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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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  • Wrote myself a mental permission slip to fulfill a donut craving that wasn't my ideal eating experience. Now I can use all my open brain space on turning in a quiz for school and enjoying time with the family before Kate heads back to NOLA! What are some things you have given yourself permission for lately? 
Hope you have a wonderful day! 🍩
  • Never underestimate the effect of sweet friendships who can level with you and a fun night to lift your spirits super high for Monday in a life stage that a lot of the time feels lonely and hard. Thankful for this space that brought these people to me and for our man @matkearney who played all our favorites and made us smile massive smiles! Hope ya have a great week 🤗
  • My admin/foodservice DI has taught me a lot about myself in the 7 weeks I've been there. I've had to practice accepting things I can't change, choose to eat what's available so I can 1- blend in with other staff eating to make good impressions (it's NOT easy constantly being the new kid on the block), have conversation and make connections and 2- understand what I'm offering to the kids, and being ready and willing to do absolutely anything (like wearing an 🍎 suit anything). Sometimes I feel like more than anything this rotation is teaching me about Connie and life skills so hey I'll call that a plus.
  • Note to self- you are not more worthy if you do more things. I tell myself this a lot because it's a constant battle in my head (I'm a dreamer!) and you don't have to look far for an Instagram account that says you are less worthy if you don't workout at your max, put 1000% into your daily tasks, eat "perfectly", and achieve the most possible. Not only is that unrealistic but it's exhausting. Rotation year is already exhausting enough mentally, physically, and emotionally- I'm looking for stuff to take out over here- not add in. Wishing you rest and some kindness to yourself today - maybe you can go out and feel the breeze too 🤗
  • New Orleans coffee- dark roast cold brew blended with chicory + milk. Honestly one of the greatest coffee combos I've ever had.
  • Happy weekending from NOLA! Enjoying new food, new drink laws, and sweet friends and sister time. Had my first beignet today and it was worth waiting 24 years😍
  • Today was a great day. Completed @thereallife_rd 's Bridging The Gap Between Clinical Nutrition and IE/HAES course (15/10 would  recommend), packed my snack box for tomorrow with the limited edition @perfectbar (you can find them at TJs, Starbucks, and Whole Foods!) , and got to take a slow walk and prep for a busy BUSY Monday. Wishing you all a happy Sunday evening. 🤗 Anything special in your snacks this week?! 👇🏻
  • "You are what you eat" This phrase has become deeply ingrained in our society (and was just told very emphatically to me in a conversation this week- more in stories) and while it's true to some extent it simply doesn't give the human body enough credit and it perpetuates the false belief that we have total control over our health and our appearance with the foods we eat. This is a very limited view of health. You are not just what you eat. You are your genes, your social situations, your sleep habits, your stress levels, your movement, your access to food and safe environments, your past dieting or ED history, your time constraints, your culture. Even within the subject of food we have the grey area of how much, what types, how often, concepts of physical and emotional hunger and satisfaction, restriction and MORE. So can we plz change the phrase "you are what you eat" to "you are so much more than what you eat" because it's true.