I’m Amanda Figge, MS, RD, LDN. I’m a registered dietitian with Springfield Clinic, and I’m here to share my personal health journey with you, and share my knowledge in the realm of nutrition and fitness to make your own journey a bit easier.
Joining the Dietetics & Nutrition Department at Springfield Clinic was one of the many highlights of 2012 for me. And, this year, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work more closely with my patients’ physicians by traveling to many different locations, including our Main Campus, Springfield Clinic Wabash, Springfield Clinic 1st, Springfield Clinic SOGA, Springfield Clinic Taylorville and Springfield Clinic Lincoln. My goal is to provide patients with the most up-to-date nutrition information for preventing and managing disease.
Living a healthy, active lifestyle has always been a big part of my life. My favorite activities outside of work include walking with my husband and our Australian Shepherd on our local walk/bike trails, strength training, water-skiing, hiking at Starved Rock and Matthiessen State park (where we actually got engaged!), cooking up new recipes (I just made a surprisingly tasty cauliflower-crust pizza this past weekend!), shopping at the farmers’ market and my favorite pastime – teaching hip hop, Zumba® and many other group fitness classes.
My journey to becoming a dietitian began with a client I was personally training many years ago. This gal was one of the hardest working clients I have ever had, yet, despite three, one-hour personal training sessions each week, she was unable to lose weight. It was then that I knew achieving overall health and wellness could not be done by exercise alone; nutrition was the missing piece to the puzzle. I went back to school to get my Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed a year-long dietetic internship. The field of dietetics is constantly evolving and I believe it is imperative as a dietitian to stay up-to-date with the most current recommendations and nutrition therapy for prevention and management of disease.
One of the joys of being a dietitian is being able to help my patients use food as their medicine. It brings me such happiness when they return to follow-up appointments with new recipes they’ve tried, improved laboratory values, weight loss and/or overall improved feelings of wellness.
Through this blog, I hope to share quality nutrition information, exercise tips, healthy recipes, motivational stories and guest blogs from my fellow physicians at Springfield Clinic.