Intuitive eating and my life

So I began to learn about nutrition in any way, shape or form I could as a 16 year old. I was always the person looking at nutrition labels and exercising whenever I was able to. I went away to seminary and kept up with my healthy habits. When I got back from seminary, I when to community college for a few years, switch to queens college to finally pick my major, to become a “nutritionist.” What I found out than was that a nutritionist didn’t really mean anything, and the only real credentialed profession is something called a dietitian. The head of the dietetics department at queens colleges told me that the major is extremely challenging, requiring 79 credits just in nutrition ( which is basically a double major) and to get your RD, you must match in a dietetic internship where only 50% or applicants get in. Not to mention you also need 6 sciences ( biology, microbiology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry)… I’m like ummmm… I barely passed high school, not sure I can manage this major. So I actually went for exercise science. What I didn’t realize was that was also pretty grueling and I would still not have proper credentials. I just decided after a few rough semesters of not even taking credits that I needed in the end, to switch into the dietetic program and pray with all my heart that I would get into an internship. School was soooooo hard and overwhelming. I got pregnant with my first child when I still had a year and a half to go with my undergrad. I loved learning all about nutrition, health, biochemistry (my favorite), how your body digests protein, carbs, fats, creb cycle (‘major nutrition nerd). I put my heart and soul into school because it was my biggest dream and passion to teach other people about eating healthy and still enjoying what they ate, unlike depriving themselves like I had done in high school. I spent weeks applying to different internship programs, researching schools, prices, masters programs, etc. I finally ranked my schools and sent in my application. Waiting those 6 weeks or so we’re the scariest weeks ever. I would think to myself over and over again “I’m not going to get in, all my studying and hard work was for nothing.” To be continued …

Intuitive eating and my life 😀

Soooo… here I am. Posting a blog post on my very own website. Here goes nothing. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I have wanted to be a dietitian since I was in 11th grade. Most of my friends in high school were extremely obsessive about dieting, weight loss and their bodies. I didn’t grow up in a house like this. I’m one of nine and I always say “my Mom didn’t have time to make sure we ate healthy, she just made sure we ate.” But when I got to high school, I quickly learned all the latest dieting and weight loss fads. I tried south beach first, and I lost weight and was proud of myself, only to find myself stuffing my face with pizza and Chinese food the second I let myself take one bite. “What is wrong with me,” I thought. “Why can’t I control myself.” After trying a few dietings and failing miserable, I decided I would just try to eat less. A lot less. Food rules took over my mind. No eating until 12:00pm and nothing goes into my body past 8:00pm. I was starving, irritable, and having trouble concentrating in school, but man did I lose weight. And you know what I got for it. A lot of praise and attention from EVERYONE! It was the best feeling to be honest. I felt so good about myself. It wasn’t until I went away on a trip with two friends in 11th grade that someone saw something wrong with my eating. My friends confronted me and I was able to see how unhealthy my behaviors and thoughts had become. However, now I was stuck. How do I eat healthy without being crazy OCD obsessive about what I’m eating??? So this led me to read about actual nutrition and health and from their my passion for nutrition only grew. I told people “I want to be a nutritionist when I get older” not knowing any “nutritionists” and never even hearing the term “dietitian” used. To be continued …