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Develop an appreciation

When I was in graduate school (Sept 2004-Dec 2005) I had the opportunity to take an elective course in my last semester. I choose Basic first ever nutrition course. Although I spent much of my education on the physiology of exercise, specifically learning more than I could ever imagine in regards to glycolysis and the Krebs (Citric Acid) cycle, I never had the opportunity to learn about basic nutrition. With only 3 months left in my graduate program, it only took one day in my undergraduate nutrition course to realize that I had a deep passion for nutrition. Having recently finished my first marathon in Jan 2005 (Miami Marathon, at which I qualified for the Boston Marathon), it became apparent that I was able to apply my extensive education of exercise physiology and sports nutrition to the basics of general nutrition and relate it all to my every day activities. As I progressed in volume with my training (soon-to-be Ironman finisher in Nov 2006 at IMFL), I quickly learn

Life's too short

As I get closer and closer to finishing this chapter in my life (dietetic student becoming a RD), I can't help but think how quickly life has flown on by. For it was just the other day (albeit, a little more than 3 1/2 years ago) that I was considering pursing the RD credential in order to write books and improve my credibility as a sports nutritionist and exercise physiologist. And look at me now, I am so incredibly passionate about my future as a "dietitian" (whenever I pass the exam) and I can't wait to put my extensive education (backed by evidence-based research) to good use. At the end of my 2-day Inman Review course (for an invaluable price of $365), Jean Inman gave us "future RD's" a little motivational talk telling us how hard we have worked to get to where we are today. Rather than thinking about failing the exam, having to wait 45 days to retake the exam, paying another $200 for the exam and then having to tell everyone that you failed, she in

Today I had a serious craving for pizza. I believe pizza can be the perfect "balanced" meal and I absolutely LOVE the comforting flavors of marinara sauce, cooked veggies and bread. What an ideal combination. Of course, we aren't talking about a deep-pan pizza topped with mountains of cheese. For when you are "creating" your own Marni-creations, it is important that you focus on heart-health as you are building your balanced meal. I've been at my parents since Wed, studying away. Despite studying intensely over the past month, a little time away at my parents has been beneficial in me absorbing the information covered in the 5 Domains for the RD exam. A little about the exam from This computer-based assessment ranges in length, but it will have at least 125 questions. Of these, 100 are used for the raw score. The remaining 25 are not scored; these are pre-trial items which may be used on future exams. If a candidate has 145 items (the mo