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Hello and thanks for stopping by!

A little bit about me. I’m a wife and mother of triplets whom I’ll refer to in this blog by their nicknames: Poppie, Birdie and Mr. and our family also includes an obessive compulsive golden labrador named Finn. I’m a nutritionist, business owner and author and I’m constantly trying to figure out how to balance it all in a healthy way. The premise of this blog can be summed up in one sentence. I want to incorporate the principles of the Mediterranean lifestyle into my family’s life for their health, happiness, and wellbeing.

My life was pretty full as a business owner when I started writing my first book, Glycemic Index Diet for Dummies. Life was grand and I was so excited to become an author, something I had as a career goal for several years. Just as the book deal came through I found out I was pregnant with triplets. What? Triplets? Seriously? This surprise turned my life upside down in many crazy yet wonderful ways. Once they were born everything I had mastered about time management got thrown out the window. I should say that differently…not thrown, but kicked out the window so far I can’t remember what it looks like.

Year 1, With much support from family, friends and my colleagues, I co-authored the follow up cookbook to my first book, Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies which was difficult to get through with such young little ones and little work time, but with the help of an excellent team we produced a wonderful cookbook.

Year 2 I began researching my next book, Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies and was inspired remembering my childhood. I was raised in an American-Italian home where all of the major Mediterranean life principles were at play. I realized how fast and furious my life had become when one day I was discussing the recipes with my co-author and I told her I’d never have time to shuck my own fava beans. This saddened me because my childhood is filled with memories of cooking, picking fresh fruits and munching on English peas and cherry tomatoes as we ran around the backyard. I want my kids to have that lifestyle, not the fast, harried lifestyle where I’m headed.

I also realized it was the first time in my career I wasn’t sure if I could incorporate the very principles I was suggesting others to adopt. Oh, sure…we have fresh fruits and veggies every day, but not nearly enough. Yes…I cook, but still depend on a lot of processed meals. Let’s just say we eat more mac and cheese from a box than you might expect from a dietitian. Relaxation? Ummm…not sure how to get that one in. You get the picture.

I know this isn’t uniquely my story. Our society is busier than ever and while your story might look differently than mine, the common ground is how to find time for health when every minute of your day is full.

So, this is my journey

To incorporate the principles of the Mediterranean lifestyle including preparing and eating healthy foods, exercise, stress relief, making time for family and friends and generally speaking, slowing down. We’ll call it an experiment in life balance with all the ups, downs and humor along the way. I hope through my own process of implementing all the tricks I’ve learned in my field of work along with new ideas I stumble upon, you may find some tidbits of information that can help you in your own wellness journey.

Thanks for taking time to read this blog!

If you are looking for my company, Real Living Nutrition, you’ll find it here.

 

 

Photography contributor Candice Dreyer

Hi, my name is Candice. By day I am a dietitian, working in the dialysis setting, and in my free time, I do photography. I have always loved taking pictures, and after my wedding in 2005, I knew I wanted to pursue photography professionally. My primary focus is families, kids, and babies, but I have a soft spot in my heart for food, especially healthy food. I currently live in Costa Mesa with my husband, golden retriever, and orange cat. Hope you enjoy the photos! If you’d like more information visit my website at www.lovejoyphotographer.com

 

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