Welcome to Beautifully Nutty!
My name is Melanie and I am a Registered Dietitian (RD) from the Twin Cities in Minnesota.
I have a passion for food, health and fitness. I am out to prove that a healthy lifestyle is attainable in this beautifully nutty world we live in, and that it can be fun and delicious too.
I love developing healthy recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. When I am in the kitchen, I am in my comfort zone. I am all about whole food living but have a spot in my heart for sweet treats, so I make sure to make room for some fun treats here and there.
The intention of Beautifully Nutty is not to advise “what to eat” and “what not to eat.” I do not promote the idea of completely cutting out any of your favorite foods from your diet (unless you have allergies or sensitivities of course), but rather I promote living with the mentality everything in moderation. Therefore, as a dietitian I hope to never say a food is bad or good or that you can’t eat this or that. I want you to enjoy life and enjoy food that gives you energy and nurtures your body.
I like to move it move it
I love being active. I try to include some type of physical activity into almost every day. I enjoy running, dancing, walking, biking, hiking, yoga, Zumba, kickboxing, strength training, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, etc.; anything that gets my body moving. I continue to explore other fitness activities and try to mix it up so I don’t get bored!
A little more about me.
At the age of 12, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I have dealt with flares and then periods of remission over and over again. I have tried handfuls of different medications, experimented with special diets, but I still haven’t quite figured it out.
Until recent years, I have been very shy about sharing this piece of my life with others. It always embarrassed me especially in my teen years. During my most recent flare, I decided that it was time to own it; after all, it’s part of who I am. I want to share my experience with this disease in the hope that I can help others out there who may be dealing with it, or know someone who is.
As a dietitian, I immediately started experimenting with my diet to see if making changes to my daily intake could help with symptoms. I began with a low-fiber, low-residue diet but with no signs of improvement and serious cravings for raw veggies, I ended that experiment. I went back to my normal diet full of veggies, fruits, low fat dairy, lean proteins, and nut butters. The symptoms remained the same as they had been on the low-fiber, but I wasn’t getting “better”.
My husband brought home a book for me to read called “Breaking the Vicious Cycle,” which explains the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and all of the science behind the theory. At that point I dove into the SCD which you can read about here. My symptoms did improve and since then I have adapted the diet to better fit my life and my personal disease state (each person is different after all).
Currently, I follow a mostly gluten-free diet because that’s what helps my body function at it’s best. I have adapted my diet to work for me just as I would do for any one of you. I monitor how my body responds to different foods and stressors, and make adjustments as needed. Watching what I eat helps me to regulate my symptoms, and I have learned so much about myself and my body in the process.
Mama bear to three beautiful, healthy, and crazy busy boys. My life is my family and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
In this busy and nutty world, full of ups and downs, challenges, and celebrations, we can journey towards our healthiest and best life. While enjoying great food, activity, love, and life, we can find a healthy balance that is attainable.
And it is a beautiful thing.
Welcome to Beautifully Nutty!