Ding Dong: The CAKE of Nutrition.

What is Nutrition?

Nutrition

Nu·tri·tion | noun |

: the act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically: the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances <foods that are necessary for human nutrition>

Do you eat Nutrition? NO.

Do you eat food? YES.  

So…what is Food?

Food

\füd\ | noun |

: material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also : such food together with supplementary substances (such as minerals, vitamins, and condiments)

: something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies.

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I have been asking myself as I come towards the end of my Dietetic Internship, what is it that I want to take away from the whole experience. Obviously a CAREER, duh. But how am I, going to add my expertise and knowledge to the field of Nutrition and Dietetics???? It is a question I keep asking myself, every day. So I decided to use my Blog to help answer that question.

I have learned over these past 8 months that food is a powerful and resonates with each person in a different way. Okay, let’s be honest I didn’t just learn this but I am definitely more aware of what food is capable of. Food can make us feel good, remind us of our favorite childhood memory, the perfect fix for a rainy day (it’s like Sleepless in Seattle in “Sunny” Southern California), bring family and friends together around the table, be romantic when with our loved one, and so many more good things. Yet, for every “ying” there is a “yang” or in the case of food – for every “ding” there is a “dong” (I love Ding Dongs). The food we eat can make us feel worse at times, eating too much sugar and fat can make us feel awful, can complicate diseases we already may have such as diabetes and obesity, and we eat to get rid of the pain or shame we feel. So many complex emotions that can come from eating a freakin’ Ding Dong.

I want to be on the side where I help with those emotions that come up when you want to eat that dang Ding Dong, and you begin to tell yourself lies. I want to remind you that you are more important than that lie you tell yourself that you don’t deserve the life you want or that “eating healthy” (whatever that means) is too much work and too expensive, you don’t want to die in Coconut Oil, and you don’t want to give up the Ding Dong, the soda, the fries, the whatever. What I want to do is help personalize what food means for you. Going back to the definition of food: consists of protein, carbs, and fat to help grow, sustain, and repair. The second definition also defines food as something that nourishes. Think of food as the vessel of nutrition. 

Let’s now create a formula for food:

(Pro * CHO * Fat) + (grow * sustain * repair * nourish) =

Making BETTER FOOD choices that will help you GET FIT and FEEL GOOD.

Not once in that formula does it say do a keto-crash diet for 30 days (eye roll), or a 6 week aggressive tillapia and asparagus diet where your pee smells 24/7 and once you think of smelling bread again you instantly gain 10 pounds (The Transformation Center probably pees gold that smells like asparagus). Now I am not saying I hate the Whole30 or 21 – Day Sugar Detox. Whole30 is very educational and teaches you how to eat food in it’s natural form and to pay attention to how body adapts to what foods we eat. And you don’t need organic to follow Whole30. Plus if you haven’t heard Whole Foods is going out of busnazzz. Hence, nobody eats organic as much as they say they do. And let’s be honest we all need to cut sugar from our diet.

But….what it does say is make BETTER choices of FOODs that will help me GET FIT and FEEL GOOD. I want to eliminate the confusion and complication when people ask well what do I eat. We 1) Pay attention to what foods we are eating and how our body feels 2) We then can make better choices of the foods we eat. As we change the foods we eat so does our taste buds and we begin to grow an aversion to the processed foods 3) We then start to feel better 4) We workout because we want to use our better food choices to GET FIT.

Yes, not everyday is going to be easy. And there will be days that you won’t want to eat that broccoli on your plate. Guess what?!?!? That is OK. Did you workout today? Yeah, awesome then don’t worry about that broccoli, is there another dark green vegetable you like? Would you be willing to eat that grilled chicken with a sweet potato? How about homemade chicken fajitas and use a flour tortilla to have a taco? I just gave you 2 meals – in – 1. You’re Welcome. 

I recently listened to Dr. John Berardi, Founder of Precision Nutrition (don’t knock the program –  it is actually pretty legit and probably does more good than an RD treating a non-compliant diabetic suffering from neuropathy) who was a guest speaker on Brute Strength Podcast. He had a quote that resonated with my current lifestyle.

