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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 Making time for rest and mental down time has been a priority for me in this season of life. One way I do that is by turning on a fun show- currently loving shutting off my phone and other distractions, and enjoying a snack. It’s probably no secret to you that I love ice cream and this plant-based Häagen-Dazs bar (Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Non-Dairy Bar) did not disappoint! The bar is filled with peanut butter swirled with chocolate fudge. Häagen-Dazs makes it easy to incorporate more plant-based items into our diets with delicious options! Plant based foods are not only great sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals, but they are also great sources of protein.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor and current show? 👇🏻 #moreplantsmoreways @haagendazs_us
  • Had no lunch plans and was wracking my brain thinking of what sounded good till I drove by my favorite Indian restaurant on the way home! Veggie curry and garlic naan + some extra veg because my body wanted it and I'm a happy and satisfied kid. Intuitive Eating is cool 😎
  • Smiles for Friday and finishing week 6 of clinicals 🏥 I've made it this far by asking lots of questions, reframing "failing" to a "learning opportunity" and doing my best. Wishing you a happy weekend!
  • Delayed lunch post but that's life as a clinical dietetic intern 💁🏻 Thought I would celebrate the wins of the day instead of talking about the struggles. I saw 5 patients and needed just some teachable edits to chart notes, I enjoyed a SUPER satisfying lunch of a cheesy pasta bake and butternut squash soup and felt extra lucky that I get lunch provided for me in this rotation, and I got time for self care and an evening where I didn't have to go home and straight to bed but had time to sit and take a moment- oh and take a bath! Hope you had a great day 🤗
  • Toasted whole wheat bread, buttah, lots of parm, some mixed greens (sans romaine) and a fried egg! Such an awesome savory breakfast- brb gonna make another slice! What's your fave savory combo!? 👇🏻Excited to see my cohort today- we haven't seen each other in weeks!
  • Back to clinical rotation reality 🏥 with lots of coffee in hand to help me review my chart notes so the same changes don't need to be made to them next week. Doing this helps solidify what feels like a massive learning whirlwind that I can't keep up with during the week. I can see what questions I asked, how I calculated my tube feeds, and what PES statements were good. Any other interns have their study rituals? .
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On a more exciting note, we have officially hit the I graduate with a masters degree in less than 6 months mark. EXCITING! Happy Sunday ☕️
  • I have so much to be thankful for. I'm most grateful to be able to squeeze some of my loved ones today and share a meal and a day with so much laughter my face hurt. I also didn't hear one ounce of diet culture today and it was awesome. Wishing you all a happy thanksgiving however you are spending it 🤗 ps thanks for my cute sweater @stitchfix it came just in time for thanksgiving!
  • Lunch break thoughts 👆🏻because you never know if you are reinforcing unhealthy/unsustainable disordered eating behavior or if someone around the corner (especially kids and teens) heard you affirm a body size that wasn't theirs, and just because there are way better things to compliment a person on 💁🏻