Well, it’s kind of a long story…
I love food. No, no that’s not quite it… I like to eat! With my affinity towards eating, also comes the common struggle of staying fit. Once upon a time, every doctor, fitness professional, or person otherwise labeled as a health guru of some sort told me to eat more fish and vegetables and I’d be fine.
YOUR GIRL IS ALLERGIC TO EVERYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF THE SEA.
Just eat seafood.
I needed a plan B. I did what any American would do, I bought Nutrition for Dummies. That book was the single best thing that ever happened to me. It helped me sift through all of the “eat this not that” mumbo jumbo that flew in the face of the other “wait, that’s terrible for you, don’t eat it” information that we are constantly bombarded with. Beyond helping me sort through my own dietary needs, it also piqued my interest in the science of food, and why we eat, and why we’re told to eat certain things. I feel like I have a pretty firm grasp on all of that now but (even with the ever-evolving science), but why should anybody believe what I say?
Then lightning struck! My job was ending and I to tell the truth I was pretty burned out on the industry I was in at the time, so I decided I was going to go to school and get some letters put behind my name so people would respect what I had to say about food.
Wait, wait, wait, I already know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that I’m just going to be another nutritionist full of nonsense about eating more vegetables and less sugar. Or that I’m going to jump on the WHO bandwagon and tell you that if you eat bacon you’re going to get any number of terrible diseases which you’re free to research on WebMD. (Stay off of WebMD – you’re welcome in advance)
Well, you’re wrong. The number one reason I want to be a dietitian (or is it dietician? Let’s discuss that later) is because I think a) not every diet is for every person, no matter how amazing it is, and b) a hungry dieter doesn’t diet for long. I just want to work prescribing food that will not only make people feel good on the inside, but will make them feel good at the table.
Listen, I follow a ketogenic diet myself. I eat bacon basically every day. If it’s not bacon it’s a cheeseburger (no bun), or my favorite “quick lunch” kielbasa and broccoli with cheese. Give me all of the cheese. A ketogenic lifestyle has many advantages – like cooking your food in butter, sweet glorious grassfed Irish butter, and being unapologetic about it – and it’s quite phenomenal in terms of improving your “numbers” at the doctor, and your appetite control, and your weight, and and and. But it isn’t for everybody. If you’re unwilling to even entertain the idea of giving up potatoes for the foreseeable future, it’s not for you.
I started this site to have a place to talk about all of the interesting things that I learn while I’m going through school, how they mesh or don’t mesh with my personal beliefs and to connect with the world of people interested in food.