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How is it I am 50?

How did I get here? Is this where I thought I would be? Where do I go from here? 

After turning 50 a couple of years ago, I have been wondering if it is just me.  After spending years on trying to juggle being a mom, wife and professional; what happens now?

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My favorite breakfast on the go

Banana Almond Overnight Oats

1/2 banana, sliced

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup almond milk

1/3 cup greek yogurt

1 tsp chia seeds

2 tbsp sliced almonds

In a jar combine all ingredients. Mix well and let sit overnight.

I typically make 3.  They are good for up to 4 days.


I lost someone recently who was such a big part of my life.  I am struggling to figure out how to move forward.  I still have a lot of family and friends, but no one or nothing can fill the void that has been left by her death.  We were so different but so much the same.  

Last night I was just sitting there by myself thinking, I have so much to tell her.  So many stories, so much to ask her, and what was her opinion?  We saw each other pretty much every day and we talked about everything.  We didn't always see things the same way but always knew that it didn't matter.  

I have friends and family still, however, it is not the same. I feel like I can't talk to them without feeling judged or them wanting to fix it.  Sometimes the things we would talk about were stupid or insignificant.   I want to talk to her, see her and hug her.  I am lonely and just want her back.  

I can not imagine how lonely and hurt those who have lost close family members or a spouse are.  Now I have to find some way to cope and find a way to move forward.  Writing and sharing here is one way I have found to help.

Why are Collagen Supplements the latest trend?

Seems everyone is into the collagen supplement bandwagon.  Collagen is the protein in our bodies that is the building block for skin, muscles, bones, and connective tissue, and found in many organs throughout our bodies.  A well-balanced diet will provide all the nutrients that your body needs to make the collagen.  

Now, do we all always eat a well-balanced diet? No.  I know I don't always eat a well-balanced diet.  So I can see the advantages of taking supplements to help fill those gaps.  I use them in my coffee once a day to help supplement what I might have missed.  Especially since collagen plays a role in replacing dead skin cells and giving structure and strength to joints, skin, and muscles. However, you also need vitamin C, zinc, copper, and manganese to make the collagen in your body.

As we age the existing collagen breaks down faster and the production of it is lower, especially when a woman goes through menopause.  This is why as we age skin starts to wrinkle, muscles become weaker, loss of mobility in joints, and possible gastrointestinal problems.

Our bodies can not absorb collagen in its whole form. When you consume collagen your body breaks it down into amino acids.  Most collagen supplements are hydrolyzed so it is easier for your body to absorb.  

When deciding to take any supplement there are some things that you need to remember:

1.  The FDA does not regulate supplements.  The manufacturers of the supplement 

 do not have to prove that their product is safe and effective.

2.  Many of the studies that have been conducted on collagen supplements are funded

by the industry or the researchers have a financial stake in the industry.

3.  The studies that have been conducted have been relatively small.

I am not sure why all the sudden the focus on collagen and weight loss.  On study in the The Britich Journal of Nutrition concluded that there was improvement in muscle mass, however it consisted of only males and they were elderly.  The only conclusion that can be drown from this study is that it may help improve muslce mass in the elderly.  More research needs to be done.  The only reason I can conclude that someone would markey collagen for weight loss would be that it would possiblely feel fuller for a longer period of time and would in theory lead to decrease caloric intake.  Or that by possibly improving gut health you would in turn help maintain a healthier weight.  HOWEVER, THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT THIS IS TRUE.  There needs to be research to be done to investigate these claims.  

In conclusions, if you feel there are gaps in your diet then it may be beneficial to take the supplements.

Purpose in Life

January 18, 2023

Last year I lost "my person".  She was the one to who I told everything.  Every morning we either worked out or ran together.  Losing her has left a lot of questions.  Why? How do I keep going? What was the purpose of losing her? 

So I guess I am going to try writing about what I am feeling and the things I would discuss with her.  A lot of the stuff we just talk about was things that happened during the day or life in general.  

