Brain Mush

As a continuation from my last post….

The second half of the week (last Thursday through Saturday) was our internship RD exam prep course through Breeding and Associates. We met on campus for 8 hours the first two days and then about 6 1/2 hours the very last day pretty much reviewing all our nutrition courses from the past 5 years!! I definitely think a lot of us went brain dead, and would have much rather hung out and talked then listen to the information, but I did think it was very beneficial  I have a lot of information to review before the exam, which I take in a little under 3 months!

On Thursday, it rained. all day. Coincidentally, we had our internship picture day, which was supposed to be outside. Instead, we had to take it inside. The location of the picture was fine, but outside would have been better. It was also “freezing”, both outside and inside out classroom. I actually ended up bring my Snuggie the next two days, because it was cold. After our class on Thursday, our director had all of us over to her home for a crawfish boil! I got to touch a live crawfish, and then eventually got down and dirty with them. Even though it was cold outside, I think all of us really enjoyed time to relax and kick back. I think we have been very blessed that we all get along with each other (for the most part), and I don’t know if all dietetic interns can speak to that. The night ended with a bonfire and s’mores before everyone heading their separate directions. Kelly and I brought Chrystal and Grey home with us and they were our house guests through Saturday. We really enjoyed having house guests!

Me and my crawfish, Theodore Roosevelt.

Me and my crawfish, Theodore Roosevelt.

Trying crawfish with Kara and Kelly!

Trying crawfish with Kara and Kelly!

Friday was another day. We managed to get some sunshine and warmer temperatures compared to the day before. After the class was over, I was able to indulge in some great sushi at Rawz Sushi with Gwen, Nate and Derrick. After dinner, I came back home and watched Sister Wives with my favorite girls while we ate Funfetti Brownies, made by yours truly!!

Saturday was the last day of a VERY long week. I was bummed I had to miss my cardio kick-boxing class, but I guess cardio kick-boxing won’t help me pass the RD exam, so maybe it was beneficial that I was there. After class was over, Chrystal stayed with us an extra night. While Kelly was at work, Chrystal and I had a girls night!! We spent about an hour and a half in TJ Maxx perusing the aisles and exploring. We then made our way over to the mall, where we visited Kelly at work, and wandered in and out of stores, making a few purchases along the way. Before heading home, we grabbed some Chinese food to go from the food court and rushed home to watch…yup, more Sister Wives.

I felt like overall, it was a good week. Time is of the essence right now, so I really enjoyed just hanging out with some of my best friends and enjoying each other’s company  During this time, I was in-between internship rotations, so I didn’t have any competency stuff to worry about, I just had to worry about learning, which was sort of a breath of fresh air. I am enjoying being at Glenwood right now, but more about that later.

So in the end, I’m a couple under dollars shorter, yet an extra 22 hours smarter…I hope everything pays off in the end!

XOXO, Danae

Countdown to Graduation: 28 days! (wow….)

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Healthy Eaters of Louisiana Unite!

Well, Louisiana might not be full of healthy eaters, but I would like to think the dietitians that attended the annual Louisiana Dietetic Association meeting are. This past Tuesday and Wednesday, I was in Lafayette for the LDA Conference “Responding to the Challenge“.

The Monday before the conference, Gwen, Nate and I drove to Alexandria and stayed with Derrick. We had great bonding time as we drove an hour and a half back and forth. During the conference, I really enjoyed meeting new people, hanging out with my fellow interns and seeing some old faces, like fellow student dietitians from Diabetes Camp. Since the conference was in Lafayette, the dietetic interns from University of Louisiana @ Lafayette were there, so it was fun to see how they have been since July.

On the first day, there were two seminars that I really enjoyed. The first one was Mary Lee Chin, MS, RD, a dietitian that talked about sustainability. The presenter talked about the impact that environmental concerns and food sourcing trends have on how the public purchase foods and what foods they purchase, especially with fresh produce and meat products, like beef and chicken. She told us the truth about claims and benefits of local organic foods versus modern and conventional foods and how they are each different in the way nutrition gets to the consumers and the sustainability of each. She also gave a comparison about foods from the local, regional and national realm and their impact on the economy and nutrient composition. She made sustainability sounds interesting, and she was a very good speaker.

In-between some of the talks, we made two trips to Starbucks within probably 3 hours. haha We needed some caffeine.

The second lady that I liked was Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD, a dietitian in the New Orleans area. She is a part of this awesome project where she has gone to local restaurants in NOLA and gotten their executive chefs to give her recipes of their dishes  where she then does the nutritional analysis of them. Then they work together to develop either healthier options of the of the dishes, or even develop a whole new “Eat Fit” menu listing. I think this would be a cool thing to bring to Chicago. I believe that while Chicago people love their deep dish pizza and steak, they are also fairly active and enjoy eating healthy. Many restaurants I think would want to be a part of something like this. We learned about the criteria she uses to designate healthy menu items and gave us some strategies are working with local restaurant owners. This is something I could see myself doing. Nutrition AND eating out — sounds like a dream job!

After the conclusion of the first day, the four of us went to this Mexican restaurant called El Pasado. The food was good, except at the time we ate dinner, there was very little patrons in the restaurant, yet our service was somewhat slow.

On the second day, there was really only one speaker I enjoyed. She was a dietitian, Heidi Greenwaldt, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, that worked at a large hospital in Minnesota that has their dietitians placing tubes for tube feedings. In most hospitals, the nurses are the ones that place the tubes. At this hospital, the dietitians place the majority of tubes, and they are doing them well. In 2012, there were 454 tubes placed, and 414 of those were placed by dietitians. They get trained and have all the proper certifications. At first, I was scared about the idea of RDs placing tubes, but I feel that it is good that we learn how to do this as a profession. Because we care SO much about feeding patients, I think it is great if we could just place feeding tubes ourselves. That way we wouldn’t have to bug the doctors or the nurses. I thought it was interesting.

