2016 Recap: the best and the worst

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Healthy Life | December 29, 2016 | By

This ‘lil blog is 3 months old. Wow! 2016 can be summed up by the first sentence in “A Tale of Two Cities” “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” And yes, I did google those words because I remember this phrase opened a classic I read in high school. I really wish I was a reader, but at the same time…… there’s TV.

I’m going to admit that I’m conflicted on how to incorporate anything other than just recipes into this blog and where the heck to go from here. I have passions and pursuits that aren’t just food photography and recipe based……. and thought that I could keep the recipe development & my other passion-healthy habits and body image counseling separate, but I’ve recently realized it’s just not possible. I hear it everywhere, focus on one aspect, really target an audience. But honestly, part of why I wanted to start my own business was to do things my way, to work on various and different projects. I’m still not sure how I’m going to merge these passions, but I’ll find a way. Besides eating, cooking, having a positive relationship with food, and making healthy eating easier all work together, don’t they?

Another recurring struggle is the fact that I have skills and expertise to actually help people improve their lives, of which I have to constantly remind myself….. amidst the internet world 😉 I’ve been struggling to find people actually willing to pay me to help them improve their lives instead of that other seemingly perfect health ‘guru’ with a gazillion followers. Again, constantly reminding myself that I went to school for 8 years to do this and have something to share with you. Oh yeah [insert sarcasm].

With the intent to be appropriately real, authentic, helpful, and informed I move forward with this. I move forward into the tunnel that leads somewhere. It’s filled with unknowns, darkness, but leads somewhere beautiful, I can just feel it. Sorry, I see that this has morphed into a bit of a rant and an airing of grievances (of which is a bit late…… Festivus was 6 days ago, I got my chance), but I’m trying to find my transparent enough groove and it may be a bit of an experiment.

2016 was wonderful and horrible for Nourish Nutrition Co & for Rebecca the person. ugh I just referred to myself in 3rd person. never again!  Here’s what happened

The Best of 2016:

-I finished grad school (which opened the door to this whole project)

-Started a new job x3 (working with students at a Utah community college, reviewing images at Healthy Aperture, and working with University of Utah hospital employees)

-Opened the doors to Nourish Nutrition Co (& blog)

-Attended Blog Brulee which changed my life in so many wonderful ways!

-My Turkey and Brie Sandwich with Wild Blueberry Mustard was chosen as the runner-up in a Wild Blueberries recipe contest. Still simultaneously dying and peeing my pants over this one. So exciting!

-I landed my first few presentations and one-on-one clients pretty quickly after opening the doors of Nourish Nutrition Co

The Worst of 2016

-I had to quit a job after just 5 months

-Be Truly Nourished blog was laid to rest

-My dreams of moving to Seattle were dashed

This happened. and it’s both personal and professional

-I’m worried AF to see who’se going to die tomorrow. ugh


Here are a few fave recipes from the past 3 months

[award winning] Grilled Turkey & Brie Sandwich with Wild Blueberry Mustard

Grilled Turkey and Brie Sandwich with Wild Blueberry Mustard | www.nourishnutritionblog.com

My new fave gift: 3 Ingredient Dark Hot Cocoa Mix

3 Ingredient Dark Hot Chocolate Mix | Dark Chocolate + Unsweetened Cocoa + Truvia = the perfect Holiday Gift | www.nourishnutritionblog.com

Uber-moist Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Bundt Cake | Nourish Nutrition Blog | www.nourishnutritionblog.com Delicious pumpkin cake


Here are a few fave pearls of wisdom I’ve shared too:

Musings on body image during the olympics… cause life

How to Grocery Shop Like a Dietitian on KSL Lifestyle Blog

How to Eat More Vegetables on Self.com (check out my veggie dump method)

Don’t Let Stress Sabotage your Diet on KSL Lifestyle Blog

5 No-Diet Tips for Weight Loss on KSL Lifestyle Blog


I guess what I’m trying to get at with this blurb is that no matter what you’re trying to achieve, there will be the “best of times, and the worst of times” you’ll knock some out of the park, and fail miserably sometimes even when you try your darnedest. But failure is part of the process. You will fail while trying to make changes to your life, and it’s what you do after those failures that sets you up for success in the long run, or not.

Here’s to new and exciting experiences in 2017! Cheers
What are you excited to leave behind and to start up in 2017?


  1. Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian

    December 30, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I love this post! I struggle with branching out on my site with non-recipe related topics but my husband always says “do what you love and people will follow if it’s genuine”. Have to try and keep remembering that. Congrats on all your success this year! Happy New Year!

    • Rebecca

      December 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      I need to remember that too! so so true! thanks Brynn! Happy New Year to you too!

  2. Dietitian Jess

    December 30, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Sounds like it was an exciting but difficult year with a learning curve- I love the “real” talk behind blogs and love hearing more about the creator behind the recipes so please share more 🙂 Happy New Year! PS I really love this font and the new look of the site!

    • Rebecca

      December 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      thanks for the feedback! It’s hard to find that balance isn’t it! and thanks, I’m happy with how it’s turning out. Happy New Year to you too!


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