5 Ways to LOVE Your Body

We live in a society that seems to value appearance more than anything…

In order to be noticed, popular, or “important”, you have to dress a certain way, wear gobs of makeup, and…be a certain size.

Body Image is something I’ve struggled with what feels like forever…and honestly, I still struggle with it! However, I’ve found ways to remind me of what I’m worth…which has nothing to do with size or weight!

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Here are my 5 ways to LOVE my body–and I hope this will inspire you to do the same!

  1. I am strong
    It’s amazing what your body can do! I first started working out regularly when I was a senior in high school, and intially, it was all for appearance. As I continued my wellness journey, it became more of “let me see what my body can do” versus “let’s see how small my body can get” mindset. I’ve completed 2 half marathons, a sprint triathlon, and can actually do a bunch of body weight exercises that I couldn’t do a year ago all because I focus on my strength. My legs may be “thick”, but they allow me to move. Keeping that in the back of your mind helps you focus on the positive things about your body.
  2. I feel good in my clothes
    My all time NUMBER ONE indicator of how confident I feel is how I feel in my clothes. When my clothes fit (or are even a little loose!), my confidence is boosted and lets me know that my lifestyle is working for me. Being confident in your own skin is a great way to LOVE your body.
  3. I am healthy and well nourished
    While I am no size 0, I am healthy and well nourished. What do I mean by that? My organs are functioning properly. I eat nourishing foods to build my healthy gut and colon. I get daily movement to help with digestion, mental health, blood sugar balance and cardiac health. My body craves fresh foods encouraging me to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Stop focusing on the number on the scale or the size of your pants–take a step back and see if you are truly HEALTHY and WELL NOURISHED.
  4. I’ve got people who depend on me
    Take a look at your life and who is in it. Think of all the people who depend on you–significant other, children, parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents, friends–they love you for you. Instead of choosing to better yourself for shallow reasons, think of doing it for them–choosing healthy practices to better yourself FOR them. Think of all the extra things you’ll be able to offer your loved ones when you choose to live a healthy lifestyle.
  5. I am HAPPY
    Happiness comes from within–not from your outward appearance. While YES it is okay to get dolled up with makeup and a nice outfit–that can’t make you happy. You need to be happy with yourself and where you are with your life. If you are struggilng with that, I highly encourage you to take a look at your lifestyle and see what little changes you can make that may improve your mood–a daily walk, more plants, extra water…every BODY is different and thrives off of different things–find what works for you…find what brings YOU happiness.

 

This is not an exhaustive list–so make sure to let me know how YOU love your body in the comments section down below OR on my instagram feed.

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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5 Ways to Manage Time for Your Health

Have you ever been inspired to make healthier changes but just wasn’t sure where to start? I’ve been there, too.

Throughout my sophomore year in college, I told myself I’d make time for my workouts. You see, I was really determined with my workouts during my freshman year. Then, I injured my knee and took a break to allow it to heal. After that, it was really hard for me to get back in the habit of working out 5-6 days a week.

The commitment was hard…I fell back into my old, teenage habits of “putting it off until tomorrow”. I’d try to work out in between classes and science labs, but then I’d quickly talk myself out of it…a nap sounded better instead.

After gaining a few unwanted pounds, developing a poor relationship with food & self, and having a hard time fitting into my clothes, I decided things needed to change…I needed to change…I needed to get my mind right so I could be happy with myself again.

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picture credit: Courtney Haas Photography

But how?? How did I manage my time for my health?

  1. I changed my outlook

    While at the time my motivation was how my clothes fit, it didn’t take long for me to remember the “exercise high” from endorphin release–and I fell in love with exercising again. I quit looking at exercise and health as a chore and just made smaller decisions along the way that now last me a lifetime. I put a priority on my health, and eventually, my “healthy habits” became a part of my daily life.

  2. I scheduled time

    We are all busy! We all work, have families, school functions, socialization…it all adds up! My biggest advice to you (and myself!) is to schedule time in your day for your health. If you want to meal plan, pick one day and dedicate one hour to prepping all of your fruits + veggies for the week. Schedule time for your workouts. If you know your busy in the evenings, try waking up early to get your workout in. Allow yourself to take an hour daily for you to find joyful movement to help you reach your health promoting goals.

