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Friday, August 1, 2014

The Insightful Intern: The Final Week!


        I can’t believe my time at Kindred as the Insightful Intern is over! This summer has gone by ridiculously fast when surprisingly, I wanted it to slow down. Although I am excited to finally be getting back to school, I’m sad to have to leave Kindred behind. 

        At the beginning of this summer, I had no idea what to expect. I found out last minute that I was coming home for the summer. When I returned home, I realized that I had nothing planned for the next 3 months. So after that rather frantic realization, I decided to email Amy about the possibility of interning at Kindred Nutrition. I am so thankful that she decided to give me a chance and that she didn’t mind me following her around all summer!

        Interning has completely changed my outlook on the dietetics field. I’ve said it before but learning in the classroom can only get you so far. I’ve learned so much this summer from Amy and all the Kindred clients.

- I’ve learned about owning your own practice and all the time and effort that it takes.

- I’ve learned how to give a realistic meal plan and how to customize it for every client.

- I learned about insurance and blood tests.

- I’ve learned about Eating Disorders, Celiac’s Disease, Thyroid conditions and food intolerances. I now understand the right nutritional therapy to treat all of these and many more.

But most importantly, I learned that I am 100% sure that I want to be a Registered Dietitian. With every appointment I shadowed in and every client I spoke to, I can see myself doing this in two years.

        My next step is finishing out my senior year strong and applying to an official Dietetic Internship for the following year. I know that all the skills that I have collected at Kindred will carry me through to where I want to be. This is definitely not my last time at Kindred though, and I look forward to coming back and seeing everyone again soon!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Insightful Intern: Week 6


       These last 6 weeks have gone by incredibly fast and now there is only 1 week remaining. When I start to think of myself being in Amy’s shoes in 2 years it’s just the motivation I need to finish up my senior year. This internship has been like looking into my future and now I just need to push through one year of school and one year of an official internship to get where I want to be.

       I think what I am looking forward to most about being a dietitian, besides finally being done with classes, is having my own clients. I’ve seen a lot of Amy’s clients multiple times and it just hit me that I won’t continue to work with them or monitor their progress after next week. When you see people once a week for the entire summer, you definitely build a relationship and want to see them succeed. Dietetics is not a job that you leave at the office. I’ve found myself brainstorming about struggling clients at home and rooting for their success through every obstacle. Now it’s like beginning to read a book, but not being able to know the end. In a few years, when I have my own clients, I will be able to see them from start to finish and all that is in between. I will be able to witness my very own success stories just like I’ve seen at Kindred.

       Receiving a dietetics degree is definitely not an easy task. Although I still have my last and most challenging year ahead of me, I now believe that I have all the tools that will help get me to graduation and hopefully onto my next step of attaining a position for my official dietetics internship. Just one more week at Kindred and then its back to Florida State for me!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Insightful Intern: Week 5


        Before I started my internship, my only knowledge about how dietitians handle nutritional counseling was really from the professors at school. In class, they show a more black and white approach to nutrition but from observing Amy I have learned it’s more shades of gray.  So I am going to share with you some common misconceptions some people believe about dietitians.  

        The first thing I really observed was how dietitians construct such personalized plans. Amy takes the time to talk to each client about his or her routine and works the plan around it. A “one size fits all” plan does not exist. While I knew to calculate the amount of calories for each meal plan, I didn’t know just how customized it should be. Amy asks what foods you eat on a normal basis and fits those in rather than giving out a standard plan.

        While shadowing, I also see that the meetings are not all about the food. Before, I believed that dietitians would only talk about a meal plan. I’m noticing Amy really takes the time to talk to each client about their life and about daily stresses. She helps counsel them to push through obstacles that may be stopping them from reaching their full potential. Each meeting is not just about the food consumed but also about what is going on in their everyday life.

        Another main thing I’ve noticed is nutrition is not an all or nothing subject. The reality is that you will probably have a bad day here and there. You will crave that piece of chocolate cake at a birthday party and will probably want that extra drink while on vacation. A lot of people think there are “good foods” and “bad foods” but those do not exist. Amy has a saying though that I’ve heard her use many times “majority rules”. It’s okay to have a bad day and enjoy the dessert. You never want anything to stop you from living your life. Just remember to not let it get you down and start fresh the next day with the motivation to get back on track. 

