I hope that all of my fellow RDs (and RDNs!) enjoyed and celebrated in style, whether that be a kale salad or a giant brownie topped with vanilla ice cream. Whatever floats your boat! I made my own "ice cream" yesterday, but I'll cover that later in this post.
I didn't work as an RD on RD Day. I'm a registry/PRN/per diem employee at two hospitals, which means that I'm scheduled to work as needed. I get 24 hours, or three days, guaranteed per week at one of my jobs, and I get one to two days per week at the other. This means that I occasionally have days off of work. It's good and bad. On one side, I get a day off to do what I want. On the other side, I don't get paid when I'm not working. The advantage to not working yesterday is that I was able to assemble a fun day-in-the-life post of an RD on National RD Day. Because who cares what I'm doing when I at work?
In all seriousness, though, I will do something similar to a day-in-the-life work post since people ask me all the time what I do in hospitals. Trust me, we do more than pick out diets for patients.
Without further ado, here is my Day-in-the-Life (or photo vomit) from Wednesday, March 9th of 2016.
8:00 am: I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, and keep Al company while he gets ready for work. I open the door to let in fresh air. It's a beautiful March day.
10:15 am: I walk to my gym and go to my Pilates class. I mostly go to Pilates on Saturday mornings, but it's a treat to go on a weekday. The classes are much less crowded, and we get more individual attention. Like any other type of exercise, proper form is important for the best results and decreasing injuries. With smaller classes, our instructors can be more helpful with checking our form.
12:45 pm: Lunch is served! I heat up a homemade mozzarella-stuffed broccoli turkey burger, spaghetti squash, and oven-baked french fries. I add tomato slices to my burger (doesn't it look like a heart?) and top my spaghetti squash with herb-infused olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil. These are leftovers, so putting everything together only takes about five minutes.
6:30 pm: I make dinner. I marinade wild cod in a bowl with lemon juice, 2 cloves of garlic, and olive oil. I bake it for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. While that's cooking, I use my spiralizer to turn one zucchini into "pasta". I chop up the last of a tomato in the fridge and add that, along with leftover spaghetti squash, fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil to the zucchini and mix. Once the fish is done, I plate it on top of the zucchini.
7:30 pm: My hair has naturally dried into an afro. I blow it dry and straighten it.
8:00 pm: I work on my blog, play around on Instagram, do some more research on my Nashville trip and FODMAPS, and eat some frozen mango with Al.
10:00 pm: Bed time!