Welcome to “Food for Thought”, the Lagniappe Wellness Dietetic Intern Blog. Here we will share current intern “spotlights” and posts written by our interns!
Intern Spotlight: Alison, LWDI intern & University of Southern Mississippi Master’s Program Student.
Alison can be reached at @alisonlyons__ on instagram or email@example.com if you have any questions about completing your master’s while interning with LWDI. LWDI is affiliated with USM to provide our interns the opportunity to enroll in a fully online Master’s degree program with an emphasis in Dietetics!
I am currently interning at Hy-Vee, which is a Midwest grocery store. I previously worked at Hy-Vee for four years as an assistant manager. My preceptors are dietitians that work for corporate. Some of the big projects I will be working on include hosting cooking classes via Zoom, 3 seminars for Drake University via Zoom, […]
By: Alexis Villaret, LWDI Intern Ahhh… the holidays festivities have finally ceased. Family gatherings may have not inspired the finest eating moments. Usually, temptations are reserved for an occasional birthday or anniversary but with the consecutive holidays indulgences of eggnog, cookies, cakes, holiday roasts and alcohol are hardly avoidable. We are all aware by now […]
By: Kimberly Cruz, LWDI Intern A commonly discussed topic among many adults is diets and foods that should be avoided in order to reach a goal. What if I was able to talk to you about all of your favorite carbohydrate filling meals, the ones seen as “off limits” of your “guilty pleasure”. For example, […]
Living with Type 2 Diabetes in an Alcohol-centric Culture: Simple Guidelines to Follow for Safely Balancing Cocktail Hour and Diabetes
By: Amanda Rugg, LWDI Intern Being able to enjoy alcoholic beverages while managing diabetes often seems intimidating at first. These simple tips will guide you to safely enjoying your favorite diabetic-friendly cocktail just in time for the holiday season! Alcohol & Diabetes: Understanding Main Factors Contributing to Blood Glucose Levels: The effects of drinking alcohol […]
By Ryan Jeannotte, LWDI Intern
Ninety to ninety-two percent of people with diabetes have type 2, which is largely preventable. This means that with early detection, nutritional interventions, and an increase in physical activity we can prevent the condition and symptoms associated with uncontrolled diabetes from occurring. Intervening when an individual has a pre-diabetes diagnosis can significantly reduce the risk of developing a variety of serious health conditions.
Here’s how LWDI intern and Tennessee Tech University grad, Kenzie, will add “something extra” to the dietetics world: “My background in personal training and working with clients has helped me prepare for incorporating fitness and nutrition together. I would like to show the community the benefits of not only nutrition, but fitness as well and […]
Here’s how University of Tennessee grad, Liat, will add “something extra” to the Dietetics world! “Hello, my name is Liat Koenig and I am a dietetic intern at Lagniappe Wellness. I believe good nutrition is key to a healthy lifestyle and can prevent many common illnesses. As a future Registered Dietitian, I would like to […]
Here’s how Emily will add “something extra” to the dietetics world! “I’m Emily, an intern from New Orleans, Louisiana. Being from New Orleans, food surrounds everything we do and is an integral part of our culture. Something extra that I would be bringing to the table would be to show that eating a healthier diet […]
By: Virginia Pearson, LWDI Intern
Exercise is an important factor in metabolic health. During physical activity, our muscle cells can easily take in glucose in response to insulin from the food we eat (1), which helps maintain blood glucose at normal level. Choosing not to be active throughout the day triggers our muscles to become insulin resistant, which decreases the ability for our body to use the food we eat as fuel (2,1). Over time, insulin resistance slowly causes metabolic health complications to emerge. In order to prevent chronic diseases, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, we should engage in daily healthy eating behaviors along with regular physical activity to support our overall health (3,4).
Here’s how Hourig will add “something extra” to the Dietetics world! “As a future RDN I want to make sure I advocate for my patients and make sure all their needs are met. My lagniappe or “a little something extra” I will bring to the world of dietetics will be my own personal cultural background. […]
Here’s how Virginia plans to add “something extra” to the Dietetics world:” ¡Hola! I am Virginia Pearson, a distance Lagniappe intern completing my rotations in St. Louis, Missouri. I love food, not only for its foundation to our overall health, but its complexity in our lives. Food is cultural, personal, and a great medium in […]
Intern Spotlight: Faith Here’s how Faith will add “a little something” extra to the Dietetics world:“As a dietitian, I hope to work with all ages and backgrounds, but I have a true passion for working with kids. I spread my lagniappe through my love of teaching kids’ nutrition and gymnastics. Children are the perfect candidates […]
Alison is completing the distance track in Denver, Colorado. Her background is in culinary arts and food science, and she is excited to turn her passion for food into a career as a registered dietitian. When she isn’t cooking, she spends her time playing rugby and enjoying all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. […]
As a future RD, I strive to become actively involved and closely engaged with individuals in the community with a main goal of working towards improving the community’s overall health status. A piece of Lagniappe that I consider to be a main contributor to making me shine in the Dietetics world would be my unique […]