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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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  • 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. πŸ€— Anything special in your snacks this week?! πŸ‘‡πŸ»
  • "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.
  • It's here! My thesis project is in full swing for the @ymcaofthefoothills - a place that has given me so much and has shaped me into the human I am today. If you live in LA and have been curious about learning more about nutrition education from a weight inclusive approach come hang! If you are looking for tools on how to support your young one grow up in the body thats right for THEM... If you have some burning questions for an almost RD or one of these topics speaks to you... then these FREE workshops are for you! If you don't live here but know someone that might benefit from these feel free to pass them my page and have them email me πŸ€— HAPPY TUESDAY!
  • I take a bath almost every day. It's my 10 minutes without my phone, noise, tasks, or people. My favorite thing to add to my bath is CVS Health Lavender Epsom Salt from @CVSPharmacy since it's affordable and makes it seem special. They now have salt tabs to take on the go! A face mask or a foot mask is a plus! Is there a "must have" for you in your bath? #DiscoverCVS #CVSHealthBrand #CVS #ad
  • 5 thoughts: 
1. I love learning but man going back to a thesis you wrote when you knew less is hard- lots of re wording and deleting needs to happen. That's why it's taking me so darn long- also this is take 2 of my thesis after some course correcting last time in case you are like WHAT on earth has she been doing?! 2. Everyone can benefit from therapy- learning more about your thoughts, feelings, and emotions and what to do with them can benefit us ALL. You don't have to be "wounded" or "broken" to be there. 
3. I would like to reiterate - Health At Every Size IS NOT saying everyone is healthy at every size it is saying health CAN be achieved at every size. The emphasis is on behavior change not weight. I think that's a big mix up when we first hear about this weight neutral paradigm. 
4. I am getting ANTSY- I'm ready to explore. Next trip is NOLA in 2 weeks πŸ™ŒπŸ»
5. So many mixed emotions about this stage of life- lots of looming transition ahead in the next few months and my head can go spinning- time for some yoga? I think so.
  • Although I don't have an actual toolbox for these items I know I always have them to pull from when I need some self care. @CVSPharmacy's CVS Health shower tabs and some tea tree oil for some skin remedies, athletic shoes for my favorite forms of movement, headphones to plug into my phone or computer for a friend FaceTime/phone call or a jam sash, a good thriller, a sleep mask for day time eye rests, my journal to write down my goals/thoughts/feelings, snacks because eating is a form of self care, and yep my anxiety meds that help me be the best version of me. I've been open about mental health in this space and I will forever continue to advocate for it since seeking help has 100% turned around my life! What's in your toolbox?Β Β #DiscoverCVS #CVSHealthBrand #CVS #ad
  • Solo ice cream date post internship because I was craving πŸ“ ice cream which we don't have at home and I saw a @baskinrobbins around the corner from the office πŸ™ŒπŸ» It was such a hectic day and it felt nice to have a moment to myself. Hope you had a great day!
  • @thereallife_rd asked me this question  a few months back on a mentor call regarding my thoughts in working through a big decision and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. It relates to much more than just my mental process on what life will look like post graduation. .
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On this long weekend are you making the choice to eat X out of fear or freedom? Workout from pressure from fearmongering accounts that tell you that you have to move and sweat to be worthy, or that you are less than for choosing rest or a more gentle form of movement OR are you moving out of freedom? .
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Are you sitting on a big decision because you might let people down (fear) or are you working on choosing that freeing choice with you in mind (often the harder one).
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Intuitive eating, movement and inevitably living, means more choices out of freedom- not fear. What are you doing out of freedom today? πŸ‘‡πŸ»