Meet Danielle

Welcome to my creative outlet and personal accountability blog, RD Daily Bites!  I have a passion for nutrition and helping others, which led me to my career as a Registered Dietitian.  I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and completed my dietetic internship through Meredith College.

I started my career as a Clinical Dietitian at a local hospital; I enjoy numbers, so calculating tube feeding and IV nutrition regimes was right up my alley.  One problem – it’s hard to feel like you’re impacting people when they’re in and out of the hospital in a manner of days!   About two years ago, I moved into the outpatient world of medical weight loss at a wellness center.   Now I spend my days teaching nutrition classes and counseling patients one-on-one, something I find to be extremely rewarding.

I love my job, but the assumptions that come along with being an RD can be difficult at times. What kind of assumptions, you ask?  Well, that dietitians eat perfectly and don’t know what it’s like to struggle with weight.  I can’t speak for all the RDs out there, but I know that this dietitian does struggle with weight; in fact, I’ve struggled with weight for most of my life.  I’ve never been 100 or more pounds overweight and would never act as though I’ve walked in those shoes, but my weight journey hasn’t been perfect.  Click here if you want more details on that topic…

I have to monitor my eating and workout just like my patients; being an emotional eater also means I have to find other outlets for stress instead of “eating my feelings.”  I was ashamed of this for awhile, but I’m done hiding my insecurities and shortcomings.  If Oprah has all the resources in the world and still struggles with weight, then maybe it’s not so bad for an RD to struggle with weight, too.

This is me – I’m a work in progress and need accountability just like everyone else.  Join me as I become the healthy role model I’ve always dreamed of becoming…

Danielle

~Danielle

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