The Dietitian Changes Everything

Tuesday, the 27th, I had my appointment with the dietitian. This is the first dietitian I have ever seen, and I was extremely excited!

I had wanted to become a registered dietitian, until I took a class called “Intro to Nutrition Professions,” which pretty much said you always have to pitch your own jobs and I just don’t have the personality to do that – I barely have the personality to sell myself in regular interviews, let alone try to force people to hire me into a position I’ve created. I also wasn’t going to have the money to pay for the exams or internship, since I was already tens of thousands of dollars in student debt as it was. Sadly, I just kind of let that dream die instead of trying to figure out a way to make it work, but I still find nutrition absolutely fascinating! That fascination was definitely adding to the excitement.

My excitement was mainly due to the exciting potential of actually ending up on a track that might make me feel better, however, since most modern western medicine doctors don’t really focus much on nutrition. Continue reading

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Blood Test Results (Part 1): Numbers, but No Doctor Visit Yet

Today, I noticed that my thorough blood testing results were posted to my patient portal. It did say that it was entered by my doctor (if I am understanding their notation properly), so I’m assuming he has actually looked at them. However, I suppose a nurse or medical assistant could also be adding them on to previously existing notes that have his name on them.

Blood Work

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The results I’m about to talk about are just an observation from the report, and have not actually been interpreted by my doctor.

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Easy, Healthy Lunch Wraps – Recipe

The lunch wraps are delicious, nutritious, and super simple to make! They’re also free from most allergens, which makes them even better. Great for spoonies, or anyone that is in a rush!

Today is probably the first day in over a year that I have actually made my own lunch! Usually, I just heat up leftovers and/or drink an Ensure. Sometimes I get crazy and add a few snack foods with my Ensure 😉 I know I need to eat, but it’s hard to come up with lunch foods that I like, are easy to make, and don’t kill my stomach… it’s even HARDER if I am actually following my rotation diet: yeast, beans, cheese, chocolate can only be eaten every three days (ie: I eat yeast Monday, I can’t eat it again until Thursday). Then, my best friend made these wraps for us during a girl day, and I’m hooked! This particular recipe is completely free from all my allergens. It can very easily be modified to fit your personal diet as well.



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Ingredients
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  • tortilla (Mission flour tortillas, large/burrito size)
  • salad dressing (Kraft ranch dressing)
  • lunch meat (Oscar Meyer rotisserie chicken, deli meat*)
  • salad mix, or other leafy greens (50/50 spring mix and spinach)
  • tomatoes (Nature Sweet sunbursts and cherubs)
  1. Lay the tortilla on a plate. If the tortilla is stiff, heat it up a little until flexible (I do 15-20 seconds in the  microwave).
  2. Spread a thin layer of the ranch dressing on the tortilla. The specific amount is up to your personal taste!
  3. Put down a layer of the lunch meat. I did a single overlapping layer, to keep it from overpowering the wrap. You can add more or less to taste.step one (1).jpg
  4. Put some of the salad mix on top of the lunch meat. Don’t use too much or it’ll prevent you from being able to taste all the rest of the tasty stuff (I used a little too much for the wrap I made while taking the photos). Lots of salad containers say they are pre-washed and ready to eat, but I like to rinse mine first, just to be safe. Try to distribute the leaves evenly so you have the same amount of salad in each bite!step-three-1
  5. Wash and slice the tomatoes. For the pictured wrap, I used 4 of the sunbursts and 5 of the cherubs. Since the sunbursts are quite large, I quartered them. However, the cherubs were smaller, so I only halved them. Make sure you use a serrated knife, or you’ll just crush the tomatoes and loose all the delicious stuff! You just want to get them to bite size, they’re easier to eat that way.
  6. Evenly distribute the tomatoes over the salad mix.step-four-1
  7. If you have accidentally put a ton of salad on your wrap, you can add more ranch dressing. (And if you love ranch, you might want to add a drizzle as well! Haha)
  8. Wrap up the tortilla and enjoy!

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*While looking at the ingredients to write this post, I realized I’d forgotten to check the lunch meat prior to purchasing it! This particular lunch meat does contain “yeast extract,” unfortunately. For this to fully follow my elimination diet, I will need to use a different lunch meat… oops!



As I said earlier, this recipe is fantastic if you’re low on energy and/or time! It’s also a great way to get in a serving of vegetables (the tomatoes are nutritionally a vegetable, even though they’re technically a fruit), which I know a lot of us struggle with on a daily basis. I eat these with a side of fruit, making it a fully balanced meal. Yummy!

My best friend adds onions, bacon bits, and cheese into her wrap. Customizing your wrap is half the fun!

What ingredients did you put in your wrap?