Now that I've been back in Baton Rouge for about 9 months, I get the question all of the time, "So what are you doing these days?" When I was in Houston everyone knew I was dancing, teaching dance, and working as a dietitian (or "nutrition coach") at LifeTime Fitness.
"Well...lots of things!" I tell them. I am teaching at Tari's School of Dance, which keeps me REALLY busy (and I love it and wouldn't trade it for the world). In the fall, I choreograph for the Saintsations, the Saints' NFL dance team. I manage this blog. And now I'm in the process of starting my own business. "Deliciously Golden" is going corporate (well maybe one day!). I hope you have noticed the new logo that I had designed. I love it and want to thank Hannah of Sherbet Blossom Designs for all of her creativity!
Since I've been back in Louisiana, I've been working with several high school and college ages girls on weight management issues. I love this age group because they are so impressionable...the girls don't have many hard-set, preconceived ideas about food...they are mostly just confused and very willing to learn. And I think this is where it all starts - teach young girls how to eat and cook healthfully, and they will in turn pass it on the the next generation.
One of the things I do with the girls is cook with them at their homes (and sometimes at mine). It gives them a little confidence in the kitchen and helps build a healthy food relationship. What do we prepare? Lots of things: oven-fried chicken tenders with sauteed tomatoes and a side salad, chicken enchiladas, butter pecan ice cream, baked chicken with wild rice salad and roasted squash, and KING CAKE!
Last week, because it was Mardi Gras, I made a king cake with one of the girls. As you can see, I don't only cook "healthy" things with the girls, because I feel that having a "special treat" is part of eating healthfully. I follow this same philosophy myself...95% of the time I eat foods that are good for my body, but the other 5% I relax and enjoy a special treat or two.
The king cake was chocolate chip pecan and let me tell you, it was AMAZING!