“When you get in shape by a hard diet and a hard fitness regiment – the problem is it doesn’t translate when life gets hard and you can’t have perfect fitness and diet. You aren’t building the skill of being in shape when life happens – when the family is busy, when you have bills to pay, when your car doesn’t work, when your job requires extra time – when life happens.”

Podcast Link: http://brutestrengthtraining.com/podcast/perfecting-your-diet-ft-dr-john-berardi-of-precision-nutrition

John Berardi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.berardi.page/

Precision Nutrition – www.precisionnutrition.com 

As a Registered Dietitian I want to help build the skill of when life happens and you don’t have a perfect fitness program or a perfect diet, how do you respond. If we use one of the fundamentals of CrossFit, that at the base of any movement is strength then at the base of being in shape is the skill to adapt and change as much as your circumstances do….when life happens. 

Not every individual is the same. No skill will be the same for every individual. Some people may want to always be Paleo or some may not. Some may like Whole30 and then splurge every 30 days. You may have the Vegetarians or the Pescatarians. Some may only want to follow Macros and want to know how to Fit-ness Whole Pizza In My Mouth. I want use Food and Fitness to help YOU PUT YOUR BEST FORK FORWARD and build the skill of being in shape through all aspects of life.

NOW with that being said let’s go eat some freakin’ Ding Dongs.

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Put YOUR Best Fork Forward.

In other news, March is National Nutrition Month and to celebrate, I had intended to post a nutrition tip everyday, 31 tips to help Put YOUR Best Fork Forward. Welp. That soon became 20 then 15 and then became 12 super duper nutrition tips. Below is my Facebook link where you can go check out these awesome tips and some much more awesome content. ENJOY!

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HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY

Happy GALENTINE’S Day 💗
What’s Galentine’s Day??
Oh, it’s only the best day of the year.

Every February 13th, we need to remember what’s really important….
HOES before B ROS

OVARIES before BRO VARIES

UTERUSUS before DUDERUSES

Happy Galentine’s Day –
You BEYOUTIFUL TROPICAL FISH

As the years have passed I have learned that Valentine’s Day isn’t about the flowers, roses, chocolates, and the endless engagement announcements on Facebook (eye roll). Valentine’s Day is a day for us to make that I LOVE YOU extra special.  It is showing that person in your life you care. I have decided to start a new devotional because I feel myself slipping from God. When I feel like I am slipping from God, I tend to lose sight of who I am and who God intends for me to be. The other day, devotional asked how can we develop a friendship with God. We can develop a friendship when we include him in our day. We also build a friendship with God when we care about GOD cares about – others. Friends care about what is important to the other person. When we show care it helps the friendship with God to be stronger yet rooted in love. Love is the Greatest…..

 It may seem silly that we need a specific day to remind us to choose LOVE but we live in a world full of hate and sometimes an extra day is all we need.

Current Devotional: The Purpose Driven Life Journal by Rick Warren

JUST FOR MI LADIES.

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COOKIES FUEL MUSCLES. IT’S BROSCIENCE.
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SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS GIRL.
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UNICORNS #6am
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FRANJESSICA.
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FLOWER CROWN #BASIC
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CUPCAKE GAINSSS.
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OH, WINE NOT?!?!
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SQUAD GOALS.
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MY RIGHT HAND.

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others”

– Pericles

Greek statesman, orator, and general of Athens

 

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

WOW. I know it has been a quick minute since I have even written a blog post. Let alone think about writing a blog post. Life has taken many twists and turns since my last post and once I have put all my thoughts and feelings together, I will provide you with an in-depth look at my messy life. Stay tuned friends. (Because I know ya’ll are such avid readers and miss me so and can’t wait to know what I have been up to).

As I have been grooving along this Dietetic Internship, I have no control in where I go, schedule changes, traffic piling up on the 405, not being able to do FITNESS, or most importantly idiotic people. BUTTTTT I can control things such as my attitude towards these things and controlling the food I eat to not let it drive my emotions. Having control over the food I eat and the amount has been my life-saver through this life change. Let’s put it into perspective….How many times have you not packed or brought your own food with you somewhere and before you know it, it has been hours since you’ve last eaten and the hangry sets in. Then you have to apologize for what you said when you were HANGRY.

