“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas A. Edison
I have an incredibly exciting announcement, one that has been three years in the making. Hopefully some of you saw my teaser posts this past week on both my Twitter and Instagram accounts. If not why, aren’t you following me yet?! #kidding Without further adieu, drum roll please…
I have enrolled in Precision Nutrition’s Level One Certification Course! Translation: I am officially taking the steps to become a nutrition professional! #cuetheconfetti If any of you have ever met me, you know this is a dream of mine, one that has been in the making for a while.
I have always been an active individual throughout my 28 years of life on Mother Earth. My Mom enrolled me in gymnastics classes at our local YMCA before I could officially begin playing sports in the fifth grade. #epicfail Who knew all those flips and floor tricks would be so difficult? Don’t get me wrong, I can still I do a mean cartwheel…Anyways, I continued my athleticism through various sports in junior high, high school, and college at The University of Iowa. (Go Hawkeyes!) Sidenote: I played intramural sports at Iowa, not as a D1 athlete. I mean I am good, but not that good. Let’s be real here folks. Even if I was not working out at the gym, I was working in the gym, as I had a part time job there. As you can see, the active part of my “active and healthy lifestyle” came easy, but the healthy part, yeah…that required extra effort.
Without going into too many details (that’s for future blog posts), I have definitely had my fair share of ups and downs when it comes to my relationship with food. I went through a bout of being super skinny in college, then I went to grad school and gained weight due to stress eating. However, after graduation I lost all of the weight…then I gained it back…then l lost it all again…you get the idea. Just repeat this a few times and fast forward to today, where I am the healthiest I have ever been.
Each day I choose to be proactive in my health, especially when it comes to nutrition. I have the power to choose what I put in my body on a daily basis. With each food choice I make, I have the power to decide whether or not I am going to contribute to my overall health and wellness goals, both short term and long term. Remember, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”-Ann Wigmore (Tweet this!) #favoritequote
With all of the articles and books I have read, the eating programs I have participated in, and the results I have or have not seen in myself and my body, I am finally beginning to figure out what works for me as an individual. It is such an amazing and freeing feeling to be in control of your nutrition and I want to help others do the same in their own lives. Nutrition is just a small segment of the overall health and wellness spectrum, but an essential and crucial one nonetheless. #smallbutmighty This is one of the main of many reasons why I want to enter the field of nutrition and become a nutrition professional.
This is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have researched collegiate programs, online courses, specific certifications, spoken with Registered Dietitians and Nutrition Professors at well-known universities, heads of nutrition organizations, health and wellness coaches, fitness instructors, business owners, and more (if you can believe it or not). #TypeA Sidenote: A huge shoutout to all of those individuals that met me for coffee chats, talked with me for endless hours on the phone and through countless emails. Your support, guidance and confidence in me and my abilities have meant so much, more than words can even begin to describe here. THANK YOU! You all know who you are. oxoxo
Although I would love to go back to school full time to become a RDN, it’s not for me right now. I have my BA and MA, I work full time, attend weekly workout classes, and still live the life of a twenty something living downtown in one of the greatest cities. #livingthedream I need a legit course (preferably online) that I can do at my own pace, you know between 4am workouts and weekend brunch with my girls. This is where Precision Nutrition comes in.
When I first got a sneak peek of what I would be learning in Precision Nutrition’s course through a detailed Table of Contents, my eyes welled up with tears. Cell Structure and Function, Food Intake, Digestion, Absorption, Energy Transformation, and Metabolism…and that is just the first three chapters! What can I say? It was love at first sight. I knew this was the program for me.
The entire course is 18 chapters with a recommendation of completing one chapter each week. Knowing me, I will be done 18 days from now. #kiddingnotkidding During the course of my certification, I look forward to sharing my new nutrition knowledge with all of you, my faithful readers. My goal: To work with individuals and teach them the power of nutrition, ultimately helping them to create and live both healthier and happier lives. I cannot wait to begin my course (1 chapter down, 17 to go) and I hope you all will continue to follow along with me as I embark on this journey towards my dream.