Renew You is a guidebook to help you discover your best life through food, fitness, and fun!
My name is MaceAnn.
I am a professional singer and actor in St. Louis, Missouri. I am also a dietetics student in The University of Alabama’s Distance Dietetics Program (graduating in December!). I’ve been through my share of weight and life challenges to get to where I am today. My hope is to help you get through your challenges so you can start living your best life today!
You may be asking, “Why should I listen to you?” Well, because I’ve probably been somewhere similar to where you are, I’ve fought my way to where I want to be (well almost…it’s a constant process), and I’m on my way to becoming an expert in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
I’ve always had an interest in nutrition.
Growing up as a figure skater and dancer, I was fortunate to have coaches who recognized the dangers of the eating disorders that dominate my sports. Because of their guidance and encouragement, I avoided the anorexia/bulimia trap.
Then, as a college student with a double major in music and theatre and a minor in dance, I gained the dreaded “freshman fifteen” in both my freshman and sophomore years. After gaining thirty pounds and losing some confidence in myself, those eating disorders I had avoided started to haunt me again. And, while I never fully succumbed to them, they have been a voice in the back of my head ever since.
I never considered a career in nutrition.
I was several years into my career as a struggling professional actor and had toyed with the idea of going back to school for a long time, but the time and expense constantly outweighed the benefit of a career change. Then, in 2014, the perfect storm of circumstances hit. Acting doesn’t pay the bills for most people in St. Louis. I was working in a dead end finance job that I hated. All my free time was spent working on shows but not really wanting to. I knew I was ready for a change, and my sister gave me the final push I needed.
In 2003, my sister suffered a head injury during a soccer game. As a result, she developed post-traumatic epilepsy. For ten years, the fun-loving, goofy girl I’d grown up with faded away. She was constantly irritable and depressed. Doctors tried numerous treatments and drugs to no avail.
In early 2013, a Chicago neurologist put my sister on a ketogenic diet. As the months went by, my sister had fewer and fewer seizures, and now, she has been seizure free since November 2013! Most importantly, my fun-loving, goofy, and carefree little sister is back.
If changing what we eat can stop seizures, what else can it do?
The dramatic and life-altering effect a dietary change has had on my sister was the final push I needed to take those first steps toward becoming a Registered Dietitian. I’ve still got a ways to go, but I know all the time will be worth it.
I believe that nutrition and fitness are the keys to a happier and healthier future. I believe that you don’t need to go get another degree (like I did) to learn how to harness these tools to live your best life. That’s what I’m here to help you do. Let’s get started and Renew You!