Get after it in 2015

Diane Boyd, MBA, RD, LDN  owner of Cape Fear NutritionHappy New Year! I am pumped for 2015. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to do less sitting?How about you?

I have been working on my editorial calendar, and I have some exciting things in store for just about everyone, especially if you’re over the age of 35. That’s the magic number. When it happens…it as in

• you notice you’re not as strong as you used to be

• you notice you have fat where you once had muscle

• you notice you’re gaining weight, even though you’re eating less

But these are the inevitable signs of aging, right? WRONG. Aging itself is NOT responsible for physical decline, but rather a sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, hormonal changes and adverse medical conditions. A treatment plan can consist of

Thirty minutes of moderate to intense physical activity, daily

Two days per week of resistance training

Proper nutrition to support exercise levels, including respecting the interaction between training and protein.

What are your goals for 2015?  Whether you are looking to lose weight, get toned,  reduce stress, increase productivity, improve your relationship with food,  boost your confidence, perform your best, or even turn back the hands of time, I will have tips to help you GET AFTER IT!

I’d love to know your New Year’s resolutions.  Please share in the comments section below.

This is ‘out there’ + a cocktail for brunch

Bloody Mary

Are you embracing the virual world?  I live part of my day in cyberspace, bouncing between too many social media platforms, even my daughter is concerned. In October, when I ran my first virtual 10K  with my chocolate lab, Brody, I thought, “Wow, this is out there!” But… so too is this… today, I am, along with 39 other food bloggers,  throwing a virual 40th birthday surprise party for Regan Miller Jones.


Happy Birthday, Regan!!!!!

This post and virutal party is just a small way to say thank you to this spunky southern ReganHeadShotgal who has single handedly helped so many RDs launch their virual careers! We celebrate her, as she is responsible for rallying RD’s to become the nutrition inflencers we are, blanketing the social media with positive nutrition messages. She enforces the importance of disclosure and advises on the  best social media practices. She helps us connect with brands, teaches us the ropes about SEO, and how to photograph food. Regan is the owner of ReganMillerJones, Inc. – a nutrition communications firm specializing in marketing, recipe development & photography, as well as social & traditional media relations. It is also the parent company of Healthy and and

Regan, this is your day. Congratulations, you have survived adolescence and puberty and are arriving to the awesome stage of life, many refer to as, gee you look terrific. So in honor and appreciation of  you, Regan,  I ‘m sharing a recipe for a bloody Mary, perfect for one of our favorite food occasions, brunch. I’m sure I didn’t get it quite spicy enough for YOU, so feel free to add a few more teaspoons  tablespoons of chili powder! I couldn’t decide on a garnish, but I think you’d be happy with some Cabot cheddar cheese along with something green. Before I share this recipe, let’s create some virtual laughter and  get this pArtY started with some funny quotes, for mature women only:

You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing. ~George Bernard Shaw

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~ Doug Larson

Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time. ~Ian Fleming

Men take much more notice of older women in France, so I think I might move there. I think I’m a good bet. ~ Debroah Moggach

Middle age is when you’re sitting home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it’s not for you. ~ Ogden Nash

Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy. ~anonymous

The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. ~ Lucille Ball

Keeping the appearance of having all your marbles is hard work, but important. ~ Sara Gruen

When you’re a teenager, all you want to do is buy beer. But once you hit 30, all you want to do is get carded. ~Sex in the City

Join the party by folowing the links at the bottom of this post where a bunch of Regan’s blogger friends are serving up more recipes for cocktails and gluten free desserts.

Please use the comments section  to add your own favorite quotes, words of wisdom or jokes, so we can all laugh along with the Birthday Girl.

Bloody Mary

Regan’s Bloody Mary

Serves (serves 4)     adjust servings


(serves 4)

  • 16 oz. Shiraz
  • 16 oz. tomato juice
  • 4 tablespoons cocktail sauce
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 4 skewers
  • cubes of Cabot cheddar cheese
  • assorted ingredients for garnish such as pickles, chili peppers, pickled vegetables
  • 4 stalks of celery, from the heart


  1. 1. Fill 4 highball glasses with ice. Add stalk of celery.
  2. 2.Using a skewer, make garnish by adding cubes of cheese and other ingredients as desired. Set aside.
  3. 3. Combine Shiraz and tomato juice into a large pitch and stir. Mix remaining ingredients, cocktail sauce thru chili powder. Add cocktail sauce mixture to pitcher and stir to combine.
  4. 4. Pour bloody Mary into prepared glasses, top with skewers.


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