  3. I prayed

    I’m a very spiritual person, and I look to God daily for guidance. When I was struggling prioritizing my health, I prayed to Him. I reached out to Him to help motivate me. Exercising was important for my mental health, and I looked to God’s support to guide me. I even started going on walks in the evenings just to talk to Him–I looked forward to those walks because I knew I’d feel enriched after.

  4. I found an accountability partner

    Luckily, I have some great friends! Friends that encouraged me to wake up early to go for a morning run. Friends that had the same goals as I did. Friends that motivated me to drink more water. Friends that helped me normalize foods! Friends that supported me. We were able to lean on each other, talk about our struggles and learn from one another. I highly suggest finding someone that can keep you accountable for both gentle nutrition & joyful movement–and it may be two different people!

  5. I gave myself grace

    Sometimes life gets in the way, and you can’t complete your workout. Sometimes you really want to eat french fries instead of a side salad at your favorite restaurant. Sometimes your muscles are sore and your body is telling you it needs rest. And you know what?? That is totally and completely OKAY…and normal! That is part of making sustainable lifestyle changes–allowing yourself to take a rest day, allowing yourself to eat foods that may not be the most nourishing–that IS part of a healthy lifestyle! Food flexibility, food freedom, joyful movement, gentle nutrition, rest days–all of that makes up a mindful & intuitive eating lifestyle. It can be hard in the beginning to give yourself that grace, but eventually, your life will be transformed and you will truly enjoy all aspects of a well-rounded life.

    My hope for you is that you can apply at least one of these time management strategies to prioritize your health.

    **Challenge for the week? Focus on one of these areas to help you prioritize your health.

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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“Git Up” Challenge Dance

Our version of the “Git Up” Challenge by Blanco Brown–Dance Fitness style! Feel free to use this dance as a warm up, cool down, or breather song in between sets…and most of all, have fun!

Special thanks to my dancers!! If you are in the Morganton, NC area and LOVE dance fitness type classes, come join us at Peak Performance on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 6pm.

**I DO NOT OWN RIGHTS TO THIS MUSIC: Used for instructional purposes only.

 

4 Reasons Why Diet Culture is Harmful

With appearance and health being at the forefront of society, many people choose to go on a diet at some point in their life…some without even realizing it…

Weight Watchers, Keto, Paleo, Atkins, Whole30, South Beach, Cabbage Soup Diet, Boiled Egg + Grapefruit, The Zone, Fat-Free, Sugar-Free, various Detoxes…

“It’s not a diet, it’s lifestyle change…”

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I can whole-heartidly be on board with choosing nourishing foods, finding joyful movement daily, and respecting your body–but when your “health promoting goals” become just as much of an obsession as a fad diet–it can quickly transform into a diet.

I want you to sit back and think for a moment what your incentive was for trying a fad diet…what was your purpose for it?

For me, it was to be skinny. Yep, original–I know. I was “bigger” than the other girls in school, and all I wanted was to be thin just like them. I tried what seemed like everything–skipped meals, went vegetarian, only ate fruits + veggies, fat-free…and you know where all of this got me? No where. I had little to no energy to exercise (which was the only thing that could uplift my mood), I was irritable (hello HANGRY), and wasn’t losing weight! Food became an unhealthy obsession I struggled with for YEARS, all sprung from society’s marketing for fad diets.

So, what’s wrong with fad diets & diet culture?

1. Poor relationship with food

The fad diet mindset can easily turn your thoughts into negativity when it comes to food and nutrition. Many times, especially if your goal is strictly appearance driven, you will do anything to look a certain way…restrict, diet, over-exercise, juice cleanse etc. If a diet tells you to stop eating a certain food or food group, you’ll do it. If the fad diet tells you a food is  bad, you’ll refrain from it. This quickly turns into a poor relationship with food, and when you consume the “bad foods”, you are overwhelmed with a guilt that consumes your thoughts. These thoughts are likely to turn into an obsession.

2. Obsession

Anything can become and obsession–diets included! A lot of times these low-key obsessions  start out innocently…

For example, when I was 10 years old, I went dress shopping. I found the perfect dress, and someone told me, “Katrina, now you can’t gain any weight if you want to buy this dress”…

Now, at the time I didn’t think anything of it…but eventually I started asking people “do I look fatter than I did before I ate, I gotta fit in this dress”, and it became an obsession with not gaining weight…and that is where my restriction and poor relationship with food & body began.

