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 health care and rehabilitation center with mostly older adults with all sorts of health conditions. 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 three beautiful girls, M and C and H. 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, and H was born in early 2017. Here’s a good pic of my family, but it’s not up to date with the latest baby. This picture is probably 4 years old right now (it’s 2017).
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 plant based, whole foods diet. In the past, my family and I have eaten 90% local foods, however we no longer are quite as strict – though we do try to frequent the farmers’ markets and buy local whenever possible.
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! I find that making hard and fast rules about your nutritional intake sets you up for failure in the future. I try to listen to my body and counsel clients to listen to theirs; if certain foods make you feel bad, don’t eat them! That being said, it isn’t always that simple and I can help you navigate the complexities of health conditions and nutritional therapies for them.
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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!