About

Hi Friends, I’m Ellie

I grew up in central Illinois on a small farm with my parents and three brothers.

After High School, I started college at Saint Louis University.

At the time I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew I loved working with people so I earned a degree in Social Work.

However, I never felt at home in social work.  During my junior year I learned about what a Dietitian did, and knew that was my calling.  I decided to finish my degree in Social Work in order to develop advocacy and counseling skills.

While my friends went on to Graduate school, I started a second degree in Food Nutrition and Dietetics.  I fell in Love!

Now I am off to Appalachian State in Boone North Caroline to do my Dietetic Internship.  I am so excited to learn more about nutrition, explore a new area of the US (I have never lived in the mountains), and take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way.

Fitness

In Junior High I started to run Cross Country but ran more for social reasons that because I actually loved it.  It was not until my Senior Year of high school that I fell in love with running and started to actually compete.

My high school Cross Country coach encouraged me to run in college and after meeting with the coach I became a brand new Div 1 runner (small school though).  I ran for SLU my freshman and sophomore year.  My freshman year I was diagnosed with a stress fracture.  While I was out I met some “not legit” runners who reminded me how much fun running can be.  I left the Cross Country team after my sophomore year and began training for my first marathon with some dear friends.

In April 2008 I completed the St. Louis Marathon in 3 hours and 33 minutes.  That fall I ran the Grand Rapids marathon in 3 hours and 32 minutes.

In 2009 I ran the coolest race I have ever run with my dear friend Bess- the 2009 Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 26 minutes.

I followed it up with the Chicago Marathon in the fall of 2009 which was one too many.  I ended up burned out and hurt.

Since then I have been “having fun”.  I run for me.  I usually run at least 4 miles but rarely run more than 8.  I may change my mind and “train” again soon, but for now I am just taking it one day at a time.

I am also trying to “mix it up”.  I loving trying new workouts and am game for any new activity.  Currently I am enjoying circuit training and taking my dog for walks.

Food

I grew up on a hobby farm (my parents don’t farm for a living, just for fun).  As a kid, we spent a lot of time in the garden and kitchen.  Even to this day, my Mom cooks dinner every night.  Healthy foods were a part of everyday life.

It wasn’t until college that I realized how lucky I was!

As I age I am learning to balance the good and the bad, try new things, and gain new incite into the world of nutrition.

Why a Blog?

First of all I love to read blogs!  I am inspired by all of the bloggers to become healthy and balanced.  Also, I view this blog as a chance to practice my writing skills and challenge myself to become a health advocate.

Feel free to comment and make suggestions (nice ones if you don’t mind).

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