Hello and welcome!
My name is Stephanie, and I am a Registered Dietitian.
I started the blog formerly known as “On the Road to RD” during my undergraduate education to chronicle my journey from student to intern to RD.
And I’ve made it! I’ve completed my journey! Even though I have letters behind my name, it doesn’t mean that I’m finished telling my story. I still love to share my day-to-day experiences, simple + healthy recipes, running rampages, and all things I find amusing in my little world.
I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, in a small town in Central Washington, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, among the apple orchards, along the majestic Columbia River… I could go on, but what I’m trying to say, is my hometown is beautiful. I had a very healthy and active childhood, it wasn’t until I left home that issues with my weight surfaced.
My original life plan was to become an actress on broadway. I traveled to Chicago, and eventually on to NYC to study. There is something about performing – it lifts you up… but at the same time, there is a great deal of criticism - and for me, sometimes that came in the form of my appearance. Difficult to hear even for the most cold and jaded. My weight was up and down. Most of the time I felt out of control.
I came back home for a summer before graduation, regrouped, got a trainer, started to re-learn what healthy eating means and, more importantly, feels like. From that point on there was no turning back . I started working at a gym, became an aerobics instructor, and went back to school to become a dietitian. I finished my undergrad at Rochester Institute of Technology, and traveled back to the beautiful West Coast to complete my year-long supervised dietetic internship at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. And here we are 5 years later, loving every moment!
I am, by no means, the perfect vision of health. I still indulge, overeat, and slack off on workouts, but for most of the time I try to lead a healthy life. I believe that eating right can bring the best out in a person. I also believe that food is not simply just fuel. Food is an integral part of the human experience; it is love, celebration, family, tradition, and yes, sometimes even comfort. I cherish those moments when you take the first bite of something so incredibly delectable your senses explode - bliss, exhilaration, pleasure. I love food and I love to eat. And I hope to share that with you here.