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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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  • @jennifer_rollin put it better than I ever could. If you are working through Intuitive Eating or just heard about it and the question of "well what weight is MY set point, what is MY healthy weight?" I think this is really helpful πŸ‘†πŸ»Your weight will fall where it may when you are fully engaged in your life, when you don't have to try so very hard (mentally, emotionally, or physically) to keep it within certain numbers. That set point may be larger, smaller, or exactly where you are but the only way to get there is to trust it (I know that's hard!) and then more hard work for accepting it with compassion. Cheering you on today! πŸ€—
  • I'm a big fan of this situation πŸ‘†πŸ»Spent the day letting the first week of clinical sink in while also trying to catch up with everything else I couldn't do because of my first week of clinical. Grad school is a delicate balance my friends πŸ˜‚. Frozen pizza is always a Weissmuller staple and I'm thankful for that. Do you have a freezer staple that makes meals easier? πŸ‘‡πŸ» Also just a PSA the cilantro dressing from @traderjoes is AWESOME.
  • 10 weeks of Foodservice/Admin βœ… Here are a few highlights- the goodbye office pizza lunch yesterday where I felt appreciated and valued after feeling very unvalued and unappreciated near the beginning, my cute hairnet look that I sported almost every day, my POS spot in line where I served middle school lunch, my famous apple costume moment, some recipe testing, 3 other amazing interns from my program going through the same thing as I did at a conference, and manning the share table!.
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My first taste of intern life was a wake up call. I always wondered why people spoke of their DI as the hardest part of grad school- I thought it would be fun (and some days are SO FUN I promise!)!- but I get it. Feeling unvalued, like you keep messing up, and being the lowest on the totem poll for a whole year just takes a toll on ones energy level and self esteem. Most people doing DIs also work after they work an 8 hour day (I teach and nanny in the evenings or weekends), are writing school assignments or trying to finish them (my thesis), try and keep up relationships with their SO or their friends, and usually are pursuing their own passion in dietetics that's not their internship (this space and having the privilege of learning from the Real Life Women's Health team πŸ˜­πŸ€—) . What I've learned is that everyone is just trying to do their best, trying to soak up the moment and make the most of this year, but that it's just pretty hard πŸ˜‚. I share this to just give you a glimpse into the DI year the best way I know how. Also remember this is my experience - you have have had a different one that's that's cool too! HAPPY WEEKEND!
  • This isn't a new post but it's a concept that takes daily attention for me and even more so after finishing Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. This year is big and scary- I have some big life events coming up- filled with a lot of thoughts in my circle of concern- an area I really can't do anything about.
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Thoughts like where will I live? What job will I have? What if I fail the RD exam? Will I make it to graduation in one piece? .
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These thoughts aren't helpful. They only pull me further from my circle of influence which are things I have direct control over or some influence over. Things like - what can I be doing right NOW to prepare for clinicals (that eventually gets me to that graduation date), what thoughts are actually accurate and helpful to tell myself about my self worth, my ability to get things done? What can I do now or the near future to get me one small step closer to something in my circle of concern? .
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Now more than ever is the time for focus on the circle of influence because focusing on the circle of concern often leads to a downward spiral of negativity, fear, and comparison RATHER than a path of doing, freedom, and vulnerability. If you want to read more click the link in my bio! What are you doing in your circle of influence today? πŸ‘‡πŸ»
  • Grateful for a weekend spent in a beautiful city with sweet friends where time moved a little slower and email/schoolwork weren't looked at once. I ate awesome food, soaked up fall on slow walks, and explored! Hope you had a great weekend! What were you up to!?
  • 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 πŸ€—
  • 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.