Confessions of a Summer Dietetic Intern
Friday, Jul 25, 2014
By Emily Tual, Dietitian Ouachita Baptist University Intern
Finals were complete, residents had left, my room was packed, I was on my way home and I was ready. About two months ago I ended my sophomore year of college and was exhausted. I am a lover of schedules. I like to have things planned and organized so that my time can be spent well. The last few weeks of my schedule had been thrown off by random assignments, residents checking out at odd times, and studying for finals had given me little time to exercise and eat meals at normal hours. I consider myself a fairly healthy individual: I work out about five to six times a week and I love to get my fruits and veggies in. But if you had seen me then, you would not have believed me. I started to notice myself getting sluggish not only physically, but also in my studies, my attitude was not the greatest, and my body began to feel and look different (not a good different either haha). I could not believe how a few days not working out, and a few times of picking a less healthy food had begun to change my habits. If I did have time to run, I noticed my endurance level had decreased. When I went to the cafeteria, my cravings weren’t for good foods like they had been only a few weeks before. Moments like that made me realize how important keeping good habits is for all aspects of your health....