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Why Dietetics?

by Taylor on February 29, 2016

in Academics,After College

For those of you who do not know, I am currently a junior dietetics student at Fontbonne. That major was the primary reason that I chose to attend this University, and I have loved it from my very first day of classes. Originally, I planned to major in dietetics and work in sports nutrition. Initially, I was drawn to the subject of eating disorders and their role in the female athlete triad, and that was what I planned to focus on. Towards the end of my sophomore year, I decided that I wanted to eventually have more of a medicine-based career, and decided that instead of becoming a dietitian that I wanted to try to become a physician’s assistant or a doctor that worked with athletes, specifically tennis players. Despite my change in career paths, I found that dietetics could still get me where I wanted to go.

Because dietetics and nutrition is so science based, I am able to take most of the classes that I need for PA or Med school without changing my major, and just adding a few more chemistry classes to my schedule. I love  dietetics, so when I found out that I could still major in it, I was thrilled. I love this major because of how diverse it is. Yes, we take a ton of nutrition classes, but we’re not just all calories and vegetables. We also learn about things like food science, advocacy, chemistry, microbiology, food management systems, community nutrition, anatomy, and there’s even a business class thrown in there! Dietetics is a huge field, with so many different categories that I am literally never bored. I have learned so much about not only food, but how to apply for internships, how to manage employees, how to cook all kinds of foods, how to write grants and advocate for my community, how to run a kitchen, how to teach education classes, and even how to apply for jobs and do things like write cover letters and resumes. A lot of things that I have learned I have learned in real settings, like the giant decked-out kitchen that resides in AB Hall, or in hospitals, schools, and cafeterias in the STL community that I have been exposed to through my practicum this semester.

One of the best parts of the Fontbonne dietetics program has got to be the instructors. They care so much about all of us, and I have not met one who has not only been excited to teach us, but who has been even more excited to help us plan our futures and succeed. Every one of them is brilliant and has something different to teach us in specific areas of dietetics. All of us in the program are on a first name basis with every instructor in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) department, and I am comfortable going to any of them with questions, concerns, or just to talk. I really feel like I am getting the most out of my education here.

So there you have it griffins! What major(s) are you thinking about? Talk to you next time.

Taylor

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This summer is a period that I have been looking forward to for so long since I came to the United States, because this summer I will be truly having my dietetic internship and gaining experience in different areas of the dietetics field, including clinical, food service, and community nutrition. I’m very very excited because this is my dream career to become a Registered Dietitian, but at the same time, I’m kinda scared of stepping into the real world for “Real” practice! But I believe that every new challenge needs a buffering zone to get through it, and I’m sure my heavenly father will accompany me all the way through my hardships as well as the exciting moments that I will have. Right now, I just want to prepare myself well, study hard, and continue to fight for my life-long goal!! Cheers everyone!

– Kathy

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Have you noticed all the National Nutrition Month events on campus this month?!

Well, last weekend, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – St. Louis held their own event in honor of NNM!

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The Taste of Achievement 6k and 1 Mile Fun Run!

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ANDSTL encouraged people of all ages to come out to Creve Couer Park for a morning of fun and exercise!

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Participants not only got to enjoy a scenic route around the lake, but also pre-race yoga, complimentary massages, raffles, and refreshments!

Fontbonne Nutrition undergraduates and graduates students were also at the event giving participants pre- and post-race nutrition advice!

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics arranges the National Nutrition Month campaign to advocate for nutrition and healthy lifestyles. This year’s theme is “Take A Bite Out Of A Healthy Lifestyle”!

For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit the academy’s website!

And if you want to stay up-to-date with what ANDSTL is doing to promote health in St. Louis, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

-XOXO Hannah

Also follow me on Twitter or Instagram for health and nutrition tips!

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This semester I’m taking a class called Experimental Foods.  In that class, we choose an “alternative” style recipe to work with the entire semester to perfect.  For example, instead of mac n’ cheese-  dairy free mac n’ cheese or low sugar brownie made with black beans instead of a regular brownie.

In my group, we are creating an allergen free French toast (free of the 8 common allergens, including eggs, dairy, and wheat).   It’s been an adventure since a) I LOVE French toast and b) it’s a bit of a challenge getting the texture right with zero eggs!

It’s also encouraged me to make French toast a ton at home.  This recipe is NOT the recipe we are using in class, but more-so my own creation based off a standard French toast recipe.

 

Ingredients:

2 slices ezekial bread

1 egg

1/4 cup almond milk

1 tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 tsp vanilla

dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

Top with:

Cinnamon, raspberries and vanilla greek yogurt, yumm 🙂 !

Directions:

Whisk egg, vanilla, almond milk, and spices into a bowl

Dip toast in mixture, soak both sides.

Heat oil on  griddle to medium low heat.

Add toast to hot griddle and cook about 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned.

** You can certainly add your own toppings or change what type of milk you choose!  Get creative & Enjoy 🙂

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National Nutrition Month has hit Fontbonne!!

by Alumni Posts March 6, 2015

This week marks the first week of March! You know what that means?! Well… yes, March Madness… BUT! Also, National Nutrition Month®!!   National Nutrition Month® is sponsored by The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics to help promote awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and to advocate for the profession of dietetics. This […]

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oatmeal

by Alumni Posts February 18, 2015

    In honor of Valentine’s day, I thought some Valentine’s Day themed oats were in order!  This recipe was made on a whim, because of how much I love conjuring up new oatmeal recipes.  I’m thankful for our snow day this Monday, which gave me extra time to work on homework and study, and […]

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A St. Louisan’s Guide To A Healthy Valentine’s Day

by Alumni Posts February 6, 2015

Valentine’s Day can spur an array of emotions; elation for some and melancholy for others. But this year, we are going to fall in love… with our health! Here are some ideas to keep your day of love in tip-top shape, regardless if you will have a Valentine or not! 1. Eat Chocolate.. Dark Chocolate! Billions of […]

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Let’s Fight Against the Seasonal FLU!

by Alumni Posts February 6, 2015

Hello Fontbonne students and faculty, How’s everyone doing? I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and is now full of energy to work and study hard in this semester! Since I am a graduate student studying nutrition, this semester I would like to share some of my useful and interesting nutrition knowledge for you all! […]

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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone IS a Good Thing!

by Alumni Posts November 25, 2014

One of my latest experiences at Fontbonne was teaching a Sports Nutrition lesson to the Lacrosse players at Fontbonne University.  Initially, I though this was way out of my comfort zone.  After the experience, I found out that it was completely painless!  Although public speaking has never been my strong suit, I loved the confidence […]

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