Interview With Kaely McDevitt
Haley thank you so much for coming on the podcast today. I'd love to get started. If you could talk about your journey to become a dietitian and then how your philosophy towards nutrition and working with clients has changed over the years to where it is now for sure and thanks so much for having me then. I've been excited about this for a couple of weeks. So I get my journey started back in undergrad and we just recently found out at least you live in DC now. I don't know if that's where you started but I was around that area at James Madison University and I always was interested. In fact, I was an athlete growing up in high school. I wasn't an athlete in college, but I was always interested in how different foods made me, you know feel a certain way during games and I had what felt like a like a ritual before my games with like a smoothie that I would make but really it was just like Common Sense Sports Nutrition that made it work. So I was undecided in undergrad and I was spending a lot of money. I'm reading nutrition research for myself. And then I realized like well, there is a career option in this direction. I might as well make use of what I've you know spending all of my time doing so I started researching nutrition. I got into the dietetics program there and when it started out, you know, I was very much trying to learn about nutrition for myself because I couldn't quite figure out how to feed myself correctly. I was just into college and I just realized like I didn't know what to do. I might eating dining hall food. I'm not an athlete for the first time in my life. How does that like, how does somebody exercise and they're not an athlete how did they feel themselves? So I'm honestly just looking for information for myself and trying to find the quote unquote perfect diet and I was meticulously following everything. I was being taught in school. I was like looking for a low fat labels. I was eating Special K cereal like it was my job and I was logging so much time on ellipticals and getting into distance running and I really watch dog. A health decline as I was doing all of these things, and I was doing them really well to like I was typing with how I was approaching my nutrition and this carried on into my internship off a whole lot of stress in that year. I'm sure as you remember a lot of late nights little sleep lots of work. I was in a master's program at the same time, too, and my health health was really getting worse, and I couldn't find information that I needed cuz a lot of my symptoms were in the hormone realm, which I'm sure we'll get into and I just felt like really alone and honestly kind of like a fraud because divorce quote unquote a nutrition professional and I was following the rules and I I wasn't feeling good. And so I ended up spending a lot more of my free time diving into the Women's Health specific stuff and realizing maybe I am doing this wrong. Maybe I'm approaching this from a completely incorrect standpoint and instead of trying to find the perfect diet. I really just needed to support my body and listen to the signs and symptoms that were popping up dead. And so as I was getting my Rd credential and transitioning into into the workforce, I had this big change of philosophy and approach and it was really sick around. How do we listen to the signs at their bodies giving us? How do we interpret those things at the body sending? How do we use food and movement and lifestyle to actually support and nourish ourselves instead of like meticulously counting and restricting and using food as a manipulation versus using food is nourishment. So really like my own personal health evolved right along side that approach and ended up where I am today in private practice helping women navigate hormone and digestive issues that are typically at least in some part caused by not really understanding that connection between food wage supporting your body, but it's so true. I mean, I think a big problem and one of the reasons why so many people seek out these diets in addition to weight loss, right which is what we've all been told. Oh you need to birth In order to be healthy, right but it's like we don't know what to do in order to be healthy. And so we seek out this external information and then lose the ability to stay in tune with those internal cues from we're we're kids and we know how to eat intuitively and in line with our bodies and like don't demonize cravings and everything until you get to the like bombardment of everything that you experience. I mean really starting in like Elementary School at this point for us. It might have been like a little bit later cuz we didn't have that much social media, right but it gets to the point where you just don't know how to interpret the signals of your body anymore. So like of course people are looking for this external information. It's not like you've been doing something wrong dear listeners, right? Like it's of course you're going that way and so now it's time to like you said instead of trying to like manipulate your food. It's trying to learn what your body is telling you so you can learn how to nourish it and help it get better by helping it along. And just eliminating everything and meticulously counting calories. Yeah, exactly. I think you hit the nail on the head with it's just a big disconnect. Like we basically are are taught to ignore those signs and symptoms. The body is giving us and the fact that our body does a great job at regulating what it needs and informing us of what it needs and somewhere in that mix which probably Elementary School now between social media and the way things are marketed, we just lose that ability and we're taught that that's actually not what we should be following.