August 12, 2018

New York Minute

Sunday morning, en route to Sarabeth's Central Park South.

One day. 
An apartment on the upper east side, near the hospitals - one of which I'll be working at, with pediatric and immigrant populations. The credentials of a registered dietitian and Spanish medical interpreter. Lazy Saturday mornings spent in Central Park, after stopping by a greenmarket. A corgi and an Australian/German shepherd mix I've adopted (it'll all be just for a few years, because the dogs need more space). The peak of day spent lounging at a restaurant with outdoor seating, the perfect spot to fabricate intricate narratives of the people you watch. Running around the city, taking photos of strangers, because there are too many personalities to pass by. Sunset runs over a bridge. Somehow, I'll still end up in bed by midnight...
One day!

August 5, 2018

S'mores Mousse Cups

This isn't so bad for you, I promise! It's important to go all out and enjoy treats as they are, but I've found myself gravitating towards this healthy-ish version, too. It's just that good. 

July 29, 2018

Scripture Search: To The Bone (A Biblical Approach to Body Positivity)

She looks back at you in silence. The outline of her ribcage protrudes, the skin hugging her shoulders and collarbones is taut. Her dark brown eyes and pursed lips, usually small, now look bigger on her thinned face. Your eyes trace the frame of her faint cheekbones, sliding down her jaw and turning sharply as it narrows into a point. Scanning back up her face slowly, you notice the shadows under her eyes.

You blink. Her legs. Twig-like, chicken legs. A pale brown bruise is patched on her inner right knee from the way her bony left knee weighs down on it as she sleeps, fetal position. You don’t recognize her, the girl staring at you. Yet despite this state of weakness, despite finally seeing yourself as the person reflected in the mirror, you feel strong. Empowered.


July 22, 2018

Middle Eastern Spiced Carrots with Yogurt and Pistachios

If you aren't aware, I study nutrition and dietetics. I'm at a children's hospital for the summer, and recently, I had the opportunity to observe a few feeding evaluations - what are they? 

If you've watched a cop show or are familiar with marketing, you might know of one-way mirrored observation rooms (you know, during interrogation or focus group scenes). The same room is used in a feeding evaluation, where the patient being observed is in the room, exposed to foods they like and foods they may have issues with. With a pediatric population, parents tend to be in the room with them, while the clinicians stand behind the glass window and watch how the patient reacts to the foods. Do they eat it? What faces are they making? Is the food visually overwhelming? Is there a common characteristic across the foods avoided? Does the patient have an aversion to texture?

July 15, 2018

not according to my time, God, but Yours. 
for your plans are greater. Your timing. more intentional. 
the stories you craft are far more beautiful. 
than anything I could ever dream of.

July 8, 2018

the sun also rises

“In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” - C.S. LewisThe Four Loves