About Me

Hi there and welcome to The Gypsy Dietitian, a place where I hope to provide you the necessary tools to keep you healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and a peaceful mind. I’m Ashley and am so happy you stopped by! Here, you will see that I believe with a little bit of knowledge and the right choices, adequate health is achievable by all!

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I am a wife, mom of two (Boxers that is!), Jesus lover, humanitarian, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, foodie and fitness enthusiast.  I currently work as a Nutrition Consultant with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia where I instruct and educate hundreds of clients on how to make small nutrition changes to significantly improve their health. I currently see a variety of clients ranging from general health and wellness to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, digestive disorders, weight loss and beyond. I enjoy teaching people that healthy eating can be easy, inexpensive and delicious all at the same time. I believe in using nutrition as a preventive measure against disease whenever possible and thrive on educating others on how to do the same.

I graduated with honors from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science. I completed my Dietetic Internship (DI) at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. I am currently working toward a Master of Science in Integrative Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health. I am a weight lifter, runner and yogi, all of which I use to stay fit.

I started this blog in January of 2010 (read my first post here) as a way to reach my family and friends because my husband and I were living eight hours south of home in Orlando, Florida.  I wanted to use this blog to let my friends and family know what we were up to, where we were, and also as a place to throw in a few exercise and nutrition tips that I found along the way.  Little did I know that I would find my calling through this blog (read more here and here).

My Story

Nutrition, health, and fitness all sparked my eye at a very young age. At this time, however, I never dreamed that I could actually spend the rest of my life sharing that passion with others.

As my high school days were ending and my college years were quickly approaching, I spent time thinking about what I would do for the rest of my life. During this time or somewhere along the way, I misunderstood that work and pleasure could never mix. Picking a career that I knew I would at least enjoy, I decided that I was going to be a news reporter/anchor with hopes to one day become a sideline sports reporter.

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After obtaining my first degree and a completing a news internship in Orlando, Florida, I then decided I couldn’t remain happy forever delivering the tragedies of our city every single day. At this point, I reached out to mentors, talked to friends and searched for feedback and direction. After pondering, searching and talking, I had an “ah ha” moment. I loved nutrition + I had a Communication degree + I completed a news internship where I developed a professional resume tape = I’ll be a health reporter!

Not so fast, Ashley.

As I looked around and researched the career path, EVERY health reporter I studied was either a registered dietitian (RD) or doctor. Hum. I was neither. Back to square one.

At that point in my life, I had already met and married the love of my life who was experiencing his own life frustrations and confusions as well. He was playing professional baseball and had recently undergone an extensive shoulder surgery which would soon become a career ending injury.

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There we both were questioning our future but never questioning God.

In the fall of 2010 we both returned to school. For him, to finish up his degree after being drafted following his junior year of college, and for me, to obtain a degree in Dietetics so I could finally do what I loved to do.

Although this degree was one step closer to following my dreams, I still would have to complete a dietetic internship in order to sit for the RD exam. In April of 2012, I matched with the Mayo Clinic where I completed my DI and then passed the RD exam nearly one year later. Shortly after, I accepted my current position with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia as a Nutrition Consultant and am enjoying ever minute of this incredible ride. I truly believe the best is yet to come!

I hope you’ll stick around, read along and learn a thing or two in doing so!

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Savannah Rock N’ Roll Marathon, November 2011

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Hiking with my favorite guys

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Cape San Blas, Florida, Summer 2012

This Site

Here, I hope to deliver information that will help keep you healthy: physically, mentally and spiritually. I believe that a well-balanced life is the key to living a long, healthy and happy life.

You will find that I write about any and all of the following topics:

  • My life, my family and my faith
  • Healthy recipes/ recipe makeovers
  • Nutrition information and tips
  • Plant-based living
  • Fitness
  • Product reviews
  • Motivation and inspiration

Now that you’ve heard about me, I’d love to hear from you. Daily, weekly, monthly, whenever. Your feedback keeps me going and helps this site become a conversation, providing you the answers you are looking for. I hope you come back often, ask questions, share with me your stories and experiences, and most of all gain information to live the life that you have always imagined: happy, healthy, encouraged, learning and growing!

Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. For ways to contact me, check out my Contact tab.

Good health!
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Disclaimer: As always, consult your physician before beginning any fitness or nutrition program. The information I provide on this site is not meant to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any illness or disease. The information provided is for general and educational purposes only and includes the opinions and views of the author and should not be substituted for medical advice given by your physician.

 

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Susan De Bonis April 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

Ashley:

You are SO right on doing what we hope and trying to get through to our students they MUST do. You are taking your talents, your education, and putting it to something you love and enjoy doing. This is a fantastic site.

Do you mind if I show it in class, that is, my Reporting and News Writing class, as a good example?

Thanks! Susan De B

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Ashley April 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thank you Dr. DeBebonis! Absolutely! You all certainly laid my foundation 🙂

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Jodi Harpy April 29, 2013 at 2:31 am

LOVE THE NEW SITE ASH!!! And love reading your “about me” page…you are awesome :)))

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Ashley July 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Thanks Jodi! Right back at you sista!

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Maria @ The Good Life January 31, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I love your story and your blog. Cannot wait to read more of it!
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Ashley February 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Thank you so much Maria! So happy you found me! Can’t wait to check out out either!

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Ashley February 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Thank you so much Maria! I can’t wait to check you out either!

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Margo February 26, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Hello Ashely I love your site. I’m wondering if you completed an online degree ? I’m looking for an online nutrition program. Thanks so much!

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Ashley March 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

Hi Margo! Thank you! I did not do an online program. I completed my undergraduate at Georgia Southern University and then did my dietetic internship at the Mayo Clinic. Wish I could help you!

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Christel April 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Found your site when I searched blender comparisons. Very nice work! I, too am a Mayo internship grad (Oct 2000) and I now work as an acute care RD. Your journey is very interesting and exciting!

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Ashley April 29, 2014 at 9:10 pm

So happy you found me! Thank you! Always happy to connect with fellow Mayo grads 🙂 what an incredible experience it was! Thanks for stopping by!

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Melissa November 23, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Hi Ashley. It’s been a pleasure reading your blog as I am finishing my degree in Dietetics and will very soon be starting the application process for the DI. I am so afraid of it, so it’s comforting to know I am not alone. Thanks for all the insight! Best of luck to you!!

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