Happy Tuesday Everyone!
We are about to that time in the semester where the newness is wearing off, assignments are piling in, and I am gradually starting to get behind on my laundry… Welcome back to college! I am very excited to have the opportunity to post for all of you this year! First, let me tell you a bit about myself…
My name is Hannah. I made the conscious decision to accept entrance into Fontbonne’s graduate program to obtain my Master’s in Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies (yeah, it’s a mouthful :-D). I am doing the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (I will refer to is as ISPP in my further posts) option, which is just a fancy way to say my Dietetic Internship (DI). I just graduated in May with my undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in Nutrition & Dietetics (Go Huskies!). My hopes and dreams for my future career are to be a Registered Dietitian involved in nutrition communication; whether that be public relations, health campaigns, event coordinating, or political advocacy.
A month after walking across that stage, I moved to St. Louis from Rockford, Illinois, to start in Fontbonne’s grad program! Therefore, I still consider myself a newb to the area. I have managed, however, to forgo the GPS and be an independent navigator, which is a pretty big feat I must say! Anywho, I am incredibly happy with my decision to come to Fontbonne as a grad student (although I greatly underestimated how much brain strain was involved in grad school..) and embark on this new journey! St. Louis and the Fontbonne community have been gracious hosts thus far and this seems to be a great voyage for my academic growth!
Since I am not just a dietetic-professional-in-training but also a health enthusiast, I will be using my blog posts to share (what I hope to be) helpful, healthful insight to the Fontbonne community! Since this is the first post, I will start you on a more painless note.
I say it is the little things in life that count; catching that green light, someone holding the door open for you, or getting that last chocolate chip cookie (yes! I do eat those!) Just as it is the small moments that make life sweet, the same holds true with your health. It is the tiny things that are often overlooked or seem insignificant that can really make or break your progress towards a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few small, simple things I try to do everyday to keep my body in tip top condition.
1. Add a spoonful of chia seeds
Chia seeds have been getting a lot of attention lately for being a “superfood.” In my mind, all foods are super in one way or another (taste, health benefit, ect.) and therefore I don’t like to put only specific ones in this spotlight. However, chia seeds can be very beneficial when looking at nutrient content. They are a great source of Omega-3, protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium, and zinc! I simply add a spoonful of chia seeds to breakfast cereal, smoothies, or yogurt to give them a bit more of a nutritious punch.
2. Balance with fruits and vegetables
As I mentioned earlier, I might be a dietetic student but I also have quite a sweet tooth! Even though I know those chocolate chip cookies are not the best for me, I have a hard time saying no. Thus comes another nutrition philosophy of mine, all things in moderation! Don’t deprive yourself of sweet treats, just moderate them. I like to help quite the guilt of succumbing to my sweet tooth by adding a handful of fruit or veggies on the side. Take this morning for example; I made cinnamon rolls. I had a few (small) cinnamon rolls but I also had a few kiwis to make sure my breakfast included some beneficial nutrients. I also did not eat the entire package of cinnamon rolls (though tempted..) Pairing a small portion of a “sometimes” food with a handful of fruits or veggies is a great way to treat yourself while still getting essential nutrients as well!
3. Finding time to play!
We have all heard time and time again how important exercise is for our health. I was thinking the other day, how was it so easy to be active as a child yet more difficult as we become adults? Granted, yes less energy and busier schedules play a factor, but I believe your mental approach is key to every situation! As kids, we simply saw it as going outside to play! I find it much easier to entice myself to be active if I see it as “playing” rather than “exercising.” When I think, “I need to go exercise,” I get the immediate feeling of boredom, angst, and resistance. I find a million excuses and reasons for why I should do other things instead. But when I say, “I need to go play,” I start to feel energized and excited! Seeing it as “playing” just gives it that sense of fun and a way to release stress! It takes those same activities and gives them a more positive attitude. Also, calling physical activity “playing” opens your mind to more ways to accelerate that heart rate rather than the boring, old jogging on a treadmill (seriously.. 10 mins of that is all I can take..). So relax a while today and go play!
Are there any small tricks you try to implement into your day to stay on top of your health game?
Feel free to send in any nutrition or health questions to EddyH@fontbonne.edu and I may feature my responses in a future post! Also, I encourage you all to check out my personal health blog, The Wholey Trinity, and like the Facebook page!
- XOXO Hannah