Hi I'm Nia!

Today is October 21, 2017 and NiaTrition is a blog I started about two years ago. Nitration was meant to share my personal experiences with nutrition, food, body image and balance all of the above. However, studying Dietetics and Nutrition in school motivation me to actually start it. Below was the about me I wrote when I launched the blog and it is totally still what I believe and what I experienced. However, fast forward to two very busy years and my life sure has changed but my values have not. I am getting married to the love of my life (after 10 years) in about a month, November 25th, 2017. We are currently building our first home together. And on top of those two things, my relationship with my body is at one of the healthiest points it has ever been mentally, which feels awesome!!! I have more than just one passion in my life and I feel compelled as well as enjoy blogging about them. I originally went to school for Fashion merchandising management and then transferred to another college to study Dietetics and Nutrition. I have finally come to a point in my life where I am willing to embrace all my passions and I believe I can find a balance for them all in my life. I have decided to transition this blog into not only a nutrition, health and food blog but also a platform where I can blog about my personal lifestyle including personal experiences and personal style. I hope you enjoy this transitions and if you would like to continue reading below, it will explan where all of this started.

Best,

Nia

Welcome to NiaTrition, a health and wellness blog hoping to inspire others to live a wholesome and active life. I am currently studying dietetics and nutrition at Florida International University and I am working towards becoming a registered dietician one day. Health & wellness is my passion and I created this blog to share my journey with you.

Smiles, dark chocolate (85% cacao preferably), sunny days, family, feta and beets, morning runs, green eating, laughter, snuggled up sundays, sweet tooth, positivity, veggies, commitment, and a...avocado, over easy egg, vegenaise, sliced cherry tomatoes, sprouts, massaged kale, salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar breakfast sandwich on toasted ezekiel bread are my ingredients to this invigorating recipe called life.  

"Living a life that we get strength & energy from – 

something that gives us a reason to be active and move."

Nutrition has become such an important part of my life for many reasons. About two years ago I suffered from depression and it affected me in many ways, one in particular was my weight. My whole life I have always been an athlete,  so weight was never a problem or even a thought on my mind. I never really recognized it as a "thing" really, but when I started to notice it affect me in my everyday decisions and happiness, that just wasn't okay. At first I went about it in all the wrong ways possible; fad diets, obsessing over calories that led to binging, and I even suffered from some eating disorder tendencies. This wasn't just a physical issue it was a mental one. Over time I had beaten myself up for allowing myself to get to this point, my self esteem had plummeted and at times I hated who I was. I pinned it all on my weight. How can ones weight determine who they are, what they do, and how they look at themselves? I will tell you how...they let it. 

"You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that...claim and consciously use your power." - Louise Hay

I got so caught up in my body image that I didn't even care what I was putting in my body or how I could be damaging it. All I cared about was losing those pounds. I was blessed enough to have family and friends who always supported me and one in particular who would always try and teach me to "love myself". I never really took it seriously until I realized, If I could hate myself I can damn well learn to love who I am. I was so sick of my weight controlling my life I decided to finally learn to love who I am; to listen, appreciate, and nourish my body through whole foods and kind thoughts. 

Fuel Your Body |  Feed Your Mind

A healthy body brings a healthy mind and healthy mind brings a healthy body. The human body is literally the most complex machine it is quite amazing. Everything that you put into it will affect it someway, some how. I believe everyone's body is unique, that is why I don't believe in any specific way of eating. I don't label myself vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, soy free what ever it may be because for MY BODY, as of now (I'm still figuring out this complex machine) needs a little bit of everything. What I do believe in is eating whole, nutritious, non-processed food that fuels me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Food should never leave you with a feeling of guilt, yes it is about eating for your health but I think Michael Pollan said it best, "food is about pleasure, about community, about family and spirituality, about our relationship to the natural world, and about expressing our identity". I suffered from a negative relationship with food for years and it affected me in everything I did. Once I began to eat to fuel and nourish my body, my relationship with food and my body image heeled itself.  My goal for this blog is to give you options for cooking that consist of whole, unprocessed, and nourishing food and to show you that living a healthy life not only consists of eating right but is more so holistic; physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual. 

"I believe that health is more than the absence of disease. It is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being." -Dr. Frank Liptan