“Murder is like potato chips; you can’t stop with just one.” – Stephen King  

Don’t eat the ‘potato chips’, once you pop the PRINGLES you don’t stop. Once you get HANGRY it sets the mood for the rest of the day and you have lost complete control over your day. It’s a vicious cycle my friends, vicious. Which is why the good LORD made Sunday to let us rest and to meal prep. I shall be even more cliche and say “Fail to PLAN, PLAN to FAIL.” So here is a small slice of what my Meal Prep Madness is….

Let us begin with the best meal of the day……BREAKFAST

SPINACH PROTEIN WAFFLES

When those days come that you can’t workout and you want to eat the everything and the kitchen sink – protect yourself with waffles. Because waffles are just pancakes with abs, and everyone wants abs. Green will also give you HULK strength, it’s science.

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Look at those chiseled abs!

 INGREDIENTS

2 cups Kodiak Cakes Protein Packed FlapJack Mix

2/3 cup canned pumpkin

1 + 1/3 cup liquid egg whites

2 cups spinach (or kale)

2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (IMPORTANT to get rid of the bitter flavor from spinach)

1 tbsp. honey

dash of vanilla extract

(shoutout to Petite Athleat for the recipe)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine wet ingredients in a blender or VitaMix and blend until a gross green color.
  2. Add dry ingredients to bowl and mix together. Add wet to dry ingredients. STIR.
  3. Measure out 1/2 cup servings for waffle maker. Makes about 6 full waffles.

MACROS PER WAFFLE

218 calories | 23.2 g protein | 25.5 g carbohydrates | 1.4 g fat | 6 g sugars | 4.3 g fiber 

 And if you’re feeling Hobbit-y, second breakfast is always a good idea.

Egg white cups with kale and BAE-con.

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Shut the KALE up.  
  1. Cut and cook 12 oz. bacon, then add kale to cook in bacon grease.
  2. Divide bacon and kale into a 24 muffin pan.
  3. Pour egg whites into each muffin cup.
  4. Cook at 35o till egg is set.

Next on the menu……

BISON MEATBALLS

Bison is the new meat on the block (get it…). Bison is lower in fat and cholesterol compared to beef and chicken, loaded with flavor, and still abundant in protein. In addition, is abundant in B vitamins and multiple minerals such as iron and phosphorous, which are important for transporting of red blood cells and keeping strong bones.

Forming meatballs creates versatility for all my meals. I can add meatballs to spaghetti squash to make meatball spaghetti and add broccoli to make it HEALTHY AF or add to a mixture of zucchini and mushrooms. The possibilities are endless.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground bison

1/2 tbsp sage

1 tbsp chopped parsley (used dried)

1/4 c chopped green onions

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt (FANCY AF)

1/4 tsp black pepper

drizzle of olive oil

(makes about 21 – 1 oz. meatballs)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix bison and seasonings together.
  2. Weigh 1 oz. meatballs and shape and roll. Be careful not to roll too much because bison is a leaner meat.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on top.
  4. Put on grill for 30 minutes. Flip meatballs at 15 min.
  5. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS  – 1 serving = 3 meatballs.
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FANCY
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ROLL OUT
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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

MACROS PER 1 serving = 3 MEATBALLs

128 cal | 14.7 g protein | 3.4 g carbohydrates | 6.7 g fat

SIDE ORDERS

You always need side orders during the day to go along with the main dishes.

Spaghetti Squash is so versatile as I mentioned above. For 12g of carbohydrates you can have 200 g of spaghetti squash. Add it to the meatballs or already cooked chicken and veggies. My second favorite side dish is Kabocha squash (jolly green giant). Kabocha as a sweet taste that resembles sweet potato or butternut squash. For 30g carbohydrates you can weigh out 200g of Kabocha compared to only 180g of Sweet Potato.

Hi ALEX TREBEK, I’ll take 200g of Kabocha.

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Golden Goodness. 
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Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail. 

And when the sweet tooth hits….

