My Nutrition Journey

Most Registered Dietitians have taken a journey in order to get to where they are today. I am no different and believe it is important to learn about my personal nutrition journey.


High School Swimming

My first interest in nutrition started when I was a high school swimmer. During a season filled with two-a-day practices, I found myself lacking energy to complete my practices. At first, I did not think much into it because I was a high school student lacking sleep due to my practice and homework schedule. But on nights that I got a significant amount of sleep I was still lacking energy. I decided looking to the internet for advice was the next best thing. After reading different articles, I learned that my poor nutrition was affecting my energy levels. Once realizing I need improvement with my diet and making changes, I began to see an improvement in my swimming and overall energy levels. At that moment I created a new interest of mine and decided I wanted to study nutrition in college.

Triathlon Training

I started my nutrition/dietetics career at Eastern Illinois University where I majored in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics. My classes consisted of many chemistry classes and food science classes. Science was never really a good subject for me and I found myself questioning my decisions to go into dietetics.

Flashback photo from triathlon

My sophomore year I decided to compete in a Triathlon over the summer. I started to have problems training again that related back to my nutrition. This time, I was not increasing my caloric intake as I increased my distance and duration of my workouts. Once again, I found myself looking to articles and sites on the internet to find my information. Except this time, I already had some background knowledge on nutrition and found many sources providing me with the wrong information. It was at that moment that I knew dietetics was the right field for me to be in. My failed attempt with nutrition and training became my motivation to continue my career path to become a Registered Dietitian.

My Journey Will Continue

After completing my degree at Eastern Illinois, I attended Dominican University. At Dominican, I completed my Dietetic Internship and earned my Master of Business Administration. Through tough times, I find myself reflecting on my past and being thankful for who I am today. In the future, I know there will be new hardships and moments I question my career path. But, I will never be able to forget how much nutrition helped me during moments I needed it the most. Something that I hope I can pass on to others who take a passion in nutrition as well.

The Start of Something New: Nutrition In Chaos

It’s time to start something new! For some time now, I have gone back and forth about starting a blog. Well, today I take the chance and go outside of my comfort zone.Life begins are end of comfort zone

 

Welcome to Nutrition in Chaos!

As being a recent graduate, I know how hard it can be to maintain proper nutrition and stay healthy. The past two years I have a been a dietetic intern during the day and an MBA student at night. Throughout my time as an intern/student, my nutrition and overall health took a turn for the worse. My stress levels were high and I was constantly on the go. But I know my chaotic life is just beginning as I enter the “real world” and take on whatever life throws my way.

I am not the only person that is busy in this world. I hear constantly from patients and clients that they just do not have time for nutrition and living a healthy life. I’ve been there and I currently am working on improving my life into a healthier lifestyle every day.

This is why I started Nutrition in Chaos.

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I have been studying food and nutrition for over six years now and am always reading new research studies. I understand what it is like to run to one thing to another, especially in the business world. With my education and experiences, I want to be able to provide nutrition and lifestyle insight that can be achieved in a chaotic lifestyle.

My Goals for Nutrition in Chaos:

  • To educate and provide a better understanding of nutrition overall.
  • Provide tips that can be easily accomplished.
  • Inform the public on topics they want to hear about.
  • Introduce new ways to live a happier and healthier lifestyle.

As Nutrition in Chaos grows, I hope to build relationships with readers. If readers want to hear about certain topics, let me know. I love doing research and sharing my love for nutrition. Ultimately, I hope to build Nutrition in Chaos into a community filled with individuals seeking or adding to creating a healthier lifestyle in a chaotic world.