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, 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 dont get bored!
This is a place for me to share my life, recipes, eats, health endeavors, and fitness adventures. It’s a great way to help keep me on track toward my own health and fitness goals. I hope that as I grow and learn how to find a healthy balance in my life, that I might inspire and motivate others to adapt to healthy lifestyle changes and find balance in their own lives as well. I believe in learning how to live and attain a healthy lifestyle not just for a few weeks, but for life.
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 am following a (mostly) gluten-free diet that is partly SCD, partly Paleo, and partly Melanie. Doesn’t sound very cut and dry right? That’s because it isn’t. This is why I will never tell someone here eat this, don’t eat that, because what one person can handle, the next person may not. I am adapting 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 is helping me to regulate my symptoms, and I am learning so much about myself and my body in the process.
I am beginning to love alternative medicine, and have developed an integrative approach to find total wellness for myself. I am working with a Chiropractor, Naturopath, and an Acupuncturist. I am also working with a Gastroenterologist and am being treated with Western Medicine. Some day, I will be med free.
As of October 27th, 2014, life changed dramatically as Dana and I became a parents to our beautiful Bode. Everyday he makes us laugh, challenges us, and keeps us moving. The love that we have for that little boy is incredible. Love love love.
When I first met my husband Dana, he would constantly say “that’s nutty” meaning that’s crazy or funny. It was funny to me at first and then eventually drove me crazy because he said it all the time! Anyway, the phrase faded for a while but I resurrected it because it just may have grown on me. 😉
Beautifully Nutty means that we all live in a crazy busy world, full of ups and downs, challenges, and celebrations, and although life can be insanely hectic, we can still live a healthy life full of great food and physical activity, where healthy balance is attainable, and it can be a beautiful thing.
I hope you enjoy reading. Welcome to Beautifully Nutty!