It is my honor, and pleasure to introduce to you Sabrina Jeanise, who has agreed to be our group dietition/nutritionist. Be amazed by her story, and feel blessed that we have her in our midst at closed facebook group Encouraging Entourage. (Nice ladies who are interested, will be accepted into our fellowship...)
I met Sabrina through a relative, since I started blogging. Long story..but I will share that I was attracted to her because of her writing, and I will share some links at the bottom, to her blog that is for Christ. Here is a transcription of our e-mail interview, to give you insight into who Sabrina is:
I understand that your degree in nutrition (What is it called?) is somewhat of a surprising goal or achievement in your life. Please tell us about this.
The degree is called "Dietetics."
I have always been interested in health. In school it was my favorite class. As I grew older I was drawn to it because of my lifelong weight problem. I wanted to learn all I could so that I could help myself and, in turn, be used by the Lord to help others who struggle with the same issues.
Please tell how this adventurous pursuit began, what your life looks like now, and what you expect in the next year.
For the longest time I desired to return to school and get my degree in nutrition but was hindered by my controlling and abusive husband. It was at the end of my 23 year marriage that I prayerfully decided to enroll in Lamar University and work toward becoming a registered dietitian. I was 43 at the time. I endured scorn from the soon to be ex but moved forward and so my journey began.
When I filed for divorce, I had no job and planned to sign the house and virtually everything over to him just to get out. I cried out to the Lord for help. I prayed for a job that would pay me enough to live on my own and also would work around my school schedule.
I had applied for a financial secretary position at a large Methodist Church. While I had a background in finance, I didn't have the experience that was required, but I was honest. I told the pastor I didn't have the experience but if given the chance, I would learn and do the best job that I could. I also told her that I was getting a divorce and needed to earn enough money to be able to live on my own, plus I also needed them to work around my school schedule.
As I sent that cover letter and my resume through cyberspace I remember thinking, "I will never hear from these people," but I knew that honesty was best. After all, I had nothing to loose. I promptly forgot that I had applied.
Fast forward a month or so...on the day before the divorce was to be final, the pastor called me to schedule an interview for the next day. I knew right then it was NOT coincidence. The Lord was at work. The following day I went to my job interview at 2. divorce court at 4 and was offered the job at 6 that evening. I started to work the next day.
The job was everything that I had prayed for! The Lord had closed one door and opened another. Within a month, the Lord had also provided a cute little rent house for myself and my son (The Lord has since moved me to a neighboring town and my son now lives in the rent house with his two roommates). A couple of months in, I realized I needed another job and the Lord soon provided another position at work.
Now I have two jobs and two salaries! I take roughly 12 to 15 hours per semester. While it is difficult to juggle it all, with the Lord I am able. I've spent many a night crying out to the Lord in frustration but I soon realized these are necessary cleansing breakdowns and the next day I am always ready to get back up and continue on. It hasn't been easy and I have contemplated quitting school on more than one occasion, but I knew I couldn't. If I quit I would be not only letting myself down, I would be letting down every person who needs my help. This has kept me going.
I've sacrificed so much.. I have virtually no time for myself and my social life is not existent, but it's worth every sacrifice I've had to make. I will graduate in May, 2018 with my bachelors degree then will begin on my masters in the fall. I foresee the next year being much the same... work, church, school, now nearing age 48.
In January 2019 I will begin applying for internships. While very competitive, I am praying to be accepted at Lamar. They only accept 10 per year, but I trust the Lord to place me where He wants me. The internships usually last about year and involve working 32 hours per week with no pay while also taking classes. I have no idea how the Lord is going to work it our, but I trust Him to make a way. I will keep you all posted on that!! Once I complete my internship I will take my national exam to become a registered dietitian and finally realize my ultimate goal.
What would you say are the three most surprising tidbits or insights you have gained through your education?
One surprising fact that I learned was the scientific correlation between food consumption and disease. What we eat has a direct impact on our health. Many people simply want to take medication to keep disease symptoms at bay while they continue to indulge in their foods of choice. Lifestyle change is a necessity. While it's not easy, it IS WORTH it !
One tidbit that floored me was the fact that fat cells have unlimited storage. That is scary! The amount of fat cells in our bodies does not change. When we gain weight, they expand. When we lose weight, they shrink.
When I first began, I thought becoming a dietitian was simply telling people what they needed to eat to be healthy. This is not so. The role of the dietitian is to educate, encourage and guide the patient while helping them to attain their goals. That is far better than sticking someone on a diet and expecting them to eat what I tell them. This is the experience I had growing up and I was glad to learn that this is not the case. I love the thought of sharing my education with others and I look forward to watching my patients achieve victory and walk free from the bondage of food.
What would your TOP TIDBITS of advice be for those of us who are aiming for improvement in our food choices and self care?
The best advice that I can give as far as food intake is to increase vegetables, fruits and fiber and cut back on the consumption of meat, processed and sugary foods. A diet consisting primarily of plant-based food is healthiest. Now, while I am a vegan, I give this advice from the dietetics point of view.. not a vegan point of view. Fruits, vegetables and grains such as whole wheat breads, brown rice and oats provide our bodies with necessary vitamins and minerals, roughage for colon health and antioxidants for a healthy immune system.
Another very important bit of information, especially for those wanting to lose weight, is to focus on providing the body with healthy foods and NOT focus on the weight-loss. The weight will come off, but if we focus solely on that, we may tend to lose heart and want to give up.
Would you frequently post in our group, for us, pictures of your nutritious meals, snacks, as well as other information as you think of it, or run across it, for us ??
I will gladly post pictures of my meals and snacks. I will also share tips on making quick and healthy meals as well as making substitutions to make recipes healthier. I will do all that I can to help everyone be successful in this journey to health.
Link to Grandma Mary Martha facebook if you wanted to message me there:
Link to our facebook CLOSED (private) support group for promoting healthy body, mind, soul with emphasis on nutrition and exercise encouragement:
Here is a link to Sabrina's blog. I think you will enjoy looking around, and I will share more later: