Okay, here goes… HI GUYS!! I know what you’re thinking.. ANOTHER girl with a blog. I know. In my defense, since I’m constantly sharing nutrition, yoga and other wellness-related info, I’ve been playing around with the idea of starting a blog for a while and finally decided to just go for it. I mean, why the heck not? “YOLO,” as the kids say… Joking aside, I feel like I have things to share with the world that other like-minded folks out there would dig and we could share ideas back and forth and be inspired by one another. So I’m going with my gut on this one.
A lot of what held me back from starting this adventure sooner was simply not knowing where to begin. How do you start something like this? So I decided to just start at the beginning with the “why” of this Dietitian Gone Wild blog and where I hope to take it. If you wait for everything to be perfect before you begin, you’ll never begin and, to be honest, I’m kind of a spontaneous, risk-taker type anyhow. I take pride in that. That’s why it’s Dietitian Gone WILD and not Dietitian Gone Timid.
So, that’s where I want to go first with you... The name. Why “Dietitian Gone Wild?” Well.. a lot of reasons actually:
The first reason is related to "wild" foods. By this I mean whole and natural foods. If you read the Nutrition Philosophy on my site, you’ll know I believe in Holistic Nutrition and, for me, that means replacing the processed, hormone and pesticide containing foods in our diets with more whole, clean, REAL food because that is what leads to a more optimally functioning body. I mean, why would we assume we could feed ourselves crap and expect our bods to function optimally? Seems kind of like a "duh," right? Still.. easier said than done and that's where I want to be available to help. If you’re looking for a calorie count, I’m probably not your girl. I’m all for listening to our bodies and healing our bodies and then seeing the positive rewards.
The second way “wild” resonates with me piggybacks on the holistic nutrition philosophy I mentioned above. To achieve positive health outcomes, I believe we need to look at the entire picture. Not just our diets or our exercise routines, but mind, body and soul. In today’s society we are STRESSED O U T. Like, really stressed out. And workaholics. And over-stimulated by the increase in communication thanks to technology. We do NOT stop and just… chill. We don't get out into nature enough. We don't PLAY enough. And unfortunately, our bodies respond to this in a big way. More research is beginning to look at the benefits of mindfulness and mediation on reducing stress and improving our physical health outcomes and I strongly believe incorporating these into our lives can help our bodies function optimally. We need to find what it is that lights up our soul and fires up passion within us and do more of those things! I WON'T believe we’re on this earth to work hard and die. I believe we need to find that wild within us (which is unique for all of us) and embrace it fully!
And the final way “wild” speaks to me has to do with my personality, which you'll get to know a lot better if you (hopefully) continue to check out Dietitian Gone Wild. Most Registered Dietitian’s are very strong Type A’s. And in a lot of ways, I am. I've always been a good student/dedicated employee, picked things up quickly and paid attention to details. However, in a lot of ways, I am NOT Type A. I am very go-with-the-flow and adventurous and spontaneous and all that good stuff. Blame it on the Gemini, if you're into that sort of thing. I believe in being healthy and that it’s hugely important, but I acknowledge that we’re human and sometimes you may just need a pizza and a beer and that THAT’S OKAY. That’s part of the “feeding our souls.” We need to have FUN and let loose every now and then. Letting loose and having fun looks different to everyone, so I’m not suggesting everyone needs pizza and beer sometimes (even if I want to), but I’m just saying we need to find the balance. Embrace your wild and learn how to balance it out. And if you need help with that, well… I know a dietitian who's up to the task (wink, wink).
So hopefully by now you’ve caught on that sarcasm is one of my favorite pastimes, but in all sincerity, I am VERY passionate about health and wellness. I believe my calling is to share this passion and help others via this route. I created Dietitian Gone Wild for that purpose and with it I hope to share recipes, health tid-bits, holistic concepts, yoga talk, travel and how that can feed our souls and lots, lots more! I want to use this as an outlet to inspire and get inspiration back, because generally what we put out into the Universe, we get back. So feel free to chat me up! Leave comments, follow on social media, email me.. WHATEVER! Looking forward to beginning this adventure and hope to have you along for the ride.
MS, RD, LDN