        I’m learning so much about nutritional counseling at Kindred. I can’t wait to be able to use it in the future when I start to make meal plans on my own!

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Insightful Intern: Week 3 and 4


           I have officially hit the one-month mark of being an intern at Kindred and continue to be as enthusiastic as the day that I started.  
           My focus for the past 2 weeks has been on Kindred’s social media. Most recently I have started to add new Pinterest boards that include gluten free recipes, dairy free meals and tasty summer desserts. While I am researching new recipes, I have found so many interesting substitutions that you can use to lighten up a meal, like Greek yogurt for butter or even mayonnaise. Pinterest is a great source to find fun and interesting recipes that you wouldn’t usually try.
           Every day that I go into the office, I have no doubt that this is what I want to do after I graduate. One of my favorite things about the dietetics field is that every day is completely different meaning that there is always something else for you to learn.  While each day is busy, it definitely is never dull. Every client requires a personalized plan and has different circumstances. I’ve heard so many success stories while shadowing that it really is amazing how life changing the right nutritional information can be.
           It’s crazy for me to think that (hopefully) in 1 year, I will be beginning my Dietetic Internship and in another I will be a Registered Dietitian myself. Thankfully I am getting lots of experience and practice at Kindred so I’ll be ready when that day comes!


Link to Kindred’s Pinterest Board: http://www.pinterest.com/kindrednutritio/ 

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Insightful Intern: Week 1 and 2





          Today marks the completion of two week of interning at Kindred Nutrition and I already love it! Although I was nervous on my first day, I had absolutely no reason to be! This is already one of the best and most eye opening experiences in terms of all that I am observing but I still understand that I have a lot left to learn.
          I’m enjoying each and every session that I am shadowing in. So far I have learned so much from the Kindred clients regarding health and wellness. Amy really takes a realistic approach when counseling patients, which is enlightening to see because each plan is very feasible. She is also showing me how to make the plans flexible to work for each patient’s unique schedule.
          Probably one of my favorite experiences so far was on my first day when I got to witness my first RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) test being given in person. This test measures the amount of calories a person burns while literally doing no activity. This is something that I have been learning about and calculating in many of my dietetic classes so it was great to see something that I have been studying, actually put into motion.
         While I am still not sure what I specifically want to focus on when I become a dietitian, these last 2 weeks I have really been centering on eating disorders. I am trying to learn as much about them as I can because although Kindred focuses a lot on disordered eating, I don’t have much experience in the field yet. So like a sponge, I’ve been trying to absorb as much as I can from the opportunities I am given.

Two exciting weeks down and many more to come!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spotlight: Introducing New Kindred Nutrition Intern



            Hi all! I’m Carly Francis and I am the new intern at Kindred Nutrition for the summer. I am thrilled to be chosen for this experience and can’t wait to get started! A little about myself: I am going into my senior year at Florida State University as a Dietetic major. When I’m not pouring over books at the library, you can find me running outside, trying out new Pinterest recipes or enjoying downtime with my favorite TV show “The Office”. I am new to blogging though so bear with me!
             I became interested in nutrition after I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 9 so when it was time to pick a college major and career path, I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a Dietitian! My goal is to help someone one day as much as Dietitians have helped me along the way.
            I interned last summer at the Frederick Memorial Hospital Wellness Center and found that I gained so much knowledge and experience that they don’t teach you in the classroom. I am hoping this summer I can gain more hands-on experience at Kindred while learning as much from Amy as possible. I am also hoping to leave here with a better perspective on the day- to- day life of a dietitian and everything that goes with it.
            I am looking forward to the next few weeks with getting more comfortable in the office and I can’t wait to see what is to come over the course of my time here at Kindred. Stay tuned for my summer blog, The Insightful Intern!



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Spotlight: Kindred Nutrition among leading sites for holistic nutrition consulting

A very heartfelt thank you to Susan Davis, Editor @Holistic Degree for letting us know that Kindred Nutrition's Ask Amy blog spot is rated as a leading site for holistic nutrition consulting and therapy.  Be sure to check out our blog and others here.

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