Macr0-Friendly Pumpkin Cookies  

Ingredients

2 cups Kodiak Cakes Protein Packed Mix

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 tbsp honey

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

1/2 c liquid egg whites

yields 28 cookies

Directions

  1. Add and mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Roll small pieces of dough and place on baking sheet.
  3. Bake in oven at 325 for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  4. ENJOY.
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Makes it so romantic with the candle. 
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MELT ME AWAY. 

My philosophy on nutrition has evolved over these past 6 months is I have realized that no one will eat 100% healthy and some days we may fall off the wagon. But if we can make food taste good, be healthy, and fit within their required macronutrient needs, then that is a #LIFEWIN in my book. Some days may be CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, and I sure hope those meatballs taste damn good!

The Board Game of LIFE: RDN v2.0

Growing up, I LOVED playing the board game “The Game of LIFE”? I know I did. I enjoyed cruising in my little car, top down – wheels spinnin’ with my hot hubby at my side and my adorable kids in the back. Celebrating milestones along the Road of LIFE – go to college, get a job, make some money, retire in Florida –  basically carpe-ing the diem out of this s#$t. #winnerwinnerchickendinner

Wellllllll, “The Game of LIFE” you SUCK and have set me and everyone else up for failure. LIFE is not like the game and is so much more complex than just cruising with the top down, along the yellow brick road.

I recently played The RD Board Game with my fellow Dietetic Interns. I started thinking of the road I have taken to get to this point. (Let’s not talk about how I was unable to answer half of the questions correctly). The road has been smooth at times with many rocks and crevices along the way, stumbled over some douche canoes, all while crying, laughing, and smiling. Yet I wouldn’t change anything about the journey. As I get older, experience more, meet and learn to interact with others – I can’t not think about how amazing and grateful I am for the life I have and the journey I have been on (Let’s be honest not every day is rainbows and unicorns with princess crowns).

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YUP, I PICKED THE EGGPLANT. ALWAYS A DIRTY MIND

When the first mention of moving to Antelope Valley came, I was ecstatic, happy, and ready for change. Then when the time came, I became bitter, depressed, and just plain unhappy. I thought this isn’t how my journey is supposed to be. My Game of LIFE did not bring me to the windiest city in SoCal. Eventually these feelings changed, I grew older, and got over my sad self. I found CrossFit, I met people – most importantly I met MY people. (I talk a lot about MY PEOPLE – because they help me every day and they make life that much better). Creating connections with others is something we as humans strive for in life. A movie quote that has always stuck with me:

“‘We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does anyone life really mean? ……You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.”

We wait for the day to say to someone “I like your crazy, and I think you like my crazy, soooo let’s be crazy together”. Yet this crazy witness doesn’t even need to be a significant other. I for one become so caught up in being ‘Single and Sufficient’. I have to constantly remind myself the current space I occupy on my board game of LIFE is ‘Single and Sufficient’. The board game of LIFE allows you to meet some pretty ah-mazing, awesome, crazy people along the way that become friends and eventually become a part of your FAMILY.

I never thought my journey would bring me to this Dietetic Internship. I took it out of my brain, told myself it’s not for me, I am not good enough, smart enough, just not enough. But now that I am in it I realize my whole path has set me up for this moment in LIFE. This Dietetic Internship has become the most intense part of my life, yet it will such a short part of my life. I have been at my Clinical Rotation since September, and I have learned so much about nutrition – calculating proper tube feeding recommendations, disease states, counseling patients, medical terminology/abbreviations – yet I have learned so much about myself. Each day I pick up the game piece of LIFE – I may move one step forward, maybe two. But then there are days that I have to move the piece back one. When I had to move my piece back one space I would think of what a failure I am. Yet I know I am not, it’s only a small bump in this LIFE board game of mine. One small bump teaches me to reassess and regroup, and do what I need to move that one space forward. My otter-half, as I call her, helped put into perspective how amazing this game of LIFE I am on. One morning after a night of crying because I questioned if I could even continue living this crazy hectic life, she told me,A concert piano has 24 strings – when tightened there is about 40,000 lbs. of pressure. But without that pressure the piano doesn’t play…so remember how beautiful God is making you through the stress and pressure…your life is playing beautifully.” I had to shift my doubts and pick up my game piece and moved one space forward and instantly had a melody play in the background (OKAYYYY not really but ya get my drift).  And when we allow ourselves to move one space forward and play that key on the piano that makes a soulful sound – we grow, learn, and live in that moment of beauty.

