Hello world!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! For those of you that know me, you know that creating and getting this blog up and running has been a slow going process. I started with a different blogging platform last year, made ONE whole post, and soon after found myself feeling "stuck." I scrapped the blog idea for a while and headed back to the drawing board. And, well...I got lost in the drawing board. Fear, self-doubt, anxiety, procrastination, and perfectionism took over. Who knew starting a blog could be so intimidating?! Finally, after much ambivalence and contemplation, I thought of one of my favorite sayings, "Leap, and the net will appear," and decided to jump. So, here I am, leaping into the food and nutrition blogging abyss...again! This time around, I plan to stay for a while. If the net appears, great. If not, I'll try to have fun leaping.

 
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As I started my blogging journey, I had to ask myself, why am I doing this? I came up with three main reasons and figured I would share, in case you are curious too! ;)

  • Number one: As a registered dietitian, my career allows me to be (happily) preoccupied with all things food and nutrition. Outside of my full-time job as an out-patient dietitian (which I love!), I find myself reading nutrition books, magazines, articles, and blogs, watching cooking shows or food related documentaries, cooking, trying new recipes, etc...I guess I can't get enough! Blogging is yet another outlet for me to nerd out on nutrition!
  • Number two: I love educating. My mom is a teacher and I am pretty sure she passed down my love for learning and teaching others. Some of my primary goals as a nutrition educator are to: 1) effectively translate complicated science jargon into easy to understand and useful information, 2) teach others that healthy eating doesn't have to be boring, bland, restrictive, expensive, complicated, or time consuming and 3) to motivate and elicit healthy behavior changes in others. I hope to inspire others to take care of themselves and make their health a priority.
  • Number three: It feels good to let my creative side out of the box. Before I decided I wanted to become a dietitian, I was pursuing a degree in visual and public arts. I've discovered that playing with food - from trying new recipes, taking pictures of food, writing about food, and even designing this blog - allows me to dust off the artistic side of my brain.

My intention for this blog is to make at least one post per week on a variety of nutrition topics as well as to share recipes I've created or tried. What nutrition topics are you interested in learning more about? What kind of recipes would you like to see? I'm open to suggestions and input so please feel free to share your thoughts by commenting below. :)