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Hi! My name is Constance, Connie for short, and I'm so excited you are here. I'm a full time graduate student and part time teaching associate at the California State University Los Angeles where I'm studying Nutritional Science + the Coordinated Dietetic Program. My journey to nutrition first came to be through my undergraduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago, a place I consider my second home. Through falling in love with the sciences, my experience as an AFAA group fitness instructor, and my love for people, I realized that helping others improve their lives through food and their mentality surrounding food was something I would want to do for the rest of my life. Besides nutrition (I believe everyone needs hobbies) I work with kids of all ages and enjoy connecting with them through my two favorite organizations, the YMCA of The Foothills, and the American Youth Soccer Organization. My passion lies in nutrition education and I hope to work in outpatient education as an RD! Β 

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  • Honestly FLORED by this lunch. I've eaten @foreverytable for years thanks to my friend @kel.mcnult who introduced me! I love that 1. The food is GOOD - I had the most amazing curry bowl that was warm and comforting for this rainy day + a πŸͺ and @lacroixwater and 2. It's affordable and a great company- my salad/ bowl was under 6 dollars and will be priced according to the neighborhood (they are all across LA!) because fresh nutrient dense food is not accessible everywhere due to various barriers be that location, income, etc. and that's a problem. Nutrition doesn't need to be fancy or instagrammable- in fact most people don't even have the privilege to make their meals fit into the "wellness culture" mold that Instagram promotes. But that's a topic for another day. Bottom line- this is cool- I support it. Let's eat! - also I have to add - not sponsored- I just love it!
  • You would think I would be a pro at ice cream selfies by now but unfortunately I'm still human and I get ice cream on people's faces πŸ˜‚ Sorry Ella are we still cool? Thanks for a fun visit Chi, as always ❀️
  • Kal E. Kopowski (extra thick PLZ) now- pancake date with cousin Ella on Sunday. That way I get all my faves ✨ Spending the morning in a book and seeing friends! Happy Friday!
  • The look of a dietetic intern leaving her clinical site behind with feelings of pure joy and accomplishment. Hands down the hardest 11 weeks of grad school but 11 weeks where I learned more than I ever thought possible. I'll save the questions you guys asked me in a story highlight for any RD2BEs out there πŸ€—HAPPY DAY!
  • Repeat this with me πŸ‘†πŸ»just going to be honest here- 100% feeling unmotivated and frustrated with not having energy to do all the things I want to do. Not sure if it's the doer in me that says it's "not enough" and letting my brain ruminate for too long or wanting to be one step ahead (ok a lot of steps) of where I'm at but it's not a fun place to be friends. Maybe it's Instagram culture- people posting their best/ most creative-most productive with the world- not their low moments πŸ€” Pretty sure it's all 3- which is hard because the other part of me says "be gentle with yourself- you are ENOUGH" - like I said- just being honest. So we're just going to sit here with this sentence for the semester.
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Intuitive eating is a lot like this too- maybe you are starting the new year and ditching the diet mentality- GO YOU! Then you see these IG accounts thriving- at peace with food and their bodies and you are like HOW THO LIKE LMK. You might say this is hard - how come this takes so much energy for me and not for them? That's ok! Repeat the above and know that at your time- intuitive eating will become a part of you- feels like a lot of work for a while though so just sending you strength in that and I'm here to tell ya your wins will be all your own!
  • 2019. I'll finish graduate school, pass the RD exam, move out of my parents house (thanks for last 3 years mom and dad 😭), and adventure into my first job and likely a new city. 2019 is going to be my biggest year yet. My only New Years resolution is to strive to live life without foreboding joy and with a healthy dose of gratitude. You know the feeling of wishing you could soak in that incredibly joyous moment and then thinking of the worst case scenario and feeling like you shouldn't be this happy? That thing that prevents you from the being your most authentic and vulnerable self? I want to consciously live unapologetically joyously. I know there might be some deep feelings of fear this year- likely a lot of tears that accompany that fear- but I'm ready and I'll embrace those feelings when they happen- not ruminate on them practically asking them to happen- I know if I allow myself to jump fully in- it's going to be amazing- filled with learning opportunities and so much growth. That's my one New Years resolution- no diet culture cloaked "wellness" resolutions here- just me! Tell me yours?! πŸ‘‡πŸ»
  • The ideal Christmas Eve breakfast situation at @bonvivantmc - feeling lucky to have my grandparents sitting next to me! Next up friend date at @thedrybar πŸ‘―
  • I'll just tell ya some stuff I've been up to. Making some bomb strudel from scratch with my aunt and cousin rockin out to German hits our Otta used to blast and Justin B Christmas. Seeing A Christmas Carol and enjoying a wonderful pasta dinner with my grandparents, sister, and parents. Drinking festive drinks (maybe a bit too many πŸ˜‚) and celebrating time with friends. Oh and politely changing the subject to something if more substance than diet culture talk- if I can't do that I just walk away because you DO have the choice to disengage and instead drop in fully to this special time with loved ones. Have you been up engaging in moments more fully?! What might you do with all the extra time not micromanaging?! Tell me πŸ‘‡πŸ»