We as humans are in a continuous state of learning. We learn day to day how we overcome adversity, deal with stress, talk to others, learn to love others. I am continuing to learn every day. I have learned that the rocky, hard times in my LIFE Board Game have brought me here. Everyone’s board game is different, and unique. Just staring at that – YOU ARE HERE – flashing sign. I know I can’t ignore or hate this space, because I am meant for this point. I want to live in this moment. And I don’t want YOU to waste the time either, I guarantee that – YOU ARE HERE – sign will not go un-witnessed.

Remember, LIFE IS MESSY- a good, hot S’MORE mess that leaves you with marshmallow sticky fingers. And who doesn’t love a S’MORE?!?!?!

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YES. ONE SPACE FORWARD.

 

S/P (status post – droppin’ some medical terminology on you)

WISE WORDS from some WISE WOMEN:

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience” – ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty” – MAYA ANGELOU

“You’re a warrior, and your warrior name is Beyoncé Pad Thai” – MINDY KALING

 “You are a beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk ox.” – LESLIE KNOPE

“Don’t let the BITCHES get ya’ down” – CHECKA MAE

Let’s get philoSLOTHical: What’s your ‘FRAN’ time?

Let’s get philoSLOTHical, philoSLOTHical. And yes, I used the word SLOTH – get on my level bro.

The old age question in the CrossFit community: What’s your ‘Fran’ time? The Founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, fondly titled the nasty combo of Thrusters and Pull-ups as ‘Fran’.  His reasoning –  because “If a hurricane that wreaks havoc on a whole town can be Fran, so can a workout.” With that being said, I did ‘Fran’ Monday morning and yes I can concur it wreaked havoc on my body and I still have ‘jello’ legs.

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Murph the SLOTH is STILL recovering from ‘Fran’.

 

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Pukie the Clown.       http://www.crossfit.com

 

Your ‘Fran’ time can say a lot about you as a CrossFit athlete. If you have a ‘Fran’ time of 2-3 minutes, you’re the elite of the elite. The workout is such a short amount of time but yet the level of intensity can knock you to the floor and you may have a case of Pukie the Clown. This short, intense workout makes you feel uncomfortable and leaving you with that burning sensation in throat and chest – aka WOD cough. Yet this short, intense WOD DOES NOT define who you are as a person. Whatever your time may be – a sub 3 or 10 minutes – does not define or take away from the person you are. When we finish the WOD we come out feeling better about ourselves – granted it takes about an hour to recover, or all day like me – but it’s a cathartic experience and through that uncomfortable, pain we emerge like a phoenix from the fire (dramatic flair) as a stronger, fitter, better and even happier version of oneself. And let’s be honest you may sound a bit silly if you walked around all day saying “Yeah Bro, I am a 3:15 Fran.” Well that’s great Bro, you obviously are good at fitness but can I give you a hint, throw you a lifeline Bro – CrossFit doesn’t define who you are it’s just something that you do.

The beauty of CrossFit is it so multifaceted it can be applied to the experiences we have in our daily life. When these intense parts of our life have us feeling knocked down, depressed, tired of ‘adulting’ or just plain down on our luck –  are short just like ‘Fran’ . That one bad day, this one LOOONNGGG week, or that one month where you wish you could have taken off the calendar. These moments of pain, and being uncomfortable are all short when we look at our life as a whole, yet are intense. It is hard to not let these moments bring us down and allow for evil thoughts to start consuming our brain. These bad days DO NOT define who we are. You are more than one bad day or that horrible week. Through the years I have let bad days, terrible weeks, and even CrossFit WODs to define WHO I AM. Our brain is a muscle, and all muscle can get strong in whatever position they are trained in.  And I have trained my brain to work and think in such a negative manner about myself that it would tear me apart from the inside – out. It has taken me awhile to get to this point and each day is a battle of reminding myself to think positive to know that I am a strong, smart, brave, and a beautiful glorious HOT MESS that is capable of amazing things. If you remember from my LIFE IS MESSY POST (because I know ya’ll are such devout readers of my blog) that I am a GOOD HOT MESS – basically a S’MORE. And now I have decided I am adding an à la carte option – PEANUT BUTTER – spread that s#$! on THICK. (Some days peanut butter is the glue that holds my life together) And I am here to remind you that YES you also are a GOOD HOT MESSY S’MORE too with à la carte option. Boo Boo, you are far too special to treat yourself poorly or to think negatively.