This obsession can be with appearance or with food. You can be constantly thinking about food, what are you gonna eat next, when can you eat it, where is it gonna come from, etc. That obsession has absolutely no benefit to reach your goals…it will get you no where. There is more to life than obsessing about food…

3. Possibly missing out on key nutrients

Most fad diets encourage an elimination of some food group–Keto: carbs, Paleo: dairy + grains/legumes, Whole30: dairy + grains/legumes for 30 days, Atkins: carbs. These fad diets are teaching people that these “food groups” are bad for you, causing you to have a “fear” of these foods…when really they each serve a purpose in human physiology.

This is how the cycle goes: 
Poor relationship with food–> Obsession over food –> Missing key nutrients

Carbohydrates are our bodies main source of energy–our needs are dependent on activity level, but every.single.person needs carbs. Now, of course certain medical conditions (such as epilepsy) may require very little amounts of carbs–but most of the human population bodies thrive off of carbs.

While we can live without dairy, especially since there are many alternatives now, dairy products have a lot of nutritional value–calcium, protein, vitamin D, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, B12–and if you want to have it in your diet, then do so!

Grains and legumes are nutritional powerhouses full of fiber + protein + carbohydrates. Plants are nutritious, even if they are “starchy”. Grains contain B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate) and minerals (iron, magnesium and selenium) which our body needs for metabolism. Legumes are the “King of Fiber” containing nearly 7 grams per 1/2 cup serving and are considered a good plant-based protein source.

While yes, you can supplement essentially any nutrient now, it’s always best to get from food first, then supplement if needed. However, our bodies are designed to metabolize FOOD…not factory made supplements…

4. Quick fixes can hinder your long term wellness goals

What happens when you restrict + count calories + eliminate foods??? You lose weight.

What happens a few months later when you reach your “goal weight” and realize you can’t sustain the diet choices you’ve made over the past few months? You start eating food again…and a couple things may happen…

a) If you’ve been restricting calories and food, your body may store food as fat because your body doesn’t know when it will get food again.

b) You could over-indulge in satisfying foods because you’ve been restricting them for so long–leading to excess weight gain.

The problem with fad diets is that they do not teach you how to sustainably eat for life. Going the rest of your life without your favorite food is unrealistic…which is why making SMART goals to transform your lifestyle is the way to accomplish your health and wellness goals.

***DISCLAIMER:  These diets may have worked for you. However, research shows dieting is not sustainable for life long term, which is why I do not promote them. Do what is best for you and your body, and if you are ready to jump-start your mindful & intuitive eating journey – download my 6 Steps to Mindful Eating guide here – it’s free!

Until Next Time,
Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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6 Things that are Damaging for Your Health

Have you ever chased a smaller body? Felt like your worth was dependent on your weight?

Most people try to lose weight at some point in their life…and unfortunately, diet culture promotes quick fixes that do not last a lifetime. Did you know that within 2-5 years of dieting, 95% of people gain weight lost back, plus more pounds? It’s time we stopped chasing diet culture’s lies and started choosing health promoting behaviors > weight loss for good. Here are the 6 things that are damaging for your health.

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    1. You’re not eating foods that make your body physically feel good

What foods make your body feel good physically? Think about it – foods that contain micronutrients – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Those are found in nutrient dense foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. If you are constantly fatigued, constipated, low energy, or you “don’t feel good”, re-assess your food choices and see where you can add in some of those nutrient dense foods. Does that mean that other foods are “bad”? Absolutely not.

With mindful & intuitive eating, choosing food that make your body physically feel good is key…but honoring your food cravings are equally important. You’ll find out why later in this blog post!

 3. You’re not drinking enough water

Our bodies are literally made up of mostly water–meaning we thrive off of water. My college anatomy and physiology professor said if you’re actually “thirsty” then you’re already dehydrated…so be sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. Enough fluids also aids in digestion to help build that healthy colon and keep you regular, if you know what I mean. Set small goals for yourself – for example: I will drink 4 water bottles by the time I leave work for the day.