On the last day of the conference there was a business meeting where recipients of all of the various scholarships were recognized. I actually won a scholarship that was given by the Louisiana Dietetic Association. I was one of the recipients for a $500 dollar Graduate Studies Scholarship. My roommate Kelly was the other winner! I even got to meet the President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ethan Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA (who is from Seattle! Snaps for Ethan!) and the president of the Louisiana Dietetic Association, Bridgett Scott, MS, RD, LDN. And THEN, I won one of the raffle prizes, which was a Diabetes Education book. Granted, it was written in 2003, so it’s a little dated, but maybe it is a sign that I really am supposed to be a CDE (certified diabetes educator). It was exciting and I felt so important! I got a picture with the two of them, plus we also got a group picture with them at the end.

Here is the Crew at LDA (minus one..or two)

Here is the Crew at LDA (minus one..or two)

It was an exhausting couple of days, but it got me excited for this next chapter in my life. This is only the first half of my busy week. I will soon tell you about the second half.

XOXO, Danae

Internship Update!

Hey everybody!!

Sorry I haven’t been posting in  while. I am at the end of my first real management rotation and I have been wrapping up a lot of projects!

Since I spent all of March focusing on giving you guys some nutrition information, I neglected writing about my internship experiences. Tomorrow is my last day at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe. I have actually really ended up liking management. It has given me “confidence” that if I got thrown into a management position, I could do it. I still don’t feel comfortable with firing people, but I know that I could do management. I love how every day is something different and you never know what is going to happen. I like problem solving and using my critical thinking skills. I may not be the most critical thinker, but I have loved discussing issues and problems with my preceptors.

During the past five weeks, I have done everything from sat in on interviews, firings, employee arguments/counseling sessions, developing a business plan for a salad bar, doing a cost analysis for a Coke Freestyle, doing some studies with the tray line and how fast they put trays together, ordering tube feedings, taking inventory, helping with shipment, analyzing the budget and developing a HACCP plan

 

And by the way, I love my preceptor right now. She has been really encouraging to me and I have gained great knowledge and advice from her. I am in awe of how accomplished she is, it almost intimidates me. But I have really enjoyed my time here. I will say I am looking forward to finishing up at Glenwood!

The rest of this week will be crazy. I will be in Lafayette for a nutrition conference for two days and then the next three days are dedicated to prepping for the RD exam. Safe to say my brain will be overloaded with information. Granted, it will be useful information, but my brain will be fried.

Really short post this time around, but I’ll have more for you soon.

XOXO, Danae

1 month and 10 days! It’s crunch time!

Happy Registered Dietitian Day!!

Yes, we do get our own holiday. Too bad we don’t have a day of work off for it.

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Personally to celebrate, I will be at my internship (YAY!). The dietitians and managers at St. Francis are going out to lunch at this restaurant called Chef Eric Johnson & Co. in West Monroe. The head chef (Eric) actually used to be the chef of the kitchen at St. Francis and now runs his own catering/personal chef/restaurant business. Seems like he made a successful job change. When I get home for work, I’ll have my normal workout routine for Zumba and Fab Abs and then who knows after that.

In honor of National RD Day, I am going to give you 10 reasons why dietitians are relevant and an important piece in the healthcare puzzle. An RD…

  1. Can help teach you skills to lose and keep off weight.
  2. Works with the government  school system, public health organizations and other organizations to create wellness programs to promote healthy eating and physical fitness.
  3. Can work with food scientists to develop new and successful food products.
  4. Works with athletes or marathon runners to help them set achievable goals while assisting them on consuming a proper diet to improve their performance.
  5. Can assist individuals who have had surgery to their GI tract develop a proper eating plan based on your needs.
  6. With culinary skills can teach simple cooking techniques, how to read a recipe and find ways to make current recipes healthy.
  7. Can help people recovering from an eating disorder get on the right path.
  8. Can lead efforts to make sure grocery stores, schools and hospitals get healthy foods that can benefit the local economy.
  9. Can provide guidance to a new mother to make sure that her child intakes adequate vitamin D, fluoride  iron and B vitamins.
  10. Can lead a congregate meal program (like Meals on Wheels) to make sure elderly individuals who live at home are fed and receive adequate nutrition.

So, dietitians are pretty awesome people that can do a lot and help a lot of people. I am so excited to become one! 2 months and 4 days!

What my future patients will say to me...

What my future patients will say to me…

XOXO, Danae

Eat Right, Your Way, Every Way.

March is National Nutrition Month®, the one month dedicated to healthy eating and improving dietary habits headed up by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme, for its 40th Anniversary, is Eat Right, Your Way, Every Way!

Logo for 2013 National Nutrition Month

This theme focuses on individualized eating plans and are unique to your lifestyle, health concerns and taste buds! There is more to a healthy diet than just eating all the right foods. Its about eating right in your life and living a healthier lifestyle. You shouldn’t have to fit your eating habits into a “one-size-fits-all” diet plan. Changing dietary habits is a lifestyle change, so you want to make sure it works for you!

Over the course of this month, I plan on giving you eating tips, easy (yet healthy) meal options, maybe talk about some new food products and whatever else I decide to do. Let me know in the comments if there is anything you want to read or know more about! I hope you can learn something new during this month that could kick-start a change in your current eating habits.

XOXO, Danae

P.S. Changed my blog theme to “Bananas” in honor of NNM. What’s your favorite fruit?!