A Wee Bit O’ News

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For those of you who don’t follow along my fabulous life on social media (omg I can’t even say that with a straight face), I wanted to share just a small, teeny, tiny, smidge of news I have.


Yep, that’s a Kelly Clarkson song on the left side. No shame. And on the right side you’ll see just a small little title and date. Which….IS THE TITLE AND RELEASE DATE OF MY BOOK, B!



A cook schmook about skinny recipes under 300 calories. AKA, what this little blawg of mine is about! Can you believe it? I definitely can’t. At all. It’s going to be hard, a ton of work, probably no sleep and less healthy behavior (like talking to people other than my dog/knives and working out) but omg it’s going to be incredible. Because you know what?

THIS HAS BEEN MY DREAM SINCE I WAS 5. As soon as I could pick up a pen I was writing. My first book was a triology about an evil fire breathing dragon who captured a princess. I wrote it in colored pencils on that printer paper with the holes on it? Remember from the 90’s? After that I went on to write scary stories, like are you afraid of the dark but just a smidge darker (because I grew up watching Stephen King movies). I wrote a 5 page poem about Christmas and elves when I was in elementary school. I wrote it 5 times so I could give copies to my family. I’d spend HOURS in my room, creating story lines with paper dolls, daydreaming of my next book. And I never stopped. In high school I’d write to escape the misery I was feeling in the town I grew up in. In college I found solace in dark poems and short stories. And in 2009, I started this blog so I could fall in love with something again because I was so horribly depressed at my job. Writing never gave up on me, it never strayed my side, even those months I gave up on it. It’s always been in my blood and to sit here and say “I’m writing a book” is surreal. Because writing a book is my dream and who is lucky enough in this world to get to do what they’ve always dreamed of doing?

In fact, I have a story just about this. I got a message a month ago from a girl I went to high school and college with. And here’s what it said:

“Hey Claire, I have to say I have been following your blog and I am totally impressed with what you are doing!! Congrats on what you have accomplished and will continue to accomplish. I just remember sitting in the dorms watching sex and the city and you saying how you wanted a job like Carrie. Shoot now you have it just the food version and that is so cool!” 

carrie and claire

I mean, I bet you can’t tell which one is Carrie and which one is me, right? I mean, so identical. But really, I remember that. We’d sit in the dorms and I’d just gush about how I wanted her job. I wanted to be a writer and live in a fascinating city. I wanted to make a difference just by doing what I loved. Of course, when I was 18, that seemed like such a stretch. A far fetched dream. How was this seemingly ordinary girl from Noblesville, Indiana ever going to have such a fabulous life? That kind of stuff never happened to people like me. Well, after a few years of really, really tough times I realized something about myself. Those dreams were never going to happen to me if I kept thinking like that. So I stopped. I never gave up. And after years, and years of hard work, sleepless nights and determination, I’m here right now tell you I made those dreams come true.


(Hey look Ma! I’m on TV!)

So, thank you all for everything. This wouldn’t have happened if you weren’t here, reading my words, laughing at my absurd jokes, making my recipes. I’d never have a book if you weren’t here. So thank you. I’ll never be able to thank you enough, though. You guys are why my dreams came true.


I know I’m going to need recipe testers for all of my recipes, so please email me (realistic.nutritionist@gmail.com) if you’d be interested in making and trying some of my book recipes! In the meantime, I’ll definitely keep y’all updated on how I’m doing.

I still can’t believe it but I know how insanely blessed I am. Because some people wait a lifetime, for a moment like this. 

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  1. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    So happy for you!!!! LOVE this post, and can NOT wait for your cookbook - and keep me in mind for recipe testing!
  2. Posted by jessica lynn on
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Claire, I'm SO happy for you!! Not only is it awesome that you're following your dream and actually seeing it come to life, but I love your recipes. I've stopped following a lot of food blogs (I just don't have time to read them now with the baby), but I love looking at your recipes. Since I'm trying to work off the baby weight, I'd love to be a taste-tester! I'll shoot you an email :) Congrats again!
  3. Posted by Kim in RI on
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Very exciting! Congrats and I would love to give you recipe feedback anytime! Like all of your recipes I've tried so far!
  4. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    SO MUCH CONGRATS, girly! You totally deserve it. :) Can't wait to follow along on this exciting journey of yours!
  5. Posted by Sophia @ NY Foodgasm on
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Congratulation on this AMAZING opportunity! Now the work begins! Just remember you are doing this because you LOVE it and you want to make a difference in people's lives!
  6. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Congratulations!!!!!! That is so wonderful! I am over the moon excited for you!
  7. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Claire I am so beyond excited for this and for you. I can't wait to see your dreams come to fruition! It will be amazing!! XOXO
  8. Posted by keosha on
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Congrats love!! You are awesome!
  9. Posted by Kathryn on
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Such good news Claire and so well-deserved! Already can't wait to buy a copy : )
  10. Posted by Allie on
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Congratulations on your book, that's amazing and so inspiring!
  11. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    So freaking excited for you!!!!!
  12. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Congrats! I'm so excited for you!!
  13. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    a BIG CONGRATSSSSS Claire. I am so excited for your cookbook and you are AWESOME :)
  14. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Congrats! How awesome!
  15. Posted by Emily on
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    AAAHHHH!!!! That is so, so, sooooo exciting!! THIS is what you were meant to do in life. Congrats!!
  16. Posted by kita on
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    big freakin shiny CONGRATULATIONS
  17. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    Absolutely beyond thrilled for you, Claire!! Congratulations! You're going to be so awesome at this and we're all rooting for you all the way. You deserve all the success that's going to come your way! WAHOOO!!
  18. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Saturday, April 27th, 2013
    How exciting, Claire! So happy for you! :)
  19. Saturday, April 27th, 2013
    I'm so incredibly happy for you, my friend! You totally deserve this and I can't wait to add your book to my collection!!
  20. Posted by Rachel Cooks on
    Sunday, April 28th, 2013
    Congrats again! So excited for you!
  21. Posted by Carolyn on
    Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
    Yay, so proud of you, Claire!
  22. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    I AM SOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! Yes... I know I screamed that... but it's only because I LOVE you :) xx