After taking a year off upon graduating from USC with hopes of going to Dental School, I had an ‘aha’ moment about health and wellness which has transformed my life in so many ways allowing me to lose weight and strive towards a new goal of becoming a registered dietitian.
A “Mouth-Full” of a Start
For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a dentist. The need to help others has been instilled in me forever. I pictured myself becoming a dentist where I could then travel to third world countries helping those that probably had never heard the term dental hygiene. So I majored in Exercise Science Scientific Foundations at the University of South Carolina which tracked me in the right classes to apply to dental school. While studying towards a career with a mouth-full of teeth, I was getting a mouth-full of the wrong foods.
After studying for the Dental Admissions Test for what felt like a century and shadowing dentists, I was having second thoughts about my career path. Becoming a dentist was something I had convinced myself since middle school that I wanted to do…but why? Yes I saw it as a great way to help others, and the salary and schedule were definitely appealing. But is a great salary and schedule enough to want to do this for the rest of my life? I just did not have that sense of desire and passion towards dentistry. I had convinced myself for so long that becoming a dentist was what I wanted to do that I was ignoring the doubts I was having deep down. I felt ashamed of telling my friends and family that after all this time, dentistry was not my calling. It was about that time that I had the ‘aha’ moment.
About this time, I embarked on a mission to help my dad lose weight and to obtain optimal health. He had struggled with his weight his entire life and I wanted to take it upon myself to help him change. I became enthralled in nutrition. It consumed me. I found myself utilizing all of my free time researching nutrition. Organics, eating raw, juicing, smoothies, the benefits of each individual nutrient, preventing chronic disease with diet, foods as medicine…there was SO MUCH to discover! From then on, I was making green smoothies and eating a plethora of delicious fruits and vegetables, losing weight, and feeling the best I’ve ever felt! My dad has currently lost 100 pounds, I am so proud of him! The saying “You Are What You Eat” has now become my motto and has led me to strive towards my new, passion-filled goal of becoming a registered dietitian! Now I can help others in ways I never even imagined!
Follow me through this blog on my Get Healthy journey as I impact myself and others into the realization of what REALLY WORKS! Health is a CHOICE…will you CHOOSE it?