Hello and thanks for the visit!
My name is Kristen Herron and I am a Registered Dietitian currently living in “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town,” of Sandpoint, Idaho. This blog serves as a sounding board for discussions related to nutrition and fitness. It is my hope you would find helpful tips, recipes and motivation to succeed in your own adventure towards a balanced and healthy lifestyle!
Here’s a bit about me…
I grew up with parents who owned a health food store and didn’t let me eat sugar until an unsupervised outing with Grandparents which resulted in the guzzling of my first milkshake. I grew up playing flag football with the neighborhood boys and tried my hand at softball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track. Needless to say, a healthy lifestyle was formed from the moment I left the womb.
Throughout highschool, I developed a skill and love for sports through volleyball and track. I found success and accomplishment as a 4-year track letter, a visit to the State Championship and a 2-year varsity letter in volleyball with promises of playing in college.
When it came time for college, I decided to try a new sport…Crew! I lasted the first three months and found myself in the best physical and mental shape of my life. But I had always found my identity in sports and wanted to expand my horizons. I decided to quite Crew (later regretting not lasting until the racing season…as my coach predicted) and realized, for the first time in my life, I didn’t have a sport to keep me active. Which is when I discovered running. I’d never EVER been a runner. In fact, I’d said “no” to joining the cross country team in high school because I hated the idea of running. But my mind quickly changed as I began to run several times per week. Simultaneously, I started to lose weight. When I went home for the first time since starting college, my friends and family made comments about how good I looked. For the first time in my life, I became obsessively observant of my body and the correlation between food restriction, weight loss and positive compliments.Through my college year, I battled bulimia and sports anorexia. As painful as these struggles were, I truly believe it is what cultivated my desire to become a Registered Dietitian.
Today, I strive to find a healthy balance between eating healthy, feeling good about myself and enjoying the adventures of this God-given life. I enjoy running, weight lifting, doing ANYTHING outside, eating, baking, cooking, trying new foods and learning to keep it all in balance. My newest passsion is being a mom to one little girl and one on the way. I thoroughly love teaching other about healthy living and watching each individual reach their healthy goals…while still enjoying a bowl of ice cream!
You never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try. So try…today! I guarantee you’ll enjoy the success, but even more, you’ll learn and grow and love the process!!
Again, thanks for the visit!
-Kristen Herron, RD