Welcome to Imagine Medispa's "Imagine Your Nutrition," a blog on proper nutrition and building a healthy relationship with food! Whether it is tips on staying hydrated, incorporating new foods into your diet, trying new recipes, or general advice, I am here to answer your questions and help you make the most of your journey with Imagine Medispa. Let me introduce myself before we get started!
From the time I could walk, I was involved in cheerleading. As a competitive cheerleader, I was constantly working out and having to make sure that my body was getting the nutrients it needed in order to perform at its best. However, this led to an unhealthy obsession with weight and food. In order to heal both my body and mind, I had to take a break from cheering. While mending my relationship with food, I realized how much I love the concept of nutrition and how obsessing over “healthy” eating can actually do more harm than good.
Although I am originally from the Cleveland area, I spent a lot of time in West Virginia, as both my mother and father have family there. While exploring universities to pursue my career as a dietitian, applying to West Virginia University just made sense. The campus was beautiful, the nutrition program was great, and I felt right at home, so I was sold! While earning my undergraduate degree, I was able to work in a research lab that incorporated culinary therapy and nutrition lessons into treatment for eating disorders as well as alcohol/drug addiction. I was also able to work with our sports dietitians and athletes to ensure that our Mountaineers were fueling properly, whether it be their mind or their body.
After graduation, I was matched with Indiana University to complete my supervised practice as well as a master’s certificate in clinical nutrition. I was able to see many different areas of nutrition, such as clinical, food service, pediatrics, diabetes education, and community nutrition. It was there that I solidified my love for clinical nutrition and counseling (specifically eating disorder treatment and sports nutrition), whether it was pediatrics or adults.
As a registered dietitian, it is my job to help individuals reach their goals while having the freedom to enjoy their food choices without fear, guilt, or worry. I hope to give you the tools you need to choose foods that nourish your body and make you happy to eat rather than dreading mealtimes and food choices!
I look forward to meeting you all,
Liana Chapman, RD