There are lots of food and nutrition blogs out there. So why read Healthy & Happy Hour? Yes, I’m a registered dietitian by trade. But I’m also a young professional – which is hard work! From establishing a career in nutrition communications (and building my frequent flyer miles in the process), setting out to climb all the 14ers in Colorado (count: 0) and attending social functions in the community, no day is ever the same. So consider this your sanctuary if you’re dedicated to personal wellness and professional success. And my promise to you? This will be anything but a tired nutrition blog. You won’t hear me ask what your favorite fruit is or if you took the stairs today. Cringe.
How I Got Here
Nutrition wasn’t always such an important part of my life. Pop-Tarts, Little Debbies and, yes, Miracle Whip were staples at my house growing up. I was always involved in sports and later competitive dance so I maintained a healthy weight despite my less than stellar food choices. Even when I did start to “eat healthier” in college, it involved counting calories and relying on pre-made frozen entrees and portioned snack packs. And honestly most of my friends ate the same way so I didn’t see anything wrong with it. After I declared dietetics as my major, I became more interested in choosing food based on its ability to nourish my body. Around this same time, I read the books, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, and my passion for considering where my food comes from, how it’s produced and how it impacts the environment was born. Now I’m committed to eating real food, but more on that here.
After graduation, I spent a year in Nashville, where I soaked up the country music scene, ran my first half marathon and completed my dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I moved back to my hometown of Kansas City to accept my first full-time position working on food and nutrition accounts at a global PR agency before making the move to Denver with my soon-to-be-husband. I think there’s something about the Colorado air that invigorates people. The natural and organic industry is thriving, sustainability is a priority and everyone makes time to enjoy the great outdoors. The Colorado air has changed me, too. In Kansas City, I let my career take priority over my health. Now, I’m skiing or hiking nearly every weekend, depending on the season. I can’t wait to share my new life perspective and wellness journey with my readers and offer tips to make sure that your health never takes a backseat to professional aspirations. Trust me, both can live in harmony.
Aaron and I hiking the back side of Pike’s Peak.