Hi everyone and welcome to the blog! I’m Anne, and I started this blog back in 2009 as a way to inspire others to lead happier, healthier lives. I want people to see that being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated – and can even be fun! I’m a Registered Dietitian (RD), marathoner, yogi, CrossFitter, and lover of the outdoors, adventure, travel, and healthy recipe creation. On this blog, you’ll find a mix of healthy recipes and quick meal ideas, health tips, fitness, running and racing recaps, travel adventures, and more.
In addition to blogging, I have my own nutrition counseling private practice here in northern Virginia (just outside Washington D.C.) and I have a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’m a “real food” dietitian – no diets, no tracking calories, no restriction. I counsel clients using an approach called Intuitive Eating, where we work together to improve their relationships with food in a way that has them eating food that makes them feel good, but still allows for indulgence, too.
Even though I have a food blog, I wouldn’t consider myself a master chef — on my recipe page you’ll find simple, easy recipes that won’t have you in the kitchen for hours, and that are healthy but still full of flavor. “Diet food” need not apply! Check out my “favorites” section to see some of the best of the best recipes from over the years, and have a look at my healthy packed lunch section, too.
Now that I’ve shared a quick overview, read on for the longer winded version of my About Me. But first: want to become a Registered Dietitian, too? Here’s How to Become a Registered Dietitian – that page is especially helpful if you’re trying to go back to school from an unrelated bachelors degree, like I did. And if you’re a fellow Registered Dietitian looking to start a nutrition counseling business, check out this page: How to Start a Nutrition Counseling Private Practice.
In the past seven years, I have:
- Quit my cubicle job
- Moved to Europe to find a job teaching English (Fall 2008)
- Moved back to the U.S. (after an awesome 9 months teaching)
- Moved from DC to NC (in August 2010) to pursue my Masters of Public Health in Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill
- Moved back to DC (in May 2012) to complete my summer and fall dietetic internships
- Gotten married! (October 13, 2012)
- Graduated with my MPH in Nutrition (December 2012)
- Passed the exam to officially become a Registered Dietitian! (February 2013)
- Started my own nutrition counseling private practice (AnneTheRD.com)!
I graduated from Dickinson College in 2004 with a BA in Sociology (interesting? yes. marketable?? …probably not.) and moved to the Washington D.C. area afterward, ready to begin what was sure to be a fast track to career success, money, and happiness.
Right? Isn’t that how it works?? Hmm… apparently not. A couple internships (newspaper writer and environmental org. press intern), three random jobs (office manager, PR minion, and government contractor), a really evil boss, and lots of long, boring hours in cubicles later… I decided it was time I cash in on my dreams of teaching English abroad. It was now or never, and I didn’t know if I’d ever forgive myself if I didn’t have the guts to go. So I went! I left D.C. in the fall of 2008 and spent an amazing 9 months in Prague, Czech Republic teaching at a primary school, traveling, and meeting lots of awesome people.
It was the experience of a lifetime and I’m so glad I did it! To read more about my experience, check out this post: Throwback: Teaching English in Prague, Czech Republic.
I returned from Europe in June of 2009after some amazing travels in Italy, Ireland, Germany, and more, ready to move forward and embark on a bigger dream: becoming an RD. This was something I’d been mulling over for a long time, as I had literally zero science classes from undergrad and would basically need to start from scratch. But I figured… why not? Why waste more time in cubes when I could be working towards something I might actually find interesting? It was time to be brave and take action.
I spent the summer with my parents in Tampa, FL (to save money), started taking prerequisites (Chem 1 and 2), and studied for and took the GRE. In the fall of 2009, I moved back to DC. I got a job doing marketing writing and editing part time and continued taking prerequisite classes at a community college in Virginia while applying to masters programs for the following fall. Whew! I was on my way. Much debate and acceptance letters later… I decided to attend UNC-Chapel Hill for their MPH-Nutrition! To read more about my journey back to school and decision to go to UNC, check out my “big announcement!” post. And if you’re thinking of going back to school yourself, check out this page with all the details of how I did it: “How to Become a Registered Dietitian.”
I moved from D.C. to North Carolina in August 2010 and started my masters program a few days later. It felt great to be following my dreams at last!
My then boyfriend (now husband!), Matt, moved with me!
Matt proposed on top of a mountain in Shenandoah National Park in October 2011. Here’s our engagement story!
We were married on a beautiful, sunny day in October 2012. Check out our wedding page for more details and photos.
I can’t believe how quickly our time in North Carolina went by! Matt and I moved back to DC in the summer of 2012 so I could complete my dietetic internships, and in December 2012, I returned to UNC to present my masters paper and officially graduate from the program with my degree.
I loved Chapel Hill and was so sad to leave after two short years. Check out my “Farewell, Chapel Hill” post to see why we loved it so much — my grad school girlfriends were a big part of it.
In February 2013, I completed the final step in my back to school journey: studying for and taking the national Registered Dietitian (RD) exam. At long last, I had accomplished what I set out to do 3.5 years prior.
Shortly after, I launched my own nutrition counseling private practice — AnneTheRD.com, through which I work with both virtual and in-person clients. I absolutely love working with my clients to reach their health and wellness goals — it’s so rewarding! In my free time, I love being active. Nothing makes me happier than being outside on a nice day.
I love hiking, pilates, yoga, biking, swimming, and, especially, running.
Above at the Vegas Half Marathon in December 2011
After completing 8 half marathons, in November 2013, I ran my first full marathon… something I always said I’d never do. (Never say never, right?).
I also participated in my first sprint triathlon in the summer of 2011 — check out the recap here: Buckner Mission Man Sprint Triathlon Recap!
For more details on how I train for races, running tips, motivation, previous race recaps, and how I first got into running (I wasn’t always a runner!), check out my running page.
So there you have it!
I hope you enjoy the blog.
I plan for it to be a compilation of recipes, exercise, pictures, health tips, and, most of all, fun! I hope you’ll find it a nice place to come and be entertained and, hopefully, inspired. I think I will just see where the blog – and life – take me, and I hope you enjoy the ride.