What started your journey into nutrition?
Growing up as an athlete, I never gave a thought about what foods I put in my mouth, but once I stopped playing sports, I began to gain weight. I struggled with what to do, resorting to a fixation on calories and the amount of food I ate. Everything changed when I took a course in biology, and I had an “ah-hah” moment during the digestion chapter as I learned how what you eat affects everything in your body. I discovered I could make nutrition a career and have never looked back.
If you had to describe in one sentence what you want the world to know about nutrition, what would it be?
Healthy eating does not have to mean deprivation; diet should be defined by what you do eat, not by what you can’t.
What are your must-have snacks on a road trip?
I travel with bags full of nuts, baby carrots, apple slices, cheese sticks, whole grain crackers, and a peanut butter and banana sandwich. If I’m picking something up, I grab Greek yogurt and hummus to round out my snacks.