Meet Amy

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Hello, I’m Amy and I’m glad you stopped by. I hope you stay for a bit. Up Early With Amy is my place to express thoughts and share experiences on health, wellness, inspiring ideas, and random bits of life.

If you care to know a little bit about me… I’m a 20-something-year-old Registered Dietitian with a love for chocolate, coffee, and  farmers’ markets. I am embarking on a two-year journey to get my Masters in Clinical Social Work to pair with my RD. I have a competing love for yoga and running. I believe food is to be enjoyed and the best food is the kind that comes from the earth. I believe in moderation and trying every day to be a bit better than you were the day before. Besides fitness and food, I love writing, reading, and the Redskins. This blog is about trying to figure out my life and I welcome you to join me on the journey.


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  1. karina says

    Hi Amy! I just found your blog and I love it! I am also a nutrition student but I have one more year to go before finding an internship. I love running too…although i’m not sure i’ll ever do a full marathon…..i just ran my first half and it was amazing! I look forward to reading your blog :)

    • abortnick says

      Hi Karina! I’m glad you like my blog :) Good luck with your last year and getting an internship…and about the marathon…never say never!!

  2. jennybrooks says

    Hey! I recently stumbled across your blog. I’m actually looking at the U of M College Park nutrition program. How did you enjoy it? Im looking forward to reading up on your internship. :)

    • abortnick says

      Hi! That’s awesome that you’re looking at UMD’s internship, I’m loving my experience so far! If you have any specific questions you can e-mail me @! Good luck with the application process it’s stressful but will be over before you know it :)

  3. John Santo says

    Hey Amy!! My name is John and am a Licensed PT in Southern, NJ outside of Atlantic City area…made it through Sandy and last nights snow storm ok but many are hurting along our Shore areas.
    Amy….I read your article on regarding water and hydration and 6 months ago I was introduced to something very important to us regarding water and it is specifically..proper hydration with proper water that is of utmost importance to us. We all should be drinking this water and for where you work and my Niece in North Jersey also pursuing very similar career as yourself…i want and need to share this.
    Amy….please take a moment and email me at: and i will get back to you. Being a health care professional myself now for over 11 years…i wish i knew about this much sooner as my clients and other health care prof. need to learn about this very important water.
    I look forward to hearing from you and great work on the blog and for all your accomplishments thus far.

  4. Jennifer says

    So happy to stumble upon this. Yesterday I spent the day crying after a failed attempt to run due to pain. I’ve been training for a half marathon. About 2 months ago I started having some knee pain (previous surgery) and developed some hip/low back/butt pain. I’ve been in PT a few weeks now. I got the “no runs beyond a few miles” talk. In a desperate attempt to do this half marathon, I’ve been trying to keep up with the runs. Yesterday was the day I realized that I’m truly injured and the half probably won’t happen. I’ll try other things…but like you said how does one give up a hobby they enjoy?!?! I feel lost, let down, and disappointed.

    • Amy says

      Hi Jennifer!
      I Know where your coming from. I love running because it give me strength in so many areas of my life and it took me a while to realize that I couldn’t get stronger mentally or physically if I kept trying to run or push past my injury. Its hard to hear and even harder to practice but the only way to get stronger is to give your body time to heal. I’ve found a lot of peace and strength in yoga :) I know i’ll run again soon and so will you! Good luck and I wish you a speedy recovery!

  5. Fay Epps MS says

    Hi Amy,
    I just signed up to follow your blog. I’ve been teaching health and nutrition at the community college level for about 15 years. I’m sure you would agree that there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing people make a change in their diet as a result of education. That’s why we do what we do, right?
    I recently started teaching people about the benefits to nutrition using essential oils. I was wandering if you would be open to doing a product review on your blog if I sent you some samples along with product literature and clinical studies showing the efficacy of essential oils as nutritional whole food supplements. I would only expect you to do the article if you liked the product.
    If you’d like some samples, please let me know and include your mailing address.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Fay Epps, MS

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