Hi! My name is Megan, and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. [Don’t know what a RD is, or don’t understand the difference between a “registered dietitian nutritionist” and “just a nutritionist”? Check out this page on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website to find out more.] I completed my Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Central Michigan University, my dietetic internship at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, and currently hold a position as an outpatient dietitian in a bariatric surgery program. I have been a RDN since 2011 and have worked in weight management/bariatric surgery since 2014.
A lot of people make a lot of assumptions about what makes someone a dietitian. For example, dietitians are skinny and have a great relationship with food and their bodies. That has not always been the case for me. While I recognize that I have thin privilege because I have never been overweight or obese, I definitely would not consider myself skinny. I have not always had a great relationship with body image, either, but over the years I have really worked on this area for myself and now practice what I call “body neutrality” – I have a body, and that’s it. It’s not good or bad. It’s just another part of me.
Another assumption I hear a lot is that all dietitians love to cook and are perfect eaters. No way… no how! The kitchen really intimidates me, which is probably some of the reason I struggle to eat better. My favorite food in the whole wide world is cookies. I also love all vegetables (except beets and cauliflower – you’ll never convince me that cauliflower is a delicious replacement for potatoes or rice, yuck!) and I try to keep my diet as balanced as possible.
The main thing I blog about, though, is running. I have been a runner since 2008 when I ran my first 5k. I have had an on again off again relationship with running, but we’ve been going steady now since 2015 when I started my first streak of running a race every month. I am what I would call a “velocity challenged” runner. I have a similar approach to talking about running as I do about nutrition: it is all about what you want for yourself, not anyone else. Running and nutrition are both individual and unique to every person. I am passionate about both and have been told a time or two that my passion rubs off on people… I hope that maybe it will rub off on you!