Yet I believe it is important to feel every emotion in these moments because when we allow ourselves to feel this intense, uncomfortable pain – the end result is someone who is much stronger than they ever thought they would be. Because when those really awesome good days happen it’s important to allow yourself to feel every good emotion because we remember and know how crappy those bad days were. I hope you realize you are more than the sum of those bad days – that when you wake up each morning you’re able to see the beauty in your life, value the people around you, and enjoy your days in the sun.

With all that said you should still state your ‘Fran’ time with pride because – let’s be honest that s#$! hurts.

“You belong among the wildflowers

You belong in a boat out at sea

You belong with your love on your arm

You belong somewhere you feel free”

-Tom Petty

A Week In The Life of a Dietetic Intern

A Week In The Life of a Dietetic Intern

As of June 2016 I have embarked on new journey that took on a whole new form of ‘adulting’ for me. And yes, to answer your questions I am that BASIC and I use the term ‘adulting’ on a regular basis. In January 2016 I applied to California State University Northridge Dietetic Internship for one of the coveted 12 spots. I was offered and accepted the position of Community Concentration Dietetic Intern for 2016-2017.

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Name Badge is VERY IMPORTANT.

 

And I am sure you’re asking yourself – What does a Dietetic Intern even do??? Don’t fret because I am here to tell you or do a show and tell to be more presice. My week begins like this:

Monday

Oh Monday you Basic B____. Every Monday is what we call Consortium. It is a ‘class’ that includes all of the Greater Los Angeles Dietetic Interns – CSUN (me), Cal State Long Beach, VA Los Angeles Hospital, Cal Poly Pomona, PHF-WIC – and we convene in one area for a gazillion hours in a day to discuss Nutrition Topics. These topics can be from as simple as creating a portfolio to as advance as how to do a physical nutrition assessment for a malnourished patient or how to assess insulin medication for a type II diabetic. Wowsa I know. But Consortium’s require traveling – lots of it. I so far have traveled to VA Greater Los Angeles Hospital (off the 405 freeway of death), Children’s Hospital LA, Children’s Hospital Orange County, and Irwindale.

 

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CHLA – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
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Children’s Hospital Orange Country. AKA CHOC.

 

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Irwindale. Still couldn’t tell you where that is.
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ALL THE COMMUTING NEEDS ALL THE COFFEE.

 

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UHM WHERE’S CASSIE?!?

It is also a chance for me and my fellow CSUN Interns to spend some quality time with one another. Let’s be honest some days are not always sunshine and rainbows with unicorns when you are a Dietetic Intern and spending time with one another and sharing our experiences is always a good thing especially for our mental status. One thing that me and a fellow intern have created is: The Fake Laugh. No matter how bad your day, week, or month a “Fake Laugh” will always make it better. 

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Just Fake Laugh.

 

Tuesday

This is when the real fun starts. Tuesday through Thursday are classified as your rotation days. I am currently in my Nutrition Therapy (aka Clinical Nutrition) rotation. This requires a total of 416 hours. I’m sure you’re like “Damn that’s a lot of hours” and I respond with “Yes, but you know what the best part is?” and you say “What?” and I say “The hospital I am during my Clinical Nutrition at – is only 10 minutes away from my lovely apartment”. 

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BOW CHICKA BOW WOW.

