Hi, my name is Leia and I'm glad you're here!
There's SO much confusion these days around food. How was it grown? What's in it? Is it safe for me and my family to eat?
As a registered dietitian, I get these questions every day. As a mom to a sassy and active toddler myself, I'll be honest; I have these questions, too.
So here's the thing -- I believe food should be enjoyed, not feared! I also believe that we should make decisions using the best information we have at the time. To help you do just that, I share information you can actually use based on the most current scientific evidence.
Moderation is the name of my game. No fads or gimmicks. Just critical thinking, plenty of fruits and veggies, and yes, pizza and ice cream!
After gaining the Freshman 15 (and then some) in college on top of already being overweight, I decided to make a change to my eating and exercise habits. Yes, I lost weight, but more importantly, I didn't get sick as often, I could walk to class without getting winded, and decreased my risk of chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, which run in my family.
Moral of the story? I have both the personal experience AND the credentials to back it up!
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008)
- Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010)
- Dietetic Internship, University of Houston (2011)
- Licensed Dietitian, State of Illinois
I have worked as a community nutrition educator with University of Illinois Extension, I've taught undergraduate Agricultural Communications courses at the University of Illinois, and I've even worked as an outpatient cancer dietitian.
Right now I coordinate marketing and communications for a school nutrition training grant. I also do consulting on the side. In full transparency, I always disclose any clients or partners on pertinent blog posts!
If you have any questions about my experience or background, feel free to ask!