After three rounds of applying for a dietetic internship (yes, THREE), I finally landed one and went on to pass my board exam. Eager to get into the workforce, I took the first job I was offered; Clinical Dietitian at a long-term care facility. While it was valuable experience, I knew it wasn't what I wanted to do forever.
Fast forward four years later; I decided it was time to work towards my dream career. It took over a year and lots of perseverance, but I was able to transition from a full-time job that I hated, to two part-time jobs that I LOVE. I now work as a personal trainer, and a dietitian working with weight loss and disease management.
I threw around the idea about creating a blog for longer than it took for me to actually put together. But that's often what we do; "Should I do it? Should I take a risk and put myself out there?" You'll never know if you don't try, so I figured what do I have to lose.
Now here I am, almost two years into the blogging world and I couldn't be happier! I truly enjoy sharing recipes I create, seeing people's progress in diet choices, and most importantly getting others motivated!
I was always the macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets kid growing up. I even ate tacos without meat; just lettuce and cheese! It's crazy to think how picky I was and all the things I was missing out on just because I didn't want to try some new foods. My career has opened my mind to so many new foods and now I enjoy 10x more foods than I used to. All I had to do was try something new!
I started my college career thinking I wanted to be an elementary school teacher and boy, was I wrong. In high school I was involved in a dance team, worked 5 days a week and really was always on the go. Once I got to college, all that activity came to a quick hault. Long story short, I joined the “Freshman 15” club first semester of college and knew I had to change my ways. It all came to fruition when I took my first basic nutrition class, thinking: “I want to learn more about this nutrition business. This is what I WANT to learn for my future career”.
I graduated from West Chester University with my Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2011, and went on to achieve my Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Nutrition, also at West Chester in 2012.
So where did KP come from? It's simple, they're my initials, but they mean SO much to me. I was given the nickname in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. For the last 10 years of my life, everyone I know and love has known me as KP, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm an avid animal lover, food lover, and truly have a passion in my field.
Throughout my journey in my career, I've learned that transition is exciting and scary all at the same time. I've failed three times as much as I've succeeded, but you just have to keep pushing. Change can be scary and I used to hate it, but I now know how to embrace it. As one of my favorite quotes goes: "Change begins at the end of your comfort zone". So think of change as a new beginning, an opportunity to grow, learn, become stronger. I hope to help you grow and embrace new opportunities. There's no time like the present!
What better place to start changing and learning new things than in the kitchen? Putting yourself first and keeping health in mind is the best position you can put yourself in. So try my recipes, check out my blog entries and work one day at a time to a healthier and happier you. Please feel free to email me on my Contact KP page with any questions, comments, or inquiries! I'd be happy to chat!