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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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  • I do 👏🏻 not 👏🏻 miss the Connie on the left. I know that no amount of exercise or type of exercise will "undo" anything I ate this weekend and it doesn't have to.

Moving your body doesn't have to be what diet culture tells you. If you have a fitness instructor in class today (or influencer on IG) that tells you to pick up a heavier set of weights or push yourself more because of your holiday celebrations this weekend you have permission to internally eye roll and get back to enjoying moving your body because you want to or just you know, rest! You are in charge- not diet culture ✌🏻
  • Some @frenchtruck coffee (New Orleans iced coffee) for my last day in the French Quarter after eating and drinking all the things this weekend🥂Had a FULL few days of exploring NOLA and having a blast- no stress to be found 😍Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!
  • In my natural habitat: happy hour 🥂 Spending Easter weekend with fam in NOLA  and landed just in time for a charcuterie board 🧀
  • Today my amazing therapist made a connection between anxiety and HAES in that much like learning that I am not my anxiety I have learned that I am not my body and neither are you. When we learn to accept our bodies through a HAES approach we are not just saying “screw health” we are actually choosing health. We are choosing to not engage in weight cycling, fad diets, preoccupation with food, body, and appearance. We are choosing to not pathologize body size and stigmatize individuals based on the shape and size of their body.

The message of the skillful action often gets missed when HAES and IE are portrayed  wrongly. Body acceptance is an active process- it’s not giving up. You are actively choosing things worthwhile to you for your longterm health and happiness without a focus on the numbers on a scale. You are asking how the behaviors you engage in serve you long term.
  • I think being a Health At Every Size and Intuitive Eating informed intern/clinician will always be an uphill battle because we live in  a multi billion dollar diet industry that tells us diverse body sizes aren't ok, you are not enough, the next diet is the best, and that there is one healthy 🙄. Oofh.

So to break up all the uphill-ness of this all I am incredibly grateful for likeminded friends  and future colleagues that inspire me to keep pushing to advocate for care for ALL bodies- to focus on behavior change, mental health, access to care/food/saftey/etc. and general wellbeing and above else to make sure my clients are heard and seen.

Also just incredibly grateful for Instagram (and CSULA) for literally placing this human in my life who actually makes me a better person. Nat being the wise person that she is, taught me about friendships that come and go and I am SO thankful this one came into my life.
  • Yesterday at Breathe I participated in a group where we went around one-by-one and did a non-judgmental check in on a circle on the ground. We stepped where we felt- pointed to where we felt our emotion, and then explained why we chose that place.

Some people stepped right on the center. Some people stepped basically into the hallway. Some- like myself were in-between. Neither check in was good or bad and it was a practice in accepting that we are enough right in this very moment and that we all can have great days and crap days within the same week!

It was interesting that it was natural to cheer on those in the middle and stay quiet when a person chose to stand out the outskirts when really the hard freaking work comes at the outskirts. The people on the outskirts deserve the cheers. This is where anxiety attacks, grief, loss, sadness, stress happen- all of which are ok. This is where we do the work to get the middle.

Whether you are working on your meal plan in ED recovery. Practicing recognizing your black and white thinking or limiting beliefs. Sitting with heart break or a loss of a friendship, job, or life season-I want to invite you to take a check in for yourself today. Where are you at?
  • Not all eating experiences are perfect or pretty and acknowledging that is part of having a healthy relationship with food! I have another plate of food on the floor that you can't see 😂 That's part of what clients in ED treatment are learning when eating imperfect lunches together and I've had the pleasure of sitting with them and getting to know them and many other clients in recovery at Breathe.

This week has been a whirlwind of emotions. From learning a new drive, new routine, new staff, new clients, new environment (I've never experienced group treatment or treatment working on multiple problems including substance abuse and addiction), and trying to find my place in all of it. 
So here's to another imperfect day of learning and experiencing and one day closer to becoming an RD!
  • Fish Friday lunch with my grandparents was perfect till my 81 year old grandmother asked me what diet is best to lose her belly fat 😞My heart sank and I affirmed her that her body was wonderful the way it was and that I don't teach people diets because they don't work.

It makes me so sad to think my grandmother still views her body (and many other bodies) as something that needs to be fixed. That's certainly not how I want to live my life and I'm thankful to be in a profession where I can help people get to a place of body acceptance so that at 80 (and right now) we can kick that topic to the curb and focus on all the other amazing things our bodies can do and how we can respect them.

And lastly, I did very much enjoy my blackened salmon tacos and 🍺!