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Let the waiting begin

At approximately 1pm on Friday Feb. 5th, 2010, I sent out my two application packets for the Tampa VA and Bay Pines VA. My smile could not have been bigger and that elephant on my back (for a consecutive 5 weeks) finally jumped off. Each packet included: 1) Application Letter 2) ADA form 3) References (3) 4) Transcripts 5) Declaration of intent That's one stuffed packet...but super creative and pretty :) Although I sent out 2 application packets (2 weeks before the deadline...wahoo) I was fortunate that neither dietetic internship required an application fee. The only fee I paid was to the distance dietetic matching program (online) which costs $50 for each matching round (Sept and April). Therefore, most of my money went to my transcripts....6 of them x 2! In addition to receiving 2 degrees (Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science w/ a minor of psychology and Master of Science in Exercise Physiology) and receiving a verification statement (declaration of intent) from my accredited on

Heart-healthy Chili Cornbread Casserole

Today is Go Red Day. Today you get to show the world that you support Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association’s movement to help save lives. For many active individuals, there is a poor sense of what it means to be healthy. The fact that you exercise on a daily basis, train for endurance sports or lift heavy weights does not mean that you can eat whatever and however much you want. Sure, you may require more calories on a daily basis, to support your athletic lifestyle and speedy metabolism, but there is no physiological reason to validate your high-fat, high sugar diet. While it is certainly acceptable to have an "occasion" to enjoy something that is sugary or fattening, your "occasional treat" should be just that...occasionally. If you occasionally eat french fries every Friday, I think we have a problem. If you occasionally eat fast food, every day for lunch, we have a weakness. While your body weight may be stable and you may look good on the outsi

French toast Bruchetta & Sweet Fruit crumble

I love to cook. I love making time in my day to cook a healthy dinner and I can't wait until 7:10 when Karel comes home to try my creation. Coming up with recipes is so much fun and once I get cooking, I forget about how tired I was after morning training and how busy my day was because I know I will feel so good after I eat my healthy and balanced meal. Although I cook every day of the week, there are a few (although it is very rare) days where the time passes on by and my dinner creation is put off until the next day. Because Karel and I love healthy meals all day, everyday, I never make excuses for putting something healthy in front of me, 3 times a day. I've come up with 2 super easy creations (dinner and dessert) for you to make when you just don't feel like cooking or just don't have the time. The best part about these recipes, besides being super yummy, is that the butter is the only "Non natural" ingredient, out of 17 ingredients, in these recipes. Add

Answers close. Nicole - you got it correct. Isn't amazing how close the ingredients are for English muffins and pretzels? 1) New York Style Bagel Crisps Plain - D 2) Thomas' Grains Double fiber English Muffins - B 3) Rold Gold Pretzels - C 4) Special K original Cereal - A A) Rice, Wheat Gluten, Sugar, Defatted Wheat Germ, Salt, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Dried Whey, Malt Flavoring, Calcium caseinate, Ascorbic Acid, Alpha Tocopherol Acetate, Reduced Iron, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Palmitate, Folic Acid and Vitmain B12 B) Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (flour, malted barley flour, reduced iron, niacin, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Water, Whole Wheat Flour, Modified food starch, farina, wheat gluten, polydextrose, honey, yeast, sugar, salt, preservatives, soybean oil, malt, monoglycerides, natural and artificial flavor, xanthan Gum, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, whey, soy flour, nonfat milk. C) Enriched flour (

Quinoa Veggie-casserole

I am a member of several organizations: American Dietetic Association Florida Dietetic Association Jacksonville Dietetic Association Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group International Society of Sports Nutrition Not only do I love being a member of awesome organizations but a few times a month my mailbox is full due to lots of journals and newsletters. While my stack of magazines and journals tends to grow during the week, I love a good road trip with Karel and Campy to catch up on all of my readings. One of my favorite things to read is Nutrition Action . I wish I could write like the contributors of this fabulous health newsletter. I love the cynical touch and truthful statements and I absolutely love the Best Bites and Right Stuff/Food Porn sections. Here's the link if you wish to order to the newsletter. I recommend it because you will learn a lot and it isn't hard to read/understand. Nutrition Acti

Eating for health

This topic is near and dear to my heart. I am all about eating for health and not just reducing calories and exercising compulsively in order to lose weight. While it may not be fast, if you are consistent with a balanced eating and exercise routine I assure you that you will not only notice an improvement in your energy and outlook on life but you will notice a change in your body composition. I hope you enjoy my latest Iron Girl article from the FREE newsletter. Eating for Health One month into the New Year and you are making great progress with your goals of balanced and healthy eating, daily physical activity and/or consistency with training. As you take the steps to reach your goal weight, maintain your weight or push a little harder to achieve performance gains, it is valuable to your well being that you are equally committed to your health. While healthy eating and daily exercise will certainly help to achieve your recommended body composition, there are many foods that will do

Day #21: Take on the challenge

Endurance sports can be addicting. Perhaps it is completion of your first athletic event that fuels your fire to register for a longer-distance event. I think for most of us, however, we probably feel that our drive for a longer, more challenging race, is due to one or more of the following: 1) watching Ironman on TV 2) hearing stories from other endurance athletes 3) having friends who compete in endurance events If you call yourself an athlete, I'm sure you have somehow inspired other people to participate in their first 5K race or triathlon. Maybe it wasn't your intention to do so, but it seems to be quite easy to give others the motivation to sign up and train for a once-unbelievable, yet achievable, experience. Recently I had two friends complete ultra marathon events. My friend Kellie Smirnoff completed the Mountain Mist 50K trail run and placed 2nd overall female after 5 hours and 27 minutes and 4000+ feet of elevation gain. I'm pretty certain that a 50K is not in my