Like you, I’ve also been confused about nutrition.
My formal study of nutrition began over 15 years ago at the University of Delaware. After completing my B.S. in Nutrition, I began teaching holistic nutrition workshops in upstate New York. Later I moved to Peru and developed a nutrition program for children in a small, rural school in the desert. Afterward I returned to school and became a Registered Dietitian. I earned my Master of Health Science (M.H.S) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and did my dietetic internships at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. After graduate school, I completed my 200-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher training, and a 7-month nutrition training with the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I also have completed Co-Active coaching curriculum the The Coaches Training Institute, known as the Harvard of Coach Training Schools.
For over six years I had was the opportunity to work full-time on the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, also known as NHANES. NHANES is said to be the largest public health survey in the world, and during my twenties I traveled extensively around the United States as part of a medical team gathering nutrition data. I lived in over 50 cities, interviewing over 5,000 Americans in large cities and small towns, and I truly learned what America eats! I also witnessed first-hand the complex relationship people have with food, and the inner workings of a large research project. I also learned how to cook a tasty meal in a hotel room!
Travel has always been a passion of mine and I have been blessed to travel to 25 countries on five continents, bearing witness to (and experiencing!) food cultures across the globe.
Some of my public appearances include being a guest on Food Sleuth Radio, a presenter in a nutrition teleseminar series for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center employees, and s speaker for Saratoga Integrative Medicine Education Network, Sage Colleges, Studio 20/20 Fitness, and Policy Research Associates. I have also been a speaker at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Food and Nutrition Expo, where tens of thousands of registered dietitians and other nutrition professionals gather annually.
Like many people, struggles in my personal life paved the way to my calling. When I was seven years old, my dad died of lung cancer. Five years later, my mother had remarried and my stepfather went out for a run on the first day of his retirement, suffered a massive heart attack, and also died. While my dad started smoking before anyone knew its dangers and developed lung cancer, my stepfather was a health fanatic who followed a healthy diet and exercised regularly.
Even as a child, it was hard to understand how two different lifestyles could lead to the same fate of an early and untimely death. The unanswered questions I carried into adulthood informed my studies and propelled me into the wellness field as I looked for answers. While my formal studies provided me a solid foundation in the science of nutrition, my training in yoga, eating psychology and co-active coaching provided the necessary complementary piece to understand the deeper meaning of what it means to truly be well nourished.
Today I draw from and integrate all aspects of nourishment in my work with individuals- the body, the heart, science, mind & soul. When I’m not talking health and wellness, you’ll find me riding my bike around town, making time lapse videos, sewing quilts, and thinking about returning to the Camino de Santiago (just one more time!). You’ll notice that I blog about life as well as nutrition, as I see the two as intimately related.
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