   4. You’re restricting foods

A popular diet culture belief–restriction. If you eliminate carbs, you’ll lose weight. If you avoid fat, you’ll lose weight. If you eliminate gluten, you’ll lose weight. If you eat only protein, you’ll lose weight. If you fast, you’ll lose weight. And you know what? Many people do lose weight from restriction–however, when restricted foods are reintroduced into their life, it likely leads to a “binge”, and a food guilt session follows. That is why it is so important to eat balanced meals including all, yes all, foods at each consistent meal. Eating consistently is more sustainable for life, and you get to enjoy all foods.

With a life of mindful & intuitive eating, kales & cookies can coexist!

   5. You’re only doing cardio.

Trust me, I’ve been here! I am a cardio queen-running, dancing, swimming, biking–my favorites! Cardio burns the most calories and makes you sweat-and back when I was in the height of my disordered eating, that is all I cared about. Cardio is important for cardiovascular health…but strength training is just as important. Sculpting exercises builds muscles so we can be strong, complete activities of daily living, improve body mechanics and protect bone health.

  6. Poor relationship with food

Have you ever beaten yourself up over eating a food you consider “bad”? What about feeling good about yourself for eating something deemed “good”? That is the problem. Labeling foods as “good” and “bad”. With mindful & intuitive eating, all foods can fit as long as you’re enjoying balanced nutrition. Labeling foods is not good for mental clarity. Foods do not hold moral value. Part of life is enjoyment, and if that means eating your favorite food, then do it! You will have more food freedom if you get out of the “good food-bad food” mentality.

   7. Self Doubt

Is this something you struggle with? I do too. But hunny, remember – you are beautifully and wonderfully made! This is my favorite positive affirmation to remember. God designed you to be YOU. Unfortunately, we live in a society that glorifies weight loss…and when we aren’t successful with keeping weight off from diet culture, we feel like a failure…but I’m here to tell you that you do not need to give into the lies of wellness culture. You do you, boo!

Jumpstart your mindful eating journey by downloading my 6 steps to mindful eating guide here – it’s free!!

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter
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“WOW” Dance Fitness Choreography

Y’all know I LOVE all forms of exercise from running to HIIT to DANCE!

I’ve been instructing Zumba (instructor since 2014) and involved in dance fitness aerobics classes for 8 years. Dancing is honestly one of my favorite forms of cardio, so I hope you like the dance!

I  choreographed this warm up dance to “WOW” by Post Malone. **I DO NOT OWN RIGHTS TO THIS MUSIC. Used for instructional uses only.**

In my classes, I typically use this dance as a warm up, “breather” dance, or cool down. Feel free to use it in your classes, too OR dance on your own at home before your workout.

 

Special thanks to my friend, Bre, for dancing with me 🙂

If you’re in the Morganton, NC area and would like to try my Dance Fitness/Zumba class, come check out Peak Performance (150 Fiddlers Run Blvd, Morganton, NC 28655).

 

What’s your favorite form of cardio? Let me know!

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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ALMOND JOY Granola

It’s been a hot minute since I made homemade granola! Who else loves a good crunch with a yogurt parfait or on-top of a smoothie bowl? This girl does!

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Granola oftentimes gets a bad rap because many store bought ones are high in fat, calories, and sugar. While all of that is true, you can make granola in the luxury of your own home CHEAPER than you can buy it and you can make it more nutrient dense!

In this recipe, I use old fashioned oats (complex carb + soluble fiber), chia seeds (rich in omega 3 fatty acids + fiber), whole almonds (healthy fat + protein), and dark chocolate (antioxidant) as the base. Some other additives: maple syrup (only 2 tablespoons for the whole batch), unsweetened coconut flakes, stevia sweetened chocolate chips, and coconut oil. Find full FREE printable recipe down below!

NOTE: If you like things a little sweeter, feel free to bump up the maple syrup to 1/4 cup instead of 2-3 tablespoons.

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ALMOND JOY Granola

  • Servings: 8 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted + cooled
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips ( I like using stevia sweetened )

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix oats, chia seeds, almonds, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix melted coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup.
  4. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour mixture on to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring granola halfway through.
  6. Add in coconut and chocolate chips and bake for additional 5 minutes.
  7. Allow granola to cool for 15 minutes and store in air tight container up to a week.
  8. Enjoy with some mixed berries + yogurt, on top of a smoothie bowl, with milk, or plain!

 

I hope you all enjoy this quick and easy granola recipe!  Add it to your meal prep for breakfast on the go!

