I’m Kara, a twenty-something Registered Dietitian and lover of all things food and health related. I created Byte Sized Nutrition as a way to share my passion for nutrition and hopefully inspire others to find their own healthy, balanced lifestyle along the way. Here at BSN, you’ll find delicious bites of plant-based recipes mixed with small “bytes” of nutrition knowledge.
If you’ve read any number of food blogs or conversed with other RDs, you know that most people in this profession have a story – something that led them to pursue a career in dietetics. Well, I’m no exception. My story began back in 2010 when I was studying Civil Engineering as an undergraduate student in Pennsylvania. After a semester or two of classes, it quickly became apparent that I did not want to calculate load bearings and survey construction sites for the remainder of my life. I yearned for something else, something I was truly passionate about.. the only problem was, I just wasn’t sure what that “something” was yet.
It was around this same time that I developed some pretty significant gastrointestinal issues. Suddenly, performing simple day-to-day activities became extremely difficult, not to mention exhausting. Frustrated and confused, I began re-evaluating my diet in search of some answers (or at least relief). The more I researched and read, the more I came to realize just how great of an impact nutrition has on our overall health and well-being. And just like that, I was hooked.
Since then, I’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, completed a dietetic internship through The Ohio State University, and become a Registered Dietitian! And as of this fall, I’m a full-time graduate student. It’s been a wild ride to say the least, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to follow my dreams and pursue my passion for nutrition.
One of the things that I love most about nutrition is how personal it is. Through research, trial and error, I have found what works best for me and my body; however, the same may not hold true for you. That being said, I’m not here to tell you what to eat, but rather to provide some inspiration and guidance in your journey to becoming the healthiest “you” possible!
When it comes down to it, my nutrition philosophy is really pretty simple: eat real, whole foods as much as possible. I don’t believe in labeling foods as “good” or “bad”; sure, there are options that are more nutritious than others, but I truly believe that pretty much any food can fit into a healthy lifestyle. The key is moderation. After all, food is meant to provide two things: nourishment and enjoyment – Finding a balance between these two is the secret to creating a healthy, sustainable lifestyle!
So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I hope you’ll continue to follow along as I share (mostly) healthy recipes, debunk common nutrition myths, and translate evidence-based research into practical and easily applicable advice!