Kristen Chang is a Virginia Tech alumni (go Hokies!) who fell in love with the mountains (and an endurance runner:) and now calls Blacksburg, VA her home. There she resides with her husband, Jordan and dogs, Kenya and Sunny, while striving to live a simple life filled with friends, fellowship and good food!
As a lifelong athlete, Kristen's exposure to sport came at the early age of 9 years old when she began running alongside her father in local races. In more recent years, she has gravitated towards endurance events including the completion of multiple marathons, ultra-marathons and triathlons. More recent events include running rim to rim to rim of the Grand Canyon (2016), Ironman Louisville (2016), Beach to Battleship Iron-Distance Triathlon (2014 & 2015), Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run (2013) and the Shamrock Marathon (2014).
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Kristen's primary mission is to empower individuals and groups through a combination of nutrition education and behavior change counseling to attain a higher level of nutritional quality of life and reach their athletic or personal wellness goals. She lives by the philosophy that food is a form of nourishment and life, and progress is about meeting people where they are while promoting sustainable lifestyle changes. Kristen has been told she has an eye for innovation, often initiating new ideas and programs while continuously seeking professional growth and new learning experiences. To stay on top of the latest research and trends surrounding nutrition, Kristen is an active member in many professional organizations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Virginia and Southwest Virginia affiliate organizations. Kristen enjoys approaching life with enthusiasm, while striving to help others do the same in reaching their true health potential !
Dietetic Internship: Virginia Tech Northern Virginia
Emphasis: Leadership & Public Policy, May 2012
Master's of Science: Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
Concentration: Nutrition Education & Behavior
Virginia Tech, December 2010
Bachelor's of Science: Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
Virginia Tech, May 2010
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Virginia Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Southwest Virginia Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association
Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, Dietetics Practice Group
Integrative & Functional Medicine Dietetics Practice Group
As an athlete, Kristen believes that the food we put in our body has a huge effect on our overall well-being, athletic performance and quality of life. She believes that primary fuel sources should come from real food sources with the minimal processing. To go along with the "real" theme, Kristen also believe in realistic nutrition for all! In real life, we're not perfect and nor are our daily food choices, and she takes an "all foods fit" type approach to all of her nutrition counseling. The overall goal of Real Food For Fuel is to encourage more people to treat their body with self-respect by developing a positive body image and relationship with food, emphasizing a diet of whole foods and teaching clients to how to eat with a purpose.
"Let Food Be Thy Medicine & Medicine Be Thy Food."
DISCLAIMER: While I am a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), I am not a medical doctor (MD). This blog and website serves as a way for me to share information and ideas regarding my experiences with athletics nutrition, healthy living and fueling. Products discussed on this blog are based on my own opinion and use. No information on this blog should be used to independently diagnose or treat medical conditions, nor do I diagnose medical conditions. My views are based on my education, evidence-based research and my own experiences and do not necessarily represent the views of the Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics, affiliate organizations or any of my employers.