I’ve started a new semester at CSULA and I already forgot the annoyances of being here. Its crowded, the administration is understaffed and overbooked, my class load is insane, and there are people who complain all around me. I’ve found myself with a choice lately and that choice was to go ahead and complain along with them for the things that are indeed annoying or brush it off and choose an attitude of gratitude and patience.
(Breakfast of 1 sprouted wheat bagel from Alvarado Street Bakery, an organic friend egg, some smashed avocado, and smashed butternut squash and cheese + sautéed veg and blackberries)
I see myself being a dietitian accepting all walks of life, all food budgets, all complicated stories, and just sort of rolling with it. I have no idea what I eventually want my practice to look like nor do I want to. Similar to my RD goals, I have no idea what a new day in my program will look like. You never know if the freeways will be clear, parking plentiful and lectures engaging or if it will take you an hour and half to go 13 miles, find yourself with zero parking, and lectures drone on. You could end up with the shittiest of days or the best of days which is something I have come to appreciate.
(Snacks are the end of that superfood crumble bag + more blackberries after teaching before heading to lecture)
As I walk through the hallways I hear every diet under the sun being talked about. I hear people bashing food trends or glorifying them. I see professors who teach for a living or who work full time as RDs and teach on the side.
I know this program is not perfect but at the end I will have gained life experience, an internship, a thesis project, a master degree, and some amazing friends.
(clearly forgot to take a photo of the beginning of the salad- spinach, feta, dried cranberries, pinto beans, avo, and Tessemaes dressing +some whole grain bread and bell peppers with my gal pals before heading to lecture)
I think thats how all higher education is meant to be. I mean yeah- if everything were a little more organized that would help me out major time but like what can ya do?
Each day I remind myself to be grateful for a group of friends who are the smartest in all of our classes, who don’t take life too seriously, and who are all so different. They are my comedic relief and we all sort of view this program the same.
(Snacking on this Graze packet during Maternal)
No matter what your profession is, you can look at each day as an opportunity to get better. Get better with self esteem, with patience, with your skills, or with gaining new perspectives. Don’t sweat the small stuff because it all WILL work out. Don’t let the complainers get you down. Don’t let the people who think they know it all get in your head. Open your books, do your work, smile, and move on with the day!
(I made my fave chili recipe from What’s Gabby Cooking and while it simmered I headed out for a 35 minute run and noshed hard on 2 bowls when I got back! Lots of Beanfield chips, avo, grass fed yogurt, and cheese + lime!!)
This semester as a grad student I am taking Maternal and Child Nutrition, Medical Nutrition 2, Advanced Nutrition 2, Nutrition Assessment Lab (we get to test, urine, bone density, etc.), Experimental Foods, and Food Service Management 2. As a teaching associate I am teaching for the second time Basic Nutrition for Weight Management as well as Hiking in the kinesiology department!
There is SO much to look forward to this semester and I’m ready for it.
(post dinner snacks usually always involving some sort of chocolate- Honey Mama’s has been my ULTIMATE fave recently. Took a good 3 bites of this baby. Check them out. Mind blowing delish!)
(Night cap of love Grown Foods plain O’s with Wild Friends Classic PB, banana, and apple! I’m a night muncher- what can I say?)
Things I forgot to photograph- my coffee consumption. Probably 3 cups with lots of hemp and almond milk all fortified with oodles of calcium and vitamin D! Also my H20!! I drank a lot- but I still felt a little thirsty- I’ll be better tomorrow.
I also had 2 more little dark chocolate bites in my school snack somewhere. Today was the day of chocolate apparently!