Hi! I’m Natalie. I’m into plants, hot yoga, pregnancy/women’s health, nutrition, food, and research. I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. In June of 2015, I graduated with my bachelors in nutrition from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After taking a few years off to gain work experience, I have officially been accepted into a Dietetic Internship with Master of Science in Nutrition program!
In August of this year I moved almost 3,000 miles away from home to Buffalo, New York to attend SUNY at Buffalo for my M.S./DI program. I left behind my family, my friends, my two cats Zak and Domino and my boyfriend of 6+ years. It was the most difficult and best decision I think I’ve ever made. By December of 2019, I will be eligible to sit for the National Examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)!
I have always loved to write. It’s one way that I am fantastic at expressing how I feel and what I mean. So when I discovered my love for nutrition, I new I had to share it with the world and knew how — blogging! When I was younger, I battled negative self-talk and feelings of inadequacy, like many females (and people in general) do. I lacked goals and perspective of value — value of experiences and my limited time here on Earth.
I’ve dealt with immense anxiety and pain. I know how it feels to seem stuck or lost. Being consumed with living up to standards that I couldn’t meet, it was easier to manipulate things that were more in my control. These tendencies and behaviors were likely imprinted into me at birth. For birth is the literal beginning. For all of us. Though we have no memory of our own, it subconsciously forms who we become, what we believe, and how we perceive things.
I was able to talk to and actually listen to many different people from all walks of life who shared their stories with me. They told me that my quality and character were not determined by what was on my plate. Seems obvious in hindsight, but they helped me realize I needed to explore more, fight back more, and ask questions. So I did. I let go of being perfect and fear of not being accepted and I opened up.
During my studies in San Luis Obiso, I was able to fully develop a new mindset. I was forced out of my comfort zone (round two here in Buffalo) and I just allowed myself to be vulnerable. In the processed I learned so much about life and what I wanted out of it.
My diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and my microbiology professor inspired my rooted love and interest for bacteria and how they affect human health. It’s a topic that is still in it’s infancy within nutrition, but we have discovered incredible interactions and relationships with humans and microorganisms. Human behavior and choices around food and nutrition also interest me and I hope to study this topic more in relation to pregnancy (potentially my Thesis).
It has taken years and years, but I can definitely say I’ve found value in my own health and happiness over everything else. And let me make it clear that health is much more than just proper nutrition. I have a strong desire to empower women to make informed choices regarding their health and strive to open a private practice as an RDN one day.
Throughout my website you’ll find blog entries on my experience as a graduate student and dietetic intern, tips and tricks for eating well and staying mentally fit, recipes, and more.
I see a different world. A world where people understand how to eat well for their optimal well being. Where people have a connection and understanding of their bodies and their environment. Where doctors prescribe specific bacteria strains instead of pharmaceutical drugs to treat common diseases. Where all women experience birth as safe, empowering, and the start of a healthy, loving life. –Natalie
Natalie, future M.S., RDN