Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Duncan the dachshund is with me, always.  Or he'd like to be!  He lays at my feet while I'm working at home, occasionally poking me in the leg when I've been sitting too long.  He sits at the edge of the kitchen while I'm recipe testing.  He gets underfoot while I move photography lights and snap photos.  He goes grocery shopping with me, even though he can't go into the store and but is a hit everywhere else we go: the hardware store, the bookstore, the coffee shop, even the emissions testing center.  Sadly for him he doesn't come with me to see patients because he thinks he's the center of attention and I like to give my energy to my clients, so he sits forlornly at home.  Duncan is curled beside me now as I sit on the couch and type this post, quietly waiting for his walk and constantly reminding me that however busy, tired, elated, stressed, bemused and overwhelmed I am, real life is waiting for me when I choose to look up from my computer.

I've been looking at my little neglected blog and I'm reminded of Julia Child saying "Never apologize."  I know there's more to that quote but I'm going to truncate it because it fits my needs.  Life is busy at FoodWise Nutrition and I'm doing exactly how much I can and want to do but I'm thinking I need to make a bit more time for writing in this space.

I've started another business.  I hate to tease you with this because we aren't quite ready to announce but I'm so excited I can't keep it in a second longer.  It's going to involve a guidebook written with my business partner and myself and recipe book, written and photographed by yours truly.  I'll tell you more in the next few months but know that all the fabulous recipes that aren't appearing on this site are going into a cookbook!!

I've also written a weight loss starter guide and I'm working on the art assets.  Whenever I get those done it will be self-published in e-book form but everything takes three times longer than you think it should, especially when the process is new.

Amongst all this writing and recipe testing and photography I'm still teaching at Bastyr University and FoodWise is flourishing.  I introduced Mediator Release Testing, a food intolerance test into my practice last summer and it's really taken off!  I'm so excited to be able to offer this service to clients and it's making a huge impact on patients lives to be able finally identify why the have diarrhea/constipation/heartburn/chronic headaches/nausea/etc.  If you have IBS, call me because chances are, we can get rid of most of your symptoms by eliminating problem foods!

In thinking about all these projects, it's easy to get overwhelmed but I'm remembering to do one thing at a time and then the next thing and then the next.  Google calendar had been a savior throughout this process.  I don't make New Year's resolutions but I do make one word themes for the year and this year's theme is PRODUCE, as in write like a wild woman and get these projects done!  So, happy belated New Year to you all.  2013 is going to be amazing.


  1. Congratulations on your new venture! With your drive and expertise, I've no doubt it will be a success.

  2. Exciting! I haven't seen you in a bit. Mom and dog were ill. My weight is still coming off and I'm really working on sticking to whole food. I hope to see you soon. :)

  3. Your dog is just too freakin cute! And congrats on the new business. I hope it works out!

  4. Yeah, your li'l doggie is cute. Congrats on starting a new business. You are involved into so many awesome creative activities that finding lesser time to post on the blog is understandable. It would be good to see some posts from you based on just pictures in case you don't have time to write in the near future.

    Thanks for the post.

  5. I am very happy to learn that you have a good business started. Good luck on that though, and I believe you'll still harvest the same good people around you. It may be sad for me to see your recipes find a new home (cookbook). I wish to have a glimpse on that real soon.

  6. I've been following your recipes for a while (and so has your cute dog, it looks like), so I look forward to a cookbook from you - I refer here a lot for gluten-free when my mom in law comes over for dinner.

  7. Today's dogs are descended from Eurasian grey wolves, domesticated between 15,000 and 40,000 years ago. Humans have a long history of eradicating wolves, rather than trying to adopt them. Over the last few centuries, almost every culture has hunted wolves to extinction. The first written record of the wolf's persecution was in the sixth century B.C.

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