Laura S. Garrett
RDN, PFT, CES
Welcome to NutrActive!
Below, I have shared my Professional Bio, Personal Story, and thoughts about making choices that affect your health. I am passionate about helping others achieve good health. Please don't hesitate to contact me!
Laura S. Garrett, RDN, PFT, CES, is based in the Collin County, Texas area and is 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 '97), 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).
Additionally, Laura is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the Biomechanics Method by Justin Price.
Professionally, Laura has worked with clients 1-on-1 since 1998, published online as NutrActive since 1999, blogged as Consequently Fit since 2018, and is now venturing into remote training via Video Chat and an app customizable to any client's needs related to nutrition and fitness.
RDN = Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
PFT = Personal Fitness Trainer
CES = Corrective Exercise Specialist
I developed an interest in nutrition and fitness at a young age. I was always involved in sports, played outside until the sun went down, and rode my bike wherever possible. I was always doing something active.
The overall tweaking of my nutrition habits began at age 12 with the removal of sweets. A year later, I committed to eliminating other junk foods. Keep in mind my age. My parents were highly concerned. This was in the '80s. Healthy eating was not a widespread public concern back then. Regardless, I held to these changes because I just felt better.
Around the same age, running became an interest, although not quite a passion. I distinctly remember my first 1-mile race. I collapsed after crossing the finish line. I felt like I was about to die! Today, I have completed a few marathons and several half marathons and love running, if for nothing else, to maintain my overall well-being.
My diet consists of lots of whole fruits, veggies, grains, healthy fats, and being a pescatarian (a.k.a., "vegetarian" that eats fish). I have maintained a junk-free diet, although chocolate does stop my sweet tooth.
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 positive outcomes to the right kind of choices, "good," and some really adverse outcomes to the wrong type of choices, "bad."
That's 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:
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.
Smoking's effects are well documented. No one can say the effects are positive. Therefore, this is a bad habit. On the flip side, regular exercise affects health in a very positive way:
Increased lung capacity, improved cardiovascular functions, stronger and more toned muscles, decreased body fat, and better cognitive health. These are all positive effects. Therefore, regular exercise has to be considered a good habit.
So, while I don't like labeling life 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 of 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 who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior and is the 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.
"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you."
Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
RDs and RDNs are food and nutrition experts who have met the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) criteria to become credentialed through the completion of academic, supervised practice, and examination requirements. RD and RDNs work in a wide variety of settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice.