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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!  

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  • #ad Unpopular opinion: I don’t totally hate getting my period. Yeah, it’s an inconvenience on the heavy days but I’m grateful to have it since that wasn’t always the case. Over the years with my eating disorder and later, disordered eating, I didn’t have a period for 2 years and then a very irregular and unpredictable cycle for a few years after as my anxiety ebbed and flowed throughout college.

It wasn’t until I took a good hard look at the way I was pursuing health to realize that maybe overexercising and micromanaging my food intake weren’t actually healthy behaviors. I learned that not having a period isn’t something to just brush off. Bone, cardiovascular, and brain health all suffer without sufficient estrogen and I wanted to turn things around. Intuitive Eating was ultimately the thing that gave me my period, my health, and my life back and I’m grateful for it all even when a week a month isn’t the most fun.

To help me through, I have the help of @tampax PURE that’s made from 100% organic, responsibility sourced cotton. It’s free from chlorine bleaching, dyes, and fragrances with a 90% plant based applicator. As someone who is starting to explore more natural products, but is scared of their lack of effectiveness compared to “the real deal”, I can definitely count on #TampaxPURE to give me the protection I want and trust.

Anyone else out there who doesn’t totally hate getting their period? #PUREandEasy
  • By the fatphobic and just plain mean comments I saw on the photo of the larger-bodied mannequin @nike released, it is clear that we still have so much work to do in making the world a place safe for all bodies.

Assuming you know the health of a person by looking at them is incredibly harmful and tells me more about you and your weight bias than it does about that person. It perpetuates the false belief that people have total control over their size and that there is a “right size” that can be achieved if they did the "right things". This thinking makes weight stigma and fat phobia the norm.

We are all human, we are all at risk for the SAME health problems, no matter our size, and we can all practice healthy behaviors no matter our size. All bodies deserve access to ethical care and exercise clothes that fit them.
  • How to build a balanced breakfast: pick an item you know you want (cinnamon rolls in the can from TJs) and add on from there!

I scrambled an egg with smoked cheddar (TRY THIS) that we got at the Italian Deli for some protein and fat and some delish Rainier cherries! Carbs, protein, fat, fiber, fun food. Everyone is here!!! Off to study the mountain of MNT we need to know for the RD exam 😫
  • Hey everyone- meet Krissy!

She owns Spiritual Heart Yoga Center in Montrose. I hang here a lot 😻

She knows everyone's names and something special about them and gives off so much love it's contagious.

Here are my favorite things about Krissy's classes 👉🏻 There's no diet talk during teaching and the mirrors are covered so you can focus on how you FEEL- not how you look. There are always people of various body sizes, ages, flexibility, and walks of life in class. Here's my personal fave: at the end of class before shavasanah she picks out an essential oil blend and if you would like to receive it you get to soak in some amazingness that helps you drop into honestly the best resting poses I've ever had!! Grad school was much more peaceful because of her.

Do you have a small movement/exercise studio you love!?
  • After a not so ideal study session at PCC this morning my friend and I left for lunch at @zankouchicken where we got wraps and found the cutest little Pasadena Public Library branch on Hill and we are much happier! Library 3 is a win!

There's something about giant wood tables and being surrounded by books and quiet that makes studying very productive. Cheering on everyone else studying for their RD exam!
  • As I was having a conversation with our lovely housekeeper, Gloria, she told me something that resonated with her. She was asking my mom how she has so much energy after going to a workout class because she is always exhausted trying to raise her heart rate and get in a sweaty workout. My mom responded that she tries to never get to that place of exhaustion because she has more to do in her day and that she just enjoys moving.

In a culture where we're told to "PUSH IT" or in the last 5 minutes "GIVE IT EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT!" -know that it's ok to just not.

If you are pursuing a healthier relationship with movement and always feel depleted after a workout, maybe it's time to consider everything else you would like to dedicate energy to in your day and see if that movement is right for you. Not to say that you can't enjoy intense movement- it's just more of considering the intention behind it and how you really feel before, during, and after it.
  • Started my last day of 24 🎈on the right foot at @yogaworks with my sister!

We had planned for a beach day but the weather isn't cooperating. I'm thanking yoga for my ability to come up with a plan B on the fly. Pre yoga Con would have had a slight mental breakdown since I'm type A AF 😂 Anyone else!? Happy Friday!
  • Thanks to my cousin, one of my most favorite drinks is Thai Iced Tea 😍. Some days the super sweetness is just what I need along with my spicy curry and Pad Thai but other days I just want the taste and not the sweet but haven't been able to find a place where I can get it.

Today though- I FOUND IT and I got to add boba. Win win win 💃🏻 Babysitter con is a happy camper after the carpool line 🍵 
Anyone else a Thai iced tea fan!?