Stacy Lewis is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and licensed to practice in the state of Alabama. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Environmental Science (Major: Food and Nutrition) at the University of Alabama. She then completed her Dietetic Internship and Master’s in Nutrition at the University of Alabama – Birmingham. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).
Hey there! I’m Stacy, RD. My path to becoming an RD and personal trainer was a slightly different one. I struggled with my weight for most of my life. I was a chunky kid who preferred books and movies with snacks to physical activity. Over the years, I lost weight, but would gain it back. On day, I looked in the mirror and used the “F” word. Friends, I hope you have never called yourself “fat.” It’s a terrible thing to say to yourself or anyone else. I did the only logical thing I knew to do. I had a total meltdown, complete with pity party. How could this happen to me? I cried and moaned until my ex said, “Okay, so what are you going to do about it?” It was a jerky thing to say at the time, but it did get me to take ownership of my situation. I knew the way I had lost weight before was wrong. But I didn’t know the right answer. So the search began. I found if you ask ten different people, you get twelve different answers.
I knew exercise was a must. I started with walking on the treadmill in the workout room at my apartment complex. I counted every second on that treadmill. I hated every second. I made myself miserable listening to every diet rule and advice I heard.
Eventually, I hired a personal trainer. She was awesome. She was encouraging and didn’t judge me. Best of all, she had answers. She put me on a workout program that I grew to love. I wanted to know what she knew. This is how I became a personal trainer.
This is the same path that led me to become a registered dietitian. I was tired of the nonsense and the confusion. I wanted to know the right answers. I soon found most of the sources I was using couldn’t be trusted. This led me to the University of Alabama and later UAB, where I received an outstanding education. I became passionate about nutrition. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know more.
My hunger to know more has left me with a desire to share what I’ve learned. The sad part about nutrition is the amount of misinformation and bad advice circulating. I strive to be a trusted source of evidence – based nutrition. Welcome to the Fruitful Dietitian!