When did you know you wanted to study nutrition?
When I was working in accounting and super unfulfilled. I wanted to do something I was passionate about and that would allow me to be excited every day to go to work and that helped others.
What was your favorite course during your nutrition studies and why?
I actually really loved biochemistry which I never expected and I completely attribute to my incredible professor. He was able to make a super difficult subject relatable and exciting and getting to know what happens in our bodies when we eat certain things.
What was one academic accomplishment you are proud of?
My capstone project in school was to create a nutritional educational outreach program for a community organization. I created a complete educational tool for a youth group to incorporate more fruits and vegetables including gardening, cooking classes, incentive charts, physical activities and games.
If you could expand your expertise on one topic, what would it be?
I’m really interested in the gut microbiome and advances in this area. Your microbiome can be linked to so many health issues, I’d love to learn more about this.
Even nutritionists love junk food – what is your guilty pleasure?
Cookie dough, hands down. Luckily this isn’t something I run into very often but when I do, I can’t control myself. I try to make healthier versions with protein powders and nut butters so I can keep it in check.
What do you like to do in your free time?
My other passion is movement, you can find me running marathons or at a yoga class to decompress. I love cooking and baking, getting outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
Quitting my job and going back to school for Nutrition & Exercise Science. I had a career and decided to completely start over which was terrifying but also the best decision I’ve ever made
What is the coolest thing you have ever done?
Waterfall repelling in Costa Rica, it was also super scary but really awesome. We got to meander through the jungle and see rare frogs and sloths, not to mention get outside my comfort zone!
What motto do you live by?
Enjoy life, it is ungrateful not to.
Dessert before dinner.