Two days later, I did my monthly Chef Stage Center for our long-term care and assisted living residents. This is probably my favorite day of each month: not only does it fall on a Friday (I love casual fridays!), I get to start my work day jamming in the kitchen to good music, chatting with fellow employees and whipping up something fun and delicious. Step 2 is repeating those steps in front of our residents as part of a food-demo, then watching them enjoy something new, different and healthy to eat. They are quite an appreciative crowd, and my heart just melts receiving hugs and kisses and thank you's for my efforts. BEST.GIG.EVER.
Yesterday, I had the fortunate chance to delve into another passion of mine. I gave 60 min sports talk on performance nutrition,"Fuel Right, Train Hard," to a group of high school students participating in the High Performance Distance Academy at Virginia Tech. Speaking to a crowd of 140+ officially breaks the record my largest guest speaking gig, and while I was totally nervous, the kids were interactive and asked some great questions! My primary goal was to offer some evidenced-based sports nutrition fueling guidelines and examples of application, while "fueling" the students to have greater interest in their personal dietary choices and promoting a healthier lifestyle for both the achievement of athletic goals and lifelong health.
Many days at work, you'll find a student or intern following me around who is there to learn and gain hands on experience in preparation for becoming a RD. I LOVE that I have the opportunity to teach, share my passion for being a dietitian, and help others grow as professionals and I hope to share more about this sometime! It's pretty neat that as as a young professional myself to pass on knowledge to future professionals in the field and empower them to use that knowledge to make a difference.
That's all for today in "Edition 1" of "A Day in the Life of a RD." I hope to share more as I have time and as I continue to have fun and different opportunities!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
Another year has flown by, which means it's time to sit back and reflect on the past season. It has been a season of challenge in many regards, and most definitely not the season I had hoped or planned for. Thinking back to my coaching meeting in January, coach Jim and I had discussed taking things to the next level and I set some pretty high goals for myself. That remained the plan through June, until I through a complete 180 by dropping Chattanooga and deciding to focus on my health. I can vividly remember that day, sitting next to the pool after a short workout when coach asked if Chattanooga was still in the cards. I don't remember whether or not I actually responded, but I do remember the emptiness and defeat I felt in that moment knowing in my heart that the answer was no. I consider myself a "fighter"... being Italian makes me stubborn to the core and I am very loyal to the commitments that I make. However, in that moment God was calling me to let go of my own personal plans and trust in Him instead. As humbling and difficult as it was to walk away from Ironman training this past season, I'm incredibly glad that I did.Hearty Miso Soup
My Motto for 2018
2017 End of Season Wrap Up
Training Updates: 3rd Quarter 2017
Asian-Inspired Fish & Veggie Platter (The Recipe Redux)
Peace is always beautiful
Tart Cherry & Orange Sports Drink
Crew Report: Tahoe Rim 100
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Stress Buster Trail Mix
Proud Athlete Of
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