Finding a Healthy Balance After College

Growing up I was always an athlete. I played pretty much every sport under the sun before zeroing in on volleyball and playing year-round competitively for several years. When I went to college, I was tired and burnt out so I picked up a new sport- rowing. After a couple of years, I was having trouble with my lower back and I gave up organized sports all together. For the next two years, I exercised sporadically and enjoyed college life.

It wasn’t until I graduated from college that I got serious about eating right and being healthy. I needed to lose some of the weight I’d gained in college and I finally realized that living on Cheerios, bagels and frozen yogurt just wasn’t going to cut it in the real world.

I moved into an apartment with my then boyfriend (now husband) and got to work. After a few months of watching my sodium and sugar intake, exercising regularly and cooking healthy, nutritious meals at home, I was back in shape and loving my new, healthy lifestyle!

My love food and nutrition continued to grow and after a couple years working at a preschool and an insurance company, I decided I wanted to go back to school to study nutrition and dietetics. I did my research and enrolled in a Dietetic Technician program at a local community college, taking 3 classes per quarter and working 40 hours per week.

After about a year, I decided I wanted to go further and become a Registered Dietitian. I quit my job to go to school full-time, finished the Dietetic Technician program and then transferred to The Ohio State University to complete my last year of studies. In June of 2012 I graduated from OSU with a BS in Dietetics. In August 2012 I will start my Dietetic Internship, also through Ohio State, where I will complete 1200 hours of supervised practice with clinical, community and food service rotations. Upon completing the internship, I will be eligible to take the registration exam and become an RD!

Along the way I got married, bought a house, adopted 2 cats and 2 dogs and started a blog! I started The Lean Green Bean as a food blog in August of 2010, at the urging of my friends and family. I used it a way to share photos and recipes of the meals I was creating at home. As the blog has grown, it has slowly become a more balanced picture of my life. I share recipes, workouts, house projects, weekend activities and animal snapshots!

I do my best to show people that eating healthy can be fun! And that you can cook up some pretty delicious meals with just a little bit of planning and prep work. I share my workouts to encourage others to be physically active and to get out, move more and enjoy life! And I share little snapshots of my day-to-day life to prove that moderation is the key to success. Balance healthy eats with an occasional treat. Balance a tough workout with a day of rest. Balance work with life! And enjoy every minuteHappy

Lindsay Livingston is a celebrated food and fitness blogger, a registered dietician student, and an outdoors fanatic. She writes about fitness, food, and fun on her blog The Lean Green Bean

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Lindsay is Registered Dietitian and writes about food and fitness at The Lean Green Bean. She shares healthy recipes, fun workouts, and snapshots of her life. She lives with her husband in Ohio and enjoys traveling and spending time outside with her dogs.