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Where have you been?!

Hi everyone,

As you may have gathered, it’s been a little quiet around these parts recently.  Well, there’s been a couple of good reasons for this.  In February I started my Diploma in Nutrition with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (you may remember I blogged about having to do my Science Access Course last year, if not you can catch up here).  We’re now coming to the end of semester one and despite it being amazingly full on (who knew I could find a spare 25 hours a week to study?!) I’m absolutely loving it.  Every week my head is left spinning from all the biochemistry (seriously, our bodies are amazing) but not once have I doubted whether this career change is a good idea.  The more I learn, the more I love.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I also made a significant change in my working life.  I left behind my job in the legal world and started a new job working within the realms of childhood obesity and school food – fulfilling a New Year’s resolution to find employment which aligns more to my long term career aims.  It may sound like just a job change but for me it’s been a significant shift in how I identify myself (I’ve always been the ’lawyer interested in food’) whereas I’m now learning what ‘Student Nutritional Therapist who works in food’ looks and feels like.

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I’m becoming more comfortable with these new labels (although, perhaps the lesson here is I shouldn’t be identifying myself through just my work?) and the new areas I’m working in are so fantastically complex and challenging that there’s never a dull day.  So far I’ve met some amazing people who are incredibly passionate about how we tackle the obesity health crisis facing the nation (from large scale organisations and Government through to independent women in their local community organising activities for those in need). I really do pinch myself at the moment because some days I can’t believe how things have changed (for the better) in a number of months.

Over the next few weeks you’ll notice that I’ll be updating the look of the blog, creating regular content and even adding in extra useful tools that some of you have asked me about (meal planners and other printables).  I’m really excited to be changing things up after my mini-break and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

With that in mind, my parting thought is a positive one.  I’ve realised that if you’re passionate about something and want to make a change then don’t wait.  Don’t do what I did – don’t get in your own way and stop yourself because the time is now.  It sounds cheesy but you can do anything you want to and if something is really important to you, you’ll find a way to make it a success.  And if you’re stuck about how to get started then I refer you back to my favourite quote from Amelia Earhart which is: ‘’The most effective way to do it is to do it.’ Because sometimes you just gotta do it (take it from someone who spent years talking about doing something in food/ nutrition).

I’m going to sign off by saying thanks for sticking about during the radio silence since the new year.  I’ve finally got my study schedule down pat and the job appears to be settling down so I’ll be back doing my regular blogging thing from this week on. I will be sending those of you who subscribe to receiving updates (and if you don’t –  go do it now, that way I’ll send you regular content to your inbox.  No effort required) a GDPR email this week (sorry – you’ve probably had about a million land in your inbox at the moment, but needs must) so watch out for that.

Until Wednesday,

Katie x

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Study update – five months in

Hi everyone,

Well, we are five months in to the Science Access Course and any ideas I had about being able to provide you with a monthly study update sort of went out the window over the past few weeks.  Sorry about that, life sort of went a little crazy-busy and I wasn’t able to keep all the plates spinning.

So, we are well in to November and I’m on the final leg of the course.  Since my last study update here Biology has bitten the dust and I’m almost at the end of the Anatomy and Physiology module.  I’m just an essay, an exam and a few tests away from completing the course.  How the hell did that happen?  I’m simultaneously delighted and terrified that the course is coming to an end and that the next step will be the hardcore nutrition only studying.

With that in mind, here’s what the last few months have taught me…

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Study update – two months in

Hi everyone,

Can you believe I’m already writing a two month study update? No, neither can I.  The time has really flown, although strangely at the same time I also don’t feel like I have done anything. Although my exam results tell a different story…

Since my last post here I’ve finished the Chemistry section of my course and have moved on to the Biology part, which I must admit is much more in my comfort zone.  I’ve always told myself ‘I’m not a ‘science’ person’ (whatever that means) and that I wasn’t good at Chemistry so imagine my surprise when the results came back in and low and behold, I scored an A*.  I know.

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Study update – one month in

Today’s post was going to be all about ‘how to make your veg box stretch further’ but although I’d already drafted the post, there was something holding me back from putting it up this week.  I know it fits nicely in to the series I’ve been doing on meal prepping and planning recently but for some reason I couldn’t get the idea for this post out of my head.  So the veg box post will go up next week instead and today I’m going to share with you some reflections about how my first month of studying has gone – the things that went well, the things I need to improve upon and the surprising lessons I’ve learnt about myself in the process.

I’ll admit that I really didn’t think starting this course would be that big a deal because I’ve three years of studying ahead of me, so how much could possibly change in a month?  Well, I’m happy to say quite a lot.

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Why I am going back to school

Guys, I have some really exciting news.  I am going back to school!

I’m feeling really excited and really terrified in equal measures.

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for the past eighteen months and I can’t believe I’ve kept my mouth shut about it and it’s now only weeks away from happening.

This year I’m joining the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and undertaking their Diploma in Nutritional Therapy.  Full disclosure, before I start the Diploma I have to do a science access course because my A-Level grades aren’t up to scratch.  I do have an A-Level in Biology but a combination of not applying myself in sixth form and a lack of interest resulted in a lower grade than would be ideal for this course.  So, I’m going back to basics and brushing up on my Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology.  Once I pass that I can progress to the Diploma.

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