, magnesium rich whole foods with adequate fiber and nourishing healthy fats. Did you know almost 70% of Americans fail to consume enough magnesium in their diet? But with the 21-Day Tummy I was sure to include key magnesium rich low FODMAP foods including chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, oat bran and magnesium rich veggies too. Learn more about magnesium here!
I highly recommend this book for those with digestive complaints: gas, bloating, gerd, IBS, constipation or diarrhea WHO additionally want to trim some weight. But of course, talk with your doctor before you embark on any diet change and be sure you have been screened for celiac disease first! Learn more about 21 Day Tummy here!
This year, I am very excited to provide my first ever Low FODMAP group class–a cooking, shopping and educational session for those following the low FODMAP diet. This class is open to the public and will be held at Whole Foods Market at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts on February 27th from 5:30-7:30. Register early as the class is limited to 24 participants! We’ll cook, taste, shop, learn, and collaborate. I am excited to open up this educational session to those who are ready to try the low FODMAP diet or have been on the low FODMAP diet but need a bit more help navigating the grocery store and cooking up some yummy but easy recipes. To register for this class, click here for the link. Plus, I will be be giving away 10, 21-Day Tummy books! Maybe you’ll be a lucky winner!! 🙂
Russ and I kicked off our New Year with a nice long run! My top motivator is a new pair of running shoes! Check out my 2014 running beauties!
So…with the new year upon us…I have three goals for this year:
- Help others that need my help
- Have fun each and every day! (I am pretty good at this already….)
And over the next week or two, Russ and I will create our official 2014 bucket list so that we can ensure another year of adventure and many new ‘firsts’ …for us and our clan.
Happy, Happy, Healthy New Year to YOU!