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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10 Minute Ab Workout

We all have fitness goals–and building a strong core is one of mine.

Below you will find a demonstration of 5 different ab workouts with modifications. See instructions for workout below:

**Go your own pace, take breaks when you need it, and feel free to do the modification step.  Even if you’re just starting out, the modifications STILL engage the core and you can still achieve results.

Complete 2 rounds of each exercise for 1 minute each–resulting in a 10 minute workout. Try to complete ab workouts 3-4 times a week for maximum results!

  1. PLANK:

    • Engage the core and try to keep a straight line form (hips are not hanging toward the ground, butt is not up in the air). You may complete these with straight arms (working on the shoulders as well) or with your elbows down (focusing more on core)
    • MODIFICATION: Place knees on the ground, but still engage core (you will still get a great workout)
  2. SUPERMANS:

    • With your body lying front-side, flat on the floor, lift upper and lower halves of body (kind of like you are flying like superman). You may bend arms or keeps arms straight.
    • MODIFICATION: I find bending arms is a little easier, make sure you continue squeezing those muscles!
  3. BICYCLES:

    • Lying on your back, bring opposite elbow to opposite knee while keeping your belly button in and core engaged.
    • MODIFICATION: The higher you raise your legs, the easier the exercise will be, but still effective!
  4. LEG RAISES:

    • A little advanced, this exercise works the full abdominal region. In a back-lying position, keeping your legs straight, simply raise them slow and controlled up and down–really engage the core and try not to lose form.
    • MODIFICATION: Place your hands under the small of your back (this will help control the core easier).
  5. PENGUINS:

    • Lying on your back with knees bent, use your hand to reach to the back of your heels (working the oblique muscles).
    • MODIFICATION: The closer you bring your heels in to your butt, the easier this exercise will be.

 

 

I hope you all enjoy this workout! Make sure to tag me @livebetterwithkatdetter or #livebetterwithkatdetter if you try it.

 

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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Total Body Interval Training

Anyone stuck in a rut with workouts?
Here are some exercise ideas to incorporate into your workouts—whether they be at home, at the gym, or at a park!
Now that spring is here and the weather is nice, I love to go running but want to get a total body workout in as well…here are a few ideas to get a great total body workout in at your local park or greenway: ***i show modifications to most exercises in video so the workout is friendly for all fitness levels 😊

 

Interval Running/Jogging + Exercises:

•go to your local green-way/park and run/jog/walk (whatever your fitness level may be). Every time you pass a bench, stop and complete one round of 30 seconds work: 10 seconds rest of the exercises shown above. Complete as many rounds as desired, aim between 3-5 rounds. ***modify as needed!
•instead of doing exercises for 30 seconds work:10 second rest, you could choose repetitions instead. For example, when you come to a bench, do 12-15 reps of each exercise, 3-5 rounds.
These are just a couple of examples and the options are endless! The most important thing is that you MOVE your body and do something you love. Get out, enjoy the sunshine and build those vitamin D stores ☀️

What are your favorite types of workouts?

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

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Homemade Granola Bars

Another one of my go-to mid day snacks! Perfect for a pre-workout snack or dessert.

This recipe is a variation of my chocolate chip peanut butter energy bites  , and they are  even easier to make.

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Essentially using the same ingredients with different ratios, this recipe does not require any ball-forming but just a simple mixture of ingredients and placing in a baking dish to refrigerate for a few hours.

This recipe contains oatmeal, natural peanut butter, honey, unsweetened coconut, chia seeds, and dark chocolate chips. Protein + carbs + heart healthy fat to get you going.

*Nutrition Fact on Chia Seeds: high in fiber (good for digestion & feeling full), protein, calcium (for bone health), manganese (antioxidant to protect body from free radicals-damaging cells in body), and magnesium (protein production, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation). Great addition to any baked good, smoothie, or jam.

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Homemade Granola Bars

  • Servings: 20 small squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients listed above and mix well.
  2. Pour mixture in a small baking dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares.
  3. Once mixture is a firm consistency, cut into squares.
  4. Store in air tight container for up to a week (if they last that long).
  5. Enjoy for a pre workout snack or dessert!

 

I wanna know which one you all like better! The homemade granola bars or the energy bites 🙂

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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