Hospital days start at bright and early at 8am. Currently I am rotating with the Dietitian on the PCU floor aka Progressive Care Unit. Progressive Care Unit is just a step down from the ICU but patients still require 24-hr monitoring. I sit with her as we go through each admitted patient on the floor and assess whether they need a Dietitian Consult, Assessment, or Monitoring. Once we assess how many patients we then print out our list and make notes for each patient we will see on rounds. Notes such as height, weight, diagnosis, past medical history, critical lab values, and any other important information to help us create an Nutrition Intervention Plan. Once 9:30am comes we leave the office and go to the floor to do rounds. And let me tell ya – I see A LOT of COOL CLINICAL CASES BUT I can’t go into detail because…..H-I-P, HIPAA. We walk the hospital for about 2 and a half hours = my exercise for the day. 

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MY EXERCISE MOST DAYS.

After lunch is charting time. Charting is one of the scariest things but also the most beneficial. This allows me to apply what I learned on rounds and create a Intervention for the patient as well as a plan for Monitoring and Evaluation. Let’s be real – it’s not really me doing it but the Dietitian – yet I get to learn and hone my skills to provide a well-planned Nutrition Assessment and Intervention.

 

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MY HANDY DANDY POCKET GUIDE.

For me Tuesday charting is only an hour because Tuesday is my class day. I leave at 2pm for class at CSUN. The class is titled Food and Drug Nutrient Interaction. And it will haunt me in my sleep and for the rest of my years. Discusses everything from what happens if you eat this food that has this vitamin/mineral and could disrupt the drugs you take. JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS PEOPLE! Oh and don’t ever ever eat Grapefruit or drink Grapefruit Juice if you got like a gazillion medical problems. Thank you. Tuesday’s finally end once I get home around 8:30-9pm. And I prep to do it all over again the next day.

 

Wednesday

Hump Dayyyyyyy!

Each day is pretty much the same. Depends on which Dietitian I rotate with and which floor they do clinical rounds on. Except this day I don’t have to leave at 2pm, I get to chart on patient’s till 4:30pm.I then go home review what I learned in the day and prep for tomorrow.  I have to remember that this Dietetic Internship is a full-time job and I am determined to CARPE THE DIEM OUT OF THIS. Remember?!?! But I do have to remember to find balance in my life. Wednesday nights are my dedicated swimming nights. Swimming has helped clear my mind and calm my nerves over the past year. It’s a good reminder that fitness doesn’t always have to be in a place with four walls. And its the only night they have late night lap swimming in good ole’ Lancaster. 

Thursday

Sorry to bore you but the same as Wednesday, but once I leave the hospital at 4:30pm it means my weekend starts. PARTAY TIME. (Disclaimer: My weekend doesn’t really start I still have to go to work at WIC on Saturday) By PARTAY TIME I really mean its time to turn into an old woman with no life. Sort of like the carriage in the Cinderella turning back into the pumpkin. Yes I said pumpkin – it’s PUMPKIN SEASON Y’ALL. And now back to your regular scheduled blog post. Thursday nights mean I get to go to CrossFit and get some fitness in as the guys like to say and then home to stuff my face with food. And of course asleep by 10pm because 1. I am exhausted and 2. I still am determined to hold on to part of my old life and coach CrossFit at 6am the next day.

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DIETICIANS? DIETITIANS? JUST DO AS THE ENGLISH DO.

Friday

Ahhh! The WEEKEND. I get to start the day at 6am will some of my favorite people. Coaching CrossFit at 6am has become something I cherish and enjoy so much. Some people would say you’re crazy but I love these people. CrossFit – as I said before – will always be apart of my life and coaching classes while I pursue my other dreams is something that brings me happiness and a sense of calm to my crazy life.

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The OG #6am CREW.

Oh and can’t forget about the 8am boys club. I’ve got a soft spot for these studs.

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8am BOYS CLUB.

SATURDAY

Three words to describe my Saturday job at WIC: JUST FAKE LAUGH.

SUNDAY

Take the time to thank JESUS that I made it through another week and get ready for the next. Oh and a sprinkle of fitness because it keeps me sane.

This new life change hasn’t been the easiest but on the days that I get to counsel a person on nutrition or create an intervention plan for someone is worth it. My grandmother has always told me GOD has put us on this earth to help others and this is how I want to help others. I love this stuff. Each day we have the choice to wake up and say I GET TO DO whatever it is you want to do with your life. And when we GET the chance to do what we want, were basically #winning. And if that don’t work  – JUST FAKE LAUGH.

