A few months ago, I had a pretty enlightening conversation with my therapist. Yes, I see a therapist. This is me stating it like a celebrity pregnancy announcement. A common theme she and I talk about is how I can continue to seek balance in my life. Balance was something I struggled with back when… Continue reading Advice from my Therapist
Documentaries: Science or BS?
As a soon-to-be Registered Dietitian, I often have people ask me about certain diets or eating patterns that they have thought about trying. Many times the inspiration has come from social media, a friend or coworker, or a celebrity, because clearly if Gwyneth Paltrow juice cleanses, it must be good for you! Surprisingly, many times… Continue reading Documentaries: Science or BS?
The Struggle Bus
The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging days I’ve had in a while. While I did have some amazing days throughout (like my sister’s wedding, where I danced my booty off), I had some days where I reallllly struggled to cope with everything I had going on. I recognize that my… Continue reading The Struggle Bus
Some time ago, I was given a free personal training session by the gym when I joined, and it was only what I can describe as a troubling experience. I arrived to the gym thinking that a trainer would be taking me through a workout (obviously as a means to try to sell me a… Continue reading Check Yourself
Showing Up for Yourself: Gym Edition
About a month ago, I decided to get back in the gym. After spending 10 months doing at-home workouts, I decided I wanted a new challenge. And to be quite honest, the Instagram trainers stopped posting free workouts. I’ve always been pretty familiar with the gym, but I would be lying if I said I… Continue reading Showing Up for Yourself: Gym Edition
Taking Control: Advice from Eat Pray Love
I’m the type of person who loves to romanticize my life. After having a rough past couple of days, I’m currently on the train out of Chicago and am fully pretending that my life is a movie. “City girl escapes to her quaint country hometown to reconnect with her values and spend some time to… Continue reading Taking Control: Advice from Eat Pray Love
Just Being- the COVID series
Today I’m coming at you LIVE from my kitchen with a holiday candle burning, Folklore playing, and my second glass of wine in hand. My landlord technically doesn’t allow candles, but I simply cannot be tamed. Today was different than a lot of days I have had lately. For the first time in a while,… Continue reading Just Being- the COVID series
Triple Threat Meals
Sharing some super easy, affordable, and yummy staples that I eat on the regular!
If you’ve been following along with my blog for a while, then you probably know about some of my past struggles with body image, food, and over-exercising. If you’re new here, I shared my past experiences with dieting and body dysmorphia in my second-ever blog post. While I’ve worked hard to combat these thoughts and… Continue reading Fixer Upper
Probiotics: What You Need to Know
How to choose a probiotic and what to eat for your gut health!
Breaking Down BMI
As a former nutrition student, part of my curriculum was to become familiar with different means of body measurements. These range from simple height and weight, to a super expensive space-ship look alike machine that measures air movement through the body called the “BOD POD”. If you haven’t already guessed, machines like this one are… Continue reading Breaking Down BMI
One of the things I love about my friends is that we are all equally weird. If you need proof, just today I texted my dietetics friends and asked what their favorite vitamin and/or mineral was… and I was being completely serious. I know you’re dying to know everyone’s answers, so I’ll fill you in: Kailee:… Continue reading Magnesi-YUM-
None of My Business: Lessons from Queer Eye
Like many people, I’m a huge fan of the show Queer Eye. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, I’m only slightly judging you. Just kidding, but not really. The premise of the show is that five Queer men (the Fab Five) show up to a nominated person’s house to help said person with the following areas of… Continue reading None of My Business: Lessons from Queer Eye
I’ve never talked about race issues on social media before. I’ve had conversations with friends, listened to people of color talk about their experiences, and liked other’s posts on Instagram surrounding race issues. But why have I never voiced my own opinion on matters related to race? I think it’s because on social media, I… Continue reading Getting Uncomfortable
Bringing Intention Back
I'm setting food and exercise intentions to break myself out of a funk, because it's time to cut the B.S.
Adele’s “After” Body
What do our reactions to Adele's "After" Body say about the society we live in?
In diet culture, a lot of “facts” are presented in a very black-and-white fashion. Avocados are good for you, but white rice is bad for you. Keto will help you lose weight, no questions asked. Intermittent fasting will banish bloating forever. The list goes on and on. I’ve made it super clear to anyone who… Continue reading Flex(itarian) Zone
Five Minute Breakfast
The most important meal of the day doesn't have to be time consuming!
The Girl in the Tractor
On Sunday, April 5th, something great happened to me. I got matched to my Dietetic Internship and Master’s Program at Rush University Medical Center! *cue happy tears* This is me being really freakin' excited. For those of you who don’t know, to be a dietitian you have to complete the Dietetic Internship, which is 1200… Continue reading The Girl in the Tractor
Satisfying my Sweet Tooth
Hey all you cool cats and kittens. Most people who know me know that I have a HUGE sweet tooth. Sophomore year of college, my roommate Elaine’s friend came to visit and she so kindly pointed out, “Mackenzie is literally always eating candy” … and she’s absolutely correct. So props to Caitlin for being observant… Continue reading Satisfying my Sweet Tooth
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough!
Now I don’t know about you, but being cooped up at home has me about to eat all of the snacks in my fridge, sweets in particular. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging cravings in moderation, I’ve been searching for some healthier alternatives since my usual walk around campus is no longer a part of… Continue reading Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough!
Making the Best out of Chaos
As an anxious person, times like these take quite a mental toll, and I’m sure a lot of you can relate. That’s why I’m not going to make this a post about food to stock up on, or hygiene procedures to take. It won’t include much about nutrition at all. Instead, I’m going to share… Continue reading Making the Best out of Chaos
Food-Free Things to Give Up for Lent
Diet culture doesn't need to be part of Lent. Try giving up something food-free instead!
It's time to kick the sick.
Eating like the Spaniards
A breakdown of what I learned about the Mediterranean Diet on my trip to Spain
Lessons from an American Girl Store
A doctor? Teacher? Baker? Yes.
Incorporating Health Into the Holidays
It’s my favorite time of the year, and if you’re reading this I’d bet there’s a good chance it’s yours too. As a self-proclaimed foodie, one of my favorite things about the holidays is obvious-the food. On the opposite end of the spectrum, as someone who tries to live healthfully 80% of the time, the… Continue reading Incorporating Health Into the Holidays
Healing Our Relationship with Food
As a woman who grew up dancing, playing sports, and is now a member of a sorority, it’s safe to say that I have seen my fair share of body dysmorphia and unhealthy eating habits. In my 21 years on this earth, I’ve never met one person who I can say has a perfect relationship… Continue reading Healing Our Relationship with Food
I went to a Bachelorette party last weekend where I got to see a lot of my friends from high school. Not only was it great to reconnect with them all, but it was also my first time out as a 21-year-old in the city. I’m the baby of our friend group, so finally feeling… Continue reading Bottom’s Up
Fighting Fullness Guilt
The feeling of fullness after eating can instill a lot of different feelings for us. For some, it’s comfort. For some, it’s energy. For some, it’s satisfying. For me, it used to be guilt. I used to finish a meal and immediately start obsessing over how expanded my stomach felt, which led to me confusing… Continue reading Fighting Fullness Guilt
I've been MIA for the past few weeks thanks to the start of senior year, but I hope you love this blog about body positivity, and the role I see myself playing in it.