About the Owner & My Vision for HGNW

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Hello, and welcome to my website! My name is Lexi Guttormson, and I am a registered Nutrition & Dietetics Technician (NDTR) who has been actively working in a clinical setting for the past 3-years. In the clinical setting it is my job to provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education for hospitalized patients in order to help them lead healthier lifestyles once they return home from the hospital. In addition to working in a clinical setting, I am currently an undergraduate nutrition student at the University of Minnesota, aspiring to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). I will be graduating with my Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition by December, 2017, and from there I will be pursuing a post BS dietetic internship.

Nutrition and wellness rituals play a vital role in our overall well-being and health. The relationship between what we put into our bodies and the increasing onset of diet-related diseases in The United States both fascinates me, and drives my motivation to educate others. It is my ultimate goal to motivate others to focus on having a mindset based on disease prevention and/or disease management through consuming a well-balanced, whole foods diet, vs. only seeking disease treatment after the fact. I feel truly blessed to be employed in a setting where I can fully utilize my dietetics skills, and where I can put what I am learning in the classroom into practice.  I am so excited to see what the future has in store for me as I continue my journey to becoming a RDN.

On a personal level, I follow a primarily plant-based vegetarian diet. With that being said however, I believe that any and all foods can fit into a diet as long as they are consumed in moderation. Within the past 2-years or so since becoming a vegetarian, I have slowly moved away from purchasing pre-packaged foods and had begun to experiment with cooking most (if not all) of my meals from scratch. It is so satisfying  to be able to take whole ingredients and create delicious food… plus, I have control over what I am putting into my body. The pre-packaged foods and fast foods that have become so abundant in our American diet are often times loaded with sodium, preservatives, saturated fats, and worst of all trans fats. 

Again, I want to stress that any food is perfectly acceptable in moderation! I am not saying that we should stop eating out all together; but it is the choices that we make day-after-day, and meal-after-meal that determine our overall health. Let’s keep our bodies and our minds healthy by eating wholesome food! 🙂

I started this website with the intention of sharing my food journey with all of you. I absolutely love finding and testing out yummy new recipes that my husband and I can enjoy, and I will be posting these recipes each week, along with the nutritional analysis of these foods. After I graduate, I am planning to begin writing a weekly wellness blog, where I will be sharing my point of view on different health and wellness related topics. Feel free to comment with any topic requests! 

As someone who wasn’t always on a health-oriented path, I understand how difficult it can be to find the motivation to change our lifestyle habits. I am hoping that through this website, I can reach out to people who are seeking some additional support in meeting their health & wellness goals.

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates