Qualifications & philosophy

As an athlete, when you look for someone to help you with your nutrition, you want to be sure you choose someone who:

  1. Has been or is still athletic
  2. Is an Registered Dietitian (RD) otherwise they do not have a nationally recognized nutrition certification which requires specific coursework, an internship and a national exam
  3. Has practical experience helping others like you

When I work with someone, I want to know their qualifications. Since I would like to work with you, here are mine.

I became an athlete as an adult. I began cycling for pleasure then began racing. I raced both road and track for approximately five years. After I stopped racing bikes, I began running. I completed both the Houston and Marine Corps Marathon (DC) in 2001. I completed my first triathlon in 2005 – Try Andy’s Tri in Sugar Land. I plan on completing at least two triathlons this year.

I have completed all of my course work and internship to become an RD and am currently studying for the exam. I am planning on taking it in mid to late March.

During my schoolwork, I have assisted three triathletes with their nutrition and recovery plans while training for a half Iron Man. During the off-season, I have helped them with any weight issues that may arise.

I believe in matching nutrition to your training. Most training plans are periodized, and your eating should match these periods. You should use your training to try out what you’ll do on race day so there will be no surprises. I can help you determine how much to eat and when in your daily life, training and racing. Many athletes also overlook recovery. Recovery eating is key to your next training session. We can work together to create a recovery program that works for you and your body.

One of my main principles is that everyone is different. Sounds simple, but in nutrition it means that what works for one person may not work for the next. I will work with you to create your unique nutrition training plan.

Today is a new day

Today a big event happened – one I’ve been dreaming about for a while. An unusual dream maybe, but mine none the less. Let me start at the beginning. . .

In the summer of 2002 I began a journey of becoming a Registered Dietitian. This meant leaving a job in process and technology consulting that allowed me to travel all over the country and make lots of money. I was ready to stop traveling – more than ready honestly. And, the change from two incomes to one hasn’t been so bad. DH is an amazingly supportive man. I could not have done this without him. Anyway – why the change? I wanted to do something that I felt would really help people, help make their lives better. I had seen a dietitian while training for my second marathon. She helped me tremendously not just with food, but with the whys behind the food. As I started thinking about changing careers, I looked in my bookshelf and saw all of these nutrition, fitness and cooking books. The light bulb went off and the journey began.

I took all of the college courses required to get a BS in Nutrition at the University of Houston and completed an internship (also at the University of Houston). These were the two major steps towards my goal. Today, an envelope arrived that contained the key to the final step of the journey – the approval to take Registered Dietitian exam. I’ve registered and have a year from today to take the exam. But, who wants to wait a year? Not ME! I’m targeting to take it mid to end of March. Once I pass, I can add two initials after my name – RD and actually call myself a Registered Dietitian.

I’m also pursuing a Masters degree currently in Nutrition at Texas Woman’s University in Houston but may change to Exercise Physiology at the University of Houston. Hopefully, I’ll know more about that soon.

What do I want to do with this new found knowledge and, upcoming accreditation? My goal is to help athletes of all ages and levels reach their goals by incorporating nutrition into their training. So many athletes ignore this critical component of their training but by paying attention to it they can improve their performance. I am an athlete myself so can understand where they are coming from.

Anyway, that is a quick introduction. Welcome to my blog!