Hi guys! Welcome to “The Whole Scoop!” My name is Amanda and I’m a ballet-dancing, yoga-doing foodie. I just finished my undergrad at Stony Brook University as a biology major with a neuroscience specialization and I’m starting medical school in August!! Right now I’m enjoying my year off, teaching ballet, volunteering, and writing this blog 🙂
“The Whole Scoop” is about food, fitness, medicine, and my own day-to-day experiences. You’ll find posts on healthy recipes, meal plans, science, workout ideas, pre-med advice, and probably some random stuff too. I love coming up with healthy versions of my favorite comfort foods, devising new ways to get more fruits and veggies into my diet, and occasionally stuffing my face with Nutella when an apple just won’t cut it! I believe in quick and easy, simple meals made with real ingredients. My goal in writing this blog is to combine my knowledge of medicine and science with my love for health and to inspire others to be the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. I hope you enjoy! And please feel free to comment on any of the posts to share ideas or just say hi!
Here’s a little more about my history:
Before medicine, my goal was to become a professional ballet dancer. I spent the majority of my life in tights and tutus doing tendus and practicing pirouettes. In high school, I studied ballet six days a week at a pre-professional ballet school in New York City. After high school, I spent a year dancing as a trainee with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Ballet taught me a lot of things and made me who I am. It introduced me to nutrition, got me hooked on yoga and pilates, and even led to my desire to pursue medicine (lots of ballet training = lots of injuries = lots of doctors visits). After years of working through chronic injuries, I found myself becoming more interested in injuries and health issues than in the dancing that caused them. That’s what brought me to Stony Brook University.
Gamzatti Variation from La Bayadere
In college, I commuted to school and worked part-time as a ballet teacher, while doing all of the other pre-med type things (research, volunteering, you get the idea 🙂 ). Although, I was used to a busy schedule from dancing, my pre-med schedule was a different kind of busy. I would spend hours sitting at a table in the library studying, which left little time for exercise or healthy meals. My ballet body was in shock. After a few months, I decided to make it my goal to find time for healthy eating and fitness. I was constantly looking for foods that were easy to prepare and that would optimize my energy. This was the first time I started to combine my love for science and health. I also started doing Hot Yoga at night, which became my favorite way to release stress and clear my mind.
It’s been four years now and I feel like I’ve learned so much, so I want to share my ideas with all of you. I’m a firm believer in the idea that you can be healthy and happy no matter what you do and no matter how busy you are. If you are motivated and want to do it, you can do it! Just a disclaimer: I’m not an expert on nutrition or fitness. My posts are just a compilation of things that I enjoy and that have worked for me :). And I really want to hear from you, so feel free to share your thoughts on here or on my Instagram (amandadal).