March is a time dietitians and fellow rd2be’s hold dear – it’s National Nutrition Month! That’s right, nutrition gets a whole month dedicated to it (although if you aren’t hooked up with the field at all you probably wouldn’t know that, I know I didn’t until last year). Every year the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND) puts out a theme for the month and this year it’s “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right“.
Hello everybody! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was the first day of spring – can you believe it?! The sun’s out for longer at night, the temperature is creeping back up, and we get to look forward to growing season!
Truth be told, spring has never been a particular favorite of mine. It starts out muddy and cold, and before long its pouring, and then we get a few short weeks of temperate weather before delving right into summer. But, with spring comes the new growing season as we eagerly anticipate the farmer’s markets and fresh produce at the grocery store.
Today I thought I’d put a little list together for those who are looking to shop seasonally because produce (1) tastes better, (2) is much cheaper, (3) and can be purchased locally. If you’re keen on finding some spring produce when you go grocery shopping, keep your eyes out for this produce.
- Peas (snow peas too)
This is just a small list, and be aware that not every area has the same availability. But be sure to try and incorporate some of these items in your meals this season for a fun and fresh taste after the hearty flavors of winter!
Enjoy the season!
Today I’m about to get up close and personal with you. I’m going to tell you future nutrition students some things you might not want to hear. Some of the things I say may make you question yourself. But let me make myself 100% clear: despite everything I say today, I couldn’t be happier with my choice to become an RD. So yes, even when I lay out all my frustrations with this field, know that I am content with my choice because it feels 110% right.
Regardless, if you’re thinking about majoring in nutrition in college, considering becoming an RD, or if you’re already in nutrition and debating switching majors, this list might be something for you to take a peek at.
Ten Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Nutrition Student:
- Everybody else thinks you’re “just studying food so how hard can that be?”
- If you think you’ll “just be studying food” you might want to reconsider.
- Justifying that nutrition is science is a daily occurrence.
- It’s expensive. And I don’t mean just tuition expensive, I mean be prepared to dole out a lot of money between memberships to professional organizations, your internship, and random things your professors want you to have.
- Oh yeah, that internship. 1200+ hours working for free and slowly dying for 10 months? Sounds fun.
- Ooh did I mention how competitive this field is? The internship only matches about 50% of its applicants. Good luck! (<– Not sarcasm, I know a lot of you have submitted DICAS recently and I know you’re waiting on pins and needles, so really, good luck!)
- If you’re becoming an RD (which you should if you want to do anything nutrition-related) get ready to sit for a tough credentialing exam after your internship.
- All your friends will suddenly stop wanting to eat around you (possibly). Or, they will constantly be looking at your plate and dissecting what you’re eating. You’re a nutrition student and you’re having a cookie? *gasp*
- This field is so vast it’s so hard to pick what direction you want to go in (which isn’t totally bad).
- You will doubt yourself and your desire to follow this path. Stay strong because it will be worth it in the end, I promise.
I’m making nutrition sound like a pile of poo, but I promise it’s not. And maybe these don’t apply to every nutrition student out there, and maybe they won’t apply to you, but throughout my time these are some of the things I’ve encountered. Nutrition is a fascinating subject and it opens the doors to being able to help so many people. I don’t regret my choice for a second, but I do wish that I came into it more prepared than I was. Hopefully armed with this short list of sarcastic quips you feel a little bit more prepared for the journey you’re about to embark upon.
Have a wonderful week ya’ll.
So, it’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Your loving valentine has just gotten you a box of chocolate. Sure, you indulge a little bit on V-Day – but what do you do the day after? You don’t want to scrap the box (it might make your valentine feel bad), but you can’t keep it around (you’re still kicking butt on your New Year’s Resolutions after all) – you’ve reached a predicament.
Hello all! So, we are definitely into the thick of winter. Living in Upstate NY, I can definitely attest to brutal winters – and it’s definitely a season I’m not a fan of. For all you winter fans out there, you enjoy the season that seems to last forever. I’ll stick with loving fall 😛
I work at the Y and it makes me so happy when I see kids using the mini-weight machines (correctly) in the tween center instead of watching TV or playing on their tablets. When I was a kid I remember playing outside for hours, or at the very least my brother and I imagined we were adventurers and our playroom was the grand land of something. Needless to say, the likelihood of kids playing these kinds of games anymore is limited with the rise of the “too-much-screen-time” epidemic (which is a real thing). And just as active play has become a thing of the past, a rise in childhood obesity has become a very prevalent part of our present.
Hello all! I hope you’re having a productive start to the week. As of today I’m gearing up to head back to school tomorrow (or technically Wednesday since I don’t have classes Tuesday). Come May I’ll officially be done with my DPD coursework (party time!) – and after spending six years in school at that point I’m so ready for the internship and a transition to online learning. It definitely won’t be easier, but being in a classroom has become tiring after all this time.
Well, not completely. I guess what I really mean is I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I’m sure everybody can relate in some capacity (or I could just be crazy – it wouldn’t be unusual).
Hello all! I know it’s been months since I last posted, and I know I’ve been very absent on Instagram and Twitter. Embarrassingly so, for someone who wants to incorporate social media and blogging into her future career.
When I first drafted this post I had a lengthy piece written out, but I thought I’d rather turn it into a confessional letter to all of you readers out there.
Living a healthy lifestyle was not on my list of priorities for the past two months. Working out was a chore. Eating garbage was way more exciting when I was bent over my laptop chugging out paper after assignment after study guide. And I felt like crap. Literally.
So what does someone who’s studying nutrition do once they’ve reached that moment? Plan for 2016 to better starting today. Commit to eating well again (80% of the time like usual), commit to working out 4-5 days each week (while I still can), and commit to bring some mental clarity to my life.
What things can I pinpoint which made me forget all of the healthy lifestyle principles I’ve been learning? Stress. Holiday indulgence. Boredom with what I was doing. And knowing these triggers are the beginning steps into making a New Year’s resolution sustainable.
This is what I’m going to do to make 2016 a better year. What are you going to do to make 2016 even better than last year?
Happy New Year to each and every one of you, let’s make 2016 amazing!
It’s time to check in and take a little breather.
Hello everyone! I hope you had a splendid weekend full of the magnificent throes of autumn. Halloween’s coming up and it couldn’t be more exciting. Is it weird of me to say Halloween is one of my favorite holidays?
Anyways, all of this autumn excitement aside, I wanted to talk a little bit about what’s going on in my life and explain why I haven’t been showing up as much on social media sites (though I’m happy to say I’ve been fairly regular with my posts despite being super busy). But that’s just the thing, life has been super busy lately. Between taking four classes which are quite heavy in their workload, being the secretary of Nutrition Club, working as a nutrition graduate assistant in the wellness center, and balancing a social life, my life has been a hectic jumble.
With all of this going on I do feel like I haven’t been as much of a presence online, and for now it’s something that might remain simply because of my current schedule (though when I have an available minute I do make every effort to get on Instagram and like all the things). But don’t worry – I’m still here! I haven’t given up on this blog, I’ve simply been swamped with all my nutrition-related things and trying to set myself up on the best possible career path of my choosing (I think I’ve found what I want to do by the way).
So don’t you worry forksofnature readers, I’m still here I just may be a little bit quiet for awhile.