Hi there readers! It has been way too long!
The reason for my lengthy absence is that I was in Florida for 2 months at the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training camp. In November, I was hired part time with the Toronto Blue Jays as an affiliate dietitian. I spent February and March in Florida at Spring Training and am now back in Lansing working with the Jays’ single A team, the Lansing Lugnuts. And I am having a blast!
I am also putting tons of time into my Lansing-based private practice and am taking new clients every day! In addition, I have been busy working on materials for several speaking engagements, including teaching a class on eating disorders at Michigan State University, presenting at the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference, and being a guest podcaster!
Lots of people have asked me what Florida was like. Most importantly, I loved every minute of it! The days were very long and consisted of one off day for the 50 total days I was there. Working days included St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and every weekend. This is the life of a sports dietitian. You cannot do this job unless you truly love it!
Possibly, the most challenging part about being in Florida for 2 months was living in a hotel room; especially a hotel room with limited space and kitchen equipment. As a dietitian, I thoroughly appreciate a home cooked meal and do not eat out more than a couple times a month. In Florida, there were plenty of restaurants around the hotel that could have been frequented; however, I did my best to limit eating out to once or twice per week. Thankfully, there was a Target within walking distance, and Publix and Whole Foods were an easy drive away; which allowed me to keep a healthy supply of groceries in my hotel room at all times. Below is a list of my regularly purchased items.
- Gallons of water
- Cold brew coffee
- Deli meat – turkey or chicken
- Rotisserie chicken
- Pre-made salads
- Raw vegetables
- Cottage cheese
- Peanut butter
- Microwavable rice
- Microwavable pasta
- Steamable vegetables
- Sweet potatoes
Keep this guide handy if you are planning an extended hotel stay any time soon and want to save calories or money 🙂 See you at a Lugnuts games – Go Nuts!