The downside of being a professional appreciator…

Sometimes I have issues reconciling with the fact that I am not a scientist, doctor, dietician, kinesiologist or a personal trainer. There are no prestigious acronyms that follow my name.

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I am just a girl who has a passion for working out and eating healthy. I try to learn as much I can about these topics, but there is only so much you can understand without formal education. For the most part I could not explain the complex biological processes that happen when you eat a certain food or perform a certain exercise. I may have a general understanding of what happens–for instance, when insulin is released into the body when your blood sugar is high and the storage of glucose–but the scientific intricacies involved with it are not currently within my scope of knowledge.

It is for those reasons that I occasionally feel guilty passing along information to people who read my blog. Who am I to give advice? Certainly not a professional. The only thing I am a professional in is the appreciation of health, nutritious food and exercise. Please keep this in mind when you read my blog.

To make up for the fact that I have no formal education in nutrition, science or exercise, I try to reference people who do. Consider me a conduit of information rather than someone making conclusions.

I dare say that I am more informed than the average person on topics of health and fitness, but in the grand scheme of things my understanding is still rudimentary.

More than anything I would love to go to graduate school to study dietetics or exercise science. Almost every day my heart tells me to follow what I think is my true calling, and to disregard obstacles like money and the fear of failure. I think that one day, hopefully soon, I will go back to school. I desperately want to be legit in the topics that I am most passionate about.

But until then, just remember that I am not technically an expert. I am pretty well-read on the things I write about here, and I really do practice the things I preach. I would never discuss something I have no personal experience with. While I completely acknowledge that there is so much I don’t know, here I am simply trying to share what I do know in hopes that it inspires you somehow. I am writing about these things because I genuinely care about and believe in them. If anything I say is misleading or uninformed or misinterpreted, I apologize in advance.

I realize this is pretty much an extended disclaimer, but it’s something that I wanted to get off my chest.

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