Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD

Hi.  I’m Julie, and welcome to my life as nutrition spokesperson, writer, author, sister, daughter, registered dietitian, athlete, muscle confusion advocate and pro sports fanatic.

Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSDThis blog is where I share my personal and professional experiences, struggles and thoughts about trying to eat well, exercise, and finding balance in my life.

I hope that you’ll get some tidbits that inspire and help you improve your own diet or develop a healthier relationship with food and be open to exploring becoming more fit.

My passion for nutrition stems from being a chubby child (I still remember the “Husky” sizes my mom had to buy for me) until I became serious about sports. I excelled at swimming, track & field and softball, but could really do anything that involved running, biking, catching or swinging a bat or club. I thought a career in nutrition would help me to stay thin despite my genetic predisposition for being pudgy and enable me to be a better athlete.

I’m happy to report it has done both.

My life currently revolves around eating, training, working and enjoying outdoor pursuits in the SF Bay area.  I live just north of the Golden Gate Bridge—which I can see from where I write this blog. I’m not a real Californian, but hope the Golden State will be home for the rest of my life. I grew up in Michigan and went to college there. I moved to Boston for my internship and attended graduate school in Boston, and then moved to Manhattan for my career, and I ended up staying for 16 years.

I worked as a writer and editor of national women’s magazines in NYC, and had the fortunate opportunity of being able to represent the American Dietetic Association for the national media which allowed me to do on-air segments on all the major national news programs, including CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Today Show, MTV and much more.  I also co-authored a sports nutrition book, Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food and Nutrition Guide to Fuel Your Active Life.

In Cali, when I’m not busy working on Appetite for Health, I’m usually outside running the trails on Mt. Tam, swimming in one of the outdoor pools, road cycling or hiking. And when I’m not doing these outdoorsy activities, I’m at my local Crossfit gym trying to live up to my “Strong is the new Skinny” mantra.

In my downtime, I can usually be found horizontal on the couch watching the NFL network (August-Super Bowl) or whining about the length of the NBA and NHL seasons or how absurd the MLB team managers look wearing full team uniforms during games. C’mon, like Joe Girardi or Bruce Bochy are going to start catching? Wassup with that?

Happy reading,

Julie Upton