The Blog of a Nutrition Student


I believe in eating whole foods in their most natural form—-whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean protein sources & dairy… 


…However, I do NOT believe in deprivation. 😉 


I do NOT believe in crying over spilled milk.  Don’t sweat the small stuff. 😀 


I do NOT believe in wasting things.  Waste not, want not.  This includes every last bit of watermelon juice. 😉 


I believe in taking the time to enjoy the simple things of life. 


I believe in family.  Sisters are friends forever. 


I believe in setting goals for myself and achieving them.  My dad and I ran our first 10k together this past summer of ’09. 




I personally believe that healthy eating is a lot like taking part in an incredible balancing act.  The dietary aspect of healthy eating includes real, natural foods in their most simple and unadulterated form.  Real foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, and a moderate amount of lean meats and dairy.  These foods are the building blocks of a healthy life and don’t require much outside of herbs or seasonings to make them positively delicious—high levels of sodium or additives should never be required!    

I also believe that healthy eating goes beyond the dinner plate and entails a healthy mindset as well.  As much as eating whole, natural foods will provide optimum health and energy for an individual, it is of no good if the person is left feeling unhappy, deprived, or compulsively obsessed with eating healthy all of the time.  Healthy eating is learning that it’s okay to occasionally say “yes” to a chocolate chip cookie at a birthday party.  It’s learning to love oneself regardless of the last five pounds.  It’s learning to not obsess over the morning scale.  It’s not depriving oneself of food as a punishment for overeating.  It’s learning to love your body for what it can do instead of what it can not do.  

In summary, healthy eating is eating real food most of the time, while enjoying everything else in moderation.  It does not require perfection, but it does require balance with a touch of patience.  This is what I believe healthy eating to be, and it is something that I believe we can all achieve through practice and perseverance.

EMAIL ME: leblanc.sarah505@gmail.com


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  1. I love your philosophy on eating well and exercising. I find my exercise of choice (Spinning) to be a great stress reliever too. Exercising is my “me time.” Everyone laughed at me when I went to the gym on the morning of my wedding, but it was my way of keeping calm and having some time to reflect.

  2. Just found your blog and decided to delurk and say hello. I love your food-losophy. I think that’s the main thing about healthy living: being able to enjoy ALL things in moderation. 😉 I’ll be sticking around here for sure!

  3. just found your blog and love it! adding to my google reader collection 🙂 i’m also about to be a senior in college and have a passion for good food and run anywhere from 8-20 miles a week to de-stress from college/life!!

  4. Hey I have been reading your blog for a few days and really like it. I’m also a nutrition and food sciences major but am just getting through my sciences for now. Keep up the awesome blog!

  5. I just discovered this page & I love it–I’m a triathlete & trying to make more whole food choices & you give me some great, creative, realistic meal and snack ideas that fuel my day and workout! thanks!

  6. I just found your blog and really understand where you are coming from – I am very similar! I am studying human biology and hopefully will be able to go to graduate school for nutrition. It’s so fascinating and I devour all the books I can (and also all the vegetables I can 😉
    Love your blog!

  7. Hi! I’m also a nutrition student, actually a dietetic intern right now. I couldn’t agree more with your philosophy, very well said! Have you started an internship yet? Good luck with the future!

  8. Wonderful blog! I love the concept of using running as a method of de-stressing. I’ve started running outside recently and it’s so much more enjoyable than running indoors!

  9. Hello! i found your blog a couple of weeks ago.. and always forget to leave a comment(how lame is that right?) haha blame the homework! meh. anyways, just wanted to let you know that i agree with your thoughts 🙂 whole foods, no depravation-at all.keep it going girl ;D

  10. just found your blog and i think we share same philosophy in term of food!
    oh.. you take nice pictures too! 🙂

  11. Hello! i found your blog a couple of weeks ago.. and always forget to leave a comment(how lame is that right?) haha blame the homework! meh. anyways, just wanted to let you know that i agree with your thoughts whole foods, no depravation-at all.keep it going girl ;D

  12. hey there!! My dad stubbled across your blog a few days ago and sent me the link. He thought I would like it, and he was right 🙂 I love your food philosophy and your pics are seriously awesome! Just wanted to say hi and I love your site. 🙂

  13. I just discovered your blog because I have google alerts on “cowgirl dreams” and yours came up. I love your recipes and discussion of good nutrition. I am trying to eat more healthily–more fruits & veggies and natural things.
    Thank you!

  14. hi! i just found your blog, and i totally agree with your philosophy – that healthiness extends to mindset – it’s not just a physical thing but a mental + emotional thing. i also LOVE the picture of you and that gigantic bowl… haha!

    • I use a Kodak EasyShare when I’m going out and about, or if I don’t want to worry about lugging around something larger. 😉 But for home photography or special occasions, I use a Canon Rebel. I absolutely love it. Very user friendly and it takes great photos. 😀

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  16. Hi There,

    You have really nice recipes and nice pictures. I will definetely try a few recipes.

    Unfortunately, I am currently stationed / working in a country where you can’t get fresh vegetable, fruits and meats. It’s challenging.

    Please don’t stop writing recipes and showing picture

    All the best,


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  18. Hi! Have been reading your blog lately, and am curious as to where you are studying nutrition? I am currently looking at different programs and would love your take on it! Are you happy you decided to study in the field, and does your program offer any “alternative”views (such as holistic nutrition?). Thanks a bunch!!
    Sarah (@healthymodel)

  19. wow! nice! i love your philosophy and all of your goals and achievements! i will definately continue to follow this blog! as it is one of the best i have read so far! Feel free to check out my blog too! thanks, erica

  20. Love the name of your blog! I use running to slow my mind down too. I saw a bumper sticker that said “Running: cheaper than therapy.” SO TRUE!

  21. Hola! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!

  22. Hey there! Thanks for your comment on my blog! I love yours! I’ll definitely be getting some recipe ideas here! 🙂 And I love your healthy living philosophy!

  23. Hello I just read your blog! I love it! I recently started a blog myself on wordpress (Leslie the running chasqui).

    I would like your take on Nutrition school. I am starting to take the pre-reqs for a Masters in Dietetics and Nutrition. I don’t know any nutrition students and I would like your know-how and any other bits of info you can give me on the program.

    Also, you can direct me to a blog entry if you’ve already written about this!

    Thank you!!!


  24. Hey Sarah, awesome blog! I absolutely agree with your beliefs on food….love the recipes and the photography!

    Matt from Chicago

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