What do women my age wonder about?  I spent so much of the past 19 years of my life around my children.  My weekend activities, social life, and friends around my children.  So it is time to focus on myself and the things that I love and enjoy doing.  I think it is important to take care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically.  

My passions are fitness (especially running), nutrition, and fashion.  

Fitness is not only important to me for physical conditioning but is so important for me mentally.  It is my time to think and relieve stress. Physical activity is important for everyone.  It improves your mental state and physical state.  Doing physical activity outside is even better.  You get your vitamin D plus it gets you outside and can give you a community connection.  Even if it is while walking passing and saying hi to the same person every day or every week.  It is those small things that can make your day or week and make you feel good.  So for me, it is getting back to running outside again is important because I have been isolating myself and running on the treadmill.  My goal is to run at least twice a week outside.  

Who am I?

My name is Michelle Bell.  I have been a dietitian for over 20 years. I graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and then went on to get my Master's degree in Nutrition at Texas Woman's University in the Texas Medical Center.

I have worked in different types of settings. I started my career as a dietitian in the hospital setting and then went to a clinic setting. In these setting most of my experience was with the adult population, which was mostly weight loss and diabetes education. Then in 2002 I took a job with Early Childhood Intervention were I worked with children with all types of disabilities and nutritional challenges. From my 9 years of experience working with children I learned so much on how we as parents set the stage for a child's eating habits and patterns. In 2011, I decided to leave Early Childhood Intervention and start my own practice.

In 2010, I also went on to take the exam to be a Certified Personal Trainer, I started teaching a Boot Camp and doing personal training.

Currently, I am an Adjunct Professor at Texas Southern University teaching Nutrition and food service courses.  I enjoy teaching because I feel like I get to pass on my knowledge to the future of a profession that I am truly passionate about.  Teaching at a HBCU is important to me, I want to give these students the opportunity to be successful in their pursuit of a career in nutrition and dietetics.  

 I really enjoy exercising and feel it is an important part of staying healthy and maintaining a healthy weight.

July, 13 2022

What to do now?

Now I know what they mean by mid-life crisis.  I thought when I turned 40 was going to be hard.  Concerned about gaining weight, wrinkles and age spots, I was wrong.  The past 2 years has been full of feelings of ups and downs.  I have been asking myself a lot of questions.  Does everyone feel the same way I do or is it just me?  I look at others lives and I wonder?  Social media makes it even harder.  Everyone's life seems so perfect.  Yes, I know everyone only post things that make things look good.  Perfect life, perfect kids, perfect husband, perfect vacation, and perfect friends.  One say anything about the changing hair texture, because it is growing in gray.  Or the sagging skin on your legs, because collagen losses.  Your children no longer need you or want you around.  

Yes, it is great that the kids become independent successful individuals and no longer need you.  What now?  

When they were young, they need you for everything.  I felt that it was important to be there for everything, so I began working part-time.  My career took a backseat to them.  I know it is the most important job, but now I feel like I don't have the experience in my field to be where everyone else at my age is in their careers.  I have to start all over or I am too old for the position that I am applying for.  I can't just sit around and stream shows or shop online all day.  So here I am.  What  now? Here I am.  Talking to everyone who is where I am.  If you are there.  

July, 7 2022

Trying to stop aging

I hold no judgement in trying to turn back time, but let's be honest about it.  Those who pretend that they have not had plastic surgery, Botox or collagen injection makes the rest of us feel that we are doing something wrong or aren't good enough with the way we are. You name it, I have probably tried it.   I am the first to admit that I have done them all and will continue to have Botox or collagen injections along with other cosmetic procedures that hold promise in helping with the aging process.  

Why are we so critical of each other? Shouldn't it be ok for us to make ourselves feel good about the way we look.  

July, 13 2022

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Houston, Texas
(713) 254-9459

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