Hi, I’m Megan. I’m a Registered Dietitian, Army wife, and most importantly, a mom to Laurel, with another girl on the way (due May 2019)!
I grew up in sunny Jupiter, Florida and went to undergrad at Florida State University (Go Noles!) where I double-majored and earned a B.S. in Dietetics and Family & Child Sciences. While at Florida State, I taught Group Exercise classes at the fitness center on campus and loved it! While I did my fair share of partying in college, my personal and academic focus was always centered around nutrition and overall health.
Upon graduation, I went on to complete my dietetic internship and a Master’s in Food & Nutrition Science at the University of North Florida. My knowledge and passion for human nutrition deepened immensely during this time. I spent much of my graduate time researching prenatal nutrition. I studied how a mother’s diet could affect her child later in life, based on a theory called the Fetal Origins Hypothesis. I presented my findings to about 100 Florida dietitians as part of my culminating project. Prenatal and postnatal nutrition has been a professional passion of mine forever, but now that I’m a mom it’s even more important to me on a personal level.
My grad school years were also when my love of yoga blossomed. As a believer in science, yoga physically and mentally forced me out of my comfort zone. I used yoga as both a means of exercise and meditation. These formative years of my life were when I started to really care about the quality and safety of products I used daily, as well as the foods I put into my body.
A couple of months after graduation, I passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians and became a Registered Dietitian!
Rewind a bit to when I met my handsome husband, Ryan, which was at the start of my senior year at FSU. At the time, he was stationed at Fort Benning for training with the Army, but was in town visiting a mutual friend. I never thought I would fall for a guy in the military, but fate would see things differently. We were married in 2012 on a beautiful plantation in Charleston, SC.
Three deployments, two dogs, and one beautiful daughter later… here we are! So far, we’ve lived in Georgia, Colorado, and Virginia.
My first job as a dietitian was at an inpatient forensic mental health facility in rural Georgia. I did not stay at this position long because my role as a dietitian was extremely limited based on the very specific needs of the facility and patients.
My next job was at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, GA. As a clinical dietitian in a level 2 trauma center setting, I was exposed to a wide variety of patients. My assigned floors included the ICU, oncology, and the long-term care floor, with rotating coverage of med-surg, pediatrics, and the ER. After just over a year, I left the hospital to work at the clinic of a local Endocrinologist. I worked very closely with the RN Diabetes Educators and my passion and knowledge of diabetes and other endocrine disorders grew tremendously. I absolutely loved this job. After just over a year there, we moved to Colorado.
In Colorado, I worked as a Department of Defense civilian dietitian for the Army. This was my favorite job yet! I loved counseling the military community, (which included active duty soldiers, their families, and retirees). I worked primarily in a clinic that focused on diabetes. My passion for counseling those with Type 1 and 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome continued to flourish. I also rotated to the main hospital on Fort Carson, where I presented Nutrition for Pregnancy, as well as Pre-Diabetes classes monthly. I provided nutrition counseling for patients of all ages and with a variety of conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food allergies, failure to thrive, infertility, eating disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), kidney disease, PCOS, and constipation.
On August 11th 2016, Ryan and I found out we were pregnant! We were over the moon with excitement and oh so ready to have a baby. I absolutely loved being pregnant. Starting in my second trimester, I stayed active doing Orange Theory workouts twice a week. I also did yoga as frequently as I could and walked a ton. I swear by yoga for pregnancy and preparing your body for birth – read more about that here.
In April 2017, my greatest joy Laurel was born. Three months later, we left Colorado and moved to Virginia, where we are now. Current job: stay-at-home mom. We’ll be here for about two years, until my husband finishes school. It’s nice to have a couple years where I know he won’t be deploying or leaving for training. We live very close to Washington D.C. so we spend a lot of our free time exploring and eating there.
We recently found out- and announced– that WE’RE PREGNANT! Due with another sweet girl in May of next year, we couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds.
I started this blog as a way to share knowledge I’ve gained over the years, both academically and through my experience as a dietitian, Army wife, and new mom. Now that I’m a SAH mom, I still hope to receive the satisfaction of guiding others toward a healthier life- just now it will be online! I plan to embrace how this blog evolves as I become accustomed to writing out my thoughts instead of keeping them jumbled in my head. I’m also very new to photography so I’m hoping that will improve with time, (thanks to my hubby for getting me a camera for my 30th birthday!) Please feel free to reach out to me if there is a topic you’d like me to share my thoughts on.