Do you take enough time each day for human connection?
There is this new feature on my smartphone telling me each week my amount of screen time. Anyone else shocked by their stats? This was a wake up call for me. There is nothing, I mean nothing, in this world more important than daily human connection and I feel we are slowly drifting farther and farther away from it. And no, a simple hello to someone as you are walking into work does not count as the human connection we need to be embracing.
There must be a plan to put your phone away to give you the time to connect with actual humans that you can see, smell and touch. Social media is not going to love you at the end of the day. Hug you when you when you are sad. Talk with you about things on your mind. Be there for you when you are most happy. It is merely a glimpse into the lives we lead and if we are living there inside our social media, we are missing out on our actual lives.
Make a plan for your daily social media but also make a plan for daily human connection.
Today’s conversation is with Danielle Bertiger, a communications expert who fell into health coaching, fitness and food and is now on her way to a masters in Nutrition Communications and her RD.
From time to time, I always love to podcast with future dietitians and Danielle was a great person to meet. She shares her personal story of falling into the food and fitness world while working after she complete her undergraduate degree in communications. During that time she decided to become a health coach, found a passion for food and recipe creation and also pursuing her certification in group fitness classes. And then, she thought, hey, I also want to get a masters in nutrition education and become a Registered Dietitian. This woman is passionate about her future profession, is great at multitasking and is looking forward to starting her internship.
Connect with Danielle on her website and Instagram
Nosh Three. Weekly #Hellyeah
One of the ways I like to connect with humans is through a variety of activities with other Registered Dietitians. There is such a great variety of us in our state. I have made great relationships with dietitians at a state level and now I am excited to get more involved on a local level with my district, Central Iowa District Dietetic Association, CIDDA.
|Our first CIDDA meeting of the year was at Della Viti Wine Bar in downtown Des Moines.|
|Have you ever had a wine bar experience? All you need is a card that you load with money and then you can choose wine by the glass.|
|CIDDA Leadership L to R: Ali, Anne and Erin|
|#UndeniablyDairy cheese deliciousness to go with our vino!|
|The night was a success and I highly recommend seeking out your local District Dietetic Association or State Affiliate to create connections with other RDN's in your community. Not all meetings are formal so there are options!|
Nosh Four. Weekly Kickass Jams.
Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now.
I work at the Fleur Drive Hy-Vee (which is right by the airport if you ever fly into Des Moines) that conveniently has a clothing store called F&F Clothing. Cutest and most reasonably priced clothes, for the whole family: baby, kids, men and women, that are well made. It just so happens they created a shirt specifically for me. Just kidding. But I like to think they did. I am on a no-buy-until-next-July but I couldn't resist a white, polka dot and cherry shirt. Soooo excited to wear this!