A Mother, a Dietitian and a Healthy Lifestyle

My first blog post! How exciting! I think it makes sense to make my first blog post an introduction of myself. Who I am, what I believe in and what my goals are. That way, my future ramblings might have more context. I’ve never blogged before so bare with me on this. It’s all new to me, too!

I’m a mom, a dietitian, a runner, a crocheter and an avid reader. I watch too much tv and I like chocolate a lot. I used to teach group fitness classes but have hung up my microphone to spend more time with my family. My two sons (Big G and Little G) are 3 years old and 18 months old and are the center of my world. My husband and I have been married for 8 years. He’s my biggest supporter and thankfully puts up with having a dietitian for a wife very well. I think he’s secretly glad that he gets my gentle reminders about proper portion size and appropriate food selection. At least that’s what I tell myself.

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This is me in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World Orlando during the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in February.

My husband and I have lived in the Midlands for over 11 years and have fallen in love with South Carolina. Originally from western Pennsylvania, we moved to Columbia to start our careers and our lives together. It’s been an exciting and very challenging adventure but I think we’ve done pretty well for ourselves up to this point.

I finished my bachelor’s degree in dietetics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and also completed my dietetic internship there. I accidentally found nutrition after deciding that a communications major and then an English education major weren’t for me. I’ve always been health conscious but when I discovered my college had a dietetics program, it just seemed like it fit me. I learned a lot and when I graduated, I told myself that I’d never work as a clinical dietitian so, of course, my first job was as a clinical dietitian and I’ve been one ever since. I discovered that I love working in a hospital but I’ve always had a passion for nutrition counseling. I hope to broaden my horizons by venturing into new nutritional territory.

My goal as a dietitian is to make a greater impact on people’s health and the community with my expertise in nutrition. I want to provide a warm, welcoming environment where people feel that they can achieve their health goals with all the support that they need. There’s so much nutrition misinformation out there and I want to help people sift through that info overload to find the facts. And to find foods and the lifestyle that works for each individual. I also want to help people form a healthy relationship with food. I hate hearing people say, ‘I know I shouldn’t eat this because it’s bad.’ It makes me feel so bad for the poor food that didn’t do anything to anyone. It’s not one food or another that is ‘bad’; it’s the overall balance of what people put into their bodies that helps them achieve optimal health.

Good nutrition isn’t something that can be carbon copied from one person to the next. Dieting and food restriction sets people up for failure and ultimately makes them feel like reaching their goals is impossible. Good nutrition is about educating yourself on what makes up the food you eat. It’s about planning your meals to include healthy options AND great taste! Good nutrition is about listening to your body and trusting yourself to make the best choices for your health! I hope that I can be a guiding light to those who want wellness in their lives.

Stay Healthy,

Heather