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2015-2016 Update

Shoo, ya’ll — I haven’t posted in over a year!

As you will see if you keep reading, I have been rather busy. Without further rigamarole, let’s get to the updates.

School

Is out! I graduated on May 9th, 2015 with a master’s of science in clinical nutrition and became a full-fledged dietitian a couple of months later when I passed the registered dietitian exam. Many people tell me that I strike them as a person likely to return to school and get a Ph.D. sometime in the future. This may be true but for now, I am pleased to be working and ever-so-slowly getting out of debt.

Here is a silly picture I took while standing in the line to walk across the stage at graduation.

Work

Shortly after graduation I accepted a position with the local startup company Shield Nutraceuticals . I worked with them for about six months, helping to develop and research their first product, GlutenShield®. It is a dietary supplement intended to help everyone, but particularly individuals who have issues with gluten, digest their food more completely and with less digestive distress.

After the launch of GlutenShield® and the end of my contract, I accepted a clinical position with a local rehab facility. I am contracted with them three days a week and am responsible for the nutritional health of roughly 50 patients at any given time. Though the days are long, I am enjoying working with this company and my patients. I’m glad to have the opportunity to keep my clinical skills sharp.

Shortly after signing the contract for my clinical position, I was also contracted to write a book. I will use this a thin excuse for not having updated Changing for Keeps in such a long time. I know that the timelines don’t match up that well since I only started working on the book at the end of April 2016, but just let me have it, ok?

Anyway, the book is about the ketogenic diet and the Mediterranean diet combined. The Ketogenic Mediterranean diet will be published by Ulysses Press and if all goes as planned, hit the shelves of bookstores nationwide in Q1 of 2017.  As you may have guessed, I find writing a book to be very exciting and overwhelming simultaneously.

Family

My wife and I purchased our first home in late 2015 and are expecting our first child in late 2016. I can’t adequately express the feels involved with both of these events but we’re both tremendously excited and grateful. She vetoed my suggestion of “Avocado” as the name of kid regardless of gender.

I’ve been trying to learn as many dad jokes as I can prior to becoming an actual dad. Here’s one of my favorites so far:

What’s the difference between a hippo and zippo?

One’s really big and the other is a little lighter. =D

Food

After my experiment with the ketogenic diet in early 2015, I discovered that I feel better and have more energy when following this eating pattern. I have been eating a ketogenic diet more or less consistently since. In addition to working on recipes for my book, I am also starting to experiment with a form of intermittent fasting (IF), otherwise known as skipping breakfast. Basically, I am not eating from about 6 pm to about 1 pm. So far, I am having a good experience with it. I’ll try my best to get a more thorough post about the possible benefits of IF.

Onward

I plan to try and get back to posting more regularly but with a job, a book, and an impending newborn, we shall see. In the mean time, give me your best dad jokes in the comments below. I’m going to need all the help I can get.

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