My Background and Philosophy Related to Nutrition

 

A little about me and my background:
My name is Lexi Guttormson, and I am a newly credentialed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

For the past four+ years, I have been been working with patients and assessing their nutrition status at a level-one trauma center in the Twin Cities as a clinical NDTR. What is a NDTR you ask? This is the credential that a nutrition professional may earn after completing one of two pathways: 

  1. Complete a dietetic technician program through ACEND accredited college with 450 hrs of supervised practice experience, plus complete at least a 2-year associate’s degree from a U.S. accredited college/university, in addition to passing a national examination administered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR) 
    OR
  2.  Complete coursework in an ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics with at least a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. accredited college/university + pass a national examination administered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR)

Note: Becoming a dietitian does not require the NDTR credential. Taking this longer route by achieving these additional credentials allowed me to find relevant work in the nutrition field to gain experience from, while continuing to learn in the classroom.

I will admit, this extended my journey to becoming a dietitian by at least a year, but in the long run, the experiences that I’ve been able to gain from making this choice have made everything worth it. By taking this longer path, I have been able to develop and strengthen my skillset for working with patients, families, and other providers over a 4+ year period. I have also been able to gain other relevant nutrition-related experiences over the years, such as by marketing myself as an independent NDTR consulting for a corporate wellness audience. 

I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus with my B.S. in nutrition in December of 2017. I recently completed my Dietetic Internship through the University of Minnesota’s program, with a concentration area in Medical Nutrition Therapy in the spring, which allowed me to sit for the dietetic registration exam.

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Enough about that! Let’s talk about my philosophy on nutrition.
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, minimally processed diet. I believe that any food can be consumed in moderation, but I also believe that we need to be mindful about what we are putting into our bodies day-after-day.

With so many mixed nutrition messages out there between social media, our friends, families, etc. it can be confusing and downright frustrating to find reliable, evidence-based information without having to cut out the foods you enjoy. Often times, the bottom line ends up coming back to our portion control, and having a balanced, colorful plate full of food.

The recipes that I have posted to this page are some of my favorites. I have included nutrition-related tidbits for each recipe, to help you to better understand how select nutrients from each dish are being utilized by your body. I apologize for the lack of new posts during my internship, but I do plan on adding more recipes and starting a nutrition-related blog when my program is finished. Stay tuned until then! 

Thank you for taking the time to read this! — Now, let’s get to cooking! 

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