From a young age, I loved food. Getting in the kitchen was always a blast - it felt like an experiment and a creative outlet, all wrapped up into a wonderful sensory experience.
I also loved science - I was equally as excited about receiving an Easy Bake Oven for my birthday as I was about opening up a microscope kit.
In high school, this curiosity about the world meshed with my interest in food, and led me to study Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. My passion for nutrition never left through all four years of college. What I also found was a world of systems that impact our health beyond what we could possibly control with our own behaviors. These humbling discoveries pushed me to pursue a Master's degree in Public Health and Registered Dietitian Training at UNC Chapel Hill.
Somewhere along my path to growing up, I lost that intuitive connection to food I once had as a kid. Nutrition became a book of rules, instead of a way to support my daily activities and life goals. In a world where restriction reigns queen, this is an all too common narrative.
In graduate school, I discovered Health at Every Size® - an approach to health that is weight inclusive and radically opposes diet culture. It recognizes that weight loss diets simply don't work, and that all people in all bodies deserve respect and quality medical care. I also discovered Intuitive Eating - a tool developed by registered dietitians to help clients balance their eating and truly enjoy all the foods they eat by tuning into their inner signals. With these two paradigms, I began to heal my relationship with food and shift my views on how I wanted to practice as a Registered Dietitian.