Meet The Rite Bite RD's - Katherine Ancona, MS, RDN, CDN
There is always a point in your life that leads you to your career path. Mine was in middle school when I realized I wasn’t the healthiest version of myself, and I wanted to change that. Over the next couple of years I worked hard: learning portion sizes, what MyPlate was, different cooking techniques, types of exercise, and the importance of hydration. It was after I gradually incorporated all of these new changes into my life that I understood the value they all had. I realized I was meant to help others be the best version of themselves through healthy eating and exercise. This was my passion.
It was then, when I decided to pursue a career in Nutrition and Dietetics at Clemson University, where I earned both my Bachelor’s and my Master’s degrees. I learned so much about nutrition and food science throughout my schooling and internship program that I could ever imagine; it was absolutely incredible. I am now everyone’s go-to at family parties and friend get-togethers; this is where I get to share all my favorite recipes, as well as the latest nutritional research. This is what I enjoy most.
I am also a huge foodie! I have always loved to cook and bake, even before I started my weight loss journey. I subscribe to a variety of food magazines and blogs where I can find different recipes to try and test on my family and friends. I love to be in charge of the baking on all holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. This includes my apple pie, my grandmother’s Italian cookies, homemade bread, or a new vegetable side dish. I still enjoy all of these things! Throughout my journey and nutrition education, I learned the value of variety, balance, and moderation, as well as how any foods can fit into a healthy diet. I have learned how to substitute more nutritious ingredients into my recipes, and incorporate different cooking methods to bring the most flavor and nutrition to my meals.
I stay active through all my spin classes, yoga, and walking my dog, Jake (pictured to the left). If there is anything I learned throughout my journey, it is how much physical activity can compliment a healthy diet. It is so important to find an activity that you love, so you are able to have fun as well.
Lastly, I love to volunteer in my community by coaching soccer and being a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Not only are they both rewarding, but they allow me to give back in a positive way; just like those in my community did when I was younger.
I can’t wait to meet all of you and help you to be the best version of yourself. All of our journeys are different, and I would love to be a part of yours!
[Katherine at a 5k Color Run]