About Me -- Laura S. Garrett
At a very young age, I developed an interest in nutrition and fitness. I had always been involved in sports, played outside until the sun went down, road my bike wherever I could. Simply put...I was always doing something active.
Beginning with the elimination of sweets around age 12, the overall tweaking of my personal nutrition interests began. Just a year later, I committed to eliminating other junk foods like French fries.
Keep in mind my age at the time and, as you may well imagine, my parents were highly concerned. This was in the 80's. Healthy eating was not much of a popular public concern at that time. Nonetheless, I held true to these changes in eating habits because I just felt better.
Around the same young age, running became an interest, although not quite a passion. I distinctly remember my first 1-mile race. I literally collapsed after crossing the finish line. I felt like I was about to die - LOL!
Today, I have completed a few marathons, several half marathons and really just love running, if for nothing else, to maintain my overall well being. My diet consists of lots of whole fruits, veggies, and grains and being a pescatarian (a.k.a., "vegetarian" that eats fish). Ovo- and lacto- could be added into the "tarian" as I do regularly incorporate eggs (ovo-) and dairy (lacto-). So, my label is more like ovolactopescatarian. Try saying that fast repetitively!
Laura S. Garrett, RDN, LD, PFT, is based in the Collin County, Texas area and nationally recognized as a nutrition and fitness expert. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University (class '94) and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School (class 1997) where she also completed her dietetic internship.
Laura has been certified for personal training through The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, American Council on Exercise, and currently NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association).
I believe health is directly related to the choices we make.
Like it or not, every choice you make throughout the day affects your health. I hate labeling choices as good or bad, but in reality, there are some really positive outcomes to the right kind of choices, "good", and some really negative outcomes to the wrong kind of choices, "bad".
That seems a little wordy, but here's what I mean. Consistently choosing to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day will result in poor health outcomes including increased risk of stroke and brain damage; various types of cancer; shortness of breath, coughing, chronic bronchitis; emphysema; heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure; ... and the list goes on and on.
The effects on health of smoking are well documented. I don't think anyone can say those effects are positive. Thus, this habit must ultimately be considered bad. On the flip side, regular exercise effects health in a very positive way including increased lung capacity, improved cardiovascular functions, stronger and more tone muscles, decreased body fat, and better cognitive health. These are all very positive effects of health and therefore regular exercise has to be considered a "good" choice.
So, while I don't like labeling choices "good" or "bad", it is undeniable that there are choices that are to be considered good and choices that are to be considered bad. My goal as a dietitian and fitness trainer is to help you improve your choices for the better so you may reach your goals towards achieving good health through good choices that will last a lifetime.
The "About Me" would not be complete without writing a statement about my faith. I am a Christian that believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior and only ticket into Heaven. We are all sinners in this broken world. Jesus paid the price in full when He died on the cross for our transgressions then rose from the dead three days later. He knew no sin, but took on ours so that we may know everlasting life.
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