About Me// Hello! Welcome to My Healthy Ending! It is great to have you! I’m Mairead, Nashville's Nutritionist, and it is awesome to meet you. If you are sitting there wondering how in the world to say my name... it's like "parade" but with a "m"... I have my fabulous 100% Irish parents to thank for that one!
So let me introduce myself.. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer, wellness coach, wanabe chef, forever foodie, beginner yogi, avid runner, and Philadelphia native, currently residing in the lively town of Nashville, TN.
I studied Nutritional Science at Cornell University, completed my supervised practice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and received my certification as a personal trainer from the American College of Sports Medicine. I love to travel, experience culture, and EAT! I live a fast paced, love packed, eventful life and wouldn't have it any other way. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough -Mae West
My nutrition journey has been a long one. I am a lifetime athlete and nutrition became very important to me and my performace in high school. My highschool crew team was nationally ranked and my life pretty much consisted of Eat. Sleep. Row... But standing tall at 61 inches and weighing in at 112 pounds.. college rowing was not exactly an option for me, so I decided to focus on being active and studying nutrition.
My life revolves around hollistic wellness. In college, what I learned was science. Dont get me wrong, I absolutely loved every minute of my college experience. I was taught by some of the smartest people in the world, constantly challenged, and made lifelong friendships. But the Nutritional Science program at Cornell breeds top tier Medical Students.. not Holistic Nutritionists. I could tell you every little enzyme involved in the process of Carbohydrate metabolism, but what I felt I was missing was more of the real life application. What about whole foods? What about the benefits of a plant based diet? Why should I eat foods in their most natural state? Does it even matter if I add flaxseed ot my oatmeal or chia to my smoothie? These were the questions I wanted answered...
Next stop, Vanderbilt Medical Center for my Dietitic Internship, Supervised Practice Program. This was an exceptional experience. I fell in love with sustainable agriculture, food security, and natural health. Particuarly whole foods, plant based nutrition. While doing my internship, I also completed my Certification in Plant Based Nutrition.
Since then I have been learning every day, helping people get on the path to a healthier ending and loving every minute of it. My clients range from athletes to soccer moms, and each population comes with their own challenges and exciting successes. I truly believe in the difference adopting a whole foods plant based diet can make in your life.
My Philosophy// My philosophy is simple and grounded in plant-based clean eating, I believe in eating real, whole foods as close to their natural state as possible. I would describe myself as "mainly meatless", but I am no strict vegetarian. I will have a piece of meat if the occasion calls for it and I do love fresh seafood at the beach! I believe in experincing all life has to offer and immersing yourself in different cultures.. that involves experiencing all kinds of different foods! That all being said, strongly value the benefits of a plant-based diet as a foundation, with some wiggle room for travel and treats of course :)
Eat Healthy, Live Happy is my motto. Through this blog and my services you will have the building blocks you need to pave the road to your own healthy ending. I can't wait for you to get started! I hope your time on my page fills you with inspiration and brightens your day!
Clean Eating// What is clean eating?? When I say my philosophy is grounded in plant-based clean eating, You may be wondering what that really entails.. Eating clean is eating as nature intended, focusing on foods as close as possible to their natural state. Clean eating means avoiding processed foods. Processed foods are often laden with manmade additives, chemicals, sugar, salt, fat, and calories. They provide lots of calories with little nutrition, contributing to growing waistlines and disease risk. Clean eating is your path to healthy eating and living. It is the alternative to crazy, non-sustainable, trendy diet disasters! Calories still matter and portion control can be a focus, but you will be concentrating more on the nutrients and ingredients you put in your body, not the calories. What are Clean Foods?? Fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains in their most natural state take the spotlight in the clean eating show. What are Dirty Foods?? Dirty foods are those that have been modified by man. They are highly processed foods that contain pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemical additives to preserve taste, texture, and shelf life.
CPT: Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine (2014)
RD: Registered Dietitian, American Dietetics Association (2013)
BS: Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University (2012)
Certifications and Trainings//
Certification in Plant Based Nutrition, Cornell University (2013)
WellCoaches Training (2013)
Now, take all the information on this blog and run with It towards your own healthy ending
Eat Healthy, Live Happy