If you are new to my blog or just haven’t dug too deep into it, then you maybe wouldn’t know that I am very passionate about nutrition. A lot of people ask me why I am so interested in the topic and why I want to make a career out of it. It has taken me a long time to come up with an answer better than “because I like it” (such a typical succinct, non descriptive Taylor answer), but I think I’m ready to answer that question fully.
So why nutrition?
It was not until junior year/senior year of high school that I started paying attention to what I put in my body. My mom just started personal training and was eating only “compliant” foods. That word “compliant” was used every single day in our household… more as a joke, but ended up actually having an unexpected, yet life changing, impact on me.
When I entered college, I knew I didn’t want to gain the freshmen 15. I did my best to eat as healthy as possible (which is kind of hard when you are only eating dining hall food). I also enrolled in a lower division nutrition class (HPHY 105 if you go to UO). Although I was learning about nutrition on the most basic level possible, it still sparked A LOT of interest in me. It was the ONE general education class that I actually wanted to put effort into. Ever since then, I knew that I wanted to progress with nutritional studies.
Aside from studying nutrition in school, I started to pay more attention to my own nutritional habits. I noted how I felt after consuming different types of food and realized that I felt significantly better after eating something less calorically dense and heavy. I still continue to observe how I feel and how I physically look after eating healthy vs. eating like shit. For example, ever since I moved back home after graduation, I’ve been eating A LOT more sugar, whether that be through ice cream (my mom is currently OBSESSED with Salt & Straw) or Starbucks. Sugar makes me BREAK OUT. This is because sugar causes inflammation throughout the entire body. When I don’t eat sugar, my face really clears up and my skin GLOWS. Also, I just ate In ‘N Out and felt so completely bloated and disgusting after. I could feel my face getting greasy. I personally would rather feel not bloated after eating a meal.
Lastly, I chose nutrition because I want to make an impact on individual’s health and nutrition. I think there is a lack of knowledge on the effects that food has on people’s weight and overall health. If you Google diseases such as heart disease, type II diabetes, osteoporosis, and coronary artery disease (CAD), all of these say that following a healthy diet and staying active can act as preventative actions or cures. There are SO many more diseases that can be put to a stop by just switching up your diet. I really want to promote a healthy lifestyle so people can live their lives as healthy and as long as possible!
So I guess that is my full (or almost full) answer to the question “why nutrition?”. It really is a great topic and I cannot wait to further my education learning more about it. I love that I am able to turn my passion into a career. Make sure to check back for more nutrition posts!