My name is Erin and I’m The Midwestern Fitness Foodie. I’m a recent college graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and am completing my Dietetic Internship and will eventually, hopefully, be a Registered Dietitian.
I currently live in the suburbs of Chicago but plan to make the move to the city in the next few months.
I became passionate about fitness and nutrition in my early twenties. Throughout my senior year of high school, I gained quite a bit of weight, despite being a varsity soccer player: I was the goalie. I didn’t think much of it as I never weighed myself. I didn’t care. I went off to college in August 2009 and when I returned for Winter Break that December, my dad flat out said that I should lose some weight. Usually, you never say that to a girl, but he was right. I needed to. So when I got back to school that January, I picked up running. Very slowly at first, but by the end of Summer 2010, I was regularly running 3-5 miles. I ran my first HM in September of 2011 and my second in April 2012.
When I picked up running, I also picked up dieting. I fell into the highly-disordered 1200-calories/day (maximum, some days I was eating less) trap. I was losing so much weight (and for the record, I was excited… at the time) and by September 2011, I reached my lowest weight since freshman year of HS at 140lbs. When I began training again, I started to eat more (I was living a better environment with girls who also loved to eat) and started researching nutrition on my own. It wasn’t until January 2013 that I decided to transfer schools, switch majors, and begin studying my passion. As of May 2015, I (finally) earned my degree, and by April 2016, I’ll have completed my Dietetic Internship and be able to help others achieve their fullest health-potential.
Through my studies, I’ve learned that 1200 calories a day is not sustainable. Not even for the most sedentary of people. I have learned that calories are fuel for your activities, whether it’s running and lifting or even just going to work and doing the dishes.
Let me help you create a better relationship with food, whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or maintain your weight. Contact me for nutrition and fitness packages!
The Midwestern Fitness Foodie