How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?


This has been the question of the week!  We kicked off the spring semester of dietetic internship with Nutrition Education week.  Nutrition Education week is meant to give us interns a chunk of time to craft lesson plans about gardening.

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Reel Life Intern: Weeks 3 & 4 Congregate Feeding

Hello All!

I finally hit publish on my post Reel Life Intern: Weeks 1 & 2 Diabetes and would now like to talk a bit about my Congregate Feeding rotation.

Congregate Feeding at SLAAA 

I completed my Congregate Feeding rotation at St. Louis Area Agency on Aging (SLAAA), which provides social services to the senior population here in St. Louis City.  They disperse and coordinate many services for seniors that allow older adults to age in place and remain active members of the community.  Even though my time at SLAAA was focused on the Elderly Nutrition Program, I learned that there are many free and very low cost services available to older adults that can help them to continue to live independently such as transportation, medical care, minor home repair, assistance with chores, and socialization activities.

The PowerPoint presentation from my post management.

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Wait! What? Semester 1 is Over?!

Yep folks semester one is done!  As of today I’m on break for 2-weeks.  Can you tell by all those question marks and exclamation points that I’m in disbelief?   I have accomplished a LOT!  In what, 16 weeks?!  And although I have failed to share the play-by-play in real time, I now have time to recap.  So let’s start with my top 5  dietetic internship moments thus far.

Top 5 Dietetic Internship Moments Fall Edition 

1.  Meeting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President-Elect (incoming president), Dr. Evelyn Crayton, PhD, RD, LD

2.  Observing several GI procedures including about 3 Endoscopies and 1 Colonoscopy (Sounds gross…I know, but they were truly amazing)

3.  Attending the Food and Nutrition Expo and Conference (FNCE) in Atlanta, Georgia

4.  Preparing an Artisan menu for Food Day 2014, which took place in the Saint Louis University  Department of Nutrition and Dietetics garden.

5.  Gardening days in the department garden.

Still, I cannot believe that I’m half way through! O_o

If you’re a dietetic intern, let’s chat!  Share your top 5 dietetic internship moments thus far in the comments.

The Nester!

The urge to “nest” has taken over!  I know this word choice is typically associated with pregnancy, but it resonates with my current state of mind now that my summer is coming to an end.  I’m one week out from the start of my dietetic internship and I have the urge to get organized.  This urge to establish order is surfacing out of anxiety!

My anxiety mostly pertains to maintaining the life that I’ve become accustomed to now that I’ve been out of school for roughy 8 months.  Up until now, I’ve pretty much just doing my own thing.   I’ve just been working here and there and moving to the beat of my own drum.  I’m excited and ready to start this new chapter in my life, but worry about time to cook, getting enough sleep, and my professional wardrobe once things get rollin’.  Notice, nothing about rotations, graduate school or homework is phasing me right now.  Although I’m sure that waves of emotions pertaining to those internship elements are on the horizon.  I suppose I’m concerned about throwing things in the mix that I have not had to juggle in a while?

So, what have I been doing to prepare?  Pinterest!

But, seriously though…yes Pinterest!

Its not the authority on everything, but its good for inspiration.  And that’s what I needed!  I took to Pinterest because I set goals for myself going into my internship with the hope of having a better work-life balance.  Specifically,  I would like to start laying out and accessorizing my clothing the night before or days in advance and I would like to meal plan and batch cook so that I can have a tasty lunch to-go!

Lately,  I’ve been in full swing, finding my style, scouring though my closet with Pinterest at hand.  I discovered I have things that are appropriate to wear in a business casual to business professional environment.  I also added a few pieces to bridge the gaps in my wardrobe.

For lunch preparation I’ve been doing the same.  Checking out recipes that can keep in the refrigerator or freezer for a while.  I bought some new food containers with compartments with the hope of helping with portion control and lightening my load.  I’m fairly satisfied with my choice, but why is it so hard to find the right food container/lunch bag combination?  They never fit together properly!  Is it just me?

Despite (these oh so minor) worries,  I’m really excited to get started!  T-minus 1 week folks! Errr, 5 days?!  This sat around as a draft way too long!  LEH-GO! 😛


Are you antsy about anything related to your dietetic internship or school semester as our summers come to a close? 


On The Reel: Choosing a Dietetic Internship


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On the Reel is back!  I wasn’t feeling the draft I had in the works for this series, so I had to re-evaluate what I wanted to discuss in this installment.  In lieu of the promised post on volunteering, I want to dive right into the meat of the matter, the Dietetic Internship and the selection criteria that you will want to consider.

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