Moving is MESSY. I am MESSY. Life is MESSY. The END.

 

Moving is Messy. Very messy. It’s not the actual mess that you create with all your stuff you’ve hoarded through the years, it’s MESSY because of all the decision making and stupid emotions that come with moving. Moving out has been something I have wanted for sooooo long. WHY you may ask? Welllll, I crave for my own place for my own decorating, my own decision making, and my own Francesca cave. Last weekend I finally got my dream come true and moved out to my own place, but gah what a MESS. But a GOOD MESS not like a GROSS STICKY HOT MESS. It’s a BEYOUTIFUL GOOD HOT MESS. (see what I did there).

Moving is MESSY.

I didn’t realize how much STUFF I have until looking at the STUFF I had to move and what day. I moved in to my new place last weekend which I was hoping to be done in one weekend, but has been drawn out to currently a week and a half. Buying a twin bed, setting up the twin bed, buying bookcases, packing everything in boxes, getting a fridge then buying a BRITA that doesn’t fit in the fridge so having to maneuver shelves to different sizes and hating they new fridge layout. Really Francesca you hate the fridge layout?? Yes, yes I do. The list can go on of everything I have for this MESSY move. Having to run to my parent’s house to keep grabbing items for the week, running to the grocery store for 1 banana, going to Target to buy hangers and random items because duh its Target, then going back to Target to return the item because I had buyer’s remorse or I just didn’t like the Feng Shui it created. MESSY decision making.

 

I am MESSY.

I am a MESS. I can’t decide on anything for this new place. I bought two Keurig’s, TWO KEURIG’S. Who does that?!?! I DO!!! I bought TWO shower curtains, TWO! Of course I returned one Keurig and one shower curtain, but no right person goes and buys two and sits them down and stares at them to decide which one speaks to them. Oh WAIT – I DO. I am so overwhelmed with excitement to decorate my own place that I am all over the spectrum of the HGTV channel. I want to be Joanna Gaines (and have a Chip Gaines one day) wearing a flower crown and cowboy boots yet I also want to have a flamingo rug in my bathroom with pineapple bun hair. This style trend will be released in SPRING 2017 – JUST WAIT. A friend of mine explained it best – “I like listening to country music but when a rap song comes on the radio I can still do a one, two step.”  As mentioned in the my previous post is that I have evolved and grown so much these past 3 years everything from taste preference, style preference, and people preference has changed. Which is why I am a GOOD MESS. I still to this day I am reorganizing everything in the place, adding and taking away. A work in progress. Went to IKEA yesterday – gah – big mistake. I bought a dogs butt hook. WHY?! Because I am a GOOD MESS who enjoys hip-hop with a one, two step next to my farmhouse style table in white birch color. BOOM.

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SEE DOG BUTT.

Life is MESSY.

Trying to put everything together to make this move happen has been adulating at its finest. Calling Edison, calling Time Warner, calling whoever to set up some account for some random person to come turn something on = adulting with strangers turning something on. Yes I know there is so much more to adulting then making sure I have WIFI set up, I’m not that basic. Yet each of one of these components is a part of life, a MESSY life that I am excited and anxious to experience every day. Balancing this move with the internship has been nothing but a true test of what I can handle, and I can handle a whole bunch more than I thought I could. I am however very grateful for the people who helped me to somehow master to this wonky balancing act.

Life will always be messy and I for one will always be a HOT MESS. But a GOOD HOT MESS – I’m a s’more really if you think about it. S’mores are one MESSY dessert, its HOT and GOOD. I’m a S’MORE. Here is to many more GOOD HOT MESSY S’MORE days. The END.

 

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GOOD OLE’ PILE OF MESS.
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I KNOW SOME PRETTY COOL PEOPLE.
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I CALL THIS “MAGNOLIA FLAMINGO”. JOANNA GAINES WOULD APPROVE.
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IKEA. NUFF SAID.
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HOT DOGS CAN BE A GOOD HOT MESS TOO.