Hey! Happy New Year’s Eve!!! I hope you have some pretty sweet plans to ring in the New Year!
Today I want you to meet my friend Christi! I met Christi through Elf for Health. She was my first Elf; I really enjoyed getting to know her and I think you will too!
Interview with a Nutrition Grad
1. Tell a little about yourself (favorite hobbies, where you’re from, family,–anything you want to share!)
My name is Christi Ingle, and I am graduating from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Nutrition and Food Science and a minor in Marketing. I am from Suwanee, GA. I have the best family consisting of my dad, brother, mom, step dad, and step brother! They’ve always been supportive of me with everything I want to accomplish. I couldn’t ask for a better one. My favorite hobbies are dancing, theater, and listening to music.. I’m really personable, and I love being around my friends.
2. What are your favorite ways to stay active?
My favorite way to stay active is always being on the go. That sounds a little weird, but I bore very easily so I like to make sure I always have a plan to do something. Of course I like my down time watching Netflix J, but I love being around people doing pretty much anything! I am really getting into Yoga, so I am hoping to find a good place to take classes once I move from college. I danced all through high school, so I am also going to try to get back into that as well somehow.
3. What led you to study Nutrition and Dietetics?
My freshman year of college I was undeclared with really no direction whatsoever. It was over that Christmas break that I was talking to my cousin, Jessica, who majored in Nutrition and was about to do her internship to become an RD. After our discussion I realized that Nutrition and fitness was something I was super interested in also. I have dealt with weight management since my teenage years began, and I have always been obsessed with researching the new fad diets and wondering what would work for me. I think I am a little obsessed with body image and what I am “supposed” to look like…this isn’t always a good thing! Majoring in Nutrition and Food Science was one of the best choices I have made in my life thus far.
4. What’s one surprising thing you’ve learned about nutrition/health from your studies?
The biggest lesson I have taken with me from my undergraduate to most people kind of seems like common sense. I have learned that results will not happen overnight, and that it is an actual LIFE CHANGE that has to be made. This has been one of the biggest challenges that I have tried to concur in my life. I have always felt alone in the problem which is silly because so many people face the same issue. Throughout my undergraduate in nutrition here I have met so many people and learned so much more on how the body works and ways to make this life change that I will take with me forever.
5. Do you have a favorite healthy study snack?
My favorite healthy study snack is apples and almond butter. Almond butter is a new love of mine, but I am so glad I discovered it!
6. How do you balance school, fitness, social life, work, healthy eating as a college student?
I’m not going to lie; I struggle with this so much! School, work, and a social life typically over power fitness and healthy eating in college students’ lives. I think this is the case for most college students. I have acquired some tips though that has helped. I had a personal trainer for one day a week that kept me going. I also started going to group fitness classes, so they would keep me on schedule. Creating a specific time to work out is very helpful because it is permanently on the schedule, and you can plan other activities around it. I have also found it really helpful to plan ahead for snacks and other meals and buy groceries for about two weeks at a time. I do not cook a whole lot, so I have found healthy, quick alternatives to have around the house. This has helped a lot with how much eating out I do. The weekends are the toughest times because there are football games and other activities that can mess up your day-to-day schedule. I am still trying to find the weekend balance, so that is definitely a work in progress.
7. What piece of advice would you give someone interested in studying Nutrition?
My advice to someone who is interested in studying nutrition is to do research on everything that it will include. It will take a lot of time and effort in school and out of school. If they want to go the Dietetics route, they need to research how much time and money it can cost. Nutrition is a very rewarding field to get into, it is just involves a lot of time and money! I would definitely encourage anyone who is passionate about Nutrition and fitness to join the field. We need as many passionate nutrition lovers as possible in the world!
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Thanks for sharing Christi! If you want to keep up with Christi on twitter you can follow her @christi_ingle or check out her tumblr: http://christisays.tumblr.com/!