National Nutrition Month continues and today also happens to be National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day! Yipee! Gotta love a holiday promoting my favorite profession :)
To celebrate NNM, and in lieu of this months' individual athlete spotlight, I decided to highlight a few dietitians from around the region who are athletes and/or sports RD's (with the inclusion of a few RD's "2 Be" also :) These are some lovely ladies who are putting their knowledge to the test in utilizing nutrition to maximize their own athletic outcomes. Furthermore, they are sharing their passion with others to spread the message that nutrition IS a BIG deal! Thank you ladies for promoting the dietetics profession in your own unique ways, displaying maximum girl power in your personal pursuit of excellence and serving as a role model by "practicing what you preach."
The question I asked everyone was:
How has being a RDN changed your perspective towards being an athlete or benefited your athletic endeavors?
Enjoy their responses below and be sure to check out their personal blogs/websites too!
P.S. Jennifer's motto is "Be Brave, Do things that scare you but make you happy," which I absolutely LOVE!
Lindsay Livingston, RD
Crossfit Competitor, Freelance Writer & Author of the blog The Lean Green Bean (among other things!) theleangreenbean.com
And at the suggestion of a friend, I am including my response too :)
Happy National RDN Day!!
It's Monday again and I worked this past weekend, but that's okay! I spent the weekend doing things I love and one can't complain with that :)
National Nutrition Month continues and this Wednesday also happens to be National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day! I think ya'll have figured out by now that I LOVE being a registered dietitian, but there are certainly days and aspects of my job that are undesirable and not fun too. In fact, if we're confessing, I never really aspired to do any of my current main job responsibilities (clinical RD & food service manager). When I jumped into this current job, it was with a leap of faith that I would learn a lot and make the most of it ... and I feel as if I have by incorporating many of the things I do love and that make me happy.
Let's talk about what I do love, shall we?
I love blogging and seeing where this adventure has taken me. Blogging and the recipes and photography that goes along with it fulfills the creativity that I have missed in the past few years. Throughout high school and early college, I was big into scrapbooking and all that artsy stuff... but life got busy and it's hard to drag all those materials around when you're moving often. So this blog has evolved into my personal 'scrapbook'... an outlet for the creative me and and also a great way to organize my thoughts, kitchen creations and share nutrition outreach messages that would otherwise go untold.
Photography is nothing new to me... I have always had a heart for pictures and creative shots, props, angles, lighting, filters, etc. Certainly technology makes all those things more convenient and fun, but I am also learning and growing in terms of my skills and it has been fun to cultivate that passion. I've enjoyed experimenting with photo-editing programs more recently!
Another nutrition-related passion I have been cultivating is regarding wellness outreach. While this is not part of my current job description, at the recommendation of my very wise supervisor I have been making the time to do it anyways. I look forward to my monthly Chef Center Stage cooking demos and Food for Fuel lectures, and lately I've taken on the task of writing an article for our monthly newsletter, making nutritional handouts, and being the newsletter editor for the SVAND (Southwest Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). I love sitting down and talking with my residents, educating them on proper nutrition and helping them to develop a deeper understanding of the role their daily food choices play in their overall well-being.
While many of these things are 'extras' and take up precious time and energy that I could be putting towards the tasks I AM responsible for, the point is these are things that I LOVE doing and contribute towards my overall job satisfaction. They balance out the monotonous tasks (like that never ending pile of paperwork on my desk) in making Kristen happy... and that's what matters most :)
Today kicks off the first of many events I am hosting/ participating in to celebrate NNM and I can't wait! I'll be giving a short talk on the importance of protein followed by a food activity (duh) in the form of making yummy greek yogurt parfaits :)
And while this post is mainly about nutrition, it would not be complete without a shout out to my first love, running! Lucky me, I get to celebrate that this week also with the Shamrock Marathon on Sunday! I've been waiting 1.5 years to toe the line for another marathon... and I can't wait to both "run happy" and push limits and see what I can do!
Food for Thought:
What do you do that makes you happy?
Better yet, how can you do MORE of it?!
Today is National Pancake Day! Did you know that?!
And what runner doesn't love a big ol' stack of pancakes? I know I do!
You've heard me profess my love for pancakes in the past... these babies hit the spot when it comes to delicious post-workout refuel! More especially after a long run, and more especially when they involve chocolate :) National Nutrition Month is all about "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." To me, that means taking my favorite foods and combining them in healthy, functional and delicious ways. In this case:
Raspberries + dark chocolate = antioxidants which promote recovery
Oats + wheat flour + banana = carbohydrate which refuels glycogen stores
Milk + peanut butter = protein which rebuilds muscle
You may not know this, but I used to be a big math geek. Soooo.... if you simplify the equation it is clearly balanced:
Pancakes = Delicious + Nutritious
Follow my logic?
I came up with this recipe around Valentine's Day, thus explains why the pancakes are heart shaped (though really, I think ALL pancakes should be heart shaped no matter the occasion!) Are these a little indulgent? Quite possibly... but with oats, wheat flour, milk and cocoa powder, these flapjacks offer up plenty of nutrition too! Skip the butter and sugar and enjoy natural sweetness that the chocolate and raspberries add.
1-1/4 c. old fashion oats
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 bananas, ripened
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coffee
1-1/2 cup choice of milk
Fresh or frozen raspberries
Dark chocolate chips (60% or greater)
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Combine your ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (bowl and whisk works too!). Heat a pan over medium heat and prepare with non-stick spray. Add your batter, about 1/4 cup per pancake. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and raspberries before flipping. Cook to desired texture and top with coconut flakes (optional). I enjoy my pancakes with a drizzle of melted peanut butter, but these are delicious enough to eat plain if desired!
Adapted from: Colourfulpalate.com
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.
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