Hi! Welcome to Nutrition to Fruition! I’m Samantha Scruggs, and I’m the owner/blogger/entrepreneur/one-woman-show around here. I’m a Registered Dietitian and graduate of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Go Heels! I majored in Nutrition in the School of Public Health, and then completed a dietetic internship, a grueling 1200 hours of “supervised practice”. I then took my RD exam and passed, thus allowing me to practice “MNT”, which is code for “Medical Nutrition Therapy”. Right now I work in a dialysis clinic with patients who have kidney failure. They are the sweetest, most amazing people you will ever meet. They get a bit of a bad rep in the medical community, however. I also offer nutrition counseling to individuals as a side gig. You can check out my services here. I can do nutrition counseling via Skype or by phone as well for most states.
In addition to my nutrition background, I’m also a Mommy, and I like to include my kids in my posts and my goals. I have two beautiful girls, M and C. So I don’t have to update this every month, I will just say that M was born in the beginning of 2011 and C was born in the summer of 2012. Here’s a good pic of my family:
I became interested in nutrition before college, and always knew that’s what I wanted to major in. A nutrition degree is pretty difficult to get. There were quite a lot of people who wanted to enter the program but were unable to. You have to take just as many heavy science classes as a pre-med major, so I often felt like I was lumped in with the pre-med students even though I never wanted to be a doctor (although more recently I’ve considered it). Because of this, I have a very strong science background and I love looking at research and evaluating it.
That being said, I don’t believe research is the end-all-be-all for nutrition advice. Every person is different, and you have to listen to your body (after being on a real-food diet for a while) to know what is best for it. I have slowly changed my opinions and ideas to embody more of a whole-foods, ancestral diet. Recently, my family and I decided to eat 90% local foods produced within our state. That is why I refer to myself as a holistic RD. I believe in treating the body as a whole system, and not just a symptom or one small working part of that system.
As far as my personal “diet” (the quotes because I don’t believe in “dieting”), I follow quite a lot of Paleo bloggers and I LOVE their recipes and their message overall, but I am not on a Paleo “diet” myself. I do limit grains because I have found personally that they do not make me feel great, especially gluten-containing grains. I try to choose sustainable foods for my family. The only real “rule” I have is that I eat foods as close to their whole form as possible. That’s it! No crazy rules here or debating whether legumes are healthy for humans or not; if they make you feel bad, don’t eat them! I’ll probably say this a thousand times, but you have to listen to your body and do what it tells you. Your body is smarter than you, or science.
Well, if you’re still here, you must be really interested in me and my overall nutrition philosophy, so you should probably go ahead and subscribe to my newsletter. I promise I won’t bombard you with emails. Each email I send is personally written by me right before I send it, so you can be sure that the message will be heartfelt and personal!
Cheers, and here’s to your health and nutrition! I know that if you focus on your health, you CAN change for the better. I just hope that I can help with that!