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Introducing a New Website: DarnGluten.com; GutThinking.com Updates


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I recently have been focusing my efforts on building content on both of my nutrition-related websites, GutThinking.com and now the new DarnGluten.com. Both focus on health for the individual through nutrition, with emphasis on restricted diets because of food intolerance, allergy, or a primary health condition that requires food be restricted. Recent articles I’m proud of include: How It Is Possible To Be Fat and Healthy–A Body Advocacy Primer: — GutThinking.com Are Corn, Rice, and Sorghum Really Gluten-Free? Are “Ancient […]

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Trends in Health Coaching at Corporate Events


I’ve worked six biometric screenings at various companies now, including an Adventist Hospital, HP, JohnsManville, Recology, and Con-Way trucking company. I really enjoy the interaction with the people I’m meeting, and how diverse each group of people seems to be. It’s fun to see how people connect the dots of their test results with their activities and diets. It’s also interesting to see trends in people’s results, and seeing how they differ from company to company, and how they are the […]

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A few thoughts after working my first health screening.


I just spent an intense week working a health screening at the “Health Coach” table. My job was to give clients their lab results we’d run on the spot, as a requirement for their insurance, and then give them a quick rundown as to what the results meant, and clues to actions they could take to improve their results for the future. While working with all these people (estimate of 350 people I saw over five days) I figured out […]

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New Writing Gig – North State Parent magazine


I just got the opportunity to start writing the “Localicious” column in the monthly magazine, North State Parent. I’m excited and honored for the opportunity! My first article will come out in the November issue, which is available online and in print, several places around the four northern California counties the magazine covers. Looking forward to adding some nutritious tips for parents who are looking for a way to broaden their kids’ palettes. My other goals are to give recipes […]

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Requisite Social Networking Kitty Blog


Well, I’m finally admitting to my vanity blog, my goal of adding more cute little kitty photo to the web on The Cat Birdini Seat. I probably wouldn’t have made the admission, but one of my guys, Yapper-Pants (even my cats and dog have pseudonyms on Facebook – I’m a protective-pet owner) just climbed up into that giant cat scratcher wonderland in the sky on June 3, and I miss the little bugger even more than I thought I would. After […]

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I did it!


It’s official—I now have my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science, Dietetics, from California State University, Chico! Here’s a picture of me from just after the ceremony on Saturday, May 25, 2013. I’m proud of myself 😀 Some thoughts: I want to take all my passion and knowledge of food allergens and people’s allergic and intolerant reactions and work with quality assurance and marketing to create a line of products that will fill a whole new niche in […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go — stay local or relocate for a job


I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about whether or not I want to stay in the Chico area for work. Part of me would love to change regions and experience new or at least different places, and the other part of me wants to stay here and work in the awesome community built up around me. Every day lately it seems I’m finding yet another location offering gluten-free food, which is a total score. In the last month […]

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Epigenetics and Nutrigenomics as a career


The more I study, the more I find myself wondering if anyone out there with experience in epigenetics/nutrigenomics (ahem, UC Davis!) and as such, is it possible to have a career in this field without having a graduate degree? Or is it possible to find a job where I could be gainfully employed *and* working my way toward a graduate degree in this field? Because I have a fire lit under me and that makes me exactly the type of person you […]

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