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Kamara Viau, RD
Self Care, Uncategorized, Weekly Diary Entry

Diary of a Dietitian – ONE YEAR BLOG-IVERSARY!

Dear Diary,

Today is the one year anniversary of Diary of a Dietitian! One year ago, I entered the worlds of Blogging, FaceBook, and Twitter in an effort to not only share nutrition information but to also feed a part of me that was slowly dying. In honor of this special day, I am going to write about how I let that happen and I continue to escape it. Sounds a bit morbid to write about a dying dream on your one year birthday Diary, but it needs to be shared. I think a lot of people let their dreams and aspirations slowly die. Not intentionally, of course, but more in an unnoticed, slowly seeping kind of way.

In 2003, I made a BIG move from Michigan to California. It was very cliche as I was moving mainly to be with a guy. That guy is now my husband, but it’s still unbelievable to think that I have lived in California for over 12 years. Before I moved, I had already secured a job with the growing dialysis company, DaVita. Coming from being a hospital Dietitian, I was excited to enter the complex world of dialysis. For 11 years, I thoroughly enjoyed my work along with getting married, having a couple of kids, and attempting to navigate finding balance within all of that.

Then something happened. I woke up one day in early 2015 and thought to myself, “This is not what I want to do any longer with my career.” Mmphf. If I no longer want to be a Renal RD, then what the heck do I want to be? Over the next 6 months, I thought about that quite a bit in the moments I would steal away for myself. When you have 2 small children, quiet moments of reflection and deep thought can be few and far between. I do my best thinking in the shower. It’s quiet (unless a child is pounding on the door), it’s excusable (everyone needs a shower), and it’s private (unless you live in a one bathroom place where everyone has to use the toilet as soon as your baby toe hits the shower mat). The point is, for many of us, there are not an abundance of moments to focus on dreams and aspirations. When there are, you’e tired as hell and all your brain can focus on is your pillow.

In February of 2015, I knew I wanted to change things up and I needed an outlet to figure out over time what that would morph into. Ta-da, Diary of a Dietitian was born with the help of my friend Sheryl. No big job change but a blog seemed like a great way to express my thoughts while I continued on the journey to my next career. This was a BIG step for me. I finally had something of my own that I created and was JUST FOR ME!

I knew that I wanted Diary of a Dietitian to have one main goal…to share my journey as a Registered Dietitian down the bumpy, imperfect road of health, wellness, and nutrition. I am passionate about being a champion of wellness for women, starting from teenagers right up to menopause. Women are the backbone of most families and in an effort to care for everyone else, they often forget to take care of themselves. Just because I am a Dietitian does not make me exempt from the pitfalls of womanhood. I am CONSTANTLY giving myself a proverbial slap in the face, followed by a self pep talk and then getting back on track.

I also want other people to understand that they are not alone in the struggle. Mental and physical wellness are not an easy feat for the majority of us and one has huge effects on the other. Once hormones, lack of support, stigmas, illness, lack of sleep, stress, caring for others (the list could literally go on and on) are added into the equation, these seem to be an impossible goals.

The key for each of us is to find what sustains us and RUN with it. There is no singular grand plan that will work for everyone. When I counsel people on weight loss and diet changes, I focus a lot on they feel. I am unconcerned about your current weight or how many pounds your doctor told you to lose or threats other health care professionals have made. I care about how you feel. Can you play with your kids or grand kids like you want to? Do you feel guilty when you eat and then eat more? Are you able to go to the beach with the rest of your family and dip your toes in the water? These are the goals that I am interested in helping my clients achieve.

After I moved with my husband and 2 kids an hour South of where we previously lived, I left the world of dialysis. That world gave me so much and I know I will always have it to go back to. I am now looking forward to what the next year brings in my career and it’s very exciting!


So, I leave you with this, Diary, on our one year anniversary (which was several days ago but I am just now able to finish this post). My goals for the next year to come are simple; support at least 10 people in achieving improved mental and physical wellness, educate myself on how hormones affect weight in women through their life stages, and sample 5 different diet/lifestyle programs. My goal is my dream with a 1 year deadline!

Diary of a Dietitian – A goal is a dream with a deadline


Diary of a Dietitian Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016
Self Care, Uncategorized, Weekly Diary Entry

Be Kind to Yourself in 2016

Dear Diary,

Oh what a year 2015 was! As I sit here, on the first day of 2016, it is easy to think about all the things I did not accomplish in 2015. I decided to challenge myself and reflect on only the POSITIVE aspects of 2015. What do I want to move forward with and continue in 2016? What am I proud of? What do I want to remember and build on as I move into a new year?

Inspiration is everywhere if you are open to it. Inspiration for this diary entry came to me via a FaceBook post from Hands Free Revolution. I plan to read this in the future as a reminder of how “to be” in the moment rather than focus on the “to do.” I am on a constant quest of learning “to be” in the moment…my quest continues with the aid of many key people. Strangely enough, some of those key people I will only know through their insightful words online.

What’s standing in your way of living the life you’ve been wanting to live?

You might think it is those extra pounds
Or your temper
Or poor financial choices
Or inability to get organized
Or lack of discipline
Or some other fill-in-the-blank issue.

And each time a new year rolls around, you find yourself here—looking at yourself with critical eyes because, yet again, you are not the person you aspire to be.

Before you hop on the self-improvement bandwagon of 2016, I encourage you to sit with yourself for a moment and marvel.

For the past 365 days,
You worked
You tried
You loved

For the past 356 days,
You watched
You listened
You cheered
With every fiber in your body.

For the past 365 days,
You encouraged
You supported
You upheld
Without fail.

For the past 365 days,
You forgave
You sacrificed
You fixed
In ways no one else could.

For the past 365 days,
You cuddled
You tucked
You understood
Even when you didn’t think you had it in you.

For the past 365 days, you put one foot in front of the other despite that list of personal shortcomings and poor choices that surfaces year after year.

On this first day of 2016, I encourage you to look past that list and see yourself with kind, loving eyes. Your everyday triumphs simply cannot be overlooked. Not today. No, not today.

And if you must set a self-improvement goal for the year ahead, please consider something small, doable, and untrendy.

Don’t get so lofty, so demanding, and so unreasonable that your goal to become a “better” version of you is merely an obstacle in seeing all that you already are.

My mental list of personal shortcomings is long. I resolve to create a list of triumphs for 2015 that is longer. Topping the list would be creating my blog and committing to sharing my insights, challenges, and information as a Registered Dietitian. On February 18, 2015 I wrote my first blog post, entered the worlds of Facebook and Twitter, and began my journey as a writer. I also left my long time job as a Renal Dietitian, took a cross country trip, moved to a new community, and began working towards my dream job as a consulting RD in the world of weight management.

Being kind to myself is my greatest challenge but it’s one I want to focus on in 2016. Good enough, has never been good enough for me. I am a seeker of doing things “better” than I, or anyone, has done before. I’m not sure if it’s a small goal but it is doable and not trendy.

2016 Diary of a Dietitian Goal

2016 Diary of a Dietitian Goal