• Self-care begins with gratitude

    When Annette brought up writing an article on self-care, my mind immediately went to the word gratitude. In my eyes, one of the best forms of self-love and care is to take a moment out of your day to give thanks for what you already have. It is a practice that reminds you to think about the positive things in your life. I find that it also helps to give me a sense of purpose. Having daily gratitude practices can significantly improve one’s mental health. And that is what self-care is all about!             I popped on to PubMed and decided to search the word “gratitude” because I was curious…

  • C is for Cottage Cheese

    Before I dive into cottage cheese, I want to give you a little background on why I chose cottage cheese for the letter ‘C’ above the plethora of other yummy ‘C’ foods. Growing up I would be classified as your typical “picky eater”. I survived on peanut butter sandwiches, chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn and green beans. That was pretty much the extent of my culinary palette. While my palette grew some as I reached adulthood, it really exploded when I began studying nutrition and dietetics. I do not want to give the impression that this was simple. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide I liked spinach. I…

  • What is Nutrition Anthropology?

    Before we jump into Nutrition Anthropology specifically, I think it would be a good idea to define anthropology itself. According to Merriam-Webster, anthropology is “the science of human beings; especially: the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture”. Nutritional anthropology narrows that focus to food and food systems. With that in mind, let’s talk about what I mean by Nutrition Anthropology and why it is the title of this blog and the future podcast. Registered dietitians are often touted as the food experts. I would argue that this may be true. Goodness knows we…