the RD

Hi and welcome to the Real Life RD, I'm so happy you're here!

I'm Robyn, a 24-year-old Registered Dietitian living in Charlottesville, Virginia. I started this blog in October of 2012 as a way to share my love of food with a larger audience. In a culture flooded with diet fads, unrealistic beauty expectations and irrational ideals of healthy, food has more commonly become the enemy and something to control. When really, we should be finding joy in food as a way to celebrate, love others, and nourish our bodies.  



My passion for food and health turned into a career when I graduated from Indiana University in 2011 with a Bachelor's in Dietetics and Public Health. After graduation, with a whole lot of faith, I left Indiana and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where I completed my dietetic internship at the University of Virginia. And two months into my program, with God at work, I met an incredible doctor and was offered a job I had only dreamed of. Finally, in August 2012, I became a Registered Dietitian and began my career at a private practice where I help people regain their health through nutrient rich, whole foods.


This blog documents my life as I try to find a healthy balance juggling my first year as an RD, marathon training, eating well, and a fun social life. But it certainly won't be anywhere close to perfect. I'll be sharing recipes, realistic healthy tips, race recaps, and life stories to hopefully inspire you to live your best life. Because you deserve it.


I absolutely adore food. From shopping for it, to cooking it, to eating it. I love it all. I wasn't always the healthiest eater. I grew up with four brothers and although my mom made home cooked meals, I often ate fast food, worked at a pizzeria throughout high school, and enjoyed my fair share of alcohol and processed food in college. My passion for food and nutrition was planted in high school but really began to grow throughout college when I started to pay attention to what was actually in my food. I started reading ingredient lists, fueling up with as many fruits and vegetables possible, and began experimenting in the kitchen.


And I also love running. A whole lot. Following in the footsteps of my older brothers I began running in sixth grade, ran competitively throughout high school, and took up longer distances in college. I've completed 6 half marathons, 3 marathons, and a variety of other distances. I'll always love running, but really anything active and outside makes me happy.


In the past 18 months, I've graduated college, moved to the east coast by myself, completed my 3rd marathon, become an RD, started my first job, and met such wonderful people. Follow me as I try to balance it all, embrace every messy minute, and find out where this crazy life takes me. Enjoy!




19 comments:

  1. I am obsessed! Love you and this makes me miss you so so so much.

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  2. LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

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  3. Great site! Congrats on completing your journey & reaching your goal of RD! I can't wait to get there too (someday)! If you have any tips for me, I'd LOVE to hear them! :)

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    1. thanks for stopping by! i'm sure you will be a great RD one day, email me with any questions and I'd be happy to answer :)

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  4. Congrats on everything you have achieved in your first year being an RD!

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  5. Hi Robyn! I just found your blog and can't wait to follow! I'm on the road to becoming an RD, I'm in the midst of my internship. You're two steps ahead of me with a job so I look forward to reading more about your experiences!
    -Emily

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    1. thanks for reading! the internship is the hardest part so you are almost there and will be an awesome RD! hope you enjoy the blog :)

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  6. Hey there Robyn,

    You're literally a pillar of inspiration for me, and can't wait to get into your blog!
    I'm currently studying journalism, but have realised that my passion lies in health, nutrition and fitness- and i've been pondering whether nutrition and dietetics will be a better career for me! So I'm going to start looking into options to change to a course for that.

    Also, I've just started getting into running, and my next goal is to run a half-marathon!
    Except it seems I keep getting injured and side-lined, which is never fun :(
    Have you had any experiences like this yet?
    Congrats on all the amazing running achievements!

    Keep running, and blogging;

    Kloe :) xx

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    1. thank you for your sweet words Kloe :)
      knock on wood I've only battled a small bout of achilles tendonitis, but I learned rest and recovery are so so important! and of course, good nutrition. I might be bias, but dietetics is such an incredible field of work with so many career options! You could definitely combine journalism with dietetics, I do some freelance writing and really enjoy it. I wish you all the best in your career path!

      Robyn

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  7. Congratulations on all of your achievements! I can't wait to reach success in my career!

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  8. I won't hold it against you that you went to UVA - I'm in the undergrad dietetics program at Virginia Tech ;) Seriously though, you must be one smarty because UVA is so hard to get into! We actually have a lot in common - I lived (most) of my childhood in Indiana!! Loved it there - the people there are so genuine!

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  9. I’ve awarded you the Liebster Award (for a great blog with under 200 followers)! Pass it along, or just enjoy being awarded. :)

    http://gracefulnutrition.org/2013/05/21/liebster-award/

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  10. Hi! You're officially my inspiration. I just started my Masters of Nutrition to get my RD and it makes me so excited to hear and read about other dietitians! Congratulations and getting your dream job! That's incredible. I wish you the best!

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  11. I'm so proud of you! Words cannot describe the weird feeling i have thinking of you as "coley" at IU in Zeta and looking where you are today. I'm so happy to see you living the dream :)

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  12. ahhh so happy i stumbled onto your blog today! love your posts girl

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  13. I love your blog- I subscribe to updates and read each post multiple times. Your message always seems to hit home and be that perfect point every time. I am following a similar path as you are moving towards, only reversed: after earning a BS in sports med and MS in nutrition science, I worked for awhile but realized I cant provide everything I want to my athletes without the RD credential... so I'm just an internship away now! I would love to talk some with you about your (fabulous) approach to nutrition and whole health!

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  14. LOVE your blog, girl. I always enjoy finding fellow RD/bloggers :)

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  15. AND THE WINNER IS… YOU!!!!

    CONGRATS! I have just nominated you for the prestigious (ok maybe not prestigious but pretty cool) Sunshine Award!!!!!

    Get all the details over at my blog! http://fooood4theheart.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/sunshine-award/
    I hope you have as much fun with this as I have!

    Lauren at Fooood4theheart :)

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